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I lead Product at Momentum, and care about making funding for high impact causes more robust & diversified. I live in the Bay Area, advise Asia-based community builders and run Pineapple Ops. I previously worked in consulting, recruiting and marketing, with a BA in Sociology and focused on social movements. (A little on my journey to EA)

I'm always keen to hear feedback through any means. Here's an anonymous way to share: admonymous.co/vaidehiagarwalla

Unless otherwise stated, I always write in a personal capacity.

/'vɛðehi/ or VEH-the-hee

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How others can help me

If you feel I can do something (anything) better, please let me know. I want to be warm, welcoming & supportive - and I know I can fail to live up to those standards sometimes. Have a low bar for reaching out - (anonymous form here). 

If you think you have different views to me (on anything!), reach out -I want to hear more from folks with different views to me. If you have deep domain expertise in a very specific area (especially non-EA) I'd love to learn about it!

Connect me to fundraisers, product designers, people with ops & recruiting backgrounds and potential PA/ops folks! 

How I can help others

I can give specific feedback on movement building & meta EA project plans and career advising. 

I can also give feedback on posts and grant applications. 

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However, distancing yourself from 'small r' rationality is far more radical and likely less considered.

 

Could you share some examples of where people have done this or called for it? 

From what I've seen online and the in person EA community members I know, people seem pretty clear about separating themselves from the Rationalist community. 

Good Ventures have stopped funding efforts connected with the rationality community and rationality

 

Since that post doesn't specify specific causes they are exiting from, could you clarify if they specified that they are also not funding lower case r "rationality"?

More broadly, they are ultimately scared about the world returning to the sort of racism that led to the Holocaust, to segregation, and they are scared that if they do not act now, to stop this they will be part of maintaining the current system of discrimination and racial injustice.

 

This feels somewhat uncharitable. 

Curious if you think there was good discussion before that and could point me to any particularly good posts or conversations?

I wonder if the forum is even a good place for a lot of these discussions? Feels like they need some combination of safety / shared context, expertise, gatekeeping etc?

I think mhendric was asking whether an applicant's anonymity preferences affect their chance of getting funding

Oh thanks for the clarification, I didn't realize that! I'd expect there to be less wealth in LMIC countries though - I assume the vast majority of wealth (not sure what reasonable numbers are here) is held in HIC's and by HNWIs / corporations / governments in those countries. 

Also global GDP increased 43% between 2010 and 2022.

GDP per capita numbers are 2022 estimates, didn't make that clear earlier.  

Also, the middle east (probably main source of muslim wealth) has a total GDP of $5-7 T (acc to wikipedia), I'd be surprised if the rest of the world can make up the rest.

Calculating the rest of the world, geographically (2010 population numbers, 2022 GDP numbers):

This accounts for something like 87% of Mulisms in 2010. I believe this distribution is basically accurate in 2024 (or if anything, accounts for even more of the population because the main population growth comes from LMICs). 

Cumulatively I'd expect that these regions could (being fairly generous) give maybe ~$206B per year (accounting for population growth from 2010 to present) if everyone was giving 2.5% of income, but I'd expect the number to be much lower. 

Marisa was a wonderfully kind, thoughtful and supportive person. She was one of the first friends I made in EA many years ago, and I felt I'd found a kindred spirit in her - we exchanged many ideas and about sociology, ops, community building. She gave wonderfully helpful feedback and I always enjoyed learning about what she was up to (always something new!).

I'm so saddened and heartbroken by this news. She deserved so much more.

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