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EA-aligned video content creators (YouTubers, TikTokkers,...) 2022-08-05T23:06:44.311Z
Should You Have Children Despite Climate Change? 2022-05-03T10:09:33.903Z
Response to Kurzgesagt: How We Can Fight Climate Change 2022-04-13T16:03:15.473Z
How To Help Farmed Animals Without Going Vegan (A Happier World video) 2022-02-18T15:31:21.695Z
Jeroen_W's Shortform 2021-11-08T14:56:09.419Z
Should We Help The Global Poor? (A Happier World video) 2021-10-06T12:10:38.951Z
EA Creatives and Communicators Slack 2021-07-22T10:22:43.047Z
How to Stop The Deadliest Animal on Earth (A Happier World video) 2021-07-04T15:55:39.412Z
A Happier World: An EA inspired YouTube channel 2021-05-13T12:49:25.181Z
The Next Pandemic Could Be Worse, What Can We Do? (A Happier World video) 2020-12-21T21:07:38.581Z

Comments

Comment by Jeroen_W on Some unfun lessons I learned as a junior grantmaker · 2022-05-27T08:30:33.794Z · EA · GW

I agree, and like I said, I'm sure those sentences can be massively improved.

I prefer to have my feelings a little hurt than remain in the dark as to why a grant didn't get accepted.

Comment by Jeroen_W on Some unfun lessons I learned as a junior grantmaker · 2022-05-26T09:57:27.182Z · EA · GW

Still, you might be able to turn that into a few easy sentences. Ex. "We don't think you have enough expertise on the topic", "We don't think you have the right skills for the project, we think there are likely better other candidates out there" "You're research project is poorly scoped",...

These are just quick examples I had on top of my brain, they likely could be massively improved.

Even just sharing something in the rejection letter like

"Unfortunately, even if the problem is solely due to project-specific competence and fit, there aren’t many tractable and high-EV levers for grantmakers to pull. If somebody applies with a poorly scoped research project, they may well be an amazing operations hire or entrepreneur but unfortunately a) the grantmaking process is not set up to evaluate this well, and b) we are specialized in evaluating grants, not in giving open-ended career advice."

might be very helpful.

Comment by Jeroen_W on Should You Have Children Despite Climate Change? · 2022-05-03T20:01:36.072Z · EA · GW

I don't have a confident view on this, but I can easily imagine situations where all your (grand)children have a bigger impact on the world than you alone.  It might make sense for people to try and make their own EV calculations here.

Comment by Jeroen_W on How should people spend money to be more productive? · 2022-04-20T15:52:55.869Z · EA · GW

Focusmate costs just 5 dollars per month, which is low enough to at least try it out for a while!

Beeminder could be worth trying out as well, but I haven't personally used it. Here you pay money if you don't reach your goals.

Increasing you Google Drive/Photos storage is worth the money in my opinion. It's quite cheap and you don't have to worry or think about managing your online storage that much.

Comment by Jeroen_W on Response to Kurzgesagt: How We Can Fight Climate Change · 2022-04-14T16:27:02.552Z · EA · GW

Thanks a lot for sharing this! I appreciate this well thought out criticism. You make great points, but I find it hard to say at the moment how it has updated my own views. I'll share it in the comment section under the video.

Comment by Jeroen_W on I feel anxious that there is all this money around. Let's talk about it · 2022-03-31T16:01:05.855Z · EA · GW

My personal responses to these:

For me the reputational risks that Jack Lewars mentioned worry me a lot. Like how will the media portray effective altruism in the future? We're definitely going be seen as less sympathetic in leftist circles, being funded by billionaires and all.

I don't have a satisfying answer to this that calms my worries, but one response could be that the the damage done to the reputation of EA won't outweigh the good being done by all the money that goes to good causes.

Another concern for me is how this will change what type of people we'll attract to the movement. In the past the movement attracted people who were willing to live on a small amount of money because they care so much about others in this world. Now I'm worried that there will be more people who are less aligned with the values, who are in it at least partly for the money.

Don't have a good answer to this. Perhaps just that I'm overestimating the scale of this happening.

In another way it feels unfair. Why do I get to ask for 10k with a good chance of success, while friends of mine struggling with money who aren't EA aligned can't? I don't feel any more special or deserving than them in a way. I feel unfairly privileged somehow.

Stefan Schubert worded it well: "I think it's better to look at a global scale - and on such a scale, most people in the West are doing relatively well. So I don't think that's the group we should be worried about neglecting."

There's also this icky feeling I get with accepting money: what if my project isn't better than cash transfers to the extreme poor? Even if the probabilities of success are high enough, the thought of just "wasting money" while it could have gone to extremely poor people massively improving their lives just saddens me.

This is just me being risk averse. Even if an EV calculation works out, it's difficult shake off the uncomfortable feeling of potentially being one of the unsuccesful projects as part of hits-based giving.

Comment by Jeroen_W on I feel anxious that there is all this money around. Let's talk about it · 2022-03-31T13:49:14.371Z · EA · GW

For me the reputational risks that Jack Lewars mentioned worry me a lot. Like how will the media portray effective altruism in the future? We're definitely going be seen as less sympathetic in leftist circles, being funded by billionaires and all.

Another concern for me is how this will change what type of people we'll attract to the movement. In the past the movement attracted people who were willing to live on a small amount of money because they care so much about others in this world. Now I'm worried that there will be more people who are less aligned with the values, who are in it at least partly for the money.

In another way it feels unfair. Why do I get to ask for 10k with a good chance of success, while friends of mine struggling with money who aren't EA aligned can't? I don't feel any more special or deserving than them in a way. I feel unfairly privileged somehow.

There's also this icky feeling I get with accepting money: what if my project isn't better than cash transfers to the extreme poor? Even if the probabilities of success are high enough, the thought of just "wasting money" while it could have gone to extremely poor people massively improving their lives just saddens me.

I'm not trying to make logical arguments here for or against something, I'm just sharing the feelings and worries going through my head.

I think it's good that this is being discussed publicly for the world to see. Then it at least doesn't seem to non-EA's who read this that we're all completely comfortable with it. I'm still of the opinion that all this money is great and positive news for the world and I'm very grateful for the FTX Future Fund, but it does come with these worries.

Comment by Jeroen_W on “Should you use EA in your group name?” An update on PISE’s naming experiment · 2022-03-30T15:59:45.457Z · EA · GW

It's very much appreciated that you tried out a name change and that you wrote up the results of the experiment, thank you! I thought it was a great idea at first that made a lot of sense to me, but I've now changed my mind. Looking forward to hearing about other efforts you think may have contributed to PISE's success.

Comment by Jeroen_W on EA should learn from the Neoliberal movement · 2022-03-22T15:39:12.883Z · EA · GW

I personally disagree. I think EA should try appeal to many people across the political spectrum, from socialists to libertarians. Aiming to be apolitical (in most cases) is required for this. Neoliberalism, while I'm personally sympathetic to it, has a very negative name across the political spectrum so linking EA with it would probably hurt the EA brand a lot. Collaborating is possible insofar it's just asking each other for advice behind the scenes. I don't think people should be secret about liking neoliberalism either, I think the current state of overlap is around where it should be.

Comment by Jeroen_W on EA Creatives and Communicators Slack · 2022-02-18T16:16:13.587Z · EA · GW

Added :)

Comment by Jeroen_W on A spreadsheet with titles and links for over 1900 YouTube EA videos · 2022-02-08T16:32:45.750Z · EA · GW

Relevant to this: I made a spreadsheet of all EA-aligned video content creators that I'm aware of. 

Comment by Jeroen_W on EA Creatives and Communicators Slack · 2022-02-08T10:57:24.422Z · EA · GW

Added!

Comment by Jeroen_W on EA Creatives and Communicators Slack · 2022-01-27T10:13:10.962Z · EA · GW

Added!

Comment by Jeroen_W on Jeroen_W's Shortform · 2021-11-13T00:45:27.800Z · EA · GW

Added :)

Comment by Jeroen_W on Jeroen_W's Shortform · 2021-11-11T10:59:50.291Z · EA · GW

Like I said, they don't necessarily make EA content. I think I'll add a column specifying whether they do or not.

Comment by Jeroen_W on Jeroen_W's Shortform · 2021-11-08T14:56:09.577Z · EA · GW

EA-aligned video content creators

I made a spreadsheet of all EA-aligned video content creators that I'm aware of. This doesn't mean they make EA content necessarily, just that they share EA values. If I've missed anyone, let me know!

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1ukTCN4ADCkTLw9onQO-sTeDQfZQBz3bn_vjFVw6rqTQ/edit?usp=sharing

Comment by Jeroen_W on [deleted post] 2021-10-11T13:08:27.510Z

I downvoted this for the following reasons:

  1. Not a big fan of the design: It is nearly identical to the globe emoji, commonly used by neoliberals on Twitter. A globe doesn't really represent the pov of the universe that well (what if we discover sentient life elsewhere?). Plus the smiley isn't that clearly visible.
  2. I feel like this competition was held a bit unprofessionaly. After Bob Jacobs shared his (in my opinion great) idea the rules changed as to exclude mathematical symbols. I don't really understand this rule either, as I think mathemical symbols like the sum symbol aren't really unknown. I think it would've been better if a flag design was voted for by multiple people instead of chosen by one person.

I like the idea of a utilitarian flag competition and would personally love to see a commonly used utilitarian flag some day. But this didn't feel as the right way to go about it. I hope I'm not being too harsh.

Comment by Jeroen_W on EA Forum Creative Writing Contest: $22,000 in prizes for good stories · 2021-09-14T13:48:06.956Z · EA · GW

Love this idea! For all the writers here, I'd like to notify you about the EA Creatives and Communicators slack. You can use it to connect with other writers and maybe give feedback and bounce ideas off each other!

(Please let me know or downvote if this was inapproriate of me to comment, as it could be considered advertising.)

Comment by Jeroen_W on EA Creatives and Communicators Slack · 2021-07-22T22:17:46.545Z · EA · GW

Yes of course! :)

Comment by Jeroen_W on How to Stop The Deadliest Animal on Earth (A Happier World video) · 2021-07-20T13:23:36.468Z · EA · GW

Thank you!! :) 

Comment by Jeroen_W on A Happier World: An EA inspired YouTube channel · 2021-05-13T23:57:13.615Z · EA · GW

Funny that you mention it, I've been working on a template today for instagraphics!

Comment by Jeroen_W on A Happier World: An EA inspired YouTube channel · 2021-05-13T19:59:53.669Z · EA · GW

I like this, added it to my list of possible episodes!

Comment by Jeroen_W on Why EA groups should not use “Effective Altruism” in their name. · 2021-02-26T14:07:50.374Z · EA · GW

I really like this! Haven't read such a thought-provoking EA forum post in a while. Some initial thoughts I have: In case of local groups, could it be best to avoid the name of the city/region? Ex. 'Positive Impact Brussels' sounds like you're trying to make a positive impact in Brussels, not on the world. On the other hand, perhaps many local groups will then end up with the same names and they will become indistinguishable. Maybe that can be solved by saying something like 'Brussels for the World'... (I don't think this sounds good, but it might spark better ideas).

Comment by Jeroen_W on The Next Pandemic Could Be Worse, What Can We Do? (A Happier World video) · 2020-12-22T11:24:44.645Z · EA · GW

Thank you! There is actually a longer version of my video (that I didn't publish) where I mention the EA longterm future fund and quickly pitch EA itself. But I decided to cut out that part because I already share it in a link in the description and it didn't add a lot to the central claims of the video. It would've made the video longer and lose its focus.

Comment by Jeroen_W on Clarifying the Giving What We Can pledge · 2017-02-08T00:32:25.402Z · EA · GW

What is the generally advised minimum income level at which to start doing the 10% pledge? I guess there should be enough money left to make investments and/or to save money.