May 5, 2016
Apparently y’all liked the jokes in the last edition. So we’ll keep things light!
In this edition, definitely check out the update by 80,000 Hours. Lots of new material on helping people decide what to do professionally. Someone send it to Cruz and Kasich?
And maybe a CFAR gift voucher to the presumptive Republican presidential nominee?
Pablo Stafforini has compiled a big list of EA blogs. So many cool blog names! 9 points to Gryffindor if you know a blog that isn’t listed there. Just let Pablo know and he’ll get those points transferred right away. (GiveDirectly is really expanding these days.)
Check out this very interesting article on the (underwhelming) philosophical critiques of effective altruism, written by Oxford philosophy professor Jeff McMahan.
Our very own Georgie Mallett gathered a few stories from 7 different local EA groups.
80k uploaded a full rewrite of their career guide along with a recorded video version and launched new profiles of different major problems people can work on as well as a quiz to help people choose between them. They have also created an introductory campaign for new newsletter subscribers, reorganized their website and offered 5 workshops at EAGxBoston, Harvard and MIT. (Sooo.. what have you been doing lately?)
Next week, they’ll start a campaign to drive traffic to their new career guide – when you see it getting promoted online, do share it, so your friends get a chance to read some really useful advice! They'll thank you later.
ACE published an intervention report on undercover investigations and some updates to the way they conduct quantitative cost-effectiveness estimates. They are also looking for people to write guest blog posts on effective animal advocacy topics. If interested, contactLeah Edgerton, ACE’s Digital Media Manager.
Following their annual self-evaluation, GiveWell posted their plans for 2016. GiveWell also published an interim review of Sightsavers’ work on deworming. Sightsavers is applying to be a GiveWell top charity.
For World Malaria Day, Giving What We Can launched the Just One Net campaign to help make it easier for members and supporters to talk about effectiveness. People from across 33 countries bought 5,305 nets through the Against Malaria Foundation. This is enough to protect 9,550 people from mosquitoes, and tentative estimates suggest the campaign will have prevented five deaths.
Their report, Global Catastrophic Risks 2016 with their partners at the Global Challenges Foundation, was picked up in international print, radio, and TV including the BBC, The Times, and SkyNews. They also responded to parliamentary consultations on research prioritization and artificial intelligence.
The Open Philanthropy Project described both their progress in 2015 and their plans for 2016. In particular, potential risks from advanced artificial intelligence will be a major priority this year and their are planning to dedicate significant capacities to this cause.
The Open Philanthropy Project also published write-ups on several recent grants in the areas of macroeconomic stabilization policy, criminal justice reform, and scientific research, which are all available here.
If you’re new to EA, you may be wondering what “effective altruism” is all about. Well, you’re in luck! Here’s the link to the (well-written) Wikipedia article. You’re welcome.
In short, EA is a growing social movement founded on the desire to make the world as good a place as it can be, the use of evidence and reason to find out how to do so, and the audacity to actually try.
Yale Assistant Professor of Political Science Allan Dafoe is seeking research assistants for a project on the political dimensions of the existential risks posed by advanced artificial intelligence. More details on the FHI website.
Join GiveDirectly as a software engineer and help reshape global giving. Money, money, money.. must be funny.. in the rich man's world.
GiveWell is hiring a Director of Operations to lead and build the team responsible for non-research functions at GiveWell and the Open Philanthropy Project.
The Humane League is looking for a Director of Communications.
FYI: Check out this Facebook group full of job postings.
The Center for Applied Rationality (CFAR) will be running 4 free programs this summer, all of which are currently accepting applications.
If you are interested in writing Wikipedia articles on topics related to EA, get in touch with Vipul.
Here’s an update on finding a new EA hub. If you have any feedback, let Eric know.
In this excellent article Topher Hallquist makes the case for effective altruists to embrace the label “cosmopolitanism” more consciously.
Go forth and do the most good!
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See you again on June 2!
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