Rafael Ruiz

Founder @ Futurosophia
34 karmaJoined Feb 2021Pursuing a doctoral degree (e.g. PhD)Working (0-5 years)Ciudad Real, Spain



Founder of https://futurosophia.com/, a nonprofit aimed at growing the Spanish-speaking Effective Altruism community and empowering Spanish speakers to have high-impact careers.

Master's Degree in Philosophy from King's College London. Master's Degree in Political Philosophy from Pompeu Fabra University (Spain). Incoming Ph.D. Student in Philosophy at the London School of Economics. 

More information about me at my personal website: https://www.rafaelruizdelira.com/


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Interesting introduction! I have a couple of first impressions that I'd like to share:

  1. The beginning of the article seems strange to me. This is the first time I have seen "Effective Altruism" defined as "a project". To me, "a project" seems to have the connotation of something happening within a specific organization, rather than an idea, question, ideology, philosophy, or social movement. I think Effective Altruism is not a project. Rather, it contains hundreds or thousands of projects. I think there might be a better concept to encompass the idea.
  2. I find it weird to put "What are some examples of effective altruism in practice?" before outlining the ideas in "What values unite effective altruism?". Although it might be more boring, I think our cause areas are better understood once we outline our core philosophy. Also, we try to be cause neutral, so our projects might change radically in the future.
  3. On a more positive note, I like the bar charts! They're very illuminating regarding the magnitude of the issues. :)
Answer by Rafael RuizJul 23, 202280

Just in case some people don't know them, some useful material I've found related to introducing EA to newcomers is the following:

It's not exactly what you're asking for, but I thought it would be good to mention them. That way more people can know about them and we can also avoid repeating efforts. :)

This is post great! I had the idea for a similar post but you put it better than I could.

I hope more diverse messaging attracts a variety of people to EA and makes them more engaged overall.

Thanks for sharing! I might start reading from your most recommended. :)

Thanks for posting this! I'll be sharing some of these graphs with people new to EA

I share many of your worries, but I think that luckily they have solutions! Here is what I've learned from my own experience in the past couple of years.

Regarding financial stability, I think it's wise to save in order to have the runway to sustain yourself for several months without income.

Regarding burnout, often my advice to others in this situation is to "try to give 80% effort", because attempting to give 100% effort leads to burnout in just a few weeks or months. 

If you want to maximize positive impact in the world, it has to be sustainable. This means taking care of your physical and mental well-being by exercising and maintaining your friendships and personal connections. 

Human psychology is not impartial. As biological and social beings, we need connection and companionship. I'd rather be an "80% effort" Effective Altruist for my whole life instead of being a "100% effort" Effective Altruist for 3 months.

Regarding rejection, I recommend taking rejections as a positive thing showing that you tried your best. I keep a document where I track the things I've applied to. I cross off the ones I don't get, but it's very satisfying to underline the ones that I get with a nice green color! 

Even if the rate of acceptance for publications/uni acceptances/jobs is like 5%, it still means you'll get accepted to several places every year if you keep on applying and talking to EAs that can give you feedback on your application materials. 

Also, don't take rejections too personally, people don't really know you. Their perception of you is based on a couple of brief documents.

Thanks for the source. I had never heard about this organization before.

Precisely the "ad hoc and informal" nature of the current system is what I criticize in the main post. I wish that there was a website maintained by CEA or a similar organization filling this role, similar to the EA Groups Resource Centre.

Thanks for sharing! I had no idea these resources existed. (I think most people don't know about them either)

Just two points:

-By a very rough estimate, I think the Wiki is missing like 70% of EA organizations, particularly the smaller ones. Seems like there's a lot of work left to be done adding them!

-How do we join the EA Operations Slack?