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EA Newsletter: August 3, 2017

Effective Altruism Newsletter

August 3, 2017

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Organize a table or stall at an event.

June 14, 2017

If you’re a university student looking to build or grow a local campus group, tabling is a good means of doing so. Most universities have a student activities fair where students advertise their activities, often called a Freshers Fair (UK) or Activities Expo (US). This is great for students early in the academic term and who have at least one other student willing to pitch effective altruism to new people.

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Volunteer for short-term tasks.

June 14, 2017

Effective altruism is unique in that much of the work we do is a step or more removed from the ultimate beneficiaries of our actions. This leaves little room for the ordinary kinds of volunteer work you might engage in in many other parts of the nonprofit space. This also means that some of the best ways to help are by improving or scaling the efforts of projects that have high leverage to make the world better.

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Volunteer or intern remotely.

June 14, 2017

Some organizations that explicitly affiliate themselves with effective altruism take remote volunteers or interns. Even if you don’t live in proximity of an EA organization’s headquarters, you can often contribute to their goals. What’s better, volunteering is one of the most common means by which current EA organization employees got their feet in the door; it’s a great way for you and the organization to get to know one another. Not all EA organizations take volunteers or interns; if an organization you’re interested in isn’t listed below, reach out to them directly. (The below are listed alphabetically.)

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Write a blog post.

June 14, 2017

A great way to both provide value to others and train your own skills is by writing and publishing blog posts. Given the field’s current small size, individual contributors have the ability to make strides on important areas or otherwise contribute novel content. While we encourage everyone to think critically about EA topics, this is probably best suited to people who well acquainted with effective altruism and/or one of its specific subdomains.

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EA Newsletter: June 2, 2017

Effective Altruism Newsletter

June 2, 2017

  • The student-run Oxford Prioritization Project wrapped up their cause prioritization research, quantitatively modeling the four remaining charities in their shortlist.
  • Max Dalton, on behalf of the Centre for Effective Altruism, explores funding gaps, room for funding and diminishing returns here and here.
  • Tim Urban from Wait Buy Why on the benefits and risks of the AI revolution
  • Spotlight on how graduation programs reduce poverty

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Considering Considerateness: Why communities of do-gooders should be exceptionally considerate

Stefan Schubert, Ben Garfinkel, Owen Cotton-Barratt

June 1, 2017

Summary:[1] When interacting with others you can be considerate of their preferences, for instance by being friendly or reliable. This normally has small positive direct effects. But, by improving your reputation or strengthening aspects of culture that make a community more cooperative, the positive indirect effects can be large.

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EA Newsletter: May 6, 2017

Effective Altruism Newsletter

May 6, 2017

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