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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: