80,000 Hours articles aimed at the EA community

post by 80000_Hours · 2017-06-20T22:19:34.311Z · score: 16 (18 votes) · EA · GW · Legacy · 4 comments

We've recently produced a few significant pieces that we expect to be of interest to people who are quite involved in the effective altruism community:

Other content that should interest folks here includes:

And for those who want to earn to give:



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comment by geoffreymiller · 2017-08-16T22:25:58.015Z · score: 5 (5 votes) · EA(p) · GW(p)

I would love to see some '40,000 hours' materials for mid-career people pivoting into EA work.

Our skills, needs, constraints, and opportunities are quite different from 20-somethings. For example, if one has financial commitments (child support, mortgage, debts, alimony), it's not realistic to go back to grad school or an unpaid internship to re-train. We also have geographical constraints -- partners, kids in school, dependent parents, established friendships, community commitments. And in mid-life, our 'crystallized intelligence' (stock of knowledge) is much higher than a 20-something's, but our 'fluid intelligence' (ability to solve abstract new problems quickly) is somewhat lower -- so it's easier to learn things that relate to our existing expertise, but harder to learn coding, data science, or finance from scratch.

On the upside, a '40k project' would allow EA to bring in a huge amount of talent -- people with credentials, domain knowledge, social experience, leadership skills, professional networks, prestige, and name recognition. Plus, incomes that would allow substantially larger donations than 20-something can manage.

comment by 80000_Hours · 2017-09-07T02:13:33.236Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · EA(p) · GW(p)

Hi Geoffrey, we agree this would be very valuable. Our materials are already heading in that direction, but I think it will be at least a year or two before we do a major research push to produce that guide due to other competing priorities.

comment by remmelt · 2017-06-21T16:44:48.463Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · EA(p) · GW(p)

To keep it short: your articles on community-building (especially the social dynamics that come into play) have been highly valuable for me.

comment by LaurenMcG · 2017-06-27T15:50:24.721Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · EA(p) · GW(p)

Are there any upcoming career profiles to be excited about?