Renan Araujo

Research Manager @ Rethink Priorities
195 karmaJoined Apr 2020Working (0-5 years)



Hi! If you'd like to chat, feel free to shoot me an email or add me on LinkedIn with a note (oddly I've found the latter to be a lower barrier for people to actually reach out, so there you go).


About me:

I'm currently a research manager in Rethink Priorities' General Longtermism team, where my primary focus involves making sense of how to prioritize among megaprojects and how to operationalize them. Currently (Nov 22), my work leads me to think about scalable movement building in LMIC, which I've been doing with a focus on Brazil and Latin America through Condor Camp.

Previously, I worked as a predoctoral research fellow at the Legal Priorities Project. There, I look into how constitutions protect future generations, what research should be done in space governance, and how extortion law may help reduce s-risks.

In a previous life, I considered following an academic career in criminology, did a master's in criminal justice policy at LSE, led a criminal justice reform volunteer group in Brazil, and earned a law degree.

You can reach out to me through my personal page and my LinkedIn. I'm happy to have 1-1s about various subjects, from career advice to space governance :)


I wanted something like that - I feel like I’m subconsciously more willing to read posts in that front end. Thanks for sharing it.

That's incredibly important data to collect, thanks for gathering and sharing it.

I think the issue is more that such an income would depend on the org's performance or existence even in that arrangement, and that directors should be ready to make hard decisions that could e.g., shut down the organization. Depending on the org in any way would limit their decision power to make such calls.

Fantastic video – I'm really impressed with how you managed to match the high quality of the text. Thanks a lot for such great work!

Minor feedback about this post: I think the photo of the Yoruba folks might be a bit misleading in the context of this post, and I wouldn't include it. My sense is that the religion is followed by millions, that the radical smallpox-inoculation cult was quite fringe, and that the body painting of white dots doesn't have anything to do with smallpox. It doesn't seem fair to me to associate the whole religion and the folks in that photo with such a radical, harmful cult.

Here's another compilation we put together for our team's work on helping people found longtermist projects: [public] A rough list of ideas for scalable longtermist projects

Thanks for the suggestions, Yonatan! The info you raised (location and employment time) is currently displayed in the summary board at the right of the screen with the goal of making it prominent to the reader (follows screenshot). 

Does this appear for you? Or did  you jump straight into the text and didn't notice? If the latter, then that's quite useful information from the user end for us to take into account and update.



As per Michael's comment, Rethink Priorities' General Longtermism team (in which I work) also has room for more funding. You can read about our work in 2022 in this post

More recent public outputs include Does the US public support ultraviolet germicidal irradiation technology for reducing risks from pathogens? and Scalable longtermist projects: Speedrun series.

Answer by Renan AraujoNov 26, 202260

We at Condor Camp (a project for longtermist movement building in Brazil) are providing some advice for Brazilian students, feel free to reach out: info@condor.camp. I studied Law in a Brazilian university, so I have some first-hand knowledge about the Brazilian higher ed system but not about Biology exactly. My guess is that Biology degrees in Brazil can often be quite narrow, and that there might be more interesting alternatives depending on where you're located and how competitive your ENEM grades were. I recommend you reach out for a chat with one of our team members :)

Seems like great work, and I'll engage with it more in the future! But I wanted to push back a little on this excerpt:

According to Tonn (2021), only two of the 100 national constitutions he analyzed included specific provisions advocating for future generations. Constitutions could also be amended to establish new institutions, like Tonn’s proposed national anticipatory institutions (NAI), the World Court of Generations (WCG), the InterGenerational Panel on Perpetual Obligations (IPPO), or others. Please refer to his aforementioned book for more information.

You can check a paper I co-authored on the constitutionalization of future generations to see that 81 out of 196 constitutions (41%) explicitly mention future generations, with varied levels of legal protection. In short, one of our takeaways is that constitutions don't seem like a quite tractable way of protecting future generations, since many of these de jure protections don't translate into de facto actions – the latter seem to mostly be a product of other factors. I haven't read Tonn's work.

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