205 karmaJoined May 2019Tartu, Estonia


I'm Richard! I'm getting top talent in Estonia excited about working on the most important causes.


Thanks for the nice words!

Regarding the "active members" count, here are the stats:

  • That year, around 17 new people were added to the Slack from the Intro Course. Possibly 5-10 more.
  • Out of them, around 13 were engaged in activities after that
  • That means at least 13 other people had to become became less active during that time (not unreasonable)

So to increase activity on Slack, we'd either have to prevent people leaving or add people to Slack. We could:

  • assign each currently active person a mentor to keep them engaged
  • have a more obvious process of choosing activities to take part in
  • have more activities to take part in
  • think more about how to scale up our activities
  • invite people to Slack more liberally (also outside the Intro Course)

But another queston to ask is, whether activity on Slack should even be a metric to optimize for. I feel like it's okay to a have a static member count, as long you are creating lots of HEAs.

This touches a bit on the the question of what even is a national EA group: whether it's necessarily a big community of friends, or can it be a narrow attempt at getting more people working on top causes? I'm leaning more towards the latter lately.

PS! Looks like there's lots of collaboration to be done on the mushroom front :)

Calling all Lithuanians!

I'm on the lookout for people who are interested in effective altruism / rationality and living in Lithuania.  

If you happen to know anyone like that, let me know, so I could invite them to apply to the upcoming EAGxNordics conference.

For context, I am on the organising team for EAGx Nordics and one of our goals is to grow the smaller EA communities in the region. Most notably Lithuania, which is the largest country in the Baltics, but has the smallest EA presence. My hope is that the conference will help connect existing EA-aligned individuals living in Lithuania, who might not know each other.

Is there  a more up to date version of this somewhere?

That's a good point. I hadn't considered signalling benefits.

I am also curious to understand why you think that earning to give is more impactful than 98%+ of jobs. Also, did you mean 98% of EA-aligned jobs or all jobs?

Thanks for the answer.

Just to make sure I understand #1.

You're saying that if I donated 1000€ to GiveWell right now, my donation would be expected to have 10 times as much impact as a donation to GiveDirectly? However, in the coming years that might change to 5x or 2x?