Comment by Greg_Colbourn on EA Hotel Fundraiser 2: current guests and their projects · 2019-02-12T17:07:59.433Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

No, factoring in rent paid costs were ~25% less for Jan and Feb so far (although it's hard to state a precise figure going forward with changes in occupancy etc).

Comment by Greg_Colbourn on EA Hotel Fundraiser 2: current guests and their projects · 2019-02-07T10:14:25.523Z · score: 14 (6 votes) · EA · GW

Note that with 3 months' runway remaining, we are at a stage where a single medium-size funder can have an outsized impact. Our costs are ~£8k/month, so even buying a month or two runway would make a big difference in terms of giving us some breathing space to work on getting more money coming in. It's also approximately continuously divisible in that every ~£265 will keep us going another day.

As things stand, we are getting close to the point where we will have to radically alter the nature of the project (i.e. start charging people/kicking them out if we can't otherwise support them and their work).

Comment by Greg_Colbourn on EA Hotel Fundraiser 2: current guests and their projects · 2019-02-05T16:00:55.860Z · score: 6 (5 votes) · EA · GW

As a heads up - we intend to hire a new manager to start mid-June (as Toon will be leaving at the end of June). Will hold off officially advertising until we have a better idea of our funding situation, but open to any expressions of interest.

EA Hotel Fundraiser 2: current guests and their projects

2019-02-04T20:41:18.823Z · score: 60 (30 votes)
Comment by Greg_Colbourn on EA Hotel with free accommodation and board for two years · 2019-01-12T13:23:46.748Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · EA · GW

We are now fundraising for the hotel: http://eahotel.org/fundraiser/ (Unfortunately the cryptocurrency markets are now a lot lower than anticipated. But I also want the project to become genuinely community supported. i.e. if others don't think it's worth funding then I should probably update in the direction that I shouldn't continue funding it either).

Comment by Greg_Colbourn on EA Hotel Fundraiser 1: the story · 2018-12-29T13:08:15.315Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · EA · GW

At the moment, me and Toon.

Comment by Greg_Colbourn on EA Hotel Fundraiser 1: the story · 2018-12-27T19:57:46.726Z · score: 24 (14 votes) · EA · GW

The scaling up is a stretch goal, and we could in theory have separate pots, but in practice one would funge against the other to some extent (due to e.g. me being more likely to spend my money on buying next door instead of paying for current running costs). Personally I think we should get next door whilst we can, as it will make scaling up by ~75% so much easier than buying a building even on the other side of the street (adding a door in the wall would create effectively one big building, which could be run with the same kitchen, buffet, laundry and staff as the current one). It's also a relatively low risk investment as I don't think the prices can get much lower. Adding capacity is also much easier than being more selective, and it's more in keeping with the original idea (I'd rather the hotel didn't end up super exclusive like all other sources of EA funding).

I'm all for franchaising the model to mainland Europe and the US though. Happy to let people copy everything we have. In practice this will require someone to step up and buy a building like I did though I think (unless this fundraiser exceeds all expectations!)

Comment by Greg_Colbourn on EA Hotel Fundraiser 1: the story · 2018-12-27T19:40:59.999Z · score: 15 (12 votes) · EA · GW

1). In theory we are open to giving out grants to people who spend the same amount on their living costs (say in Chiang Mai), as I stated in my initial forum post about the project (see Value Proposition section). No one has yet enquired about this though. One issue however is that if people are spending more on their living costs you are proportionally buying less work time for them (e.g. you might only get 4 months from someone in London instead of a year at the hotel), so it would require a fair amount of trust that they are only spending that amount. Also the community, coordination and collaboration at the hotel is worth something.

2). So far it is easy for Europeans, but Brexit might change this. US Citizens can get 6 month tourist visas and we have had a few. Commonwealth citizens can get visas for a year or two. More info here. Ideally I think there should be a network of EA Hotels, with one in mainland Europe and one in the US.

3). Most people who have applied so far have got in. The few that haven't have been people who didn't seem to really get EA and had their own non-EA pet project. The Trustees do the selecting for stays over a month. Managers for stays under a month.

4). ~3-12 months seems to be what a lot of people are going for. We've also had a fair number of short term visitors stay for 1-14 days.

5). The second post in this series will cover this.

6). I think this is referring to organising events and retreats elsewhere (e.g. EA Netherlands retreats). The hotel did host the EA London retreats at the end of August though. Lately I've been thinking that we could probably use a hotel dedicated to events, retreats and bootcamps (we have the common area at the current hotel, but not the sleeping accomodation).

Comment by Greg_Colbourn on Is Suffering Convex? · 2018-10-22T21:46:28.666Z · score: 4 (4 votes) · EA · GW

"Isn't it plausible that a clever species such as our own might need less pain, precisely because we are capable of intelligently working out what is good for us, and what damaging events we should avoid? Isn't it plausible that an unintelligent species might need a massive wallop of pain, to drive home a lesson that we can learn with less powerful inducement?" Richard Dawkins: https://boingboing.net/2011/06/30/richard-dawkins-on-v.html

Comment by Greg_Colbourn on Why not to rush to translate effective altruism into other languages · 2018-09-20T16:10:20.929Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

Yes I saw, and it's great! That's a bit different to what I'm thinking of though, in that TED is more something that people actively seek out/watch.

I'm thinking in terms of pieces that reach millions of passive readers/viewers (i.e. national newspapers and TV). [Context: The EA Hotel has recently been receiving a fair few requests to do pieces of this type].

Comment by Greg_Colbourn on Why not to rush to translate effective altruism into other languages · 2018-09-19T15:36:45.754Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · EA · GW

The recent survey of the community, showed that the media has played a comparatively small role in getting people involved.

Following David Moss, I'm curious about how much mass media on EA there has actually been? Could it not just be that we are not seeing new EAs as a result of media exposure simply because there has been hardly any of it in the last few years? What are the biggest TV appearances EA has featured in recently?

Given a lack of recent mass media, it's hard to say how many productive new EAs could result from a big mainstream media piece, and in the event they do, how long it would’ve taken for them to hear about EA otherwise. [This speaking about the English-speaking world].

Comment by Greg_Colbourn on EA Hotel with free accommodation and board for two years · 2018-08-09T17:37:20.460Z · score: 6 (2 votes) · EA · GW

The website is now up at eahotel.org. It's possible to book via the Booking page, and the Wiki has information for guests and an FAQ. People can also book video calls to talk about proposals for free stays working on EA stuff via the Contact page (I have updated the Next Steps section in the OP to reflect this).

Comment by Greg_Colbourn on EA Hotel with free accommodation and board for two years · 2018-07-08T20:48:09.603Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · EA · GW

Thanks :) Yes I have two independent Trustees now, we're in the process of registering the CIO. Good of you to offer of the London room, will let you know if anyone needs to go to London for (EA) business!

Comment by Greg_Colbourn on EA Hotel with free accommodation and board for two years · 2018-06-20T22:42:55.552Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · EA · GW

Remote supervision of research is a possibility, but depends on people with relevant knowledge and experience being available. Peer support from other guests will be available to some extent, especially given the preponderance of people in the movement with postgraduate degrees. However, plenty of research can be self-directed, especially things that are more a case of collating existing knowledge than developing new science (e.g. meta-analyses, review articles, writing books). And the hotel will probably appeal to autodidacts who can plow through published texts and then build on top of them (without much need for explanation additional to what they find in writing).

The hotel is open to hosting research groups, and also conferences and workshops.

Comment by Greg_Colbourn on Announcing the second AI Safety Camp · 2018-06-19T00:20:00.751Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · EA · GW

My point (and remmelt's) was that public funds would be harder/more time (and resource) consuming to get.

There is currently a gap at the low end (OpenPhil is too big to spend time on funding such small projects).

And Good Ventures/OpenPhil also already fill a lot of the gap in funding programs with track records of effectively reducing suffering.

Comment by Greg_Colbourn on Announcing the second AI Safety Camp · 2018-06-18T23:51:27.668Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · EA · GW

There is an analogy with speculative investing here I think - for something to be widely regarded as worthwhile investing in (i.e. research funded by mainstream academia) it has to already have evidence of success (e.g. Bitcoin now). By which point it is no longer new and highly promising in terms of expected value (like Bitcoin was in, say, 2011) i.e. it is necesssarily the case that all things very high in (relative) expected value are outside the mainstream.

AGI alignment is gaining more credibility, but it still doesn't seem like it's that accepted in mainstream academia.

Anyway, I think we are probably on a bit of a tangent to what AISC is trying to achieve - namely help new researchers level up (/get a foot in the door in academic research).

Comment by Greg_Colbourn on Announcing the second AI Safety Camp · 2018-06-18T23:09:49.356Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · EA · GW

For more on the thinking behind streamlined non-mainstream funding, see https://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/hits-based-giving

I don't think academia is yet on the same page as EA with regard to AI Safety, but may well be soon hopefully (with credibility coming from the likes of Stuart Russell and Max Tegmark).

Comment by Greg_Colbourn on EA Hotel with free accommodation and board for two years · 2018-06-18T14:14:29.859Z · score: 8 (8 votes) · EA · GW

I've not yet had anyone say it's a dealbreaker (and of course people are allowed to buy meat from takeaways - or microwaveable burgers etc - with their spending money if they are really craving it..). Whilst frugality comes into it, the main reason for the all vegan catering is ethics.

Also, I'd put money on the 2018 survey coming out with higher numbers for veg*anism :)

Comment by Greg_Colbourn on EA Hotel with free accommodation and board for two years · 2018-06-12T13:36:48.908Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · EA · GW

when I organized EA London's weekend retreat and oversaw the housing, cooking and cleaning for 25 people, it was really hard and I made some significant mistakes.

Would be interested to hear more details about this (fine to PM).

Also, it's unlikely to be 17 guests all at once to start with, things are ramping up gradually so far (have a few people booked in over the next few weeks), so the learning curve should be relatively gentle.

Comment by Greg_Colbourn on EA Hotel with free accommodation and board for two years · 2018-06-11T13:40:02.184Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · EA · GW

vague idea of how things ought to be, rather than a conscious attempt to maximize success.

I would say it’s a bit more than vague ;) I think it’s important to have someone who really understands and shares the goals of the project. Someone who doesn’t get EA is not likely to care about it much beyond seeing it as a means to get paid. It would then be largely up to part time volunteers (the other Trustees) to direct the project and keep it aligned with EA. This scenario seems more likely to lead to stagnation/failure to me.

less of the skills we tend to have (such as a flair for optimization)

I think a flair for optimisation is needed in any kind of ops role. The more you optimise, the greater your capacity (/free time).

and even more of the skills we tend not to have (consistency, hotel-related metis)

Conscientiousness would be required. But there are a fair amount of EAs with that trait, right?

optimizing for initial success seems more important than optimizing for future expansion.

In practice I think these are mostly the same thing. The more initial success there is, the more likely expansion is. The point I was making is that the manager will have a large stake in the course the project takes, so it will depend on what they make of it (hence meaning it should be seen as an exciting opportunity. I mean yeah, there will be some amount of “boring” (mindfulness promoting?) tasks - but it could be so much more fun than “Hotel Manager in Blackpool” initially sounds).

less external validation of managerial capability than a similarly qualified external candidate, who might be a hotel manager already!

In many ways this won’t be a typical hotel (non-profit, longer term stays, self-service breakfast and lunch, simplified dinner menu, weekly linen/towel changes, EA evening events etc), so I’m not sure how much prior hotel experience is relevant. Really anyone who is a reasonably skilled generalist, passionate about the project, and friendly should be able to do it.

I expect you'd need to offer a higher salary to attract the same level of talent

Salary is open to negotiation (have amended ad).

require separating the hotel manager and the community mentor

I think that once everything is set up, the day-to-day management of the hotel itself won’t require full time hours. Would prefer to have one full time employee rather than two part-time employees, but as I’ve said previously, I am open to splitting the role.

division of labor

As mentioned above, part of optimisation can be outsourcing tasks you are less good at (or don’t like doing). e.g. hiring someone else to do the cooking or laundry (depending on how much you value your time/money).

Comment by Greg_Colbourn on EA Hotel with free accommodation and board for two years · 2018-06-08T11:19:54.975Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · EA · GW

the hotel manager won't be likely to switch into other roles/be promoted at the same organization

But they would be in at the ground level of a new organisation that could potentially grow (if the model is franchised, or expands to supporting digital nomads). It should be seen as an exciting opportunity to co-create and mould an institution.

and won't need to communicate with other staff about EA-specific things.

But they will need to communicate with lots of EA guests about EA-specific things.

splitting up the hotel manager role and the community mentory person.

I'm open to doing this as a plan B. A good manager should be able to optimise/outsource the tasks they find tedious though.

Comment by Greg_Colbourn on EA Hotel with free accommodation and board for two years · 2018-06-07T17:49:15.537Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

maybe this post was just shared much more on social media.

I see Facebook and Twitter share buttons at the bottom of the post (but only when I load the page on my phone). They currently have the numbers 174 and 18 next to them. Seems like an excessive number of Facebook shares!? Surely that can’t be right? (I’ve only seen - and been tagged on - one, in any case. Clicking on the numbers provides no info. as to where the shares went, if indeed they are shares. Ok, actually, clicking on them brings up a share window, but also ups the counter! So maybe that explains a lot as to why the numbers are so high (i.e. people wanting to see where all these shares are going, but only adding to the false counter)).

Comment by Greg_Colbourn on EA Hotel with free accommodation and board for two years · 2018-06-07T17:48:58.739Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

If they're students, they'll most likely be studying at a university outside Blackpool and might not be able to do so remotely.

Regarding studying, it would mainly be suitable for those doing so independently online (it’s possible to take many world class courses on EdX and Coursera for free). But could also be of use to university students outside of term time (say to do extra classes online, or an independent research project, over the summer).

they'll very likely be able to get funding from an EA donor

As John Maxwell says, I don’t think we are there yet with current seed funding options.

the hotel would mainly support work that the EA community as a whole would view as lower-quality

This might indeed be so, but given the much lower costs it’s possible that the quality-adjusted-work-per-£-spent rate could still be equal to - or higher than - the community average.

.. without the leadership and presence of highly experienced EAs (who work there as e.g. hotel managers / trustees).

I think it’s important to have experienced EAs in these positions for this reason.

Regarding “bad” EA projects, only one comes to mind, and it doesn’t seem to have caused much lasting damage. In the OP, I say that the “dynamics of status and prestige in the non-profit world seem to be geared toward being averse to risk-of-failure to a much greater extent than in the for-profit world (see e.g. the high rate of failure for VC funded start-ups). Perhaps we need to close this gap, considering that the bottom line results of EA activity are often considered in terms expected utility.” Are PR concerns a solid justification for this discrepancy between EA and VC? Or do Spencer Greenberg’s concerns about start-ups mean that EA is right in this regard and it’s VC that is wrong (even in terms of their approach to maximising monetary value)?

the enthusiasm for this project may be partly driven by social reasons

There’s nothing wrong with this, as long as people participating at the hotel for largely social reasons pay their own way (and don’t disrupt others’ work).

Comment by Greg_Colbourn on EA Hotel with free accommodation and board for two years · 2018-06-07T16:15:37.927Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

I think 80k make a good case for why it's important to have EAs in ops roles here.

Comment by Greg_Colbourn on EA Hotel with free accommodation and board for two years · 2018-06-07T16:06:26.486Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

Thanks! Yes, Building 20 sounded great. It's mentioned in Deep Work, from which I reference the the "hub-and-spoke" model in the OP.

Comment by Greg_Colbourn on EA Hotel with free accommodation and board for two years · 2018-06-07T15:44:17.095Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · EA · GW

I think this is something that would come under the "hardship" fund mentioned above. Any kind of debts would probably be best treated as special cases deserving of individual assessment and means testing. (Student debt is not something I've especially considered as in the UK it only has to be paid if you are earning a significant amount, and gets written off after a number of years otherwise, so can basically be better considered as just another form of income tax).

Comment by Greg_Colbourn on EA Hotel with free accommodation and board for two years · 2018-06-07T14:38:26.026Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · EA · GW

You're right; I have increased the "Misc/Other" category to £200/year, and added an item for "Pharmacy" (£5/month)*. This ups the stipend to £30/week (increasing baseline costs 5% to ~£5700/person/year [EDIT 06 July 2018: have updated the OP to reflect this]). If in practice people are consistently running out of money covering their basic expenses it can be reviewed. I do want to try and keep the baseline costs as low as possible though, rather than have a higher amount to cover things that not everyone will need. However, as mentioned in the OP, it makes sense to have some kind of hardship/emergency fund (as well as a "career progression" fund for attending events). These would probably be means tested to some degree though.

*I have got a stock of basic things like toothpaste, toothbrushes, shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, sunblock, sunglasses, eye masks, ear plugs, combs, nail scissors, pain killers, tampons, hay fever tablets, paper and pens etc.

Comment by Greg_Colbourn on EA Hotel with free accommodation and board for two years · 2018-06-07T10:54:19.695Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

I think it's important for the manager to be at least a medium-term position. Familiarity with the guests, culture, operations, building and location will make things run more smoothly (having new people take up the role every few months would be quite disruptive). There is also a lot of scope in the job for development - building and refining systems, assisting guests with their work/plans, assisting in developing the ideas behind the project, franchising to other locations (/supporting "digital nomads").

So yes, it could be seen as a stepping stone to working in ops at a more established EA org. But it could equally be seen as getting in at the bottom and building a new EA org.

Comment by Greg_Colbourn on EA Hotel with free accommodation and board for two years · 2018-06-06T12:26:37.038Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · EA · GW

only be value in grouping together EAs who don't have much money/income

The hotel is open to anyone who wants to live frugally. Ideally EAs with money would pay their own way (i.e. the cost price of their stay). (In the event of demand outstripping supply, precedence will be given to EAs who don't have money/income though). Also EAs with means are welcome to form their own group houses in the nearby area.

just funding poor EAs directly and letting them decide where to live

The umbrella charity being formed will be open to funding EAs to live at similar costs in other places (as mentioned in OP, SE Asia is a possibility). A key metric is how much working time you are buying with the amount granted. As jimrandomh says, funding people at a higher level places higher expectations and demands on applicants (and there are prestigious and selective grants people can already apply for).

Comment by Greg_Colbourn on EA Hotel with free accommodation and board for two years · 2018-06-06T00:09:07.995Z · score: 4 (4 votes) · EA · GW

Yes, the goal is to simplify and streamline things as much as possible (e.g. self-service buffet for breakfasts and lunches, 1 or 2 option set menus for dinners, trolleys and trays for clearing/dishwashing, bulk buying of nearly all supplies - pretty much everything apart from salad veg and fruit - on a 6-8 week basis (large freezer), contracted out cleaning, bed linen/towel laundering and building repairs, automated booking systems, all-digital financial transactions, etc). Although I'm sure the planning fallacy will no doubt still strike. If need be, more volunteer time could be used, or the weekend manager could up their hours to add some in the week too (I have budgeted for a part-time salaried Weekend Manager, but have not made an ad for it yet. Priority is filling the full-time role).

Comment by Greg_Colbourn on EA Hotel with free accommodation and board for two years · 2018-06-05T23:05:44.652Z · score: 6 (6 votes) · EA · GW

Maybe I should stress more the fact that the Hotel Manager will get to hang out with loads of cool EAs and make them happy (the number of cool EAs, and their happiness, being somewhat correlated to how well a job they do as Manager). £20k is not bad for Blackpool. And given they also have free accommodation and board too, they should have quite a bit left over to save/donate.

Comment by Greg_Colbourn on EA Hotel with free accommodation and board for two years · 2018-06-05T22:50:26.706Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

I did factor in a £200 flight home once a year and mid-price phone contracts and laptops (just realised that the budget spreadsheet wasn't visible with the link before; it should be now). Netflix premium (£9.99/month) allows 4 simultaneous streams, so perhaps there could be one or two hotel accounts (I'm hoping to keep the hotel TV-free though, so there are no actual TVs). Doesn't look like Spotify has anything equivalent (but really, there is Soundcloud; and pretty much any music you can think of is on YouTube, and there are ways to play it ad free and in the background from a phone). But yes, I do expect that some people will want some over-budget luxuries, which they will hopefully be able to otherwise pay for.

Although of course it would be somewhat problematic if someone was spending a lot of their own money on extra luxuries (say they were spending an additional £5k/year. As mentioned in the OP with the digital nomad example, the cost-effectiveness of their funding would effectively be halved).

Comment by Greg_Colbourn on EA Hotel with free accommodation and board for two years · 2018-06-05T22:13:29.092Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · EA · GW

Good idea! Happy for anyone to promote it to any EA uni groups they are involved with. I can be on hand to comment/answer questions if added/tagged in posts on Facebook (or otherwise notified if elsewhere).

Comment by Greg_Colbourn on EA Hotel with free accommodation and board for two years · 2018-06-05T22:07:41.196Z · score: 4 (4 votes) · EA · GW

Hey, thanks for the comments.

1) Think it's fine to leave it as the Athena. Keeps things simple. The hotel wasn't failing as such, more that the previous owners have now retired and for a while had been happy to just have old regulars stay. The few public reviews it has are good.

2) You're probably right about "first come first served" being best for use of the hotel as a GCR shelter. Realistically, I wouldn't expect many EAs to make it to Blackpool from elsewhere in such an event, but they would be welcome.

3) I don't want to personally spam it too much, but I'd be grateful if others promote it to various groups they think are relevant. Especially UK groups (so far there haven't been that many UK people interested. Maybe something to do with the North-South divide?), and uni groups (as Richard mentions below).

4) Have added in footnote [7a].

Comment by Greg_Colbourn on The almighty Hive will · 2018-06-04T21:11:31.902Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · EA · GW

Project is now active; I've written up the details here: http://effective-altruism.com/ea/1pc/ea_hotel_with_free_accommodation_and_board_for/

Comment by Greg_Colbourn on Concrete project lists · 2018-06-04T21:10:05.589Z · score: 7 (3 votes) · EA · GW

This is now happening: http://effective-altruism.com/ea/1pc/ea_hotel_with_free_accommodation_and_board_for

EA Hotel with free accommodation and board for two years

2018-06-04T18:09:09.845Z · score: 58 (61 votes)
Comment by Greg_Colbourn on The almighty Hive will · 2018-02-16T09:15:42.820Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · EA · GW

Have you got any examples of schools and universities offering free accommodation to staff? I've only heard of subsidised accommodation, and here - https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/debt-and-money/tax/what-is-taxable-income/tax-on-benefits-in-kind/ - it says that the difference between the rent paid and market rate is taxable.

Comment by Greg_Colbourn on The almighty Hive will · 2018-01-30T20:56:41.887Z · score: 8 (8 votes) · EA · GW

Something along these lines that I've been looking into is providing a cheap hotel for EAs to live in for free whilst they independently study/research/work on start-ups. More information in the following facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1624791014242988/ [EA Hotel, free accommodation and board for up to 2 years, Blackpool, UK] Hoping to post more detail here soon.

Comment by Greg_Colbourn on The almighty Hive will · 2018-01-30T18:23:38.957Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

Regarding potentially tax deductible items mentioned in section 5, usually accommodation or anything regarded as for personal use is not included. It would be regarded as payment in kind and therefore taxable (and also make the tax reporting more complicated!) This in the UK at least. E.g. https://www.gov.uk/expenses-and-benefits-accommodation/whats-exempt

Comment by Greg_Colbourn on Cosmic EA: How Cost Effective Is Informing ET? · 2018-01-07T21:44:47.821Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

You need to weigh up the possibility of helping further life that is very alien (with radically different morality - see http://lesswrong.com/lw/y4/three_worlds_collide_08/ for great examples) against the chance of drawing unwanted attention to ourselves. My intuition is that the scale would lean heavily in favour of staying quiet. Unless there is some reason to believe that morality would somehow be convergent in the universe?

Comment by Greg_Colbourn on How you can save expected lives for $0.20-$400 each and reduce X risk · 2017-12-01T01:02:21.001Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

Can ALLFED get listed on EA Funds (https://app.effectivealtruism.org)? That should enable tax deductible donations from the UK.

Comment by Greg_Colbourn on Discussion: Adding New Funds to EA Funds · 2017-06-12T00:31:29.260Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

Was thinking that there could be a tie-in with Giving What We Can's My Giving. You could tick a box to make your My Giving profile public, and then have another box for people browsing to "copy this donor's distribution of donations" like some trading websites (such as eToro) offer. Although they would not, unfortunately, come with tallies of expected total utilons produced, there could be league tables of most copied donors by number of people copying, and amount donated following their distribution.

Comment by Greg_Colbourn on Concrete project lists · 2017-04-07T13:04:47.994Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · EA · GW

There is also the Kernel Project (Manchester, UK) - rationalist & rationalist-adjacent low cost living and community building. I would be happy to see more EAs involved.

Comment by Greg_Colbourn on January Open Thread · 2015-01-20T19:18:31.474Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · EA · GW

"What Role Do Small-to-Medium Donors Play In the Future of Effective Altruism"

I've been wondering the same. But I've got a feeling that top tier philanthropists deliberately restrict their giving to ~50% at max. of the room for more funding, both to encourage smaller donors, and also because they only want to support things in proportion to their popular appeal. The latter also explains the motivation for genuinely restricted donation matching.

Comment by Greg_Colbourn on How a lazy eater went vegan · 2014-10-14T09:51:53.628Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

Deleted because.. bananas?

Comment by Greg_Colbourn on How a lazy eater went vegan · 2014-10-14T09:49:37.542Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

According to Google, oats have more protein than eggs by weight (17% vs. 13%), and porridge is quick and easy to make in the microwave. There are also lots of vegan protein powders. Maybe try soy, as pea doesn't taste very nice.

Comment by Greg_Colbourn on How a lazy eater went vegan · 2014-10-09T21:38:55.672Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · EA · GW

I don't remember feeling or being any more (or less) healthy when I was an omnivore (I was one up until age 2004 (age 23)). But note that I've never reached an optimal level of physical fitness as an adult - maybe one of these years I'll stick to an exercise regime for long enough!

Comment by Greg_Colbourn on How a lazy eater went vegan · 2014-10-09T16:26:54.381Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · EA · GW

I'd say B12 is the only really critical supplement needed as a vegan (and even then, lots of plant milks are fortified with it, so it's quite hard to avoid). To be on the safe side, you can take a 1 a day supplement tailored for vegans, like: https://www.vegansociety.com/shop/supplements/veg1-orange-90s Although I've recently noticed that I've gone nearly a year without this (was going to try a soylent recipe instead, and didn't, and forgot to restock!), and have not suffered any ill effects. In actual fact, I've had a pretty rubbish diet for large parts of the last year (marmite sandwiches, crisps, cereal) and have been fine. Maybe I'm pushing my luck though!

If you look at all the foods eaten in the world, the vast majority are of plant origin, so meat is narrow in scope from that view (it just seems central from a modern-day Western perspective); perhaps the scope is large enough for the analogy not to hold with fruits and vegetables together, but either fruits or vegetables might make a comparable analogy to meat.

My point was mainly that it's possible to synthesise very close analogues of animal products from plants and it's not much trouble to get them (Beyond Meat and Hampton Creek Foods are state of the art, but stuff like Fry's vegetarian is widespread and easy to get). More data is needed for things like Soylent and Power Smoothies, although people have been living for months on them now I guess.

Comment by Greg_Colbourn on How a lazy eater went vegan · 2014-10-09T10:50:56.008Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · EA · GW

For those in the UK, this is probably the best buy for vegan Omega 3 supplements: http://www.nuique.com/algal-omega3/

Comment by Greg_Colbourn on How a lazy eater went vegan · 2014-10-09T10:30:16.134Z · score: 7 (7 votes) · EA · GW

Creatine is cheap and readily available as a supplement. Ultimately, foods are made up of chemical building blocks, and it seems arbitrary to consider the division "animal/non-animal" as especially nutritionally salient.

Also, "caring about lesser minds" is a good meme to promote, especially considering FAI, CEV etc.

Comment by Greg_Colbourn on Open Thread 2 · 2014-10-08T00:16:14.433Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

There's also a charity called Vegfam - http://www.vegfamcharity.org.uk/ - not sure how effective they are though.