Donations tripled to GiveDirectly through 12/5 (crypto gifts only) 2021-11-29T16:44:59.682Z
UK's new 10-year "National AI Strategy," released today 2021-09-22T11:18:02.601Z


Comment by jared_m on Two Tiny Requests from HIA, Two Mins of your Time · 2022-06-09T21:37:27.715Z · EA · GW

Done, re: following on Twitter.

My main contact at Pau and Marc Gasol's Gasol Foundation (focused on "research, holistic, data-driven" work to eradicate childhood obesity) appears to have left. They are a thoughtful group, and may be worth writing in the 10-20% chance they evolve into HIA supporters — or can be helpful in another way.

Comment by jared_m on Free-spending EA might be a big problem for optics and epistemics · 2022-04-15T22:28:17.273Z · EA · GW

This is a great point. The good news is your concern is shared by CEA and others. It's very exciting to see the work that Jessica  McCurdy at CEA (and others) are doing to support the growth of EA groups at economically diverse R1 universities and smaller colleges, etc. 

EAIF has also funded a small project to try and support groups at so-called "Public Ivies" in the U.S., with a special focus on public honors colleges that can contribute to socioeconomic diversity in EA. Feel free to DM if you're interested in this broader opportunity area, whether in the context of North America / other OECD member countries - or in the context of other regions of the world!

Comment by jared_m on Paul Farmer (1959 – 2022) · 2022-03-28T22:17:59.494Z · EA · GW

Thank you for the reminder to watch Bending the Arc. There were also some moving  tributes to him (with excerpts of his interviews) on Twitter after he passed, such as this one from Ava DuVernay.

Comment by jared_m on Food Preparedness for Disasters · 2022-03-08T19:02:57.142Z · EA · GW

Thank you for writing up this series, Finan!

One note regarding the sections excerpted below: those who are worried about the quantity of food they are able to keep on hand might spend a few minutes reviewing credible intermittent fasting resources from Harvard,  Johns Hopkins, and elsewhere.  For example, Hopkins describes the 5:2 approach this way: "the 5:2 approach... involves eating regularly five days a week. For the other two days, you limit yourself to one 500–600 calorie meal. An example would be if you chose to eat normally on every day of the week except Mondays and Thursdays, which would be your one-meal days." This CBS interview with Harvard and Yale faculty who practice IF is also informative.

It may be difficult to jump into intermittent fasting in the context of a distressing disaster, but I hope this gives some comfort to some readers: many individuals can average <14,000 calories a week with a 5:2-style plan for extended periods without putting their health at risk, a fact that may be worth keeping in mind in a crisis.

Food is also not as limiting as water. You can survive much longer without food than without water. 

  • Many online sources agree you need about 2,000-2,500 cal per day. Closer to 2,000 if female and closer to 2,500 if male. Need will also vary with exercise.

...How else can I preserve calories?

  • If you’ve run out of food or you know you’re going to run out of food. You can reduce your need for calories by  . . .
    • Exercising less - exercise causes you to burn calories
    • Staying at a reasonable temperature - if you are too cold or too hot your body has to use energy to thermoregulate.
Comment by jared_m on Should we produce more EA-related documentaries? · 2022-02-22T23:33:50.186Z · EA · GW

Didn't realize Participant had produced Contagion, as well!

Reviewing the list of Participant films , I realize that I saw three of the four 2005 movies they were involved in (the trio that doesn't include Murderball) in theaters or shortly after they came out. All three had a lasting impact on my thinking re: ethics, society, etc.

Comment by jared_m on Should we produce more EA-related documentaries? · 2022-02-22T02:24:54.530Z · EA · GW

An EA version of Jeff Skoll's Participant film production company seems like a worthwhile investment.

Participant funded An Inconvenient Truth, and other films that seem to have had an outsized impact on policy discussions and (perhaps as importantly) the career decisions of the young and impact-minded.

Comment by jared_m on We need 40,000h or maybe even 20,000h · 2022-02-19T22:56:45.798Z · EA · GW

Thanks for sharing your thinking, @Tyner. Will DM you, but had one thought related to these two bullets:

  • All  of the jobs I've seen listed at non-profits pay pretty poorly.  Does it really make sense to take a 70% pay cut?


  • A few times I have helped friends or family with work issues and generally done a really good job.  Like, my friend spent maybe 40 hours struggling with getting a database to do what she wanted and I solved her issues in less than 2 hours.  If I can really be 20x more productive then average then I really am awesome and should be using my skills directly.  But that's probably an outlier.

Rather than committing to a durable pay cut by leaving your full-time job, you could see if there are bite-sized bits of work that well align with your skillset that you can spend a few hundred hours a year on (for pay). You could consider taking a "little bet" by  seeing if you could take a 1-3 month leave of absence — or go to 60% or 80% time in your current job for a few months — while supporting an EA project that could benefit from your skills.

There's a good chance the EA Funds team would fund a well-scoped project where you would invest several hundred hours a year advancing a line of work that currently is under-staffed or missing your technical expertise.

Comment by jared_m on The best EA Global yet? (And other updates.) · 2022-02-13T16:37:39.621Z · EA · GW

Thank you for strong EAGs in 2020 and 2021, in ultra-challenging circumstances! Re:

  • The virtual side of the event underperformed, although it still added around 1,500 connections; it was positively received by attendees, but we did not optimize it.
    • We are reconsidering running hybrid conferences in the future, and might run separate virtual and in-person conferences in order to give more attention to each side.

Sharing across one data point that I found the virtual event and a few subsequent connections very valuable. Conflicting October travel meant I wouldn't have applied/been able to join in-person in London — so it was both useful and encouraging to participate in the virtual side of the event. 

Without endorsing this particular source, this strikes me as a valuable perspective as far as inclusion reasons to keep investing in hybrid options when viable.

1. Hybrid events are more inclusive and accessible than in-person-only events.

There are many barriers people may face to attending an in-person conference, especially if it requires flying or a long drive:

  • Physical disabilities and mobility issues: blindness, deafness, using a wheelchair or walker, inability to walk quickly, chronic pain, chronic fatigue
  • Health issues that require equipment or a regimented medication schedule to manage
  • Caring for children or older relatives at home
  • Complex dietary restrictions

...Hybrid events are more accessible to these audiences because they allow attendees to participate from home without travel or overnight stays.


Comment by jared_m on Should I fly instead of taking trains? · 2021-12-28T01:13:53.657Z · EA · GW

It mostly helps when there are rule-bound matching funds available. Let’s say you think CATF is a very effective charity when it comes to issues you care about, and that Good Food Institute is somewhat less effective. Person B has the exact opposite perspective.

If there’s an style matching opportunity, and you give $200 to CATF, will only match $100 of that ($300 total for CATF). Likewise for Person B and GFI: her $200 becomes $300 for GFI. If you find each other through the EA Forum and coordinate to split your $200 personal gifts and each give $100 to CATF and $100 to GFI, then EVERY dollar you both give will be matched. So each charity receives $400 instead of $300 from the same level of donations from you and Person B, as your giving is 100% matched — instead of 50% only.

Comment by jared_m on Should I fly instead of taking trains? · 2021-12-26T14:00:51.528Z · EA · GW

Agree with Lukas: better to book the flight. Not least because a 100 USD donation to Founder's Pledge or CATF can likely be doubled by various matching 2022 opportunities.'s promotion is an example.

A slightly similar choice came up for us when we bought a car in 2020. (A new job required one.) We would've preferred a used EV/hybrid. During the peak of the pandemic, a dealer was willing to deliver a used non-hybrid vehicle to our door for many thousands of USD less. That allowed us to invest a bit more while asset prices were in the doldrums. In the last two months we've steadily donated those appreciated assets to CATF, Carbon180, and dozens of other EA charities.  Through trading donations (e.g., we donated to an AI charity in exchange for another EA giving to CATF or Carbon180) we have driven >1,000 USD to EA-embraced climate charities from that car purchase. More if you consider alternative protein charities to have a climate impact, as we do.

There are also likely strong "pandemic externality" reasons to choose the option that puts you in public for fewer hours. You might want to consult microCOVID's fantastic calculator to see how that math works out.

Comment by jared_m on EA Infrastructure Fund: May–August 2021 grant recommendations · 2021-12-26T13:46:57.003Z · EA · GW

Agreed. Chiming in that the microCOVID Project's calculator and work has been invaluable to our family since 2020. I don't know Rachel, Larissa, or others involved in the project - but they're in our personal pantheon of pandemic heroes. We lost one family member in NY to COVID. It's easy to imagine we and others would have experienced more loss, absent their work.

Could not pass up this opportunity to thank them publicly, and note how excited we are to watch any videos they produce as a result of this funding.

Comment by jared_m on Working inside or outside "the system" in lowering CO2 emissions? · 2021-12-22T16:55:12.444Z · EA · GW

Similar to David, I don't have a definitive answer. I would agree with reviewing the links he shared and add one more.

The Founders Pledge Research Team are engaged in Effective Environmentalism efforts. They have some very recent/timely write-ups of grants they have made in the climate space. These are informed by current global political and technological dynamics. If you find their analysis persuasive, you might consider adjusting your work to align with the opportunities they call out - or (as I've been doing) donate to those groups while remaining in your current role.

Comment by jared_m on Introducing a New Course on the Economics of AI · 2021-12-22T12:11:49.231Z · EA · GW

Thank you for carving out time and attention for this course, Anton. Thanks also to the EA Long-Term Future Fund for investing in the project. The timing is perfect, as many of us curtail December/January travel plans and look for more-productive alternatives to watching Omicron case counts rise.

Signed up, and I'm a few videos in already. Will share with others who have an economics bent!

Comment by jared_m on A huge opportunity for impact: movement building at top universities · 2021-12-18T14:59:48.660Z · EA · GW

Agree that honors college students are an attractive organizing opportunity. One could look at U.S. public flagships that reel in a disproportionate share of National Merit Scholars (UF, University of Minnesota, etc.) for their honors programs as starting points. These, and other talent-dense schools like Penn State, are very promising. To your point here:

I think the capability is there (and perhaps less entitlement).

EA might gain more mindshare at public honors colleges. Students at those schools strike me as a bit scrappier/more focused than students at stereotypical private universities where I and many EAs studied. Private university students may have more sirens of influence calling their names, in terms of:

The current Campus Specialist plan (including the set of first-wave campuses!) makes total sense to me. At the same time I'm rooting for target-rich public honors colleges and universities topping this list to comprise a good share of Wave 2!

Goldman's own data-driven recruiters have taken this approach. From a 2017 article

Goldman Sachs is embracing top students from outside the hallowed halls of the Ivy League... Lloyd Blankfein hosted a fireside chat in September for 250 students from Macaulay Honors College, a New York-based public school, during which he outlined the firm's new outlook on recruiting talent. He told students the firm is no longer "trapping" itself by "recruiting from the same 30 or 40 schools."

The firm has been deepening its relationship with the college, which is considered a high-caliber public school. On November 3, Goldman hosted a resume and interview workshop for 75 Macaulay students....

[Blankfein]: "It wasn't an act of kindness on my part, or generosity, or trying to create diversity; it was pure selfish, naked self-interest. We wanted to really extend our net further because everybody’s involved pretty much in a war for talent..."

Comment by jared_m on EA outreach to high school competitors · 2021-12-18T13:46:29.275Z · EA · GW

This strongly aligns with my thinking around high school outreach opportunities:

TL;DR: Specifically targeting STEM, logic, debate, and philosophy competitors with short outreach could increase high school outreach effectiveness.... This would give these individuals more time to think about career choice and enable them to start building flexible career capital early and might make them more open to engaging with EA in the future. 

Participating in ISEF, mock trial, and Science Bowl (and following others who did through their careers) makes one realize how a) impact-oriented, and b) career-centric many of these student competitors are. Several friends knew at age 17 they wanted to pursue PhDs or JDs. They went ahead and obtained those degrees, and come 2021 they are vocal faculty members at prominent law schools or U.S. colleges. Expanding this category of student's "mental menu" of great career options to include:

Strikes me as a very exciting opportunity for 2022 and beyond. Thank you for your write-up here!

Comment by jared_m on EA Dinner Covid Logistics · 2021-12-11T22:10:50.502Z · EA · GW

Thanks for sharing these, Jeff!

Had not seen the air purifier cubes before - and will keep an eye out for them.

Comment by jared_m on Have any EA nonprofits tried offering staff funding-based compensation? If not, why not? If so, how did it go? · 2021-12-02T14:34:12.677Z · EA · GW

Yeah, I was similarly uncertain about how much AFP’s policy serves to “defend the 20th century status quo of nonprofit operations” (which much of EA is challenging, for good reason) versus good-faith efforts to make the field operate well — putting aside fundraisers’ personal economic interests. The balance is a bit murky…

Comment by jared_m on Have any EA nonprofits tried offering staff funding-based compensation? If not, why not? If so, how did it go? · 2021-12-01T17:09:57.727Z · EA · GW

FWIW: in the 2010s I remember being surprised to learn that the Association of Fundraising Professionals opposed percentage-based compensation for full-time nonprofit fundraisers. 

I don't have a refined view on pros/cons of variable compensation structures like this in certain nonprofit contexts, but am sharing this primary document in case valuable as food for thought. Some excerpts are below.

AFP holds that percentage based compensation can encourage abuses, imperils the integrity of the voluntary sector, and undermines the very philanthropic values on which the voluntary sector is based. AFP stands firm with its Standards which prohibits members from working for percentage-based compensation or accepting finder’s fees...

Members shall: 
21. not accept compensation or enter into a contract that is based on a percentage of contributions; nor shall members accept finder’s fees or contingent fees. 
22. be permitted to accept performance-based compensation, such as bonuses, only if such bonuses are in accord with prevailing practices within the members’ own organizations and are not based on a percentage of contributions. 
23. neither offer nor accept payments or special considerations for the purpose of influencing the selection of products or services. 
24. not pay finder’s fees, commissions or percentage compensation based on contributions.

Comment by jared_m on Be a Stoic and build better democracies: an Aussie-as take on x-risks (review essay) · 2021-12-01T12:14:27.510Z · EA · GW

The prominent Aussie-American economist Justin Wolfers at the University of Michigan has been promoting Leigh’s book this week.

Given Wolfers’ broad following in the U.S., he may be introducing more economists/others to the idea of existential risks here:

Also thanks, Matt, for your write-up!

Comment by jared_m on Creating Individual Connections via the Forum · 2021-11-30T23:25:58.876Z · EA · GW

The "Looking for people who live in the same obscure geographic area as you" use case is a super-promising one.  One example is Florida, the third most-populous U.S. state with 21 million people. While the Forum map doesn't list any Floridians, several dozen have joined this (admittedly sleepy) Facebook group since late 2020. 

A number of them live in Gainesville, and a smaller number are in Orlando. Those cities feature two of the four largest universities in the U.S.  I'm not in either city so have been unable to support meetups in those areas, but there is likely some low-hanging organizing fruit by getting EAs near large universities to meet.

Comment by jared_m on Wikipedia editing is important, tractable, and neglected · 2021-11-30T23:03:30.440Z · EA · GW

Several EAs have accurately updated prominent individuals' bios (e.g., the profile of Michael Kremer) to highlight their founding roles in Giving What We Can — or other notable EA affiliations. 

I can't take credit for those additions, but think they are smart, consistent with the spirit of Wikipedia, and worthwhile.

Comment by jared_m on Donations tripled to GiveDirectly through 12/5 (crypto gifts only) · 2021-11-29T22:22:24.685Z · EA · GW

Anecdotally, the match did lead a non-EA friend of mine to make a BTC gift she otherwise wouldn't have. So it could still lead to more 2021 giving to GD overall.

Comment by jared_m on Announcing my retirement · 2021-11-27T22:19:36.163Z · EA · GW

Ah, well - you can see how even the agreeable Forum norms you aren't directly responsible are enhanced by association with you!

Hope your final 1.5 Forum-wrangling weeks are smooth ones.

Comment by jared_m on What Small Weird Thing Do You Fund? · 2021-11-27T10:51:16.976Z · EA · GW

Agree that GAP is a great cause for small U.S. donors! Their team is approaching the opportunity in a sophisticated way. 

We've given to GAP twice this fall, and expect to give more this winter / next year.

Comment by jared_m on Announcing my retirement · 2021-11-27T01:30:04.451Z · EA · GW

Empathetic, welcoming — and a lively, wise writer. Even Aaron's commenting guidelines (↓) are warm and concise. 

Your guiding voice will be missed here, Aaron. We look forward to cheering your EGQ and OP work next year!

Comment by jared_m on Despite billions of extra funding, small donors can still have a significant impact · 2021-11-23T17:00:13.086Z · EA · GW

Completely agree with the thrust of this post. 

I do have one small phraseology  suggestion here:

I’d especially encourage ‘medium’ donors (e.g. people who might donate $200k - $2m per year) to think seriously about making ‘angel’ donating a significant focus e.g. choose an area to specialise in and spend 1-2 days per month on research...

You might reconsider labeling this group as 'substantial' donors (rather than 'medium' donors) given the historic average of <$10K/year for EA donors. That survey data suggests the $2M donor level is likely close to the far right end of the donor distribution. There may be a risk that framing the $200K-$2M range as 'medium' raises eyebrows and undoes some of the goals of the post. Given efforts to reduce legacy ETG-centric perceptions of EA from the 2010s, I worry this tack could rub those new to EA the wrong way. The average donor may be surprised to learn EA orgs perceive a $1.99M/year donor as medium-sized. They may wonder if a ≤$199K donor would be a small donor, and perhaps a ≤$99K donor is extra-small and (core message of this post aside) near-inconsequential? If a donor with a typical income perceives  four- or five-figure annual donations as a source of real financial anxiety — but perhaps 'extra-small' in the lights of EA leaders — that may be demoralizing, and reduce their warm glow for making future donations at that scale in the future. 

One point I really like is:

making donations also helps to build the effective altruism community, since it’s a hard-to-fake symbol that we’re serious about doing good, and that helps to get more people on board.

For new and small-scale charities, I also hope there's a warm glow on the recipient side when individuals chip in $100 here and there to smaller meta and other charities via opportunities like this.

Comment by jared_m on CEA grew a lot in the past year · 2021-11-05T15:44:55.492Z · EA · GW

If you are looking to donate to CEA, the donation matching program still has $60K in matching funds available (for a 1:1 match up to $100 [USD]). 

No time like the present to convert 100 USD for CEA into 200 USD! The link to CEA's giving page on is here.

Comment by jared_m on Open Thread: Spring 2022 · 2021-11-03T22:59:12.276Z · EA · GW

For those interested in the work Michael Kremer (Giving What We Can member and 2019 Nobel Laureate in Economics) and his spouse and fellow GWWC member Rachel Glennerster have done on COVID-19 vaccine supply, our team profiled one of their co-authors this week — Juan Camilo Castillo of UPenn. An excerpt is below / the link is here:


JCC: Michael Kremer had worked on groundbreaking pneumococcal vaccine research in the past. Early in 2020, he realized there would be a profound need for research into financing COVID-19 vaccines. He thus reached out to several people and put together a team of economists that included some of his former colleagues and some new people (such as myself).

At the start of our work, we saw that some of the hurdles that had to be cleared to develop a vaccine were no longer a problem, since phase I and II clinical trials were already underway for several vaccine candidates. However, we realized that it would not be easy to translate successful trials into large-scale vaccination quickly, since few steps had been taken to set in place the capacity to manufacture vaccines. So we focused our work on financing large-scale manufacturing capacity that would allow for quick, large-scale vaccination as soon as vaccine trials were successful.

Comment by jared_m on Annual donation rituals? · 2021-11-02T11:00:05.683Z · EA · GW

Cute animal cards never hurt. We bought a mug last winter with the logo of the cause we gave the most to in 2020. It has been a nice reminder of that giving, and well worth the price. (Proceeds from the mug also went to that cause.) 

A few other "end-of-year ritual" thoughts:

1. Outdoor rituals, paired with giving: holiday walks (or kicking a soccer ball around) have made our holidays more memorable. We live near a beach, so giving to environmental and animal welfare charities over coffee feels more meaningful right after watching chipper coastal birds racing around the surf

2. Movie or story rituals, paired with giving: without debating her politics, I think there's a potentially nice model in Elizabeth Warren's annual NYE viewing of Casablanca with her husband. As she has shared several times: "It’s a story about love & sacrifice, & also how people survive & fight back. Every time we watch it on New Year's, it gives me hope." Stories or movies like Casablanca can give one a sense of a) ennobling solidarity, b) perspective that making effective donations and reducing one's bank account is both great to do, and an easier lift for us than (say) fighting totalitarianism has been for many

Comment by jared_m on Make a $100 donation into $200 (or more) · 2021-11-02T01:56:50.542Z · EA · GW

+1. This was fun, it was a great excuse to bring up some EOY giving by a month — and your instructions were ultra-clear. Thank you, William!

Comment by jared_m on Notes on "Managing to Change the World" · 2021-10-14T21:52:24.639Z · EA · GW

Congratulations on the launch, Jan-Willem!

Good luck in the final months of 2021 and the new year - and if/when you expand to the Americas, feel free to drop me a line. Would be happy to chat and share any resources that may be helpful.

Comment by jared_m on Notes on "Managing to Change the World" · 2021-10-10T09:39:50.796Z · EA · GW

Thank you for sharing this, Peter. My old organization brought Hauser’s and Green's group — The Management Center — in for a training session in 2019. It was excellent. TMC also has plenty of free resources on its website, for those who are interested. I'll check out the book this winter.

Will be interested to see if Training for Good (which sounds very promising) also adopts any of TMC’s free resources. TFG looks like it’s mainly focused on EMEA audiences and time zones, while I’m not sure if TMC is well-known outside North America. There may be potential for valuable cross-pollination of best practices, etc. 

Comment by jared_m on Three podcast episodes on energy and climate change · 2021-09-24T21:44:50.251Z · EA · GW

Agreed: I also started with the CATF episode today, and look forward to moving on to the 80K, GWWC, and Singer episodes in the weeks to come!

Comment by jared_m on Resources for EA-Adjacent, not "EA-Affiliated" Organizations? · 2021-09-21T10:21:26.443Z · EA · GW

Thank you for sharing this question, more better!

As someone whose day job involves some work at the intersection of climate change and public health, I’m curious to learn more about your work. Would you feel comfortable sharing a bit more about your / your group’s work and goals for the coming months and years?

Thanks again for kicking off a great question and discussion.

Comment by jared_m on Open Thread: September 2021 · 2021-09-19T10:56:16.990Z · EA · GW

On another global health note, eligible U.S. residents may be interested in these 10+ newly posted roles on USAID's COVID-19 Task Force. The Task Force has some fantastic people on it — and a friend at USAID has enjoyed the pace at the agency under Samantha Power.

Roles and application instructions here:

Comment by jared_m on Guarding Against Pandemics · 2021-09-18T12:39:34.908Z · EA · GW

Thanks for sharing this write-up, and I look forward to learning more at the 10/12 call.

I also chipped in via the ActBlue link —  and would encourage other U.S. citizens thinking about their 2021 and 2022 effective giving to do the same. Contributions also have a greater impact earlier in the election cycle (e.g., in fall 2021 versus fall 2022) so there's no time like the present.

Comment by jared_m on Open Thread: September 2021 · 2021-09-07T15:24:08.678Z · EA · GW

Our Mayo Clinic team featured Charity Entrepreneurship alumna and Giving What We Can member Dr. Lucia Coulter and the Lead Exposure Elimination Project on our blog several weeks ago. 

Links here, for those interested!

Comment by jared_m on Crazy ideas sometimes do work · 2021-09-04T10:51:19.475Z · EA · GW

Congratulations, Aryeh! 

Look forward to following your work.

Comment by jared_m on Exit opportunities after management consulting · 2021-08-18T10:59:40.986Z · EA · GW

Thank you for this post!

Would add this plug for ex-consultants interested in GCBRs and global health interventions: consider opportunities at well-resourced academic health systems. Examples in North America  include Cleveland Clinic, Mass General Brigham (the umbrella for many of Harvard Medical School's teaching hospitals),  Mayo Clinic, UCSF, and UHN in Ontario.

To pick one institution: if you go to this Jobs page and enter "strategy" in the keyword search, a number of roles oriented toward ex-consultants and/or those with MBAs and other business experience will pop up.

This list may give an idea of other opportunities in your region:

Comment by jared_m on Alexander Berger on improving global health and wellbeing in clear and direct ways · 2021-08-14T22:10:41.954Z · EA · GW

Coming out of this interview, I really look forward to seeing the work Open Phil pursues around air quality in Asia. Those interested in this topic may enjoy following:

Comment by jared_m on Considerations and advice on entering management consulting · 2021-08-11T22:24:26.206Z · EA · GW

This is a great and comprehensive write-up!

My interview experience is ~13 years old at this point, but would briefly+1 that Case in Point was invaluable. I'm certain I would not have received a job offer if I hadn't bought a copy.

Comment by jared_m on Stephen Fry narrating a video on effective altruism, explaining the cause-prioritisation framework while giving us the appropriate emotional response to helping others · 2021-07-31T10:23:11.249Z · EA · GW

It looks like Stephen Fry and his co-founders do:

Comment by jared_m on Stephen Fry narrating a video on effective altruism, explaining the cause-prioritisation framework while giving us the appropriate emotional response to helping others · 2021-07-31T10:20:51.744Z · EA · GW

Congratulations, Luke and the GWWC and TLYCS teams!

Comment by jared_m on Matt Levine on the Archegos failure · 2021-07-30T14:16:55.341Z · EA · GW

Thank you for sharing these — I may pick up the Clarke book as summer reading!

Comment by jared_m on Is effective altruism growing? An update on the stock of funding vs. people · 2021-07-30T10:11:11.041Z · EA · GW

I continue to think that jobs in government, academia, other philanthropic institutions and relevant for-profit companies (e.g. working on biotech) can be very high impact and great for career capital.


Those looking to work at the intersection of academia, biorisk, biotech, global health/infectious disease, and philanthropic institutions may wish to look at roles at leading academic medical centers. A few years at Charité; Cleveland Clinic; one of the Harvard  affiliates (e.g., the Brigham or MGH);  JHU;  Mayo Clinic; Toronto General;  UCH in London; or another leading institution could give one some surprising flexibility to support EA projects within a well-resourced academic institution.

The following link from this week lists a number of new strategy jobs at Mayo Clinic.  I suspect these roles would have career capital / impact benefits beyond what the brief job descriptions suggest.

Comment by jared_m on You should write about your job · 2021-07-30T01:20:28.524Z · EA · GW

I'd love to hear more about your trajectory and work!

This interview with Reuben Munger is one of my favorite discussions with an energy/infrastructure financier who is having an impact on renewable energy markets in North America — it certainly led me to consider his corner of finance a fairly EA-friendly career path — in case it's interesting to you or others:

Comment by jared_m on Consider canceling your WiFi · 2021-07-30T00:57:13.641Z · EA · GW

Thanks for this post! The spring college semester when I didn't have a laptop (it had shattered in late '07, and I didn't replace it until I needed one for a summer '08 job) was by far the most productive and intellectually richest semester I had on campus. 

This was before most students had smartphones — so that also helped — but chiming in that effectively not having internet in one's home can work nicely and lead to more reading and better sleep, if you have access to a good library/computer lab when you need one.

Comment by jared_m on Matt Levine on the Archegos failure · 2021-07-30T00:47:27.468Z · EA · GW

Matt Levine's newsletter is a delight to read, and I'm happy others here enjoy it!

The report on the Challenger disaster also chalked the loss of life and failure up to poor risk (and conflict) management. Experts the night before the launch raised serious concerns about the safety of launching under certain temperature conditions... and were basically over-ruled by managers who didn't want to pull the plug on such a high-profile launch that had been so long in the making.

We recently enjoyed this documentary on Wirecard's failure. The firm's auditors at E&Y (much like Arthur Andersen for Enron) basically mailed in their audits to avoid rocking the boat with a large client, ignoring flaming red flags that follow-on auditors from KPMG identified immediately.

Not sure that the Challenger and Wirecard examples add more beyond the valuable points you've made re: Archegos, but sharing as additional case studies in case they may be of interest to others.

Comment by jared_m on The $100trn opportunity: ESG investing should be a top priority for EA careers · 2021-05-08T14:57:26.946Z · EA · GW

Completely agree. Here are a few case studies of ESG investing career paths that some might find interesting (originally posted here). 


Those interested in this path might enjoy interviews with Lauren Taylor Wolfe — and reading about the work of Québec's pension plan, John Kerry and Mark Gallogly, and Mark Carney to drive more effective ESG investing and governance norms.

Comment by jared_m on ESG investing isn’t high-impact, but it could be · 2021-03-18T22:09:56.427Z · EA · GW

Those interested in this path might enjoy interviews with Lauren Taylor Wolfe — and reading about the work of Québec's pension plan, John Kerry and Mark Gallogly, and Mark Carney to drive more effective ESG investing and governance norms.