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Does giving to charity make it more likely you‘ll be altruistic in future? 2019-02-14T21:00:27.505Z · score: 14 (6 votes)
Introducing the EA Assembly 2015-09-03T21:36:29.611Z · score: 10 (10 votes)

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Comment by imben on EA Updates for February 2020 · 2020-02-29T02:10:55.659Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · EA · GW

Love reading these David - thanks.

Was particularly interested to read the Anthropocene article - cool to read conservationists taking EA approach seriously and seeing it as a way to unlock more funding.

Comment by imben on How we promoted EA at a large tech company · 2020-01-29T14:14:06.129Z · score: 13 (7 votes) · EA · GW

This is awesome - thanks for writing up!

For people working in the UK and keen to do something like this, I'd love to chat: ben@tyve.org

We launched an employee giving tool (Tyve.org) which promotes recommended charities from GiveWell and Founders Pledge's research.

Comment by imben on Effective Altruism London Strategy 2019 · 2019-08-23T11:36:05.734Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

Do “software for good” have a online presence? Hadn’t heard of them and would be interested to read more. Thanks!

Comment by imben on Conversation on forecasting with Vaniver and Ozzie Gooen · 2019-08-02T22:39:48.263Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

Is there a copy of the audio available? Sorry if I missed an obvious link!

Comment by imben on Can/should we define quick tests of personal skill for priority areas? · 2019-06-15T21:51:46.438Z · score: 6 (2 votes) · EA · GW

Really cool idea. If this were possible would we expect to see big companies using similar tests to recruit undergraduates early before competitors do?

Comment by imben on Does giving to charity make it more likely you‘ll be altruistic in future? · 2019-02-14T23:00:29.978Z · score: 4 (4 votes) · EA · GW

Super useful - thanks David. An interesting implication for EA fundraisers might be then to avoid quantifying achievements e.g. “you’ve just saved 10 lives with your donation”. Perhaps you’d want to say something like: “your commitment to helping others is fantastic”.

Comment by imben on Introducing Charity Entrepreneurship: an Incubation and Research Program for New Charities · 2018-06-06T18:11:06.851Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

This seems high compared to the startup equivalent. For example, I know at Entrepreneur First they take on 100 people and they form about 20 companies - don’t know how many get seed funded but 50% seems too high.

Comment by imben on Introducing Charity Entrepreneurship: an Incubation and Research Program for New Charities · 2018-06-06T18:07:57.139Z · score: 4 (4 votes) · EA · GW

Awesome! So pleased this is finally happening.

Comment by imben on The last 3 months in EA projects · 2015-09-30T08:02:09.187Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · EA · GW

Yes, it's still ongoing. We had our second meetup last night. Sign up for email updates on events here: https://tinyletter.com/eastartups

Comment by imben on The Value of Starting a Giving What We Can/EA Chapter · 2015-03-11T10:06:40.512Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · EA · GW

Maybe I was being too negative in counting the chapters that make a go of trying and then end up fizzling out. If you manage to run a year of events with consistent effort then perhaps getting one or two pledges is fair.

3-5 is higher than when I was working with chapters, but great that it's that high now.

Yep, completely agree with the overarching point. Keep up the top work.

Comment by imben on The Value of Starting a Giving What We Can/EA Chapter · 2015-03-08T17:15:00.472Z · score: 6 (6 votes) · EA · GW

I'm a big fan of starting new chapters as I've discussed with Jon.

Just thought I'd flag that this seemed over optimistic:

"we think it is reasonable to expect a new Giving What We Can Chapter to produce 3-5 new members in their first year"

In my experience of working with GWWC chapters the median chapter produced 0 members a year because it's hard to get things off the ground. Even the chapters who are putting a lot of effort in do well to get 1 or 2 people to pledge.

I don't say this to undermine the article - I think the points can still apply if you get one person to pledge. I just want to make clear that if you start a chapter and one person pledges in a year that's awesome and you've probably done a v good job.

Comment by imben on Open thread 5 · 2014-11-28T10:39:09.126Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · EA · GW

Is there an audio recording of Holden's "Altruistic Career Choice Conference call"? If so, can someone point me in the right direction. I'm aware of the transcript:

http://files.givewell.org/files/calls/Altruistic%20career%20choice%20conference%20call.pdf

Thanks!