Tristan Williams

@ EA at UVA
169 karmaJoined Sep 2022Seeking workCharlottesville, VA, USA



While I'm currently working as a Tea Slinger, I would generally describe myself as a modern day renaissance man, having slaughtered pigs on my family farm and become a vegan, having done HVAC work and academic research, having been a member of both the Republican and Democratic clubs at my university. I've sought to experience much in life, and on the horizon I wish to deepen my experiences within EA, currently having gone from a fellow to a facilitator to a prospective employee looking for work in the space while simultaneously doing personal cause prioritization work. Ill include below a list of some of my deep interests, and would be happy to connect over any of these areas, specifically as they may intersect with EA.

Philosophy, Psychology, Music (have deep interests in all genres but especially electronic and indie), Politics (especially American), Drugs (mostly psychs), Gaming (mostly League these days), Cooking (have been a head chef),  Photography, Meditation (specifically mindfulness).

How others can help me

I'm in the process right now of decided which cause area to focus my future work on (general longtermism research, EA community building, nuclear, AI governance, and mental health) so any compelling reasons to go (or not to go) into any of these would be really helpful at this point.

How I can help others

While I can't really offer any expertise in EA related things, I have deep knowledge in Philosophy, Psychology and Meditation, and can potentially help with questions generally related to these disciplines. I would say the best thing I can offer is a strong desire to dive deeper into EA, preferably with others who are also interested. 


Ah cool, thanks. Would probably include that at the top of the post for others who may be interested.

You can update the EA CoLabs link (under Adding to and/or improving options...) with their website (Impact Colabs) which is a more functional update to this I think. 

Have you thought about making this into a post? This is the first I've heard about this and find it really compelling and interesting and totally worth a larger discussion.

Is this still live? And if it is, is it expanded or still just for college students?

I swear I'm not usually the one to call for numbers, but I'm compelled to in this case, because one of the common feelings I have reading this claim and claims like it is wanting to know: quantitatively what sort of difference did you make? I don't expect anything beyond really rough numbers, but let me give you an example of something I'd love to read here:

"The 21-22 California budget is 262.5 billion dollars. The organization I work in takes precedence over X billion dollars. My role covers Y% of that budget, and I expect that had another non-EA aligned person been in my role the allocation would have been Z% less effective."

If you had to guess, what do you think your X, Y and Z are? I know Z is tricky too, but if you explain your rough reasoning, I think that'd help. I also know you mention many things that would be hard to directly quantify (changing minds towards being more data oriented in a meeting) but I think you can roughly quantify this by determining what percentage of X became more effective over the course of your influence and what W% were you responsible for of that. 

The worry section made me giggle and I really appreciated it, and felt a kinship in undertaking such a process when I've written things before :)

Ah understood, sorry for missing. I think you might want to consider deleting the post in that case though

Yeah fair enough, understood in that spirit I think that makes a lot of sense

  1. Thank you, that's a pretty helpful framing that I think I've probably heard before but haven't internalized quite this way until now. In sum, references are generally a testament to character and general skills, not specific aptitudes for given work.
  2. I do have question in response, but perhaps I'll instead just speak in favor of making a post geared towards what you think entry level EA aligned people should do for work. Or perhaps a "things I wish I'd known starting out" or "if I could do it all again this is what I'd do" sort of deal. Your content has been great so far, and don't feel like you need to rewrite anything with just a slightly changed veneer to be adaptable, but if you do feel like there's enough you might want to say along these lines, I'd love to read a post from you on it! :)
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