Just looked this up- very interesting. I agree that’s along the lines of what I was thinking , with the added attempt to vaguely begin to quantify . And yeah mutual aid efforts could be another type of action to include in a map/model like this.
Re how much exists - I hope it’s a lot. But I fear there may be not that much based on personal experience. Also sometimes in activist & social justice circles there can be a resistance to quantifying a bottom line.
Quantifying Impact of Allyship
Categories of Ally Action
Impact of 1 unit of action for each (weight #1)
Degree of uncertainty of 1 unit of action for each (weight #2)
The factors that make a good ally
How to Train Good Allies
Really appreciate that notion. It is something I've thought a lot about myself. I also tend to find that my personal spiritual practice benefits from a mix of many short meditation retreats, daily formal meditation sessions & ongoing altruistic efforts in daily life. I don't feel that I would make a good teacher of meditation if I did that full time or that my practice would reach greater depth faster if I quit my job & practiced full time.
Interesting essay, thanks for sharing. Buddhist practice is the central focus of my life & is how I became interested in EA. I see the two as fairly compatible. I'm assuming the essay's focus is on Buddhists that have a primarily physicalist ontology (that subjective experience is an epiphenomena of brain chemistry). If that is the case, then I think engaged Buddhism, when taken to the highest degree of intensity, converges fairly well with EA.
Things become arguably more interesting if we adopt the traditional Buddhist ontology which includes multiple realms of existence, karma & rebirth. For instance, the population ethics does change in this case. In the traditional Buddhist worldview, there are a finite set of sentient beings being reborn in the universe. The total population of sentient beings can decrease (because sentient beings reach liberation & stop being reborn) but not increase (since Buddhist logic negates a first cause).
The main thrust of population ethics in this case is to increase the proportion of sentient beings reborn into "fortunate human births" (a traditional Buddhist phrase) which thus allows them the greatest opportunity to generate positive momentum (i.e. by being effective altruists) to eventually reach liberation. Ordinary sentient beings are not really able to effect this; at most they can encourage other humans to maximize their altruistic efforts & thus build that positive momentum. To me, this is how traditional Buddhadharma could align with EA.
Where they don't align is around doing more than just practicing altruism. The traditional Buddhist worldview suggests that some of the most possible good someone can do is to strive to become a Buddha through training in meditative concentration & insight into the nature of reality. Through this training, it is possible to progress through degrees of liberation which put one in a position to do the most possible good for others from a multi-lifetime perspective. This would include occupying altruistic worldly functions such as those encouraged by EA, but also encouraging others to spend a large portion of their lives meditating. In other words, spending a large portion of life meditating is highly recommended by traditional Buddhism but only makes sense from a utilitarian perspective if one takes a multi-lifetime view.
Survey Studies on Perception of EA Ideas
Has anyone looked into the possibility of doing survey studies on the perception of EA ideas? I'm thinking of surveys that might include questions that prompt the participant to choice between 2 statements. Each statement might contain an EA idea, but phrased in a different way. The goal would be to determine which verbiage is more palatable. Another type of question might measure which statement is more likely to convince the participant of a given view, or to take a certain action. The audience would be those who were not already EAs. Ideally the result would be a set of word & phrase choices that were statistically proven to be more palatable & also better at convincing people of changing their views or taking action. This set of language could then be scaled as a best practice across a wide variety of community building & fund raising efforts.
SOP for EAG Conferences
1 - clarify your goals
2- clarify types of people you’d like to have 1-1s with to meet these goals
3- pick workshops you want to go to
4- in Swapcard app, delete the 1-1 time slots that are during workshops
5- search Swapcard attendee list for relevant keywords for 1-1s
6- make 1-1s, scheduled in location where it will be easier to find ppl (ie not main networking area) — ask organizers if unsure of what this will be in advance
-don’t worry about talks since they’re recorded
-actually use 1-1 time slot feature on Swapcard (by removing times you’re not available)
—-this removes rescheduling scramble via message that otherwise occurs
-make all 1-1s in same place for your convenience
-if there’s a workshop you want to go to that’s full, try going anyway