fidelity: their "open an account" page (https://www.fidelitycharitable.org/open-account.html) directs to their program guidelines (https://www.fidelitycharitable.org/content/dam/fc-public/docs/programs/fidelity-charitable-program-guidelines.pdf), with the relevant info on page 17. on closer inspection, it looks like disbursement of 5% of net assets per year could be a policy for fidelity charitable as a whole, not necessarily for each individual account. even so, they claim to require active grantmaking and say they will start making grants from any account that hasn't disbursed anything for two years (top of page 18). i don't know if this policy is commonly applied, but at the very least it's a risk.
vanguard: their "open an account" page (https://www.vanguardcharitable.org/open-an-account/consent/) has a link to their policies and guidelines, with the relevant information under heading "minimums, timing, and amounts", subheading "minimum account activity".
i didn't see any minimum activity info on the schwab website and haven't had a chance to check others.meerpirat on Linch's Shortform
Yeah, I can also relate a lot (doing my PhD). One thing I noticed is that my motivational system slowly but surely seems to update on my AI related worries and that this now and then helps keeping me focused on what I actually think is more important from the EA perspective. Not sure what you are working on, but maybe there are some things that come to your mind how to increase your overall motivation, e.g. by reading or thinking of concrete stories of why the work is important, and by talking to others why you care about the things you are trying to achieve.fjehn on Linch's Shortform
This resonated with me a lot. Unfortunately, I do not have a quick fix. However, what seems to help at least a bit for me is seperating planning for a day and doing the work. Every workday the last thing I do (or try to do) is look at my calendar and to do lists and figure out what I should be doing the next day. By doing this I think I am better at assessing at what is important, as I do not have to do it at that moment. I only have to think of what my future self will be capable of doing. When the next day comes and future self turns into present self I find it really helpful to already having the work for the day planned for me. I do not have to think about what is important, I just do what past me decided.
Not sure if this is just an obvious way to do this, but I thought it does not hurt to write it down.linch on Linch's Shortform
While talking to my manager (Peter Hurford [EA · GW]), I made a realization that by default when "life" gets in the way (concretely, last week a fair amount of hours were taken up by management training seminars I wanted to attend before I get my first interns, this week I'm losing ~3 hours the covid vaccination appointment and in expectation will lose ~5 more from side effects), research (ie the most important thing on my agenda that I'm explicitly being paid to do) is the first to go. This seems like a bad state of affairs.
I suspect that this is more prominent in me than most people, but also suspect this is normal for others as well. More explicitly, I don't have much "normal" busywork like paperwork or writing grants and I try to limit my life maintenance tasks (of course I don't commute and there's other stuff in that general direction). So all the things I do are either at least moderately useful or entertaining. Eg, EA/work stuff like reviewing/commenting on other's papers, meetings, mentorship stuff, slack messages, reading research and doing research, as well as personal entertainment stuff like social media, memes, videogames etc (which I do much more than I'm willing to admit).
if "life" gets in the way and more of my hours get taken up so my normal tempo is interrupted, I find that by default I'm much more likely to sacrifice the important parts of my job (reading research and writing research) than I am to sacrifice timely things I sort of promised others on (eg, meetings, doing reviews, etc), or entertainment/life stuff.
An obvious solution to this is either to scale all my work hours proportionally down or even disproportionately scale down meetings and reviews so more of my focused hours is spent on doing the "hard stuff", but logistically this feels quite difficult and may not play nice with other people's schedules. Another obvious solution is to have a much higher "bar" before letting life get in the way of work time, but this also seems unappealing or unrealistic.
The only real consistent exception is if I'm on a tight external deadline (eg promise X funder to deliver Y by Z date), in which case I'm both more likely to apologetically sacrifice meetings etc and to cut down on entertainment (the latter of which is not fun and intuitively doesn't feel sustainable, but perhaps I'm overestimating the unsustainability due to the obvious sources of motivated reasoning).
So at the core, I believe that on top of my usual time management problems, I think I'm especially bad at doing important + nonurgent tasks when my normal flow is broken. This results in a pattern where I only get most of my real work done either a) on urgent timescales or b) when flow isn't broken and I actually have my normal schedule uninterrupted. Since many important work isn't urgent and having schedules interrupted is annoyingly common for me, I'm in search of a (principled) solution to this problem.
Somewhat related: Maker's schedule vs manager's schedule (though I think the problem is much less extreme for me than most forms of programmer flow).
My model is the that the global angle is kind of boring: the drug war was pushed by the US, and I expect if the US ends it then other nations will either follow their example or at least drift in random directions with the US no longer imposing the drug war on them by threat of trade penalties.victoria-anon on How Many People Will Climate Change Kill? [Video]
Here are some quick estimates I compiled (not from the video, but a cursory reading of recent research papers):
These additional risks definitely could overlap, but all together this would lead to an estimate at the same magnitude as OP's estimatematt-boyd on Is SARS-CoV-2 a modern Greek Tragedy?
Thanks for this response. I guess the motivation for me writing this yesterday was a comment from a member of NZ's public sector, who said basically 'the Atomic Scientists article falls afoul of the principle of parsimony'. So I wanted to give the other side, ie there actually are some reasons to think lab-leak rather than parsimonious natural explanation. So I completely take your point about balance, but the idea is part of a dialogue rather than a comprehensive analysis, that could have been clearer. Cheers.pablo_stafforini on [deleted]
Okay, I'm retagging these posts and deleting this tag.akash on Ending The War on Drugs - A New Cause For Effective Altruists?
I think the steelman of the neglectedness argument would be something like: "The less neglected something is, the less likely it is that we would be able to make them do it slightly better."
This is both because (a) it is harder to change the direction of the movement and (b) it is harder to genuinely find meaningful ways to improve the movement.
In (b), I wonder if there are some specific limitations of the current War-on-Drugs movement that would match the skills/interests of (some) EAs.akash on Ending The War on Drugs - A New Cause For Effective Altruists?
I'd be curious to learn more about the "types" of EAs that might be best-suited for this work, or how the "EA perspective" could enhance ongoing efforts.
As it stands, the case for scale (i.e., the magnitude of the problem) is very clear. However, I think scale is usually the strongest part of most cause area analyses (i.e., there are a lot of really big problems and it's usually not too difficult to articulate the bigness of those problems, especially using words rather than models). I think the role that EAs would play is less clear (as has been reflected in other comments relating to neglectedness). So, I wonder:
Are there some clear gaps or limitations in the current anti-War-on-drugs movement that could be filled by EA perspectives/skills? (As an example, one of the commentators emphasized that global efforts to legalize drugs may be neglected, and EAs who have skills/interests related to global advocacy might be especially helpful).