Comment by peter_hurford on Identifying Talent without Credentialing In EA · 2019-03-13T19:07:44.184Z · score: 10 (5 votes) · EA · GW

I can reply on behalf of Peter and I approve this message.

Comment by peter_hurford on Identifying Talent without Credentialing In EA · 2019-03-12T16:03:49.182Z · score: 8 (4 votes) · EA · GW

Having a reliable work-sample test and interview process allows me to hire fairly confidently without much regard to credentials.

Comment by peter_hurford on After one year of applying for EA jobs: It is really, really hard to get hired by an EA organisation · 2019-03-12T15:54:45.134Z · score: 19 (12 votes) · EA · GW
The most common reaction I've heard to people who discussed their choice to pursue ETG or direct work outside of EA (for example, studying public health with an eye toward biosecurity or neglected tropical diseases) hasn't been "okay, good for you, too bad you don't work at an EA org". It's been "that's really wonderful, congratulations!"

I'm really glad that's been your experience and I acknowledge that maybe my experience isn't typical.

My experience has been more pessimistic. Honestly, I usually encounter conversations that feel more like this:

Bob: “Hi, I can donate $10,000 a year to the EA movement. GiveWell says that could save 4-5 lives a year, and it’s quite possible we could even find better giving opportunities than GiveWell top charities. This is super exciting!”

Alice: “Pff, $10K/yr isn’t really that much. We don’t need that. You should do direct work instead.”

Bob: “Ok, how about I research biosecurity?”

Alice: “Nah, you’d probably mess that up. We should just let FHI handle that. We can’t talk about this further because of infohazards.”

...Obviously this is dramatized for effect, but I've never seen a community so excited to turn away money.

Comment by peter_hurford on What Are Some Disagreements in the Area of Animal Welfare? · 2019-03-11T16:17:25.705Z · score: 12 (5 votes) · EA · GW

There's a bunch listed on this Sentience Institute page.

Comment by peter_hurford on What to do with people? · 2019-03-07T00:39:18.605Z · score: 8 (7 votes) · EA · GW

I think the framework of "try to figure out what EA most needs and do that" could be helpful, but can go wrong if over-applied. Personal fit is important. Comparative advantage is important. Spreading out talent is important too. If our movement was 100% ETG, that would be really bad. But if you're some EA person and you're having trouble figuring out what to do and can't get an EA job or enter into some flashy academic field, doing ETG is a lot better than just feeling dejected. But right now the message I hear from EA has not always been in line with that.

Comment by peter_hurford on What to do with people? · 2019-03-07T00:36:56.703Z · score: 21 (8 votes) · EA · GW

Yeah, GiveDirectly feels like the kind of thing that could take hundreds of millions or billions of dollars. If we ever do run out of funding opportunities, which I don't think we will any time soon, that's a really good problem to have.

Comment by peter_hurford on What to do with people? · 2019-03-06T16:25:16.400Z · score: 21 (13 votes) · EA · GW

"Earning to give" feels like a pretty endlessly scalable use of people. What do you think?

Comment by peter_hurford on Profiting-to-Give: harnessing EA talent with a new funding model · 2019-03-04T21:37:15.466Z · score: 4 (5 votes) · EA · GW

A classic argument against social benefit companies is that they tend to do neither for-profitting or social benefitting that well - it would be more efficient to optimize for one or the other. What do you think of that?

Comment by peter_hurford on Profiting-to-Give: harnessing EA talent with a new funding model · 2019-03-04T21:37:07.619Z · score: 5 (3 votes) · EA · GW

I'd point out that your A and B are not mutually exclusive - I do a for-profit ETG job but also donate a significant amount of time to my own EA organization.

Comment by peter_hurford on Making discussions in EA groups inclusive · 2019-03-04T20:24:56.180Z · score: 29 (16 votes) · EA · GW

I'm not OP but my thoughts -- I agree that when I see _a lot_ of downvotes on a seemingly reasonable post that had a decent amount of work and thought put into it and _no one_ explains why, I think there is a collective action problem that could discourage future contributions and weaken discourse. So while I wouldn't think any one individual should be obligated to explain their downvotes, I think the community in aggregate does have such an obligation in these cases where there are a lot of downvotes and there is no clearly obvious reason why (e.g., obvious spam).

Comment by peter_hurford on After one year of applying for EA jobs: It is really, really hard to get hired by an EA organisation · 2019-03-03T21:30:13.991Z · score: 9 (3 votes) · EA · GW

I agree - I just felt like it was well covered already by Luke's comments.

Comment by peter_hurford on After one year of applying for EA jobs: It is really, really hard to get hired by an EA organisation · 2019-03-03T19:05:39.439Z · score: 13 (7 votes) · EA · GW

Yes. Earning to give is a good choice and I've not suggested otherwise.

Comment by peter_hurford on After one year of applying for EA jobs: It is really, really hard to get hired by an EA organisation · 2019-03-03T08:11:03.561Z · score: 41 (32 votes) · EA · GW

I really wish we (as an EA community) didn't work so hard to accidentally make earning to give so uncool. It's a job that is well within the reach of anyone, especially if you don't have unrealistic expectations of how much money you need to make and donate to feel good about your contributions. It's also a very flexible career path and can build you good career capital along the way.

Sure talent gaps are pressing, but many EA orgs also need more money. We also need more people looking to donate, as the current pool of EA funding feels very over-concentrated in the hands of too few decision-makers right now.

I also wish we didn't accidentally make donating to AMF or GiveDirectly so uncool. Those orgs could continually absorb the money of everyone in EA and do great, life-saving work.

(Also, not to mention all the career paths that aren't earning to give or "work in an EA org"...)

Comment by peter_hurford on After one year of applying for EA jobs: It is really, really hard to get hired by an EA organisation · 2019-03-03T08:08:28.131Z · score: 25 (14 votes) · EA · GW

I agree that a failure to get funded does not imply funding constraints, but I definitely do think that many EA orgs, especially early ones, could benefit from more people with money looking to donate. There tends to be a large information asymmetry where you need to establish a clear track record and/or have someone spend a lot of time evaluating you before you can get funded. This is hard for early organizations to make happen.

I also think there are other systematic failures in EA where the best orgs do not always get fully funded.

Comment by peter_hurford on After one year of applying for EA jobs: It is really, really hard to get hired by an EA organisation · 2019-03-01T20:36:44.815Z · score: 15 (7 votes) · EA · GW

I'd like to make this into a norm, but it does also pose a barrier for funding constrained EA organizations by increasing the costs of hiring.

Comment by peter_hurford on EA Survey 2018 Series: Cause Selections · 2019-02-22T01:22:29.889Z · score: 4 (2 votes) · EA · GW

You might also like seeing this report from last year on how cause preferences have changed.

Comment by peter_hurford on Rodents farmed for pet snake food · 2019-02-21T16:05:39.265Z · score: 4 (3 votes) · EA · GW

This is definitely an interesting idea (two interesting ideas, I guess) worth exploring more. I worry though that some issues that might hold up these ideas are (1) these things generally being harder to compare, (2) not having any knock-on / flow-through effects of encouraging better behavior toward animals more specifically, and (3) companion animals being an important influence for people going veg.

Let me know if you'd want to look into this. :)

Comment by peter_hurford on Will companies meet their animal welfare commitments? · 2019-02-18T19:13:54.963Z · score: 2 (1 votes) · EA · GW

Hi... Peter here, I co-lead Rethink Priorities along with Marcus A. Davis...

We’re currently funded by the EA Animal Welfare fund, the EA Foundation, and several EA individuals. We are still fundraising to continue to produce articles like this and in many other topics in farmed and animal welfare. You can see our current plans and fundraising needs here: https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/6cgRR6fMyrC4cG3m2/rethink-priorities-plans-for-2019

Comment by peter_hurford on Will companies meet their animal welfare commitments? · 2019-02-03T20:19:48.114Z · score: 11 (5 votes) · EA · GW

I don't think it would be a super great idea to popularize weaknesses in corporate campaigns, as this would risk weakening corporate campaigning.

Comment by peter_hurford on Will companies meet their animal welfare commitments? · 2019-02-01T23:05:30.404Z · score: 8 (4 votes) · EA · GW

Yeah, I'm quite confident that corporate campaigns use a lot of shaming, for example see the "I'm Not Loving It" campaign against McDonalds that is currently running.

Comment by peter_hurford on Cost-Effectiveness of Aging Research · 2019-01-31T21:41:00.880Z · score: 6 (5 votes) · EA · GW

You may find our research on the cost-effectiveness of researching and developing vaccines to be a useful point of comparison, if you have not seen it.

Comment by peter_hurford on EA Community Building Grants Applications Open · 2019-01-31T20:54:43.509Z · score: 13 (6 votes) · EA · GW

"We are waiting on the completion of an impact evaluation for the previous grants before deciding upon significantly scaling the project." Is there an intended timeline for this evaluation?

Comment by peter_hurford on High-priority policy: towards a co-ordinated platform? · 2019-01-14T21:06:14.761Z · score: 2 (1 votes) · EA · GW

One clear strategy would be acting via OpenPhil, which can put a lot of money into policy advocacy.

Comment by peter_hurford on Climate Change Is, In General, Not An Existential Risk · 2019-01-11T23:56:08.165Z · score: 16 (12 votes) · EA · GW

I really like the writing and material in this post. :) Have you considered the possibility that global warming may introduce instability that could exacerbate other potential conflicts, leading to potential existential crises from nuclear war? Perhaps this is too indirect and unlikely, but my understanding is that EAs that worry about climate change as an x-risk envision this kind of two-step x-risk scenario.

Comment by peter_hurford on An integrated model to evaluate the impact of animal products · 2019-01-09T16:44:29.682Z · score: 7 (4 votes) · EA · GW

Thanks for putting this together. If this analysis is true (though I’m skeptical), then pescatarian -> vegetarian advocacy could be beneficial. I definitely do agree that not including carbon cost in the existing calculations has long been a mistake... there are likely other considerations that are yet still missing.

Having ~1 human welfare day lost per 5kg of carbon seems high to me... and in the long run scenario close to 9 human welfare days per kg. Both of these calculations would require more defense in my opinion.

Comment by peter_hurford on Public policy push for effective altruism · 2018-12-29T17:00:14.645Z · score: 2 (1 votes) · EA · GW

There's a fair amount of work being done on animal welfare policy.

Comment by peter_hurford on EA Hotel Fundraiser 1: the story · 2018-12-27T17:57:34.419Z · score: 17 (12 votes) · EA · GW

1.) How do you think the EA Hotel compares in impact to giving out direct £6,000 grants to individuals selected for impact, to work wherever they are, without having to relocate to a hotel? I imagine the hotel may have some economies of scale but may also be limited to only those who can relocate?

2.) How hard is it for people to relocate to Blackpool?

3.) How many EAs apply for EA Hotel residency but don't get in? What is the "selecting for impact" process actually like? Who does the selecting?

4.) How long do people stay?

5.) Are there concrete results from past EA Hotel residents yet? Or would it be too soon for that still? It would be great to see the actual testimonials here.

6.) How easy is it to "host events and retreats that help EA’s get more socially involved" from Blackpool?

Comment by peter_hurford on Animal-Welfare Economic Research Questions · 2018-12-22T02:36:47.319Z · score: 5 (4 votes) · EA · GW
I am interested in Lewis Bollard's open philanthropy newsletter which seems to have some ideas about this sort of stuff but I can't find back issues.

Back issues are available here: https://us14.campaign-archive.com/home/?u=66df320da8400b581cbc1b539&id=de632a3c62

Comment by peter_hurford on Forum Update: New Features, Seeking New Moderators · 2018-12-22T02:24:48.787Z · score: 3 (2 votes) · EA · GW

Also, is there going to be support for linked endnotes?

Comment by peter_hurford on Forum Update: New Features, Seeking New Moderators · 2018-12-21T04:23:05.541Z · score: 11 (5 votes) · EA · GW

Can you implement co-authorship? I think I saw it on the Alignment Forum.

Comment by peter_hurford on Long-Term Future Fund AMA · 2018-12-19T21:47:34.357Z · score: 8 (6 votes) · EA · GW

What are your thoughts on funding smaller "start-up" organizations (e.g., Ozzie's project) versus larger "established" organizations (e.g., MIRI)?

Comment by peter_hurford on Long-Term Future Fund AMA · 2018-12-19T21:47:12.016Z · score: 15 (11 votes) · EA · GW

What generally is your criteria for evaluating opportunities?

Comment by peter_hurford on Long-Term Future Fund AMA · 2018-12-19T21:46:52.495Z · score: 6 (5 votes) · EA · GW

What new research would be helpful to finding and/or evaluating opportunities?

Comment by peter_hurford on Long-Term Future Fund AMA · 2018-12-19T21:46:48.532Z · score: 11 (5 votes) · EA · GW

Do you plan to continue soliciting projects via application? How else do you plan to source projects? What do you think distinguishes you from EA Grants?

Comment by peter_hurford on EA Meta Fund AMA: 20th Dec 2018 · 2018-12-19T21:46:12.395Z · score: 5 (4 votes) · EA · GW

What new research would be helpful to finding and/or evaluating opportunities?

Comment by peter_hurford on Animal Welfare Fund AMA · 2018-12-19T21:45:56.595Z · score: 12 (8 votes) · EA · GW

What new research would be helpful to finding and/or evaluating opportunities?

Comment by peter_hurford on EA Meta Fund AMA: 20th Dec 2018 · 2018-12-19T21:44:52.879Z · score: 12 (7 votes) · EA · GW

What are your thoughts on funding smaller "start-up" organizations (e.g., LetsFund) versus larger "established" organizations (e.g., 80K)?

Comment by peter_hurford on EA Meta Fund AMA: 20th Dec 2018 · 2018-12-19T21:44:05.811Z · score: 12 (7 votes) · EA · GW

What generally is your criteria for evaluating opportunities?

Comment by peter_hurford on EA Meta Fund AMA: 20th Dec 2018 · 2018-12-19T21:43:52.086Z · score: 10 (5 votes) · EA · GW

What do you consider to be "meta"? What do you consider to not be "meta"?

Comment by peter_hurford on EA Meta Fund AMA: 20th Dec 2018 · 2018-12-19T21:43:36.196Z · score: 11 (6 votes) · EA · GW

What generally is your plan to find good funding opportunities?

Rethink Priorities Plans for 2019

2018-12-18T00:18:31.987Z · score: 57 (37 votes)
Comment by peter_hurford on EA Forum 2.0 Initial Announcement · 2018-12-17T23:55:14.174Z · score: 3 (2 votes) · EA · GW

While the new editor is nicer in many ways, there appears to be no way to format the size of images or insert tables. This makes the new forum noticeably weaker than the old forum, where we at least had an HTML editor to allow us to fine-tune these things. It would be great to bring back an HTML editor, or at least be able to create tables and format the size and position of images.

Comment by peter_hurford on EA Funds and Donor Lottery this December: Quick Update · 2018-12-10T05:57:37.836Z · score: 3 (2 votes) · EA · GW

The donor lottery says it is "Closing: Wed, 9th January 2019 4:00 PM" but notably a timezone is not listed. Can you clarify?

Comment by peter_hurford on Should Effective Charities Prepare for a Recession? · 2018-11-29T16:54:10.443Z · score: 7 (5 votes) · EA · GW

I've thought before that it would be worth OpenPhil of adopting an explicit policy of acting counter-cyclically, aiming to donate more during recessions. I haven't thought about this much though.

Comment by peter_hurford on EA Survey 2018 Series: Community Demographics & Characteristics · 2018-11-26T22:16:49.329Z · score: 3 (2 votes) · EA · GW

We've now written a bit more about that here: https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/K2u4rvy38YmSnhQ5X/ea-survey-series-2018-subscribers-and-identifiers

Comment by peter_hurford on MIRI 2017 Fundraiser and Strategy Update · 2018-11-26T14:22:12.534Z · score: 2 (1 votes) · EA · GW

Is there a mistake? Why is the 2017 fundraiser published in 2018?

Comment by peter_hurford on Should you have your own blog? · 2018-11-26T07:57:03.167Z · score: 6 (4 votes) · EA · GW

I moved my blog over to the EA Forum a long time ago and I'm pretty glad I did. I think it's nice to have more EA content in one place.

http://veg-ea.com/blog/2016/vegan-advertisements-arrive-in-times-square-but-are-they-effective looks to be pretty useful to me.

Comment by peter_hurford on Outreach to Farmers · 2018-11-24T00:13:13.065Z · score: 3 (2 votes) · EA · GW

Thanks for this. I'd love to hear more if you could elaborate on some of your sections, such as the opportunities for farmers now or the analogy to how similar strategies fit into anti-tobacco lobbying.

Comment by peter_hurford on Takeaways from EAF's Hiring Round · 2018-11-19T22:16:46.366Z · score: 5 (4 votes) · EA · GW

I also find myself feeling initially skeptical/averse of GMA testing for hiring, though I don't really have a specific reason why.

Comment by peter_hurford on Takeaways from EAF's Hiring Round · 2018-11-19T22:12:31.443Z · score: 2 (3 votes) · EA · GW

Same

Comment by peter_hurford on Amazon Smile · 2018-11-18T22:20:20.464Z · score: 3 (2 votes) · EA · GW

GiveWell (unrestricted) is on there too, under "The Clear Fund" (the official legal name of GiveWell)

Open Thread #40

2018-07-08T17:51:47.777Z · score: 8 (10 votes)

Animal Equality showed that advocating for diet change works. But is it cost-effective?

2018-06-07T04:06:02.831Z · score: 23 (20 votes)

Cost-Effectiveness of Vaccines: Appendices and Endnotes

2018-05-08T07:43:43.262Z · score: 8 (9 votes)

Cost-Effectiveness of Vaccines: Exploring Model Uncertainty and Takeaways

2018-05-08T07:42:53.369Z · score: 10 (9 votes)

What is the cost-effectiveness of researching vaccines?

2018-05-08T07:41:10.595Z · score: 9 (8 votes)

How much does it cost to roll-out a vaccine?

2018-02-26T15:33:03.710Z · score: 6 (6 votes)

How much does it cost to research and develop a vaccine?

2018-02-24T01:23:33.601Z · score: 7 (7 votes)

What is Animal Farming in Rural Zambia Like? A Site Visit

2018-02-19T20:49:45.024Z · score: 15 (14 votes)

Four Organizations EAs Should Fully Fund for 2018

2017-12-12T07:17:14.418Z · score: 39 (42 votes)

Is EA Growing? Some EA Growth Metrics for 2017

2017-09-05T23:36:39.591Z · score: 19 (17 votes)

How long does it take to research and develop a new vaccine?

2017-06-28T23:20:04.289Z · score: 11 (11 votes)

Can we apply start-up investing principles to non-profits?

2017-06-27T03:16:49.074Z · score: 32 (21 votes)

The 2017 Effective Altruism Survey - Please Take!

2017-04-24T21:01:26.039Z · score: 10 (10 votes)

How do EA Orgs Account for Uncertainty in their Analysis?

2017-04-05T16:48:45.220Z · score: 8 (10 votes)

How Should I Spend My Time?

2017-01-08T03:22:46.745Z · score: 13 (13 votes)

Effective Altruism is Not a Competition

2017-01-05T02:11:23.505Z · score: 25 (27 votes)

Semi-regular Open Thread #35

2016-12-30T22:28:48.381Z · score: 9 (9 votes)

Why I Took the Giving What We Can Pledge

2016-12-28T00:02:57.065Z · score: 17 (17 votes)

The Value of Time Spent Fundraising: Four Examples

2016-12-23T04:35:25.797Z · score: 7 (7 votes)

What is the expected value of creating a GiveWell top charity?

2016-12-18T02:02:16.774Z · score: 10 (10 votes)

How many hits does hits-based giving get? A concrete study idea to find out (and a $1500 offer for implementation)

2016-12-09T03:08:25.796Z · score: 12 (12 votes)

Thoughts on the Reducetarian Labs MTurk Study

2016-12-02T17:12:44.731Z · score: 13 (13 votes)

Using a Spreadsheet to Make Good Decisions: Five Examples

2016-11-26T02:21:29.740Z · score: 27 (19 votes)

Students for High Impact Charity: Review and $10K Grant

2016-09-27T21:05:44.340Z · score: 15 (17 votes)

A Method for Automatic Trustworthiness in Study Pre-Registration

2016-09-25T04:22:38.817Z · score: 9 (9 votes)

Using Amazon's Mechanical Turk for Animal Advocacy Studies: Opportunities and Challenges

2016-08-02T19:24:58.259Z · score: 10 (10 votes)

Five Ways to Handle Flow-Through Effects

2016-07-28T03:39:44.235Z · score: 12 (12 votes)

End-Relational Theory of Meta-ethics: A Dialogue

2016-06-28T20:11:52.534Z · score: -1 (7 votes)

How should we prioritize cause prioritization?

2016-06-13T17:03:45.558Z · score: 7 (7 votes)

A Case for Empirical Cause Prioritization

2016-06-06T17:32:43.818Z · score: 12 (13 votes)

Global poverty could be more cost-effective than animal advocacy (even for non-speciesists)

2016-05-31T15:02:32.339Z · score: 8 (13 votes)

More Thoughts (and Analysis) on the Mercy For Animals Online Ads Study

2016-05-27T03:00:29.228Z · score: 13 (13 votes)

.impact's pivot to focus projects

2016-04-29T19:59:47.775Z · score: 8 (8 votes)

Is EA growing? A concrete study idea to find out (and a $100 offer for implementation)

2016-02-21T21:42:28.036Z · score: 16 (18 votes)

Do EAs underestimate opportunities to create many small benefits?

2016-01-25T04:20:10.880Z · score: 11 (13 votes)

EA risks falling into a "meta trap". But we can avoid it.

2015-08-25T15:22:26.620Z · score: 42 (50 votes)

Peter Hurford thinks that a large proportion of people should earn to give long term

2015-08-17T15:42:07.612Z · score: 46 (49 votes)

Moral Economics in Practice: Musing on Acausal Payments through Donations

2015-08-12T17:41:12.855Z · score: 6 (6 votes)

Peter's 2015 Q2 Personal Review

2015-07-21T18:17:04.171Z · score: 5 (7 votes)

Join .impact's Third Workathon this Sunday at Noon Pacific

2015-07-19T00:02:18.999Z · score: 2 (2 votes)

Meetup : .impact's Third Workathon

2015-07-18T23:59:31.012Z · score: 0 (0 votes)

Looking for EA work for your spare time? Look at (and add to) this list!

2015-07-12T20:07:20.000Z · score: 9 (11 votes)

Peter's 2015 Q1 Personal Review

2015-04-25T01:33:26.380Z · score: 2 (2 votes)

We might be getting a lot of new EAs. What are we going to do when they arrive?

2015-03-25T15:41:49.269Z · score: 17 (17 votes)

The 2014 Survey of Effective Altruists: Results and Analysis

2015-03-17T00:29:07.352Z · score: 23 (27 votes)

EA is the best choice I've ever made

2015-01-30T20:25:15.191Z · score: 20 (20 votes)

Peter's Personal Review for Oct-Dec 2014

2015-01-03T01:48:41.930Z · score: 6 (6 votes)

EAs on RSS and Reddit!

2014-12-31T17:08:56.986Z · score: 2 (2 votes)

List of Introductory EA Presentations

2014-12-29T06:22:39.597Z · score: 10 (10 votes)