Peter McIntyre

Topic Contributions


Community builders should learn product development models

Strongly upvoted because I think product is an important, underrated framework for movement building (though I only skimmed). 

(I think it's particularly true for building web products, and if you're running other services like 1:1s you might find fields like service design or sales more useful.)

The product development literature has informed a lot of the processes and frameworks I'm using to build Non-trivial Pursuits

My take on the best two books to get up to speed on modern product development:

  1. Inspired, by Marty Cagan
  2. Continuous Discovery Habits, Teresa Torres

If you want to dive deeper, here's my list of resources to learn product management.

TobiasH's Shortform

I believe you can do this search with a subscription to a paid LinkedIn subscription, like Recruiter Lite.

AMA: Jason Brennan, author of "Against Democracy" and creator of a Georgetown course on EA

What do you think of the proposals in Longtermist Institutional Reform? If you're supportive, what should happen at the current margin to push them forward?

Outline of Galef's "Scout Mindset"

Thanks for the great summary! 

For effective altruists, I think (based on the topic and execution) it's straightforwardly the #1 book you should use when you want to recruit new people to EA.

I really liked the book, and think it's an important read for folks early in their EA journey but I want to quickly say that I disagree with this claim.  The book "doesn't actually talk much about EA", so it'd be surprising if it was the best introduction to a field. Statistics is a useful field for understanding and contributing to social science, but it'd be surprising if it was straightforwardly the #1 book to recommend to someone wanting to learn social science. 

Anki deck for "Some key numbers that (almost) every EA should know"

I imported them into RemNote where you can read all the cards. You can also quiz yourself on the questions using the queue functionality at the top.  Or here's a Google Doc.

If someone was interested in adding more facts to the deck, there are a bunch in these notes from The Precipice. (It's fairly easy to export from RemNote to Anki and vice versa, though formatting is sometimes a little broken.)

The EA Forum Editing Festival has begun!

Is there a way to show my appreciation for an edit? 

Often I see excellent edits[1] to the Wiki show up in my Forum homepage, and I would like to be able to show my appreciation to someone[2].  Ideally with low effort and without otherwise adding any value.

Is there a like/upvote button for Wiki edits I'm missing?


[1] For example, check out how much information this article on iterated embryo selection is collating and condensing. It was written a few months ago, and is now Google's featured snippet for iterated embryo selection (a sign that Google 'thinks' it's the best, succinct summary of the term).

[2] To be honest this is so frequently  Pablo or the EA Wiki Assistant (I think also Pablo?) that I should probably just send a DM.

Bottlenecks and Solutions for the X-Risk Ecosystem

Thanks for writing this!

Just wanted to let everyone know that at 80,000 Hours we’ve started headhunting for EA orgs and I’m working full-time leading that project. We’re advised by a headhunter from another industry, and as suggested, are attempting to implement executive search best practices.

Have reached out to your emails listed above - looking forward to speaking.


Great article, thanks Carrick!

If you're an EA who wants to work on AI policy/strategy (including in support roles), you should absolutely get in touch with 80,000 Hours about coaching. Often, we've been able to help people interested in the area clarify how they can contribute, made introductions etc.

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