Comment by shinybeetle on Animal rights initiative with far-reaching consequences and possibly high chance of success · 2022-08-14T17:42:39.538Z · EA · GW

Hello! I have a question! Let's say you could have as much money as you wanted to spend, how much do you think you could spend effectively?

Comment by shinybeetle on Using the “executive summary” style: writing that respects your reader’s time · 2022-07-22T12:50:58.587Z · EA · GW

I like your document, and I've saved it in my Google keep for future reference. So thanks!

Comment by shinybeetle on Leaning into EA Disillusionment · 2022-07-22T08:49:36.506Z · EA · GW

I'm a not-newcomer who's considering how to relay the takeaways from this post to my local EA group. I didn't get condescendingness that you did, but I'm gonna take that into account now. So thanks!

Comment by shinybeetle on Why EA needs Operations Research: the science of decision making · 2022-07-21T14:47:43.749Z · EA · GW

Agreed! Commenting to make my strong upvote even stronger

Comment by shinybeetle on If you're unhappy, consider leaving · 2022-07-21T14:43:22.170Z · EA · GW

I don't think that the first premise is necessarily correct

Comment by shinybeetle on If you're unhappy, consider leaving · 2022-07-21T14:40:44.115Z · EA · GW

I'm not sure that the 'bad signs' are always signs you should leave. For example the first one:

"I'm not good enough to contribute"

I personally have always thought I'm not good enough at whatever I'm trying to accomplish, and I doubt that'll ever stop completely. Sometimes I'm proven wrong in that belief, sometimes not. So even though I catch myself thinking that I don't think this is a sign I should leave the movement :)

Comment by shinybeetle on EA for dumb people? · 2022-07-13T13:13:12.720Z · EA · GW

This isn't what you intended by posting this, but I think it's useful to say it anyways.

You sound discouraged in the same way that I used to be before I was involved in the EA community. It can be pretty hard to see where you fit in by looking at the forum and 80k. Getting help to plan my career and getting involved in the community really changed all of that for me by giving me direction and peers to relate to.

Here's some things I really really encourage you to do, that I think will be helpful:

  • Go to an EA conference. Doesn't matter if it's EAG or EAGx, just go and talk to as many people as you can. If you don't have the money to travel, ask for monetary support. If youre unsure if you're "EA enough" to go, apply and let the conference holders decide for you.

  • Get some help making a rough career plan or steps to get enough knowledge to make that plan. EA knowledge is a lot to take in. My country's EA group had people who were willing to learn about me and help me figure out what my options were. It really helped me find clarity in what I already could plan/decide, and what I needed to gather more information about.

Sorry that this is a bit of a mess, but I hope that its at least somewhat helpful

Comment by shinybeetle on EA for dumb people? · 2022-07-13T12:38:06.404Z · EA · GW

In Norway there's a local group for a county/state that doesn't really have a large university. That group has a bunch of farmers and tradespeople in it :)

Comment by shinybeetle on Buddhism and Utilitarianism; EA vs EB · 2022-06-24T09:05:43.409Z · EA · GW

Kind of off topic, but I want to throw it out there anyways. If Engaged Buddhism is a social movement that

  1. has an opinion on what the best way to do good is
  2. is actually doing something in practice Then we (EA and EB) should probably be talking. There might be valuable things we can learn from eachother
Comment by shinybeetle on What is a good EA career change for a Physiotherapy student? · 2022-06-22T13:00:03.571Z · EA · GW

Have you considered applying for career coaching at 80 000 hours or at your national EA org, if they offer it?

Comment by shinybeetle on ‘EA Architect’: Updates on Civilizational Shelters & Career Options · 2022-06-09T09:25:56.517Z · EA · GW

I'd like to second this comment :)

Comment by shinybeetle on [deleted post] 2022-06-06T10:00:38.574Z

I haven't been on contact with them myself, but maybe would have some input that is useful to you :)