The Effective Altruism Newsletter & Open Thread - 9 November 2015 Edition

post by michaltrzesimiech · 2015-11-10T09:48:38.505Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · EA · GW · Legacy · 6 comments

The Effective Altruism Newsletter – 9 Nov. 2015 Edition

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Here's the next edition of the Newsletter, your favorite source of everything EA.

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Articles and Community Posts

Have you, like us, failed to win the Nobel Prize 32 times in a row? Are you finding that a bummer? If so,
this article might offer some consolation.

Matthew Gentzel shares some key insights from running Effective Altruism Policy Analytics, including an extensive “lessons learned” section.

If you are interested in investing, for instance to donate more later, Ben Todd provides some tips and resources for how to do so more effectively.

Remember GiveWell’s post “Charities we’d like to see”? Join this recent discussion on the value of charity entrepreneurship started by Charity Science team members who plan to start a new poverty alleviation charity.
Updates from EA Organizations and Projects

80,000 Hours

80k added 11,000 people to their newsletter in the last two months by doing outreach to students and through the website. In Oxford and Cambridge, they signed up over 25% of incoming undergrads.

Effective Altruism Foundation

Dutch, German and Swiss donors can make tax-deductible donations to all EA charities via EAF (formerly GBS Switzerland) – find out more. Recently, they published a transparency page as well.

Raising for Effective Giving

REG is expanding their industry-targeted outreach activites to Daily Fantasy Sports, starting with a $75,000 matching challenge funded by Tom “chipotleaddict” Crowley, a former professional poker player who recently won one of the biggest ever DFS tournaments for a prize of $1.2 million. They are also working on new projects in professional gaming and trading.

The Life You Can Save

Founder Peter Singer will be answering your questions during a Product Hunt LIVE chat on 30 Nov. from 12-1 PM Pacific/3-4 PM Eastern. Sign up to chat with Peter and get ready for an inspiring conversation!
Job Postings

80,000 Hours is still looking for a product engineer.
Animal Charity Evaluators is looking for several part-time, remote interns in the fields of research, operations, development and communications. These internships start in January, run for three months and offer the possibility of an extension.
The Centre for the Study of Existential Risk is hiring four new postdoctoral researchers to start in Jan. 2016 or as soon as possible afterwards. The research associates will join a growing team of researchers developing a general methodology for the management of extreme technological risk. The deadline is 12:00 noon UK time this Thursday, 12 Nov.
The Effective Altruism Foundation (formerly GBS Switzerland) is recruiting a Director of Growth for their project Raising for Effective Giving (REG). They are also offering three positions at their new hub in Berlin, focusing on outreach and operations.
Timeless Classics

Toby Ord’s forcefully argued piece on the moral imperative towards cost-effectiveness offers some very intriguing take-aways, particularly in the field of global health.
What is effective altruism?

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.
To learn more, watch this 6-minute talk by Beth Barnes, a perennial favorite within the community, take Peter Singer’s Coursera course and visit the the brand-new EA Wiki!
We’ll try to include different resources from edition to edition – let us know what you’d like to see here!
Go forth and do the most good!

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The Effective Altruism Newsletter Team

Georgie, Michał, Pascal and Sören

The Effective Altruism Newsletter is a joint project between the Centre for Effective Altruism, the Effective Altruism Hub and .impact
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comment by Anders_Huitfeldt · 2015-11-12T19:06:48.778Z · score: 5 (5 votes) · EA(p) · GW(p)

The Meta-Research Innovation Center at Stanford (METRICS) is hiring post-docs for 2016/2017. The full announcement is available at Feel free to contact me with any questions; I am currently a post-doc in this position.

METRICS is a research center within Stanford Medical School. It was set up to study the conditions under which the scientific process can be expected to generate accurate beliefs, for instance about the validity of evidence for the effect of interventions.

METRICS was founded by Stanford Professors Steve Goodman and John Ioannidis in 2014, after Givewell connected them with the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, who provided the initial funding. See for more details.

(I tried posting this in a separate article, but as a new user I don't have enough karma. For now it is going to the open thread; if people think this should get more visibility I'd be happy to move it once I get sufficient karma)

comment by SoerenMind · 2015-11-26T09:56:24.241Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA(p) · GW(p)

That sounds really cool and should be shared in the EA job postings group

comment by Patrick · 2015-11-12T02:45:27.480Z · score: 4 (4 votes) · EA(p) · GW(p)

The talks from EA Global are available in podcast format at EARadio (iTunes link). The YouTube videos seem to have disappeared, so this may be the easiest way to access the talks. Cheers!

comment by Tom_Ash · 2015-11-11T01:17:18.293Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · EA(p) · GW(p)

Here's an interesting question from Eva Vivalt of AidGrade on the FB group: "What are some important research questions that could use more work? Let's make a list!"

comment by tyrael · 2015-11-13T17:18:20.440Z · score: 6 (6 votes) · EA(p) · GW(p)

Some social change questions:

1) Is it better to focus on the "influencers," often through personalized contact and meetings?

2) Which countries are most important in steering global conversation?

3) Does controversy tend to reduce the growth ceiling of a movement by creating opposition (even though it, arguably, speeds up growth)?

comment by Gleb_T · 2015-11-11T01:32:42.833Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · EA(p) · GW(p)

Some meta stuff:

1) How can we spread EA effectively?

2) What are the lowest-hanging fruit for improving the EA movement?