Resources for better understanding aptitudes?

post by Miranda_Zhang (starmz12345@gmail.com) · 2022-04-20T15:39:00.568Z · EA · GW · 3 comments

This is a question post.

edit: I quickly compiled resources for each aptitude here. I'm pretty confident this is, on average, of mediocre quality so please point me to any higher-quality resources!

I'm adapting GCP's Career Planning Program and adding a track based on Holden's aptitudes framework [EA · GW]. Part of this includes a list of resources (c.f. GCP's resources on AI risk). I expect that resources for aptitudes looks different to resources for causes, but that there is a wide variety of useful resources. For example, a resource could help with

I would prefer resources that are not focused on specific career paths (a la 80k), but are more focused on the skill itself. This means I expect some of the best resources might not be related to EA at all.

Does anyone have a list of relevant resources for any of these aptitudes? (Aptitudes in bold are higher priority because it's harder for me to generate a list of resources)

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answer by emwalz · 2022-04-20T17:25:49.360Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

For the last few months I've been considering what it would look like to create an EA-curated learning hub that offered the best resources to level up in various skills related to EA.  To clarify - are you looking for resources to build these aptitudes or more a breakdown of subskills within each aptitude?

The project as I've envisioned would focus on curating existing tools, resources, practice outlets more than content creation. I wasn't sure if this had been done in any areas outside of reading lists, the few AI courses I've seen, the Animal Welfare careers course, and  Effective self help's synthesized research on behavior change.

comment by Miranda_Zhang (starmz12345@gmail.com) · 2022-04-20T17:43:25.004Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

I'm looking for both! I think resources to build aptitudes can help people to test their fit, while a breakdown of subskills can deepen people's understanding of what the aptitude entails.

This project sounds really exciting - I see upskilling as one of the biggest bottlenecks in community-building right now, so having a centralized directory seems useful.

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comment by MichelJusten (MJusten) · 2022-04-22T17:19:41.930Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

I can't think of any collections related to these aptitudes, but I agree they could be really valuable.

Coming up with group-learning guides for buildings these aptitudes could be a great, scaleable activity for student groups post-intro fellowships. 

Similarly,  projects ideas related to the aptitude could be really helpful. Some people have said that work trials (e.g. Rethink priorities') were very helpful for them to test to their fit, so these could be something to look into. 

Let me know if you look into this more– it's a project I'm considering this summer.