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2016’s Living On Less fundraiser: join EAs around the world getting sponsored to eat for under $2.50 a day 2016-06-27T19:22:45.748Z · score: 7 (9 votes)
Help SHIC Get Off The Ground 2016-06-17T18:02:59.373Z · score: 15 (15 votes)
EA project updates for Dec 2015/Jan 2016 2016-03-20T04:12:38.976Z · score: 4 (4 votes)
Meetup : Secular solstices around the world 2016-01-18T02:31:33.417Z · score: 0 (0 votes)
Meetup : Vancouver socials/topic discussions 2016-01-18T02:29:24.703Z · score: 0 (0 votes)
EA projects update - November 2015 2015-12-01T22:37:13.002Z · score: 5 (5 votes)
2015 EA Survey: please take! 2015-11-24T17:32:39.266Z · score: 20 (22 votes)
(Publicly) Introducing the Local Effective Altruism Network 2015-11-08T00:32:48.799Z · score: 19 (19 votes)
EA projects update - October 2015 2015-10-29T00:34:20.836Z · score: 6 (6 votes)
Meetup : EA Vancouver monthly meetup 2015-10-06T19:53:03.552Z · score: 0 (0 votes)
The last 3 months in EA projects 2015-09-27T22:51:38.652Z · score: 8 (8 votes)
[Housekeeping Notice] The 'meetups' sidebar is temporarily broken 2015-08-14T22:21:05.819Z · score: 6 (6 votes)
May in EA Projects 2015-06-11T23:01:56.055Z · score: 3 (3 votes)
Suggestions thread for planning and executing the 2015 EA Survey 2015-05-21T23:48:41.952Z · score: 5 (5 votes)
Suggestions thread for questions for the 2015 EA Survey 2015-05-13T22:50:38.288Z · score: 11 (11 votes)
Last month in EA projects 2015-05-12T22:57:11.512Z · score: 4 (4 votes)
Introducing the .impact fund - paying for small costs and VA work for independent EA projects 2015-05-07T18:39:57.405Z · score: 5 (5 votes)
The effective altruists doing Experience Poverty 2015-04-23T15:22:42.464Z · score: 3 (5 votes)
Spreading EA messages to friends - including giving the hard sell 2015-04-17T21:15:43.090Z · score: 16 (16 votes)
Join EAs around the world getting sponsored to eat for under $2.50 a day 2015-03-31T23:03:22.962Z · score: 7 (7 votes)
Non-English language effective altruism (including a list of venues) 2015-03-23T17:49:07.261Z · score: 7 (7 votes)
Last month in EA projects (from .impact - next meeting on Sunday) 2015-03-15T06:58:33.257Z · score: 2 (4 votes)
Meetup : London drinks and/or dinner 2015-02-27T11:46:02.094Z · score: 0 (0 votes)
Meetup : EA Brighton 2015-02-25T09:52:15.326Z · score: 0 (0 votes)
Creating a local effective altruist presence - in 52 new cities so far 2015-02-21T00:13:53.034Z · score: 18 (20 votes)
A form for people interested in EA projects or volunteering 2015-02-19T13:37:22.007Z · score: 4 (4 votes)
[LINK] GiveWell is hiring 2015-02-10T11:31:43.530Z · score: 1 (1 votes)
Effective Altruism and Utilitarianism 2015-01-30T11:18:15.943Z · score: 8 (14 votes)
Donate to keep Charity Science running 2015-01-26T17:54:23.274Z · score: 17 (17 votes)
Initial research into corporate fundraising 2015-01-25T21:37:25.430Z · score: 7 (7 votes)
The map of EAs and local groups 2015-01-22T15:43:57.345Z · score: 9 (9 votes)
EA housemates: a good idea? Plus how to find them 2015-01-20T22:17:46.291Z · score: 5 (5 votes)
Risky Giving 2015-01-13T15:54:38.076Z · score: 5 (5 votes)
A taxonomy of EA origin stories 2015-01-03T20:01:44.178Z · score: 8 (10 votes)
Two examples of EAs raising thousands from their friends 2014-12-19T23:40:03.676Z · score: 7 (7 votes)
Meetup : .impact project updates meeting (via Google Hangouts) 2014-12-19T18:26:44.524Z · score: 0 (0 votes)
Optional whether to give, therefore optional where to give? 2014-12-19T18:20:41.620Z · score: 3 (3 votes)
Can you think of any fundraising ideas? 2014-12-17T19:51:45.403Z · score: 4 (4 votes)
Want to make $100/hr for charity? Raise money this Christmas, with donation matching 2014-12-07T18:03:19.034Z · score: 5 (5 votes)
Introducing a website for local EA groups 2014-12-03T20:48:46.211Z · score: 8 (8 votes)
The new Animal Charity Evaluators recommendations are out 2014-12-01T17:43:26.683Z · score: 8 (8 votes)
The new GiveWell recommendations are out: here's a summary of the charities 2014-12-01T17:22:27.537Z · score: 7 (7 votes)
An interactive webpage showing how to donate to effective charities tax-deductibly in any country 2014-11-19T14:06:48.291Z · score: 9 (9 votes)
Kidney donation is a reasonable choice for effective altruists and more should consider it 2014-11-15T11:53:04.671Z · score: 16 (16 votes)
Meetup : .impact project updates meeting (via Google Hangouts) 2014-11-13T15:32:37.286Z · score: 0 (0 votes)
People and charitable causes are importantly different things 2014-11-09T09:30:18.236Z · score: 7 (7 votes)
Saving administration costs or saving lives? 2014-11-06T12:55:36.227Z · score: 6 (6 votes)
How to leave money to charity in your will: a simple guide 2014-10-29T16:57:43.758Z · score: 11 (11 votes)
Meetup : .impact project updates meeting (via Google Hangouts) 2014-10-27T07:00:09.491Z · score: 0 (0 votes)
Shop for Charity: how to earn proven charities 5% of your Amazon spending in commission 2014-10-26T08:56:49.899Z · score: 10 (12 votes)

Comments

Comment by tom_ash on 2017 LEAN Impact Assessment: Qualitative Findings · 2018-01-03T20:51:03.172Z · score: 7 (7 votes) · EA · GW

Thanks for doing this Richenda!

Comment by tom_ash on Effective Altruism and Utilitarianism · 2017-04-24T23:11:28.846Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · EA · GW

Is anyone familiar with the philosophical literature on that? My understanding is that it's controversial.

Separately, what's the connection to moral realism?

Comment by tom_ash on Building Cooperative Epistemology (Response to "EA has a Lying Problem", among other things) · 2017-01-17T20:23:16.740Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · EA · GW

Yes, the .impact team (particular Patrick Brinich-Langlois) have been working on this for a little while, and it's long been part of our to do list for the forum.

Comment by tom_ash on Semi-regular Open Thread #35 · 2017-01-05T21:23:02.974Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · EA · GW

(There's a whole set up procedure for them that they follow, including there being once a month. It's part of their procedure for doing the EA Newsletter to post an open thread with its contents at the same time. What sort of a board member are you not knowing every single detail? :p ;) )

Comment by tom_ash on Semi-regular Open Thread #35 · 2017-01-05T21:20:23.831Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · EA · GW

Yes, the .impact team has the details - probably neatest if I don't post it here!

Comment by tom_ash on Semi-regular Open Thread #35 · 2017-01-03T23:19:40.342Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

When we did them once a month they got only a few comments, but I'd say that's no problem and they're still helpful. We added that link to them in the sidebar, so that's a reason to keep them up. We should change the intro text to explicitly welcome people new to EA with any sorts of questions or observations.

Comment by tom_ash on .impact updates (1 of 3): New leadership, organizational overview and changes, LEAN · 2016-09-26T18:29:33.374Z · score: 3 (5 votes) · EA · GW

Great post - thanks Georgie!

Comment by tom_ash on 2016’s Living On Less fundraiser: join EAs around the world getting sponsored to eat for under $2.50 a day · 2016-06-29T15:32:10.363Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · EA · GW

Good catch, that was in from before we switched to AMF and away from CauseVox!

Comment by tom_ash on GiveWell's Charity Recommendations Require Taking a Controversial Stance on Population Ethics · 2016-06-22T16:09:37.509Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · EA · GW

This stuff is genuinely tricky, and I'm deeply aware of that! Does deworming increase population though? My guess is it might even decrease it. Remember that my concerns are slightly different than Michael's, and focused on the general difficulty of knowing how and why deaths are bad, making me want to prioritise easing suffering (and increasing welfare).

Comment by tom_ash on How should we prioritize cause prioritization? · 2016-06-17T19:52:15.941Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · EA · GW

Probably not! We plan to use an off-the-shelf service from somewhere like Vanguard in the US or the UK's Charities Aid Foundation if we do this at all, but even so.

Comment by tom_ash on Announcing "Everyday Heroes of Effective Giving" Series · 2016-06-14T20:44:46.037Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

Good luck! I think having a set of material which doesn't make EA (or effective giving) seem too demanding is very sensible - even though the three people you've started with, all of whom I know, definitely seem like "full time" EAs, to use the least-bad terminology people could come up with when this was last discussed on the forum!

Comment by tom_ash on How should we prioritize cause prioritization? · 2016-06-13T19:32:37.842Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · EA · GW

(*For my part, I'm unsure of my credence that I can, but if forced to pick one I'd put it at below 50%, though that's for various reasons which are quite idiosyncratic to me.)

Comment by tom_ash on How should we prioritize cause prioritization? · 2016-06-13T19:32:29.205Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

I'm interested as to different people's views on whether they can beat the wisdom of the EA crowds on this.* Those who think they can't might theoretically want to give to a portfolio of charities based on a particular crowd's pick. We've been talking about collaborating with Michael Page to make something like this happen, though my purely personal estimate is that it won't happen any time soon, and I'm not sure how many people would donate to certain sorts of portfolios - that'd also be interesting to hear!

Comment by tom_ash on Announcing the new EA Wiki! · 2016-05-27T15:42:59.490Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · EA · GW

Are there actually infoboxes? Where? I don't see them - all I see is manually centered links at the top of e.g. http://wiki.effectivealtruismhub.com/index.php?title=Library/Giving_What_We_Can

Comment by tom_ash on GiveWell's Charity Recommendations Require Taking a Controversial Stance on Population Ethics · 2016-05-27T13:49:16.404Z · score: 5 (5 votes) · EA · GW

I thought you might like to know that, after a few days' thought and discussion, this reminder of my population ethics concerns has made me switch my donations from AMF to SCI; I originally favoured this over life-saving interventions for population ethics reasons back in 2010, six years ago. (My concerns are slightly broader ones about the difficulty of knowing how and why deaths are bad - without doubting that they are - but I don't have time to go into them any time soon.)

Comment by tom_ash on The Effective Altruism Newsletter & Open Thread – May 2016 · 2016-05-11T16:59:19.281Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · EA · GW

Here's giving a shoutout to Giving What We Can for making their calculations for the lifetime value of a member public - I've been finding them very useful recently for evaluating the value of projects!

Comment by tom_ash on .impact's pivot to focus projects · 2016-05-06T20:08:36.059Z · score: 2 (1 votes) · EA · GW

This is in fact already one of our focus projects! The list is at https://impact.hackpad.com/Projects-aRiPtncmuKS

Comment by tom_ash on Effective Altruism Blogs · 2016-04-25T23:59:27.449Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · EA · GW

Here are some new organisational blogs added on Pablo's site:

  • AI Impacts
  • Animal Ethics
  • Centre for the Study of Existential Risk
  • Charity Entrepreneurship
  • Effective Altruism UNSW
  • Foundational Research Institute
  • GBS Switzerland
  • Global Catastrophic Risk Institute
  • Intentional Insights
  • Open Philanthropy Project
  • Sentience Politics
  • Stiftung für Effektiven Altruismus
Comment by tom_ash on EA project updates for Dec 2015/Jan 2016 · 2016-03-21T21:10:03.474Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · EA · GW

Good question. It's easiest to answer in money terms: a very rough answer is $80 (which buys 7 hours non-management staff time at $6.46 an hour, plus the volunteer time we can parlay that into, plus some management time). That includes a healthy amount of safety buffer. If anyone would like to donate it, they could contact peter@peterhurford.com

Comment by tom_ash on Can you think of any fundraising ideas? · 2016-03-16T19:14:26.391Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · EA · GW

Thanks, I'll get the current CS team to look into this!

Comment by tom_ash on The Effective Altruism Newsletter & Open Thread – March 2016 Edition · 2016-03-12T23:28:35.959Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · EA · GW

Can you tell us roughly what income you're looking at through ETG? :)

Comment by tom_ash on .impact is recruiting for jobs and internships! · 2016-03-11T17:49:29.712Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · EA · GW

Thanks Gleb! Anyone else who wanted to share this (and others' job postings) would also be helping out.

Comment by tom_ash on .impact is recruiting for jobs and internships! · 2016-03-11T17:48:40.187Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · EA · GW

Yep, you'll be in the queue and everyone will hear about interviews, etc. at roughly the same time. :)

Comment by tom_ash on The Effective Altruism Newsletter & Open Thread – March 2016 Edition · 2016-03-09T01:42:54.807Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

Given that the top 1% in the US have a household income of $400,000, I'd strongly favour earning to give. The most relevant post on this is Peter Hurford thinks that a large proportion of people should earn to give long term (the second most upvoted article here ever).

Comment by tom_ash on Charity Science 2.5 Year Internal Review and Plans Going Forward · 2016-03-07T05:05:03.630Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · EA · GW

I find it difficult for example when dealing with a large number of emails on a variety of topics.

Batching email on similar topics can help. But I don't think it's worth the time except when it feels like the batching is efficient on its own merits.

Comment by tom_ash on .impact is recruiting for jobs and internships! · 2016-03-04T02:06:43.424Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · EA · GW

Ouch, and she studied English at Cambridge! Those Oxbridge degrees aren't all they're cracked up to be. :p

Comment by tom_ash on .impact is recruiting for jobs and internships! · 2016-03-03T22:50:41.743Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · EA · GW

For those already in Vancouver (or who know people who are), here's flagging that you'd maximise your chances if we heard from you as soon as possible.

Comment by tom_ash on Charity Science 2.5 Year Internal Review and Plans Going Forward · 2016-03-02T21:23:21.590Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

One issue is the possibility that better research is more likely to bring in more funding than explicitly focusing on fundraising or outreach. This is somewhat supported by the much larger amount of funding that an organization like GW has moved (compared to Charity Science). We are currently very uncertain about whether this is true or not and can see a strong case for both viewpoints.

We can't straightforwardly work out how valuable future (marginal) research by GiveWell or others is, as this seems quite different from the value of their historic research and basic maintenance of this. My personal sense is that outreach is more valuable at this point, though that's of course uncertain.

Comment by tom_ash on Charity Science 2.5 Year Internal Review and Plans Going Forward · 2016-03-02T21:16:40.248Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · EA · GW

That's covered here:

Although the specific details of staff’s backup plans are confidential, the co-founder estimates of the total counterfactual impact of Charity Science employees/volunteers are close to ~$500k at the upper bound for all current combined staff/volunteer counterfactuals over the last 2.5 years. This number is extremely soft and based on limited evidence. Using this estimate one could up the counterfactuals included costs of Charity Science to $580k

Comment by tom_ash on Is EA growing? A concrete study idea to find out (and a $100 offer for implementation) · 2016-03-02T21:10:11.299Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

We'll share the full results soon, including all non-confidential raw data. :)

Comment by tom_ash on Is EA growing? A concrete study idea to find out (and a $100 offer for implementation) · 2016-02-24T19:30:51.716Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

LEAN is capturing it in our annual questionnaire for group organizers, and also our monitoring and evaluation of meetup.com accounts in particular (many of which we provide).

Comment by tom_ash on Is EA growing? A concrete study idea to find out (and a $100 offer for implementation) · 2016-02-24T19:30:24.473Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

LEAN is capturing it in our annual questionnaire for group organizers.

Comment by tom_ash on Should effective altruists work on taxation of the very rich? · 2016-02-22T18:09:39.804Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · EA · GW

I'm sympathetic to that position in the domestic context. But what about when the owners of companies (e.g. multinationals or shareholder-owned companies) are in the developed world yet make many of their profits in the developing world? We might well want developing countries to capture some of that tax.

Comment by tom_ash on Should effective altruists work on taxation of the very rich? · 2016-02-16T14:46:05.254Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · EA · GW

Interesting piece. Improving taxation (particularly of large/multinational companies) in the developing world is interesting and possibly neglected. It'd at least be interesting to see how tractable it is and how one would go about working on it. It fits well with the fact that EAs are typically more radically cosmopolitan than the leftists who criticise them for ignoring domestic taxation and wealth inequalities, and could provide a good comeback to these.

Comment by tom_ash on Internships with .impact: My Experience · 2016-02-05T23:29:05.087Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · EA · GW

See also Sören Mindermann's description of full-time and part-time paid job opportunities at .impact: http://effective-altruism.com/ea/pw/working_at_ea_organizations_series_impact/

Comment by tom_ash on Working at EA organizations series: .impact · 2016-02-05T23:28:34.198Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · EA · GW

See also Joseph Kijewski's description of his experience interning with .impact and what this involves: http://effective-altruism.com/ea/r7/internships_with_impact_my_experience/

Comment by tom_ash on The Valentine’s Day Gift That Saves Lives · 2016-02-02T17:57:19.917Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · EA · GW

Yep, it's not repetitive and will contain fresh information in publications like a newspaper!

Comment by tom_ash on Effective Altruism Prediction Registry · 2016-02-01T01:46:01.099Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · EA · GW

What's the count up to now, counting all sources?

Comment by tom_ash on Effective Altruism and ethical science · 2016-01-30T16:41:17.300Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · EA · GW

materialism/physicalism [...] is mostly uncontroversial now among [...] philosophers

That's not really true. For example, in the PhilPapers survey, only 56.5% accepted physicalism in philosophy of mind (though 16.4% chose 'Other'). There's no knock-down argument for physicalism.

Comment by tom_ash on Effective Altruism Prediction Registry · 2016-01-29T01:43:28.620Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · EA · GW

I can't access the facebook group, is it public?

You have to join to see posts.

Comment by tom_ash on Effective Altruism Prediction Registry · 2016-01-28T22:56:10.825Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · EA · GW

What tools for prediction markets are there besides http://predictionbook.com/ ? Any comments on what features they have or which are best for which purposes?

The only other one I know of is https://called.it/ which is mobile only (h/t John Maxwell).

People may be interested in https://www.facebook.com/groups/eapredictons/

Comment by tom_ash on Effective Altruism Prediction Registry · 2016-01-28T22:34:48.147Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

With 75% confidence I’d say that by February 10th at least 15 people will have expressed interest in predictions about effective altruism.

I hereby express interest. Others can do so in a comment under this!

Comment by tom_ash on The EA Newsletter & Open Thread - January 2016 · 2016-01-27T22:25:38.726Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

[Here's some introductory verbiage so nothing hooky shows up under 'Recent comments']

ATTENTION: please read this:

To help us test how many people see comments on the month's open thread when it's got old, please upvote this comment if you see it. (I promise to use the karma wisely.)

Comment by tom_ash on Investment opportunity for the risk neutral · 2016-01-27T00:28:40.264Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · EA · GW

Evan/Leo/Jacy, could you add a description of how to join to http://wiki.effectivealtruismhub.com/index.php?title=Discussion_groups ?

Comment by tom_ash on The EA Newsletter & Open Thread - January 2016 · 2016-01-26T22:40:05.937Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · EA · GW

(Does anyone see open threads this late? Say if so!)

I just found out that the Open Philanthropy Project funded http://waitlistzero.org/ which was a small charity started by two EAs who I worked with in its early days. OPP gave $200k, presumably covering Waitlist Zero's whole budget (way more than it used to be).

This suggests more people creating charities could get fully funded by OPP. Does anyone have any insight into this? Claire Zabel of GiveWell/OPP said:

It's possible. It's best if the organization fits into one of our focus areas (openphilanthropy.org/focus); we'll have an update on these in the next month or so.

Comment by tom_ash on Investment opportunity for the risk neutral · 2016-01-26T02:39:53.617Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · EA · GW

Also, whatever happened to the self help group...?

It still exists! It's linked from that wiki page - I believe the admins Evan, Leo and Jacy have to approve new people.

Comment by tom_ash on Investment opportunity for the risk neutral · 2016-01-25T19:26:21.602Z · score: 9 (9 votes) · EA · GW

I didn't downvote, but for what it's worth I think this may be a bit niche and of tangential relevance to be a top level post on the EA Forum. The 'EA Hangout' or investment Facebook groups would be better fits - see http://wiki.effectivealtruismhub.com/index.php?title=Discussion_groups . People would likely be interested there. I hope this is helpful feedback!

Comment by tom_ash on Against segregating EAs · 2016-01-22T19:51:28.320Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

Gamification of EA... I wonder how many achievements I can unlock! You could have an achievement for working at a recognized EA organization for at least 6 months, having donated for 5 (then 10) consecutive years, etc. etc.

There's been discussion of this and 'EA points systems' over the past. Here's the .impact page for the idea.

Comment by tom_ash on Against segregating EAs · 2016-01-22T19:31:53.552Z · score: 0 (2 votes) · EA · GW

actually I'm not so confident about about that, calling someone a "part time EA" seems pretty dismissive

I disagree. I think most part-time EAs would be happy to admit that they don't try to do the most good with anywhere close to all of their time or resources. If they're not then, as Rob says, this is an inevitable result of their not being happy to admit what they actually do.

As to this being a distinct concept from full-time EA workers, I think we can make that clear. It's not a perfect one but a better one hasn't been suggested.

Comment by tom_ash on Celebrating All Who Are in Effective Altruism · 2016-01-22T03:35:22.296Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · EA · GW

Oh, I find 'leader' much more off-putting and elitist! EA already puts a lot of people off with status hierarchies, fanboyism and hero worship. 'Part-time' and 'full-time' are the most popular suggestions from the other thread, and are better.