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Why start a family planning charity? (Founders needed) 2021-04-02T10:29:43.195Z

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Comment by Ula on User-Friendly Intro Post · 2022-06-24T10:15:54.492Z · EA · GW

Me too :) 
I wonder if maybe someone thought the "incubator" part is not such a great idea, given the impact is not that clear? But yeah, overall I agree and am also excited to see this project in the EA space.

Comment by Ula on Why EAs should normalize using Glassdoor · 2022-06-24T10:13:20.591Z · EA · GW

I don't think this is such a good idea for job reviews, given that you will not be anonymous. When I left a bad workplace for a year or more I was scared to say anything negative about them publically. Glassdoor allows anonymity - which has its good and bad sides. But DM - I can see people who are positive about the workplace messaging you, but not the people that have some criticism at hand. We should not even do that, because we don't know how are you connected to our previous employee, and maybe whatever we share with you - like a warning - will be later used for litigation? I just feel like DMs will only bias a person in the positive direction, not giving a broader view from multiple perspectives?
Just a thought. 

Comment by Ula on Why EAs should normalize using Glassdoor · 2022-06-23T11:32:55.186Z · EA · GW

My only concern with Glassdoor is that their review removal policy is unclear. They have removed mine and my friend's reviews of a nonprofit we worked for. The reviews were nonoffensive, but they were negative, as the experience working for the org was quite bad, and equally, the org was not creating any significant impact. So both things combined made it not a very friendly workspace.

It's not clear to me why the reviews were removed, but I spotted that there is an option to report a review. So I wonder if an org can also game the system by encouraging multiple people to report negative reviews.

I also worry that people with negative experiences are more inclined to leave reviews. So, e.g. an org can have one negative review and zero positive because satisfied employees didn't feel motivated to post (didn't have the urgency to warn others).

So I wonder if there is a healthy way to encourage reviews in general. Probably this post is one since it does not come directly from an employer.

I agree with the rule that this kind of reviews would be beneficial. If I had read my former employer's reviews now, I would not have gone to work with them (I would avoid months of ineffective work in hostile conditions and burnout). Thanks to the org having a sufficient number of reviews on Glassdor now, you can see the inefficiencies at work mentioned, the lack of impact-focus, and not great treatment of employees, which would be a significant warning for me.

Again, positive reviews, talking about hard work, impact focus, kind colleagues (that, at the moment, I would leave for CE if I was leaving the org) would probably encourage me to apply because I care for impact but I also care about working with intelligent and kind people in an ambitious, startup work environment. 

Comment by Ula on New Video: A simple guide to giving effectively · 2022-06-16T10:13:19.081Z · EA · GW

Great video and thanks for mentioning CE :) 
I like how simple it is, and Luke is very relatable in it. Would definitely recommend it to a person not very familiar with EA space.  Good stuff! :) 

Comment by Ula on Introducing Impactful Animal Advocacy Community Newsletter! · 2022-06-16T09:47:36.146Z · EA · GW

I thought Jamie Harris was doing something very similar? I think it was also his personal newsletter with curated content. Worth checking if you'll not be going to double the efforts of something already done, or maybe you two could do something together? Always worth checking what's going on. 

Also, I am not sure about the name, since it seems like it supposes to be a community newsletter, but sounds more like it's Sofia's newsletter, with personal recommendations of things. I just feel what is very good about EA Newsletter is that it's actually built by the community (we submit the content for it every month). While this newsletter is a bit more similar to Lewis Bollard's newsletter, where a person is recommending and summarizing stuff. Would maybe then change the name? But maybe not, whatever works. 

Comment by Ula on Who's hiring? (May-September 2022) · 2022-05-27T16:35:51.946Z · EA · GW

We’re looking for new team members at Charity Entrepreneurship. We’ve recently made a video asking our colleagues about what it’s like to be part of CE, so hopefully, you will check it out and like the vibe and the values we share.

We have now open ongoing applications for the positions of: 

With the Research Analyst role, you will conduct shallow and in-depth research into promising ideas to find the best charity interventions to found.

As a Foundation Program Lead, you will manage and implement our newest program and help the new grantmaking foundations set up and find the best directions to fill the gaps in the philanthropic ecosystem. 

What do we offer?

  • Other than a huge tangible impact on the world? You’ll be learning new skills on the job (so apply even if you don’t check all the boxes) and getting into an informal and supportive work environment.
  • We can promise low bureaucracy, flat hierarchies, and authentic start-up culture.
  • We’re a bunch of dedicated EAs and have a great community of nonprofit entrepreneurs around, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to learn, grow and connect with talented people. 

Who is the job for?

  • Join us if you’re driven by impact and excited to work across cause areas (especially global health and development, animal advocacy, mental health, EA meta, or health security/biosecurity).
  • We highly value conscientiousness, evidence-based decision-making, and people who are open to quickly learning new skills. 

If you are excited about working with Charity Entrepreneurship but are uncertain whether you are qualified enough for this role, please do apply nonetheless: we care deeply about mindset and value-alignment with our approach and are skilled at finding people with high potential whose growth we are happy to facilitate. Don’t hesitate to make the content of your CV for CE a little unconventional (e.g. mention personal projects, courses, and experiences that are not strictly professional) if that better demonstrates that you can do what we need and are aligned with our values and approach.

Comment by Ula on Altruism as a central purpose · 2022-04-07T16:05:17.047Z · EA · GW

I like it, it’s a nice framing for what I call “hardcore EA’s or hardcore effective altruism” :) I also like this side note “I don’t think you have to make effective altruism your purpose in order to make a difference in the world, or to join the movement”. I usually say about myself “I am part of the Effective Altruism community”, because I don’t identify as an EA, but I want to make a difference in the world, I am part of the movement by my job, I am also a utilitarian-thinking person and animal activist. I think effective altruism is not my purpose but an aspiration. I also make decisions less based on what is popular to do in the community, but more based on my ethical convictions (that are sometimes closer sometimes further from maximizing impact in the way the EA community is doing it). I can see the commitment that the purpose brings... I would say e.g. my core purpose in life, that I am very sure of and I prioritize is making sure my mum does not have to suffer in her life (so I want to be able to provide her any kind of financial or physical support that would be needed, so she has a good life). Then on top of that my purpose would be “make a positive impact in the world” - it can be in many ways, but at the moment it’s realized through my work. But maximizing impact is not my purpose per se... it’s more like aspiration or an effect coming from other purposes. So e.g. I would sacrifice a ton for my mum’s wellbeing, I would sacrifice less for having some kind of positive impact on the world, I would sacrifice even less for following impact maximization e.g. through donations, etc. I can see how this can differ between the people I have seen in the EA community. I think I am lucky to work with at least a few individuals who have effective altruism as their purpose, and you can see that... they take lower salaries, they spend less on pleasurable things, they put more time into work or making decisions about donation options. When offered more money, they would usually redirect them to something effective instead of improving their comfort. That’s why I see it more as an aspiration for me.

Comment by Ula on Who is protecting animals in the long-term future? · 2022-03-24T18:19:57.079Z · EA · GW

Great to learn about your paper Fai, I didn't know about it till now, and this topic is quite interesting. I think when longtermism talks about the far future it's usually "of humanity" that follows and this always scared me, because I was not sure either this is speciesist or is there some silent assumption that we should also care about sentient beings. I don't think there were animal-focused considerations in Toby Ord's book (I might be wrong here) and similar publications? I would gladly then read your paper. I quickly jumped to the conclusion of it, and it kinds of confirm my intuitions in regards to AI (but also long-term future work in general): 
"Up to now, the AI fairness community has largely disregarded this particular dimension of discrimination. Even more so, the field of AI ethics hitherto has had an anthropocentric tailoring. Hence, despite the longstanding discourse about AI fairness, comprising lots of papers critically scrutinizing machine biases regarding race, gender, political orientation, religion, etc., this is the first paper to describe speciesist biases in various common-place AI applications like image recognition, language models, or recommender systems. Accordingly, we follow the calls of another large corpus of literature, this time from animal ethics, pointing from different angles at the ethical necessity of taking animals directly into consideration [48,155–158]..."
 

Comment by Ula on Effectiveness of a theory-informed documentary to reduce consumption of meat and animal products: three randomized controlled experiments · 2022-03-22T11:45:05.639Z · EA · GW

This might be a stupid question, but do you know if anyone looked at how many new activists can a documentary make? :) I met some people who were animal activists because they watched some inspiring movies about animal suffering. I wonder if despite the fact that the movies don't work as a thing that makes people change their diet, they might make some very specific people into animal activists? :) Probably the cost of producing them would not justify the results of getting like 100 activists out of one movie. But on the other hand, if the activist will later work in an organization that leads to a major policy change in a country, maybe it is worth it? :) Just some fun speculations about flow-through effects :) I wonder also about things like effects on the press coverage of animal-related topics, effects on influencers and celebrities, effects on the perception of animal suffering (e.g. would there more likely vote on a law that e.g. forbade using crates in farming systems, or more likely sign a petition to the government). We all know by now that habits are very hard to change, but opening minds to a different viewpoint - maybe not as hard.

Comment by Ula on Meat Tax: Why Chickens Pay The Price · 2022-03-16T11:42:10.080Z · EA · GW

I am very happy that you showed us how SARP can be in place in this context. I think I have not seen any articles so far that would analyze this ask from this perspective, so this is very helpful in my view. In Poland, the EU Green Party was proposing a meat tax, motivated by health risks, but there were no details in their postulates as far as I recall, and I can see now how this can be a slippery slope. 

Comment by Ula on The EA Hub is suspending new feature development (with plans to retire) · 2022-03-03T15:54:10.244Z · EA · GW

Basically, I would just copy the EA Hub if you want to create something useful. 
For me, the filter system is extremely important. The ability to contact people via LinkedIn (where everyone is), via direct message.
I mean one can be using EA Hub for everything: contacting potential mentors, contacting experts in the given area for research purposes, contacting people "open to job offers", contacting people who can advise you. I mean there is no other place, where we can see what people's interests are and reach out to them based on that. 
Let's look at the filters - maybe I am looking for an editor in the UK time zone - I can filter through "open to job offers", "interested in communications", "interested in specific cause area". I mean isn't this amazing? Everyone should be there. It's the easiest way to connect for useful, impactful stuff. 

The most impactful thing is that EA Hub is open. I know that different orgs have huge people databases but because they collect their data for the organization, they can't share it under GDPR. EA Hub, therefore, is extremely important, it allows the connections that are not facilitated anywhere else. 

Why you just don't take over the management of EA Hub if the current team can't afford to run it any longer? I mean building a similar system will take you ages, no? Like, people are already there. Are you going to ask each person to come to your new system? Are you going to transfer people's profiles to the new system? As I understand it, it took a very long time (years) to build the EA hub and its functionalities. I can't imagine you will be able to create a whole, equally useful thing, fast. 

I would consider just buying/taking over and promoting creating accounts there. Treating it like LinkedIn for EAs. 

You can just create one bigger page like EA community, part of this page will be the forum, part of the page will be EA Hub, and part of the page will be EA Work e.g.
If you will have a skilled full-stack developer, they can probably nicely put this stuff together.

It's very common in the startup world that each new developer hates working on other developers' code, and says: oh I will better build something new. But it's very common later for them to underdeliver or take ages. It would be sad if all this work that is already done, and the database of amazing people that signed up, just vanished or was stopped from developing. 

Maybe there is a third way to go about it? What do you think?
 

Comment by Ula on The EA Hub is suspending new feature development (with plans to retire) · 2022-02-28T10:17:32.340Z · EA · GW

"CEA told us that they are unsure if they will pursue any of those specific ideas." I think the huge value of EA Hub is that tons of EA people have a profile there and that I can search through their interests,  experience, and try to contact them with relevant opportunities or connect. Would be great if this was kept alive since it's very valuable. It would be terrible if e.g. the site stopped working and there would be no alternative for it. As I understand it, you will keep it going until there is a strong alternative. So maybe another 2 years? I think things go very slow in the EA space, so just maybe worth taking this into account, and making sure the hub stays alive. Also in this transition period, I would be afraid that people will be discouraged to add their profiles to EA Hub, with no alternative to it really. And that would be a loss I think. 

Comment by Ula on Ukraine: How a regular person can effectively help their country during war? · 2022-02-26T11:54:01.749Z · EA · GW

Great question! I am upvoting!  Also just want to say that I am very sorry that Ukraine is left alone and as a Polish citizen (now living in London) I will try to help in whatever capacity I can. My friends are already helping in Poland with transport and housing for refugees. We stand with Ukraine! We are very sorry that the World is just standing and watching this, we hope there will be more sanctions and weapons delivered soon. 

And yeah I join your problem - also not sure what are the best opportunities to donate to. So far I supported Polish Humanitarian Action, because they already were helping in Ukraine, so they know organizations on the ground, and they are respected and trustworthy (they helped in many war zones since 1992, including Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan or Chechnya). However, I would like to donate to a Ukrainian organization but it's hard for me to understand where is the best place to donate.

I will however support Ukrainian refugees directly. Either with money, transport,  or housing in London if needed. 

All the best to you! I hope your friends and family are safe! 

Comment by Ula on What are effective ways to help Ukrainians right now? · 2022-02-26T10:53:01.535Z · EA · GW

I did something for the Afghan crisis (like donating, taking part in multiple protests) and I am doing something for Ukraine (like donating, supporting people with contacts to opportunities). Just want to show that not everyone thinks like Charles.

Comment by Ula on What are effective ways to help Ukrainians right now? · 2022-02-26T10:39:13.018Z · EA · GW

I know people from Belarus living in Poland, who are partly buying the propaganda, that it's all USA fault, that Ukraine should give away Donetsk and Luhansk and stay away from NATO, and that now afraid Ukrainians will attack Belarus. But my mum is talking to them, showing other perspectives, also explaining why Poland wanted to be in EU and in NATO, why we have more prosperity etc. 

The other side is my family in Belarus who we tried to call, but who can't talk to us about anything Ukraine-related. They just say "it's hard" on the phone and that's it :( But we are pretty sure they don't support any war, and Russian propaganda, they are just afraid to express that in any single way. That's why all these people protesting on the streets are heroes! Getting arrested and still protesting the war. Such bravery.

Comment by Ula on What are effective ways to help Ukrainians right now? · 2022-02-26T10:33:38.845Z · EA · GW

The bottleneck is now transport for women and children from different cities in more central Ukraine.

Comment by Ula on What are effective ways to help Ukrainians right now? · 2022-02-26T10:31:43.245Z · EA · GW

I don't find the words to describe how disturbing your writing is. "It seems" "supporting EAs" "good use" "can be trusted". I hope there are no Ukrainian people here to read this. Only EAs can be trusted? How about animal activists, how about normal people who need help? They can't be trusted? Based on what you are making these assumptions Charles? What data about Ukrainians do you have? I am suggesting being a bit more mindful with your language. 

 

Comment by Ula on What are effective ways to help Ukrainians right now? · 2022-02-25T14:00:42.162Z · EA · GW

Thousands of people and friends from my country, Poland, are organizing in this FB group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/683793819641997/ It's a group where people (random citizens of Poland) offer housing for whole families, even with animals, offer transport from the border, offer transport from different Ukraine locations. If there are Polish people on the forum, I highly recommend joining this group if you want to help. 

Comment by Ula on Introducing Healthier Hens · 2021-10-25T19:55:11.729Z · EA · GW

Very excited about this intervention (not only because I work for CE :))! I feel like combining this with cage-free, could give really great results, although it is challenging for sure. But yeah, cost-effectiveness looks pretty amazing if you pull this off, so I wish you really really well!

Comment by Ula on AMA: Lewis Bollard, Open Philanthropy · 2021-09-23T13:20:14.391Z · EA · GW

Have you read this article James: https://thecounter.org/lab-grown-cultivated-meat-cost-at-scale/ I think it's really good at comparing Open Philanthropy report with GFI report.  I highly recommend reading it. 

Comment by Ula on Canva CEO commits at least $6 billion “to do the most good” · 2021-09-15T15:39:16.643Z · EA · GW

I use Canva Pro every day because it's totally free for registered nonprofits, so this is really cool news :) 

Comment by Ula on I Created Free Content Training for Nonprofit Orgs · 2021-08-03T20:13:59.513Z · EA · GW

This sounds amazing! Thank you for sharing your experience. I emailed you with a request.

Comment by Ula on Launching a new resource: 'Effective Altruism: An Introduction' · 2021-04-16T12:24:40.712Z · EA · GW

Since I come from the EAA side of effective altruism I feel like Lewis Bollard's podcast is really missing here. I would dearly appreciate it,  if when you use the term "Effective Altruism: An Introduction" there was EAA representation included in the introductory materials, especially that in the countries like Poland (where I am from) EA-mind folks are mostly coming from the animal movement and are drawn to EA because of effective animal advocacy. 
Or maybe just worth re-naming to: 80,000 Hours Introduction to Effective Altruism?
 

Comment by Ula on Why start a family planning charity? (Founders needed) · 2021-04-07T12:19:05.369Z · EA · GW

Hi Rafael,

Thanks for your thoughtful response – it’s great to hear your impressions on our research!

"Do you know of other organizations that follow this approach, given your point that this is one of the few times a woman will come in contact with the health system?"

The expert view section of our report (p. 16) has the most information about other actors in the space. Key points:

  • Several groups (e.g. FP2020, FHI360, USAID, IntraHealth) are working on PPFP due to the strong evidence of its effectiveness, but only a few specialize in it – most work on PPFP alongside other family planning interventions. 
  • Jhpiego came up in conversation with experts as a key actor working on PPFP. 
  • Overall it seems that, while some work is taking place to promote PPFP, there’s still a lot that remains to be done – particularly in neglected geographies.
     

"Your estimate for the cost of one tonne of CO2 averted (3 tonnes per USD spent or 0.33 USD per tonne of CO2 averted) would place your intervention among some of the most cost-effective for climate change. Is this generalizable to family planning in general and, if so, how?… That leads me to think that family planning and fulfilling unmet contraceptive needs would generally be a very effective intervention to support for multiple outcomes. What is your view on that? Is this generalizable to other countries or not?"

In the specific case of family planning, CE is uncertain but optimistic that family planning and fulfilling unmet contraceptive needs can be impactful on a range of outcomes. However, we don’t think that CEAs should be taken at face value and are very uncertain of the true effect on climate change. More in-depth work is needed to estimate the effect.  You can read more about our thoughts in our blog post on why we chose to research family planning. Project Drawdown also has a nice summary. The organization Having Kids is also doing some work that might interest you. 

Founders Pledge has previously analyzed the effect of lifestyle changes that could affect the climate and looked into “having one fewer child”. The results change dramatically depending on whether or not you account for policy changes leading to reductions in future generations’ emissions. 

All that to say, we would be cautious about generalizing more broadly, and would not expect the same numbers to apply. This is also why for example we discount studies that take place in different contexts when examining the evidence for a particular intervention: generalizations get messy.

As a quick example for how generalizations about family planning and climate change can get tricky: per capita emissions are much higher in first world countries than in developing contexts, but fertility rates (i.e. the average number of children born to each woman) are much lower. If we want to compare the two, we need to account for these and many other such differences. CE hasn’t looked into this question in depth, although our implementation report (which we share with co-founders) lists a couple more countries in addition to Ghana and Nigeria as potentially promising. 

We hope that helps answer your questions! Thanks again for engaging with our research. :)

Comment by Ula on How we averted 130,000 animal deaths (in expectation) with a volunteer campaign. · 2021-04-06T10:12:51.794Z · EA · GW

Can't find a link to MM CEAs? 

Comment by Ula on How we averted 130,000 animal deaths (in expectation) with a volunteer campaign. · 2021-04-06T10:05:01.710Z · EA · GW

Hey James, 
I don't know how it is now, but I worked at ProVeg Poland (so a country chapter like ProVeg UK) like 3 years ago and we worked on everything extremely slowly so i.e. a person that will be working on a campaign would have to ask the graphic people to design the graphics, then they would have to consult with the country manager, the manager would have a meeting with other country managers, these country managers were managed by a person from the leadership and the leadership would have their own meetings. On top of that, there was one international HR department that will do evaluations with employees, and there will be accountants that would deal with the salary, you would also spend time on being trained, conferences, team meetings, yearly reports, consulting PR department, country office, office costs etc. So like in each single thing you wanted to do in a country there was a huge team involved. I would definitely talk to them to get REAL numbers. I think this will impact your cost-effectiveness. 

Comment by Ula on How we averted 130,000 animal deaths (in expectation) with a volunteer campaign. · 2021-04-05T21:43:05.966Z · EA · GW

Hi James, 

I can't spend too much time on this right now but at a first glance I can potentially see two major problems: 

1) Problem with collecting the data  that should show the effect

2) Problem with calculating the costs

With the 1) to count the animals spared by 1 plant-based day you would have to check stuff like:

  • what kind of meal was replaced (beef/ chicken/ fish, so e.g. beef will mean fewer animals spared, because people eat a smaller portion of the animal, fish will mean more animals spared);
  • was the supply chain affected (so e.g. maybe it only means that instead of 2 chicken wings there are 3 served on Thursday because Friday is plant-based day)
  • are the kids eating the plant-based meals in the long run, or they bring meat sandwiches from home for that day, because they don't like the plant-based alternative; or they eat extra meat at home in the evening to compensate for the lack of meat at school that day;

So these are just very few examples of many factors that should be accounted for in the calculations.

With the 2) to measure the cost you need not only focus on direct hours spent by a volunteer and PV employee but stuff like: 

  • who is managing volunteers and how much time they put into: recruiting the volunteer, train the volunteer, and manage the volunteer weekly; and how much time the volunteer put into direct work but also in travel, etc.
  • when you count the time of ProVeg: the cost would be not only how much a person earns per hour that works directly on the campaign but also multiple costs like the cost of producing a leaflet/ PDF/ printed materials, the cost of the time manager spend on managing the person and training the person that is working on this campaign etc. (so e.g. in case of a more corporate-structured organization like ProVeg it will be: time of a person working directly on the campaign, graphic designer time, web developer time, research person time, manager and manager of a manager time and their boss too, HR person time, accountant time, office costs, utilities costs like coffee, juice, tea, printing materials etc.); and you only factored earnings per hour so it seems?

So yeah this is just a quick remark and a top of an iceberg if you want to really measure the impact of this intervention. I hope this will give you a sense of how you can go about it, because there is only one study on this type of intervention and if I remember correctly it was either not effective at all or barely effective. Hopefully, someone will find a link, so you can check how they went about the calculations. 

Comment by Ula on Open and Welcome Thread: March 2021 · 2021-04-03T20:24:27.711Z · EA · GW

Hey  Rwoehrle, 
Thanks for sharing! I think it's always good to take a very pragmatic approach towards donating. As long as you have a debt to pay, it seems like it's worth putting money into that, and building a safety net for yourself first (a bit like putting an oxygen mask on yourself before you gonna get one on your child). When it comes to volunteering for animal groups, I'd recommend ACE top charities, or charities that are founded by Open Philanthropy or Animal Welfare Found, they should be kind of safe bets. Personally, I like The Humane League, and orgs around Open Wing Alliance (because this is an intervention that seems to be proven to be net positive for chickens). You can look for online volunteer opportunities with them. E.g. I work for an EA organization full time, but recently decided to donate some hours of graphic work to Fish Welfare Initiative. Maybe you can think of things you like to do, and the skills you have and go from that. I think that volunteering is a great thing, and you can start with as little as 1-2 hours a week. 
Also, try to join this group with EA Online Events: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EAOnlineEvents to connect with the community online until you will find (or maybe start) a group near you. All the best!

Comment by Ula on Why Hasn't Effective Altruism Grown Since 2015? · 2021-03-11T15:08:20.740Z · EA · GW

Great share!

Comment by Ula on AMA: Tom Chivers, science writer, science editor at UnHerd · 2021-03-11T14:57:50.483Z · EA · GW

How one should go about learning how to write high-quality material? And what is the way to get it published?

Comment by Ula on AMA: Tom Chivers, science writer, science editor at UnHerd · 2021-03-11T14:52:23.730Z · EA · GW

Approaching journalists:

  1. How can we reach them?
  2. What is the best way to pitch an idea to a journalist?
  3. Do press releases still work? (Is it worth sending them to the contact emails, since it's hard often to get direct contact)
  4. Maybe Twitter is a good idea?
Comment by Ula on AMA: Lewis Bollard, Open Philanthropy · 2021-02-26T18:48:25.263Z · EA · GW

Would love to see an answer to this. The report is pessimistic, but it's unclear if it's never or 50 years. I hope Lewis will get back to this question!

Comment by Ula on AMA: Lewis Bollard, Open Philanthropy · 2021-02-26T18:45:44.789Z · EA · GW

Dear Lewis, thank you very much for your answer. If I may add one small thing: I think we should not only focus on diversity and sexual harassment, because mobbing can lead to PTSD, anxiety, depression, or struggling with self-worth. These can further affect people's lives on many levels (from work to relationships). I think that unfortunately, we don't put enough attention to the work environment and high rotations in the charities. There is room for improvement there for sure. I dearly appreciate Open Phils attitude towards this though! You are giving a great example by treating employees seriously and investigating! Thank you!

Comment by Ula on AMA: Lewis Bollard, Open Philanthropy · 2021-02-25T19:27:55.396Z · EA · GW

Hey Charles, I don't think this is a good place to turn this into a larger discussion. Unless the AMA author would like this to be the case.

Comment by Ula on AMA: Lewis Bollard, Open Philanthropy · 2021-02-25T17:22:21.630Z · EA · GW

This is such a sad thing to learn :(

Comment by Ula on AMA: Lewis Bollard, Open Philanthropy · 2021-02-25T17:13:07.274Z · EA · GW

Hey Daniela, I've been an animal activist for 20 years now and I had seen so many people suffer mobbing or hostile work environment. People suffering severe burnout, mostly due to poor leadership. The sad thing is, they are too afraid to say anything because some of the leaders and organizations are big and well respected. I don't really know how to help them, but I believe they don't deserve the anxiety, self-doubt, low self-esteem, depression, and all the other repercussions. Just don't really know what to do about it, but what worries me is that there is no follow-up. Like ACE is pointing out things and you can see no official response from the orgs. So is anything changing, or is it swept under the rug? What can we do?

Comment by Ula on AMA: Lewis Bollard, Open Philanthropy · 2021-02-25T13:21:01.541Z · EA · GW

If we focus on cost-effectiveness, what would be the most effective top 3 interventions for animals at the moment?

Comment by Ula on AMA: Lewis Bollard, Open Philanthropy · 2021-02-25T13:05:28.005Z · EA · GW

What is the most effective intervention for fish? Is anyone working on it? How many organizations are working on change for fish right now? What do we expect to achieve for fish in the next 2-3 years?

Comment by Ula on AMA: Lewis Bollard, Open Philanthropy · 2021-02-25T13:01:46.721Z · EA · GW

What are the key challenges in alternative proteins production that we need to overcome to meet the meat :) price point?

Comment by Ula on AMA: Lewis Bollard, Open Philanthropy · 2021-02-25T12:58:06.296Z · EA · GW

What criteria do you use while deciding which charities are gonna be given funding from EA AWF?

Comment by Ula on AMA: Lewis Bollard, Open Philanthropy · 2021-02-25T12:24:43.166Z · EA · GW

Question: In the past 2-3 years, we have heard troubling news about how employees in the animal movement are treated. Are there any plans of creating a safe, global space for employees, where they could:

  1. Safely complain about their situation.
  2. Seek psychological and legal support.
  3. Could safely share their stories.

Problem: I have two examples in mind:

  1. On 17th April 2020 Anima International shared a post on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/AnimaInter/photos/2521160348151381 where they explain their reasoning for firing their CEO: "However, no matter how much we value her merits, there are issues in regards to everyday behaviour towards employees that we as an organization cannot accept." Do we know what happened to the employees? Did they get support, help, where they apologized to, compensated?
  2. In 2018/2019 ProVeg International was taken out of ACE standout charities list because of (among others) "concerns about their workplace culture". What was mentioned is that ACE "received multiple testimonials from former employees with detailed reports of culture and HR problems". The question is - what kind of support have these employees received? Has the organization apologized to them, compensated them? There was maybe no public reaction from ProVeg, as far as I can recall. Where ACE is mentioning "Much of ProVeg’s staff seems concerned about internal discrimination and the unequal treatment of employees, particularly along gender lines." Source: https://animalcharityevaluators.org/charity-review/proveg/#comprehensive-review

These are only two examples. I have no knowledge if these kinds of problems are wide and common. My question is: How can the global animal movement protect employees from this kind of hostile work conditions? How can we support them?

Comment by Ula on AMA: Lewis Bollard, Open Philanthropy · 2021-02-25T10:09:28.470Z · EA · GW

This is a super important question, I'd love this to be addressed since it also seems to me this is very pessimistic and extremely important. This is not only a huge part of GFI's or ProVeg Incubator's work that probably absorbs a lot of money but it also was this kind of "hope" for animal activists like myself. Would it be reasonable to shift more resources towards alt proteins?

Comment by Ula on Introducing Animal Advocacy Africa · 2020-12-07T17:41:45.025Z · EA · GW

Congratulations! This is a very much needed research project. I've seen orgs scaling up to i.e. SA without any research, which resulted in not very successful programs. I also know very little about animal movement in African countries, so really looking forward to your reports.

Comment by Ula on Introducing Animal Ask · 2020-11-18T11:16:10.757Z · EA · GW

Huge congratulations and thank you for creating this org! I think it's very much needed, mostly because I am an animal activist for 20 years now and I think we could do even better when choosing which campaigns do we implement as a movement. I really hope that thanks to Animal Ask's help we will progress even faster for animals. The time is crucial, the amount of suffering and deaths unbearable. Thanks, Amy and George for taking this important challenge, and I really hope many organizations will use your talent and experience.

Comment by Ula on Introducing LEEP: Lead Exposure Elimination Project · 2020-10-06T10:55:01.646Z · EA · GW

Congratulation on your launch! Very impressed so far on how much progress you're making in a short amount of time. Good luck in Malawi!

Comment by Ula on Call for Early Career Speakers · 2020-09-04T11:47:08.465Z · EA · GW

Just send you a message!

Comment by Ula on 2020 Top Charity Ideas - Charity Entrepreneurship · 2020-08-19T11:22:22.169Z · EA · GW

If you're interested in who will be starting some of these charities, we have now posted a video with our 2020 Incubation Program participants: https://youtu.be/2DC25RBzsQM We're very grateful because we received over 3,000 applications this year. In the video we ask participants why they decided to join the program.

Comment by Ula on Responding to COVID-19 in India · 2020-04-27T06:23:52.463Z · EA · GW

I am beyond impressed how fast this was put together. Great work!!!

Comment by Ula on Update On Six New Charities Incubated By Charity Entrepreneurship · 2020-02-27T12:36:01.077Z · EA · GW

I know I am biased because I work at CE, but I am extremely grateful for all the entrepreneurs and their work so far. I worked in a startup environment, so I know it's not easy to take this enormous responsibility that includes: providing high-quality research, managing contacts with business owners/governments/charities, responsible hiring, communications, operations, tons of traveling, and many many more. I am particularly excited about Fish Welfare Initiative since my biggest wish for fish is that they have their own "Open Wing Alliance". I hope many of you here on the EA forum will support these new charities and share your experience with them.

Comment by Ula on AMA: We are Jon and Kathryn. We work with The Life You Can Save. Ask us anything! · 2020-01-27T14:12:37.839Z · EA · GW

Wow, this is a really helpful reply! Thank you very much!