All of Quinn McHugh (he/him)'s Comments + Replies

Street Outreach

I'm a little confused on why this post was downvoted. It seems like the author has already done some limited research on this topic and presented a helpful summary of the findings.

I'd also be curious to hear if any non-university groups have done street outreach (e.g. public tablings) before. We at EA Philadelphia have considered this in the past, but given our limited organizer bandwidth, are hesitant to allocate resources towards this kind of outreach.

[Talk Tuesdays] Career Strategies & Building Aptitudes / Habiba Islam

Hi Emrik,

My apologies. It appears the Zoom link was not copied over from our other events! We'll be sure to double check this for any future online happenings.

Thanks for flagging.

Paul Farmer (1959 – 2022)

Thank you for writing this. Learning about people like Farmer is hugely inspiring and the last two quotes you included made me surprisingly emotional. It really gives a sense for how deeply committed Farmer was to his work and makes me want to raise my own aspirations when it comes to improving the world.

EA directory of ideas

I've been starting to use for knowledge management and am really interested in seeing how knowledge graphs (e.g. graph database platforms like Neo4j)  could be applied towards improving community coordination.

Seems like we may have similar interests! Just DM'd you.

Ideas for avoiding optimizing the wrong things day-to-day?

This is the first time I've heard of the Final Version Perfected (FVP). As a person who's struggled with confronting "tasks I really should do, but aren't absolutely necessary to do" in a large list of other seemingly more pressing tasks, this could prove very useful. Thank you for mentioning it!

In the past, I've put my tasks in a spreadsheet and rated them by "urgency" and "importance," which were multiplied to give a "priority score." While this was useful early on, I found that classifying each task in this way resulted in a lot of decision fatigue and was ultimately unsustainable. YMMV.

[Talk Tuesdays] Learn how to make better decisions / Spencer Greenberg

Sure thing, Alex! We host these discussion groups like this every three weeks. If you have any ideas for a future discussion, feel free to let us know here:

Looking forward to some productive conversation! :)

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A Few Strategies for Increasing Productivity

Hey Sarah,

I really love the advice you've given here.

I frequently find myself getting enticed by the latest productivity tool or project management app and your simple  but effective method of managing projects in a Google Doc outline is a nice reminder that the best tool is often the simplest one that works.

Clement Kao, an EA-aligned product manager, has some additional thoughts on effective 1-on-1s here

Also, big fan of deliberate check-ins with romantic partners and have found framework outlined here to be especially useful.

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Thanks for sharing these resources, Quinn! I like the discussion of the importance of agendas in the first link and the emphasis on taking notes in the second one; documentation can be so helpful both in the moment and looking back! Glad my writeup was helpful.
Have your community notified of new EA Jobs

Hi Hazelfire,

Thanks for taking the time to set this up. As a developer and community organizer, this seems like a great project to help out with.  I'll message you on the EA Public Interest Technologist Slack!

Ambitious Altruistic Software Engineering Efforts: Opportunities and Benefits

I think it would be cool for someone to create an "engineering agenda" that entrepreneurial software developers could take ideas from and start working on, analogous to e.g. this post from Michael.

As an early career software developer who'd love to take on an EA-related project for skill building purposes, I'd be great to have  a resource like this available.

Annual Reviews Aren't Just for Organizations

Hey Kyle,

Great post and glad you found Alex's framework useful! I used Alex's guide as part of my annual review process last year and found many of the ideas helpful for clarifying my values, coming to terms with my shortcomings, and setting my intentions for the upcoming year.

Unfortunately, I often struggled with keeping myself accountable and love the idea of finding an accountability partner to go through the review process with.

Having gone through this exercise, it’s now crazy to me that it isn't more commonly used. As someone looking to optimize my im

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What are your favourite ways to buy time?

Relevant website for those who have specific dietary goals or requirements (formerly DIY Soylent):

What are your favourite ways to buy time?

+1 for ordering groceries online - Tried this for the first time last week. For me, not having to expend the time & mental energy searching for the things I need was well worth the small financial cost. For those in the US and Canada who still like to get out of the house, Instacart offers grocery pickup.

No, really, can "dead" time be salvaged?

I have a long (1-1.5 hour) commute via public transit to and from my work and as much of a time sink it is, it serves as (1) a great environment for doing offline non-professional work and (2) a concrete divider between my "professional" part of the day and my "personal" part of the day.

 Typically, I do a mix of (sometimes EA-related) things, such as listening to downloaded podcasts on my AntennaPod, reading articles tagged as "priority:high" on my Wallabag read-it-later app, listening to books on Libby, or watching non-intensive, career-related MOOC ... (read more)

Effective altruism merchandise to advertise the movement

I've thought about this as well and would love to see some more resources allocated to this area. In general, I think that visual marketing/branding is an undervalued area in the EA community, at least when it comes to movement building. That said, I'm an amateur graphic designer and EA group organizer, so I likely assign an unusually high importance to visual aesthetics.

Anyways, looking forward to joining the EA Creatives and Communicators Slack that @evelynciara mentioned.  

(Video) How to be a less crappy person

While I think there's some merit to the argument you put forth here, I think it discounts how much of a negative impact content that errs on the side of controversial can have on people's inclinations towards an organization/idea/thing. Yes, controversial (i.e. polarizing) content tends to reach farther in certain circles, thereby increasing the likelihood of capturing people who were already inclined to join a given movement, but it can just as easily build opposition to a movement, which can become a serious hindrance to a movement's community health and... (read more)

Would an interactive table help you to make donation decisions or understand the EA charity space better? If so, what filters would you want?

Hey Luke, great work thus far! Props to you and the rest of the GWWC and EA NYC team for making this data available in a user-friendly format.

I know this is a big ask, but I would love to see this data visualized in something like a sankey diagram (broken down by core cause area, sub-case area, and finally individual charity, for example). One of the things I've always been curious about is how under/overfunded a given charity or philanthropic fund is relative to other entities  in the same core or sub- cause area (i.e. donor coordination problem), an... (read more)

Kessler Syndrome in Effective Altruism

Great message and fun to read. Although I'm skeptical of your grandma's personal fit, it certainly sounds like she has the passion to become an exceptional AI safety researcher. ;)