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Comment by BarryGrimes on To WELLBY or not to WELLBY? Measuring non-health, non-pecuniary benefits using subjective wellbeing · 2022-08-22T09:47:50.645Z · EA · GW

Hi Vasco. This is a great question and one that I find personally intriguing (although I am not an expert in this area).

I'm curious about the possibility of identifying biometric indicators that correlate with subjective wellbeing scores in order to make interspecies comparisons of wellbeing. For example, Blanchfower and Bryson (2021) investigated the link between pulse and wellbeing. 

At the Wellbeing Research & Policy Conference, Daniel Kahneman noted the increasing importance of 'wearables' for tracking health and wellbeing data. I think this technology could be applied to non-human animals too. I asked the team at Wild Animal Initiative about this. They're in the process of hiring a physiology research specialist, but in the meantime they said:

On the probably more feasible end of things, we would like to be able to measure levels of cortisol and similar hormones associated with physiological stress. On the more difficult end, we would like to be able to measure the average length of telomeres in white blood cells. Currently, that is usually done by performing qPCR on a blood sample with specific primers to distinguish different numbers of repeated sequence motifs at the ends of chromosomes. However, maybe there could one day be a way to simplify that process, considering that we are only interested in the physical length of the telomeres.

For the most recent thinking about interspecies comparisons of welfare, I recommend watching the recordings from the recent conference sponsored by Rethink Priorities and reading Jason Schukraft's sequence of posts on moral weights.

Comment by BarryGrimes on Will faster economic growth make us happier? The relevance of the Easterlin Paradox to Progress Studies · 2022-06-29T08:47:28.116Z · EA · GW

I think there might be a confusion here between quality of life and satisfaction with life. 

As you say, the best possible life in 2022 contains many pleasant experiences and time-saving innovations that were unavailable to previous generations. However, it seems to me that modern lives are subject to more unmet desires and expectations are higher than in the past. As such, even though the lives of the current generation are materially better, this doesn't mean that people are more satisfied than their grandparents. 

John Clifton, CEO of Gallup, wrote in The Economist recently:

Fifteen years ago, before the widespread use of social media, 3.4% of people rated their lives a 10 (the best possible life) and only 1.6% rated their lives a zero (the worst possible life). Now the share of people with the best feasible lives has more than doubled (to 7.4%), and the share of people with the worst possible lives has more than quadrupled (to 7.6%).

If you group the world into wellbeing quintiles, this inequality is even more evident. In 2006, the top quintile for life ratings averaged 8.3; the lowest quintile averaged 2.5. Now, look at 2021. The top quintile averaged 8.9, and the lowest quintile averaged 1.2. The gap in those life ratings is now 7.7 points—the highest in Gallup’s history of tracking.

This wellbeing inequality is as serious as income inequality, in my view. It reflects a growing divide in emotions rather than possessions. And this type of inequality is plainly evident when you ask people to rate how their lives are going. Life could hardly be better for one fifth of the world, and for another fifth it could hardly be worse. It may be that the people at the top appreciate what they have more than ever before. For the most unhappy, they are more aware of what they lack than ever before.

Comment by BarryGrimes on Buddhism and Utilitarianism; EA vs EB · 2022-06-28T20:26:17.323Z · EA · GW

I am keen to read critiques of Teo's claims but I downvoted this comment  for a couple of reasons:

1) Aggressive language - I felt that Teo's comment was written in good faith and I was surprised that you dismissed it in such strong words: "extremely misleading", "not remotely fair or accurate",  "an incendiary charge".

2) Appeals to authority - It doesn't matter to me that "pretty much every expert in moral philosophy" disagrees. I want to know why they disagree and be referred to relevant authors or papers that make these arguments.

Comment by BarryGrimes on Launching a donor circle for mental health · 2022-06-27T13:01:45.573Z · EA · GW

I'm really delighted to see this project come to fruition. Here are the three best resources on mental health philanthropy that I've come across so far:

World Mental Health Report: A briefing for philanthropic funders (Prospira Global)

Funding the future of mental health: The potential of next generation philanthropists to catalyse action (United for Global Mental Health)

Focus on mental health philanthropy (Alliance)

Comment by BarryGrimes on [Linkpost] World Mental Health Report: Transforming Mental Health for All · 2022-06-17T19:33:42.038Z · EA · GW

[Linkpost] This is what Richard Horton (Editor-in-Chief at The Lancet) had to say about the report:

There are few truly watershed moments in medicine and global health. But the publication this month of WHO's World Mental Health Report is one such milestone. It is the agency's first major global foray into mental health for over two decades. Led by Dévora Kestel, who directs the Department of Mental Health and Substance Use in Geneva, WHO aims, in her words, for nothing less than “a transformation” in mental health. 20 years ago, mental health was completely ignored by development experts. There was no mention of mental health in the MDGs. But WHO's 2001 World Health Report on mental health, together with the launch of the Movement for Global Mental Health in 2007 (after publication of The Lancet's first global mental health series), created a foundation for more informed advocacy. Today, mental health is a core component of programmes to address the growing burden of non-communicable diseases. Improving mental health is a monitored objective of the SDGs. WHO's latest report seeks to sum up the state of mental health worldwide, to make the case for deeper change, and to encourage policy makers to reinvigorate mental health systems.

The most important part of the report is not the summary of research evidence. It is the glimpses of progress being made in countries. WHO accepts that no country can meet every aspiration to create a perfect mental health system. But every country can do something to make meaningful progress. In Chile in 2005, the government launched a universal health coverage package that included services for depression, bipolar disorder, alcohol and drug dependence, schizophrenia, and dementia. Mental health has been fully integrated into all levels of general health care. In Pakistan, the Pursukoon Zindagi (Peaceful Life) programme has improved access to mental health services for the poorest communities. Lay counsellors offer community based psychological treatments and referrals. By 2019, over 100 000 people had been screened for anxiety and depression. In Sri Lanka, the 1980 Control of Pesticides Act was a response to the finding that pesticide poisoning accounted for more than two-thirds of all suicides. By 2016, the annual suicide rate had fallen by more than 70%, with thousands of lives saved every year. These stories of success are truly inspirational.

But there is a huge gap in WHO's report. And it is a gap that potentially represents a fatal flaw in the agency's thinking. In one word, it is accountability. First, trying to provoke change by sharing examples of successful country mental health programmes is good. But it will amount to little, and certainly will not produce “transformation”, without a robust and independent mechanism to monitor and review progress in building mental health systems in countries. There is nothing in WHO's report about implementing a means for independent accountability of country governments. Second, there is an accountability gap concerning the structural determinants of mental health. WHO provides a compelling review of the importance of poverty, financial insecurity, income inequality, and social exclusion in shaping mental health. The value of education, safe and secure housing, measures to protect against discrimination, gender equality, and mental health care in prisons are all underlined. The effects of economic crises, public health and humanitarian emergencies (including COVID-19), migration and forced displacement, and the climate crisis are all acknowledged. But nowhere does WHO remind specific countries of their responsibilities to safeguard mental health by addressing these structural determinants. Hong Kong is praised for using sports to promote life skills for young people. But what of the effects of the government's brutal erasure of political freedoms across all sectors of society? Turkey is commended for scaling up care to Syrian refugees. But nowhere is the government held accountable for the atmosphere of fear created by the arbitrary arrest of opposition politicians and journalists, or for its homophobic rhetoric, or for its crackdown on civil society organisations. And Lebanon is cited for its guided self-help programme for depression. But WHO fails to point to the corruption of the country's political process, which is edging Lebanon towards becoming a failed state. WHO's World Mental Health Report deserves wide reading and recognition. But until the agency takes independent accountability of those with the power to influence mental health seriously, the promised transformation will die on an altar of empty eloquence.

Comment by BarryGrimes on [Linkpost] World Mental Health Report: Transforming Mental Health for All · 2022-06-17T19:19:26.420Z · EA · GW

Thanks Abby! I haven't had a chance to go through it in detail yet but I'll aim to share some reflections sometime next week.

Comment by BarryGrimes on EA is more than longtermism · 2022-05-06T18:24:31.794Z · EA · GW

I don’t recall seeing the ~70-80% number mentioned before in previous posts but I may have missed it.

I’m curious to know what the numbers are for the other cause areas and to see the reasoning for each laid out transparently in a separate post.

I think that CEA’s cause prioritisation is the closest thing the community has to an EA ‘parliament’ and for that process to have legitimacy it should be presented openly and be subject to critique.

Comment by BarryGrimes on EA is more than longtermism · 2022-05-05T19:24:11.047Z · EA · GW

Thanks David! I won’t update much on this given the small amount of data but this seems like an important area for CEA to be tracking in terms of their recruitment, retention, and diversity goals.

Comment by BarryGrimes on EA is more than longtermism · 2022-05-05T10:09:23.192Z · EA · GW

This is a really helpful chart and has updated my model of the community more than any of the written comments.

For a community of data nerds, it’s surprising that we don’t use data visualisations in our Forum comments more regularly.

Do you have data on the trends over time? I’m interested to know if the three attributes are getting closer together or further apart at both ends of the engagement spectrum.

My hypothesis is that the attributes will be getting closer together at low levels of engagement and getting further apart at the higher levels.

Comment by BarryGrimes on Kidney stone pain as a potential cause area · 2022-05-04T06:32:49.874Z · EA · GW

Hi Dan. Thanks for referencing our report, which can be found at

Comment by BarryGrimes on Effective altruism’s odd attitude to mental health · 2022-04-29T11:14:24.384Z · EA · GW

Has anyone done the analysis to determine the most cost-effective ways to increase the productivity of the EA community? It's not obvious to me that focussing on mental health would be the best option. If that is the case, I feel confused about the rationale for prioritising the mental health of EAs over other productivity interventions.

Comment by BarryGrimes on Against immortality? · 2022-04-29T08:07:31.484Z · EA · GW

The (increasing) majority of the world's population already believes that their soul is immortal and that their actions in this life will determine the quality of their afterlife/rebirth.  

I'm interested to hear religious perspectives on the value of life extension and immortality as I expect this will be one of the most important factors in the adoption of technological advances in longevity.

Comment by BarryGrimes on Donating money, buying happiness: new meta-analyses comparing the cost-effectiveness of cash transfers and psychotherapy in terms of subjective well-being · 2022-04-19T10:30:43.078Z · EA · GW

We have published an updated cost-effectiveness comparison of psychotherapy and cash transfers to include an estimate of the effects on other household members. You can read a summary here.

For cash transfers, we estimate that each household member experiences 86% of the benefits experienced by the recipient. For psychotherapy, we estimate the spillover ratio to be 53%.

After including the household spillover effects, we estimate that StrongMinds is 9 times more cost-effective than GiveDirectly (a slight reduction from 12 times in our previous analysis). 

Comment by BarryGrimes on Donating money, buying happiness: new meta-analyses comparing the cost-effectiveness of cash transfers and psychotherapy in terms of subjective well-being · 2022-04-19T10:10:32.219Z · EA · GW

As a result of Alexander's feedback, we’ve updated our cost-effectiveness comparison of psychotherapy and cash transfers to include an estimate of the effects on other household members. Our previous analysis only considered the effects on recipients.  

You can read a summary of our new analysis here.

For cash transfers, we estimate that each household member experiences 86% of the benefits experienced by the recipient. For psychotherapy, we estimate the spillover ratio to be 53%.

After including the household spillover effects, we estimate that StrongMinds is 9 times more cost-effective than GiveDirectly (a slight reduction from 12 times in our previous analysis). 

This new analysis of household effects is based on a small number of studies, eight for cash transfers and three for psychotherapy. The lack of data on household effects is a serious gap in the literature that should be addressed by further research because it is such a large part - indeed, the majority - of the total effects. The significance of household effects seems plausibly crucial for many interventions, such as poverty alleviation programmes, housing improvement interventions, and air or water quality improvements.

Comment by BarryGrimes on Announcing Impact Island: A New EA Reality TV Show · 2022-04-01T12:40:10.077Z · EA · GW
We've invited Will MacAskill, Elon Musk, Grimes, and Eliezer Yudkowsky to be our celebrity judges.

I haven't received my invite yet (probably because you left out my first name)

Comment by BarryGrimes on Looking for Resources/Video on Well-being Metric from Happiness Research Institute · 2022-01-24T19:09:00.313Z · EA · GW

You can find the recordings of all our previous talks on our YouTube channel too:

Comment by BarryGrimes on Creating Individual Connections via the Forum · 2021-12-10T20:29:18.010Z · EA · GW

I expect the use case would be the same as someone who attends an EA Global conference seeking advice from relevant people. If those experts are available on the Forum all year round, then it lowers the barrier to contacting them outside of the conference setting.

Comment by BarryGrimes on Creating Individual Connections via the Forum · 2021-12-02T09:26:34.071Z · EA · GW

Have you considered linking users with tags on the Forum? For each tag, you could have two categories of linked users:

1) experts/librarians - users who are willing to spend time answering questions and directing people to further resources. There could be a button for any user to sign up as an expert for a particular tag, pending approval by a Forum admin.

2) followers - a list of users who share an interest in that tag.

Comment by BarryGrimes on Join EA Global: London as a virtual attendee · 2021-10-14T17:22:45.715Z · EA · GW

We're planning to keep the two audiences separate during the weekend of the conference but provide an opt-in option from the Monday onwards. We haven't figured out the technical aspect of that yet, but that's our intention.

Comment by BarryGrimes on Join EA Global: London as a virtual attendee · 2021-10-14T10:54:54.767Z · EA · GW

I edited the original post to make this clearer.

Comment by BarryGrimes on Join EA Global: London as a virtual attendee · 2021-10-14T10:52:51.825Z · EA · GW

Hi Kirsten! Virtual attendees will only see the profiles of other virtual attendees. Similarly, in-person attendees will only see the profiles of other in-person attendees.

Our criteria for accepting virtual attendees is broadly similar to EAGxVirtual 2020. We provided a more detailed description of who should apply in the post above:

EA Global conferences are for people who have made a career plan, volunteered, or donated a significant proportion of their income on the basis of effective altruist principles, either currently or in the past. Applicants should be quite familiar with the ideas of effective altruism and will need to provide an example of how they’ve applied these ideas to their career, study, or donation plans.
If you’re relatively new to effective altruism, you’re welcome to join us as a virtual attendee. The virtual environment is a good place to explore and practice the key ideas of effective altruism before attending an in-person conference.
Comment by BarryGrimes on Concern about the EA London COVID protocol · 2021-09-07T09:37:54.010Z · EA · GW

Hi Matt. Thanks very much for flagging this. We've seen the reports too and we're developing plans for what we'll do if the 'firebreak' does go ahead. We'll provide further updates as more information becomes available.

Comment by BarryGrimes on EA Survey 2020: Demographics · 2021-05-28T13:01:08.215Z · EA · GW

The EA Global events had a higher bar for entry in terms of understanding and involvement in EA, but we don’t make admissions decisions based on demographic quotas. The demographics of attendees and applicants are broadly similar. I did some analysis of this for EAG Virtual and EAGxVirtual last year. You can see the charts for gender and ethnicity here.

EA conferences tend to be more attractive to people who are newer to the movement, thinking through their career plans, and wanting to meet like-minded people. Our data supports your findings that newer members are more diverse. I expect the EA Survey receives more responses from people who have been involved in EA for a longer time. That’s my guess as to the main reason for the differences.

Comment by BarryGrimes on EA Survey 2020: Demographics · 2021-05-19T09:56:01.050Z · EA · GW

Readers may be interested to compare the EA Survey data with the data that CEA has collected from event registrations over the past 1.5 years. This slide deck contains charts showing the following categories:

  • Gender
  • Race/ethnicity
  • Age
  • Career stage
  • Which year attendees got engaged with EA
  • Do attendees feel part of the EA community

A few items to highlight:

  • The percentage of female and non-binary attendees ranged from 32% to 40%
  • The percentage of non-white attendees ranged from 27% to 49%
  • The percentage of attendees aged 18-35 ranged from 83-96%
  • 46% of survey respondents at EA Global: Reconnect had not engaged seriously with EA before 2018
Comment by BarryGrimes on Some quick notes on "effective altruism" · 2021-03-25T12:45:32.142Z · EA · GW

I agree that the community should only have one label but the community has multiple goals and is seeking to influence very different target audiences. In each case, we need to use language that appeals to the target audience.

Perhaps the effective altruism brand should be more like the Unilever brand with marketing segmented into multiple ‘product brands’. This could include existing brands like 80,00 Hours and Giving What We Can whilst the academic project becomes “global priorities research” rather than “effective altruism”.

The right name for groups will depend on the target audience and what the message testing reveals. I expect something like “High Impact Careers” or something along those lines may be more attractive to a wider audience than “effective altruism”

Comment by BarryGrimes on Apply now for EA Global: Reconnect (March 20-21) · 2021-03-12T09:59:56.250Z · EA · GW

There are a number of reasons that people drift away from the community. Ben West has a sequence of posts about this here.

I don’t know what led your friends to drift away, but it’s often the case that people are still interested in EA ideas but other events in their life take higher priority for a while. If that applies to your friends, then we think the main benefits of attending this event are:

  • Give and receive feedback on career, study, or donation plans
  • Make new connections and reconnect with old contacts
  • Discover and discuss interesting ideas

We’ll also have a session at the event exploring the different retention factors that Ben identifies in his posts (e.g. balancing parenting with EA, or finding a way to contribute if you don’t have experience that’s relevant to the field you want to work in). Hearing different people in the community sharing their experiences about this may also be helpful to your friends.

Comment by BarryGrimes on Apply now for EA Global: Reconnect (March 20-21) · 2021-02-11T20:58:19.255Z · EA · GW

Thanks for the feedback Jack. You should go through to a confirmation page on submission but it appears that's not been happening for some people. We're looking into why that's happening.

In the meantime, I've added some additional text above the submit button that tells people to check their inbox to confirm submission if they're in any doubt.

Comment by BarryGrimes on Apply now for EA Global: Reconnect (March 20-21) · 2021-02-10T19:13:24.193Z · EA · GW

Thanks for letting us know Josh. Your application has been received. We're investigating the issue further but it seems it's not affecting all users.

Comment by BarryGrimes on Apply now to be an EAGx event organizer · 2021-02-07T10:56:59.726Z · EA · GW

Hi Maria! Ideally, we are looking for teams of 3-4 core organisers for each location but you can also express interest as an individual. I’ll then look for opportunities to connect you with other potential organisers depending on the other applications received.

Comment by BarryGrimes on Update on the 0.7% (£4bn for the poor) · 2020-12-19T09:11:10.507Z · EA · GW

Thank you for all the work that you and the team are doing on this Sanjay.

Will you be encouraging people to attend MP advice surgeries as part of your strategy? I used to be a senior caseworker in an MP’s constituency office. In my experience, a 1-1 conversation with a well-informed constituent was more likely to influence the MP’s voting intention than sending an email.

Comment by BarryGrimes on Looking for collaborators after last 80k podcast with Tristan Harris · 2020-12-09T10:39:07.417Z · EA · GW

I don't have a specific person in mind I'm afraid but you could post in the Effective Altruism, Mental Health, and Happiness Facebook group and see if anyone there would like to get involved.

Comment by BarryGrimes on Looking for collaborators after last 80k podcast with Tristan Harris · 2020-12-08T13:23:15.460Z · EA · GW

I recommend this paper by the Happiness Research Institute (a Copenhagen-based think tank, not to be confused with the Happier Lives Institute):

#SortingOutSocialMedia: Does social media really pose a threat to young people's well-being?

They found that young people’s online and offline lives are inextricably linked, and that it is necessary to consider which platforms young people use, how they use them, and which personal characteristics make some young people more vulnerable than others online. 

Comment by BarryGrimes on Are social media algorithms an existential risk? · 2020-09-16T13:02:27.323Z · EA · GW

Good point. I worded that clumsily. I've edited the post so it incorporates the full quote now.

Comment by BarryGrimes on Are social media algorithms an existential risk? · 2020-09-16T12:54:54.873Z · EA · GW

I'm not sure this answers your question but the Edelman Trust Barometer has been tracking levels of trust in societal institutions (government, business, NGOs and media) for the last 20 years. The trend shows a widening division between the "Informed Public" and the "Mass Population" using the following definitions:

Informed Public 

  • 500 respondents in U.S. and China; 200 in all other markets
  • Represents 17% of total global population 
  • Must meet 4 criteria
    • Ages 25-64 
    • College-educated
    • In top 25% of household income per age group in each market
    • Report significant media consumption and engagement in public policy and business news 

Mass Population 

  • All population not including informed public 
  • Represents 83% of total global population
Comment by BarryGrimes on Are social media algorithms an existential risk? · 2020-09-15T11:47:45.560Z · EA · GW

The argument that concerned me most was that disinformation spreads 6 times faster than the truth.

The implication is that it’s becoming increasingly difficult for people to establish what the truth is. This undermines democracy and the ability to build consensus. I think we will see this play out with the results of the US election in November and the extent to which people believe and accept the result. 

Comment by BarryGrimes on CEA Mid-year update (2020) · 2020-08-21T09:15:28.504Z · EA · GW

Thanks Edo! We use a number of metrics to track the success of our events. I’ve pulled together a few charts for you that show success on four measures:

  • Likelihood to recommend
  • Valuable experiences
  • New connections
  • Maintained motivation

You’ll see that our likelihood to recommend score was much lower than usual for the EA Global: Virtual in March, but we learned lessons from that event which contributed to the EAGxVirtual score being comparable with previous in-person events.

In terms of valuable experiences, EAGxVirtual was much more successful at changing the minds of attendees, particularly first-time attendees. However, the number of people making important connections was lower than EA Global: London 2019.

The main difference we’ve noticed between virtual and in-person events is the number of new connections made (see slides 4 and 5).  This feels significant because attendees consistently report one-on-one meetings and new connections as their most valuable experience at our events. In-person events seem to be much more effective at generating new connections but there isn't much of a difference in terms of generating at least one important connection. Perhaps we could make some tweaks to the virtual format to increase the number of new connections at future events.

You’ll also see that our virtual events have been very successful at maintaining the motivation of attendees, more so than EA Global: San Francisco 2019. In particular, we received lots of positive feedback about the virtual format from community members who wouldn’t normally be able to attend an in-person EA conference.

> Also, I'm curious, what CRM are you using and for what purpose? 

We are using Zoho CRM. The major use case for it right now is processing event applications: it's integrated with our application forms, ticketing systems, bulk mailing software etc. to provide a unified overview of everyone who has applied for an event. (This is briefly mentioned above in the "Systems Improvements" section of this post.) We also use it to identify attendees who are good fits for specific parts of the event, for example creating a list of first-time attendees who might benefit from our "Guides" program. Other CEA projects sporadically use the CRM to identify specific people who match some criteria (e.g. if we are trying to brainstorm potential group organizers in some location) but this is not the main use case.

Comment by BarryGrimes on Do research organisations make theory of change diagrams? Should they? · 2020-07-29T17:04:05.756Z · EA · GW

Having a well-developed Theory of Change has been essential for developing HLI’s communications strategy too. Without org-wide agreement on our route to impact, it would have been impossible to think about the changes in behaviour we are trying to bring about. It influences our audience personas, the communication channels we use, our writing style, and our branding.

Although much of our strategic planning remains internal, I think it’s important to be transparent about our high-level ToC so others can provide feedback, place our research in the correct context, and decide if they want to collaborate with us.

Comment by BarryGrimes on What was the first being on Earth to experience suffering? · 2020-07-14T08:43:09.237Z · EA · GW

Thanks Max! I've added it to my reading list.

Comment by BarryGrimes on What was the first being on Earth to experience suffering? · 2020-07-14T08:42:42.972Z · EA · GW

Thank you for providing such a thoughtful and helpful answer. I'm looking forward to working my way through your recommended reading as soon as I can.

Comment by BarryGrimes on EA Global Live Broadcast · 2020-03-22T21:34:43.061Z · EA · GW

We’re excited to announce that meeting slots have been extended all the way through to next Sunday, March 29 so please continue to make new connections and schedule one-on-one meetings.

Comment by BarryGrimes on EA Global Live Broadcast · 2020-03-22T21:33:55.440Z · EA · GW

We hope you’ve enjoyed participating in the first-ever EA Global virtual conference. We’d really value your feedback to help us plan more virtual events for the EA community over the coming months.

If you're short on time, you can complete this survey in about 5 minutes, but the more detail you can provide in the open text questions, the better.

Take the survey now at

Comment by BarryGrimes on EA Global Live Broadcast · 2020-03-22T09:29:29.007Z · EA · GW

Thanks for the suggestion! Because of the time zone differences, we've squeezed as much content as possible into a 4 hour window. However, if you're watching live on YouTube you can pause the broadcast at any time, and then catch up again by watching at 1.5x speed.

We'll be sending out a feedback survey after the Sunday broadcast, and we'd be really grateful to hear about people's experiences and suggestions.

I'll post the survey link here when it's live.

Comment by BarryGrimes on EA Global Live Broadcast · 2020-03-21T11:35:30.119Z · EA · GW

There's also a real-time chat on the YouTube page

Comment by BarryGrimes on Notes on “The Art of Gathering” · 2019-01-03T10:02:18.269Z · EA · GW

Thanks very much for posting this summary David. I've found it very helpful for thinking about ways to improve EA Global in 2019. I read the whole book over the Christmas holidays and compiled my own set of notes which readers may find complementary to your excellent summary: