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The Effective Altruism Handbook

Thanks for the post! Do you think that a kindle version of the EA Handbook would be useful in order to effectively reach a wider audience? 

Feedback requested for an animal advocacy and longtermist career (direct and research)

Hello Michael,

1) Have you read the book "How to Create a Vegan World: A Pragmatic Approach" by Tobias Leenaert? I believe it is a very good reference for effective vegan advocacy.

2) I have noticed UN is not on your list. Have you considered working, for example, for UN's COPUOS?

By the way, I sympathise with your position because I will finish my MSc thesis (Preliminary Trajectory Design for a CubeSat Mission to a Near-Earth Object) in a few months (hopefully!), and I am also looking for an effective career. I only found out about EA, via 80000 Hours, at the beginning of my MSc, and noticed that Aerospace Engineeing does not seem to be in high demand. According to the 80000 Hours most pressing problems page, the topic more closely related to Space seems to be "Governance of outer space" from the "Potential highest priorities" list. However, economics or law backgrounds are likely more suitable than engineering for that area...

Do you think there might be other effective careers in Space, such that I could capitalise on my Aerospace Engineering background? For example, in terms of planetary protection, besides asteroid collision risks, space weather and space debris could be relevant. I wonder if I should aim for a Phd in these sort of areas... Any advide would be appreciated!

I have also been fantasising about being a representive of the party " People–Animals–Nature" (the Portuguese party closest to Animal Justice Party). I have only became a member a few months ago, and have not been that involved, but I would like to change this.

Good luck for your Phd!


Space governance is important, tractable and neglected

I was excited to read this post because Space in seldom mentioned in the EA movement, and I am about to complete my MSc thesis in Aerospace Engineering. However, I believe a Space Law background would be more suitable for the research suggested above.

I would appreciate if someone could give insight into effective careers for which an Aerospace Engineering background could be useful (at least as a starting point).