EA Communication Project Ideas

post by Ben_West · 2021-11-19T19:56:58.008Z · EA · GW · 13 comments

These are some small EA communication projects which I think independent EA's with reasonable understandings of EA and communication practices can do, without needing to be employed by an EA organization etc. They mostly come from random discussions I have with people and in general are not original to me.

Note: many of these suggestions involve repurposing existing content. Remember to respect intellectual property laws when doing this, and consider contacting the author of the original work, when appropriate.

These ideas are posted by me personally, not my employer, and in general I've only done a few minutes of thinking about each one.


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comment by Aaron Gertler (aarongertler) · 2021-11-19T23:21:42.059Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

The Twitter bot for sharing Forum articles already exists.

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comment by Ben_West · 2021-11-21T01:33:03.669Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

Thanks! I thought it sounded familiar, but I couldn't find it. I've updated my article

comment by MichaelA · 2021-11-20T16:40:53.883Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

Most of these ideas do sound good to me (the others I'm ~agnostic on), and in general I like the idea of firing off quick posts like this with relatively concrete ideas of useful things for "junior EAs" to do.

For additional ideas/discussion, people might also be interested in Suggestion: EAs should post more summaries and collections [EA · GW] and/or Notes on EA-related research, writing, testing fit, learning, and the Forum [EA · GW].

I think contributing to the EA Wiki [EA · GW]might also be a good example of a "small EA communication project which independent EAs with reasonable understandings of EA and communication practices can do, without needing to be employed by an EA organization etc." (paraphrasing you). 

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comment by Ben_West · 2021-11-23T00:08:18.969Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

Thanks! I agree with other suggestions, thanks for adding them

comment by Mauricio · 2021-11-20T02:40:28.328Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

Thanks for this!

Make a written intro similar to Ajeya's talk

This script and these slides are heavily inspired by (and are several years more recent than) her talk--might be useful for someone who wants to do this.

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comment by Ben_West · 2021-11-23T00:07:27.518Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

Thanks! That does seem helpful.

comment by ChanaMessinger · 2021-11-19T22:29:49.982Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

This is great! I'll be sharing this with anyone in need of ideas of what to work on.

I specifically like the model of "repurpose everything", like after EAG, follow up on it and keep engagement going. I feel like I can use that in my tweeting directly.

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comment by Ben_West · 2021-11-23T00:08:02.399Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

Thanks! Yeah let me know if you end up trying the "keep engagement going" type stuff – I'd be curious to hear how successful it is

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comment by ChanaMessinger · 2021-11-23T17:15:46.464Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

Will do! First thing has been to write up the workshop I gave at the post EAG student organizer retreat as a Twitter thread. (Link here: https://twitter.com/ChanaMessinger/status/1462420569857560578?t=1EdH2WBZaGO2QxHraD76qg&s=19) Not amazing reach, but something I'll keep playing with.

comment by aaronmayer · 2021-11-24T22:28:25.350Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

These are all great suggestions! ❤️

I'd add that even for those who aren't willing/able to put the time into working on projects like these, there's still so much you can do by merely talking about EA and bringing it up slightly more often in casual conversations. Word of mouth is far more powerful than people give it credit for, so simply talking about EA and why it matters to you could be a huge force for good!

comment by Nathan Young (nathan) · 2021-11-20T12:59:50.994Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

I agree that these are great ideas, but I have struggled to get funding for stuff like this, which confuses me. If these are good ideas, why aren't we pushing funding towards making them exist? 

See a previous post I wrote on this here:
https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/db8SiHtdscdHcK2Mm/a-case-for-better-feeds [EA · GW]

comment by MichaelA · 2021-11-20T16:37:17.368Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

Make podcasts that read out newsletters

  • Robert Miles does this for the alignment newsletter, for example
  • There are a bunch of other newsletters you could do this for

I'd like this! In particular, I'd personally like this for various AI-governance-related newsletters, e.g. import.ai, ChinAI, CSET's newsletter, and Charlotte Stix's newsletter. I've subscribed to these and would like to at least skim them but almost never do, but I find it easier to make time for listening than for reading.

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comment by Ben_West · 2021-11-23T00:09:08.060Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

Thanks for these concrete suggestions!