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The EA Hub: What’s New in 2021 2021-06-13T13:30:32.932Z
What is meta Effective Altruism? 2021-06-02T06:47:05.612Z
Tips for Choosing Enterprise Software 2021-04-09T13:37:25.142Z
What drew me to EA: Reflections on EA as relief, growth, and community 2021-03-26T03:04:37.659Z
Apply Now to the EA Fellowship Weekend! (March 26-28) 2021-02-20T00:27:28.343Z
Exploratory Careers Landscape Survey 2020: Group Organisers 2021-01-30T10:41:18.710Z
EA Organisations: If you created a sequence about your approach to doing good, what would you write? 2021-01-20T16:07:59.156Z
Effective Altruism as a Social Movement 2021-01-16T06:55:25.804Z
The funnel or the individual: Two approaches to understanding EA engagement 2021-01-08T18:06:32.330Z
LessWrong/EA New Year's Ultra Party 2020-12-18T05:15:39.413Z
How can we improve online EA social events? 2020-10-21T01:35:50.242Z
Suggestions for Online EA Discussion Norms 2020-09-24T01:42:34.784Z
A Step-by-Step Guide to Running Independent Projects 2020-07-15T11:49:49.625Z
Annotated List of EA Career Advice Resources 2020-07-13T06:12:48.348Z
Annotated List of Project Ideas & Volunteering Resources 2020-07-06T03:29:39.312Z
2019 Ethnic Diversity Community Survey 2020-05-12T04:49:36.746Z
Case Study: Volunteer Research and Management at ALLFED 2020-04-25T07:12:36.961Z
What career advice gaps are you trying to fill? 2020-04-20T02:57:23.390Z
What (other) posts are you planning on writing? 2020-04-04T06:18:46.618Z
Effective Environmentalism Community Updates 2020-03-29T20:41:00.601Z
Group Organiser Survey on Career Advice Bottlenecks 2020-02-17T18:53:16.821Z
vaidehi_agarwalla's Shortform 2019-12-06T21:03:43.762Z
Ethnic Diversity Experience Survey 2019-11-12T11:48:47.849Z
Call for beta-testers for the EA Pen Pals Project! 2019-07-26T19:02:03.422Z
What posts you are planning on writing? 2019-07-24T05:12:23.069Z
A Guide to Early Stage EA Group-Building at Liberal Arts Colleges 2019-07-02T12:53:23.752Z

Comments

Comment by vaidehi_agarwalla on vaidehi_agarwalla's Shortform · 2021-08-04T14:35:42.913Z · EA · GW

PROPOSAL: EA Career Coaches - quick evaluation

Experimenting to see what kind of feedback this gets and whether it's useful to share very early stage thoughts publicly. If anyone is interested or already exploring this topic, feel free to reach out, I have written up a (slightly more indepth) proposal I can share.

Problem: There might be many people in EA that could benefit from career coaching.

Size: I estimate ~300 to 1000 (60% CI) people might be underconfident or less ambitious than they might be. 80K frequently mentions underconfidence. These are people with basic intro knowledge but are unable to make career progress due to miscalibration, lack of knowledge, negative feelings associated with networking / applying etc.

Tractability: Career coaches are very common & help people become confident and land dream jobs / improve their current career situation.

Neglectedness: Seems unlikely to me that existing coaches cover this need. I am also fairly confident that existing groups / CBs do not cover this need.

Proposal: An EA career coach who's: Improving client's calibration on good fit positions (both EA & non-EA) Giving practical advice & guidance (e.g. resumes, interviews, long-term career planning) Providing encouragement & boost self-confidence Helping clients maintain a healthy relationship to the job hunt / reduce stress, e.g. provide unique insights into EA job landscape

Key uncertainties: (* = most uncertain) Is there demand for this idea and how big?* Is that demand already being met? Is someone working on this going to significantly improve the chances that an individual makes positive progress in their career path? * Are there people or groups able and / or willing to provide this service?* (subquestion if people are willing but not able: Are the skills easily trainable?) Would people reach out for such a service (and be willing to pay) on their own?*

Next steps: (5-20 hrs) Talk to people (have emailed some EA coaches) Run experiments to gauge demand e.g. interest form for online career events (e.g. resume writing workshop) or starting a peer-to-peer career support group

Comment by vaidehi_agarwalla on vaidehi_agarwalla's Shortform · 2021-07-31T15:20:48.942Z · EA · GW

CGD launched a Global Skills Partnership program to reduce brain drain and improve migration (https://gsp.cgdev.org/)

It would be interesting to think about this from the perspective of EA groups, where brain drain is quite common. Part of their solution is to offer training and recognized certifications to a broader group of people in the home country to increase the overall pool of talent.

I will probably add more thoughts in the coming days when I have time to read the case studies in more depth.

Comment by vaidehi_agarwalla on EA Medicine Network · 2021-07-31T01:57:58.800Z · EA · GW

This is really exciting! Could you share what kinds kinds of events or projects you have planned?

Comment by vaidehi_agarwalla on EA Forum feature suggestion thread · 2021-07-30T15:35:14.818Z · EA · GW

Co-authors on posts should also share the karma of the post. I don't know how they should, whether it's equal split, or some percentage of the whole (e.g. if there's 100 karma each person gets 75 or something).

(I noticed this on 1 account for a post the person had co-written ~6 months ago)

Comment by vaidehi_agarwalla on EA Forum feature suggestion thread · 2021-07-30T10:02:26.759Z · EA · GW

When editing a document, it would be nice to be able to link to headings/subheadings from the main editor when writing summaries or internally linking to other sections of a post, e.g. how it's done in Google Docs (see screenshot)

Comment by vaidehi_agarwalla on EA Forum feature suggestion thread · 2021-07-28T01:42:12.459Z · EA · GW

It would be useful to have and easy way to tag / untag job and request listings when they become open or closed (so basically binary tags?)

Would also be good to have an icon next to those posts how there is for the AMAs.

Comment by vaidehi_agarwalla on vaidehi_agarwalla's Shortform · 2021-07-26T23:26:40.009Z · EA · GW

Okay, so I used a different method to estimate the total manhours and my new estimate is something like 60%. I basically assumed that 50% of Round 2 -4 in the application process is paid, and 100% of the work trial.

 I expect that established / longtermist orgs are disproportionately likely to pay for work tests, compared to new or animal / GH&D orgs. 

Comment by vaidehi_agarwalla on vaidehi_agarwalla's Shortform · 2021-07-24T11:08:30.024Z · EA · GW

Hi Linch, thanks for the input!

I'll adjust the estimate a bit higher. In the Guesstimate I do discount the hours to say that 75% of the total hours are unpaid (trial week hours cone to 5% of the total hours).

Comment by vaidehi_agarwalla on vaidehi_agarwalla's Shortform · 2021-07-24T03:25:00.397Z · EA · GW

Quick BOTEC of person-hours spent on EA Job Applications per annum.

I created a Guesstimate model to estimate a total of ~14,000 to 100,000 person-hours or ~7 to 51 FTE are spent per year (90% CI). This comes to an estimated USD $ 320,000 to $3,200,000 unpaid labour time. 

  • All assumptions for my calculations are in the Guesstimate
  • The distribution of effort spent by candidates is heavy-tailed; a small percentage of candidates may spend 3 to 10x more time than the median candidate.
  • I am not very good at interpreting the guesstimate, so if someone can state this better / more accurately than would be helpful
  • Keen to get feedback on whether I've over/underestimated any variables.
  • I'd expect this to grow at a rate of ~5-10% per year at least.

Sources: My own experience as a recruiter, applying to EA jobs and interviewing staff at some EA orgs.

 

Edited the unpaid labour time to reflect Linch's suggestions.

Comment by vaidehi_agarwalla on What is meta Effective Altruism? · 2021-07-23T00:48:51.595Z · EA · GW

For some reason, I'm just seeing this now. I agree, that's a good distinction between 2/3. Building on this: 

  1. New way to organize 2: 
    1. Career success "What can a person do to maximise their chance of being personally and professionally successful in their careers?"
      1. Generic career success (your 2)
      2. Career path / profession success  (e.g. how to succeed in policy, job profiles)
  2. Open to suggestions on ways to phrase 2, but it seems increasingly important in the past few years to give people concrete advice on how to succeed within a specific career path or profession. 
Comment by vaidehi_agarwalla on Writing about my job: Content Specialist, CEA · 2021-07-19T10:05:39.245Z · EA · GW

I really appreciate the level of transparency in this post! Thanks Aaron :)

Comment by vaidehi_agarwalla on New skilled volunteering board for effective animal advocacy · 2021-06-19T08:49:48.257Z · EA · GW

This is really interesting, do you have a sense of how much organisations value skilled volunteers, and how likely it is that all the openings you've listed could be filled? (It seems like there are a lot!)

I'd also be curious how you prioritised this initiative overall from the other activities you are doing. 

Comment by vaidehi_agarwalla on Forum update: New features (June 2021) · 2021-06-18T08:08:55.470Z · EA · GW

Also a number of older posts have 0 karma whereas now there's at least a default of 1 karma (or whatever the users minimum is). Maybe it wouldn't make a huge difference in terms of an individual's karma, but it does look a bit odd

Comment by vaidehi_agarwalla on What should CEEALAR be called? · 2021-06-16T02:00:12.262Z · EA · GW

I like quite like Aletheia (truth in greek), but Athena is also good.

Comment by vaidehi_agarwalla on JJ Hepburn's Shortform · 2021-06-14T16:15:40.108Z · EA · GW

I'd also add (although I'm not sure this is uncommon) - Get accountability buddy(s) who are also applying to jobs to motivate you / with whom you can share draft applications on short notice etc. Even though you may end up spending ~1.5-2x the time you would have on job applications as a whole, you may on net end up doing / applying to more position.s  

Comment by vaidehi_agarwalla on Buck's Shortform · 2021-06-14T16:13:23.065Z · EA · GW

I wonder if there's something in between these two points:

  • they could check the most important  1-3 claims the author makes.   
  • they could include the kind of evidence and links for all claims that are made so readers can quickly check themselves
Comment by vaidehi_agarwalla on EA Infrastructure Fund: May 2021 grant recommendations · 2021-06-03T03:01:27.217Z · EA · GW

Thanks for this incredibly detailed report. It's super useful to understand the rationale and thinking behind each grant. 

Are there plans to have update reports on the outcomes of these grants in the future (say 6 or 12 months)?

Comment by vaidehi_agarwalla on What is meta Effective Altruism? · 2021-06-02T12:44:57.421Z · EA · GW

Thanks for your comment, I think it's a great point!

I think it depends on your level of analysis. I outline my thinking in the comment above for how I'm thinking about it for this post.

In most cases, it probably makes sense to separate out Global Priorities Research and EA Movement Building because practically the interventions can be very different (although there are some interesting areas they overlap - e.g. career advice research).

Also, there was a discussion on this you might find interesting. 

Comment by vaidehi_agarwalla on What is meta Effective Altruism? · 2021-06-02T12:31:57.419Z · EA · GW

Hi Bill, 

You're right that basically everything defined in this list can be referred to as EA work itself. However most of these things can be referred to as "meta EA" is used within the community. 

I feel like the major innovation of EA is the idea that altruists can and should compare the value of different interventions (which you appear to consider meta-EA). In other words, EA is meta-altruism.

Meta EA is not limited to comparing causes or interventions. The examples given in the EA Movement Building section are more action oriented. E.g. running a local group or field building. They are a higher level of abstraction (one step or more removed) from direct impact. 

I agree that that the USP of EA is the concept of cause neutrality / prioritisation. However EA is more than just meta work - so some people may spend a little time on comparing, and then move on to direct work in the space (e.g. lobbying for animal rights, research on x-risk, implementing vaccine programs). I think meta work is sufficiently different that it's worth mapping out the possible things you could do. 

What these areas have in common is that they are indirect, as opposed to having some kind of abstract meta-ness property.

I think these things have a meta-ness property in the sense that they influence the structure / composition / nature of the EA movement. GPR  research influences the causes we focus on, movement building affects the people within the movement and what they do. One influences the other.

For example, if research on cause prioritisation suggests we should prioritise AI Safety movement builders may do active outreach to software engineers, thus changing the composition of the movement. Similarly, if fundraisers decide to fund certain cause areas, they may pull in new people who counterfactually wouldn't have joined the movement. On the other side, if movement builders start to quickly grow specific profession-specific networks, then there may be interest to research how people from say, a political background, can leverage their political capital - which may result in a very different prioritisation than if we are looking for causes that have the biggest funding gaps. 

Comment by vaidehi_agarwalla on What is meta Effective Altruism? · 2021-06-02T11:00:22.734Z · EA · GW

This came up amongst reviewers as well - whether meta EA is just about EA Movement Building or if it's broader. I personally think it's broader, and thus includes GPR as well because it GPR work will influence the other parts.

Comment by vaidehi_agarwalla on What is meta Effective Altruism? · 2021-06-02T06:50:17.816Z · EA · GW

Meta-comment about writing this post:

  • This post came out of an ongoing attempt to properly understand and sort the meta EA landscape. While creating this post I also created a handful of the tags that are linked. 
  • I think these mapping activities are pretty fun because they made me think about why we categorize activities in a certain way (e.g. usually by the primary goal that activity achieves)
  • I hope it will be useful to help people more easily navigate the space, and hopefully find more ways to contribute to meta that might be a better fit for them 
Comment by vaidehi_agarwalla on What posts you are planning on writing? · 2021-05-01T15:37:47.732Z · EA · GW

That's a good question, I am not sure of specific resources on advocacy in particular, but highly recommend checking it Charity Entrepreneurship's resources on their idea evaluation process and how they evaluate different interventions. Some of their research reports also cover interventions that include advocacy (e.g. they previously looked into tobacco policy).

It might also be interesting to see about ACE (Animal Charity Evaluators) evaluates their top recommendations, because most of them do advocacy work.

Sorry about lack of links, I'm on mobile. But you can just Google the names of the orgs. If you have any trouble finding info or these aren't that useful let me know!

Comment by vaidehi_agarwalla on What posts you are planning on writing? · 2021-04-30T23:02:54.705Z · EA · GW

Hi Felix, I'd personally be very interested in reading such a post !

Things I think might make this more interesting / that are may be typically missing from such evaluations are :

  • what country are you talking about? Why the country?
  • what kind of positive effects for society would these changes produce ? On what timescale?
  • which solutions create the most value or could be prioritised above others? (If we would need to implement multiple changes, why?)
  • are any of these solutions cost effective ? I'd be especially curious on the cost of advocacy, not just implementation costs, especially if the solution requires policies to change
  • who are the current actors in this space and what is their track record? If they haven't been very successful why?
  • is this relevant to any other regions of countries?

These kind of questions would help people understand the scope of the problem, and be more action-relevant if they are interested in the topic!

Comment by vaidehi_agarwalla on Cause Area: Human Rights in North Korea · 2021-04-09T13:37:53.980Z · EA · GW

Sorry! Must have missed that hanging sentence. There is no guarantee of the timescale across when these changes would happen.

Edited :)

Comment by vaidehi_agarwalla on Fighting corruption in aid - embezzling · 2021-04-09T02:19:20.063Z · EA · GW

Hi Marc! This is an interesting topic that I hadn't thought much about, so thanks for posting! I have a few quick comments:

I have lived in a developing country for 6 years, I have reason to believe that embezzling could cut from 10% to 50% of donations received by charitable organizations in humanitarian and development settings. I can't back the statement because the data is really not there, but I am extremely confident about it.

Data on corruption numbers/scale of problem: Through A quick google search (<5 minutes) I found some interesting numbers on this by the Centre for Global Development which sugests the % is much closer to 10% than 50%. One thing that's interesting is they suggest using ‘the percentage of aid that delivers the impact it was designed to' to provide an upper-end figure for corruption  (of course, not all impact is lost due to corruption). But looking at something like this might reveal bigger issues in aid - for example, a charity choosing interventions that are not very effective. 

Additionally, it seems that the topic of corruption in NGOs is a pretty common concern (~5 million results), and there seem to be a number of proposed solutions. It may be useful to first evaluate existing interventions/organisations, and consider the benefits of supporting existing organisations or starting a new one in this space, and the value of focusing on this issues vs others. 

Comment by vaidehi_agarwalla on Cause Area: Human Rights in North Korea · 2021-04-09T01:58:02.146Z · EA · GW

Summary: My uncertainty about this post lies in how much your proposed interventions can contribute to the overall size of the problem, which interventions these are, and how neglected they are.  

  • Comparing the US prison population & NK: While I agree that the overall size of the problem is greater in NK, it does not help us to understand how much of the problem we can address. The US estimate are limited to prison reforms, but the NK estimate includes the losses from the general population's suffering, which is much broader and complicated.
  • Estimates of total GDP lost in NK: Comparing the $ lost from SK to NK is useful insofar as you're trying to estimate the effect of the communist regime on the prospects of NK. However, I don't think this is maybe the right number when thinking about the near-term gains made from "suceeding". Things that would affect your estimate:
    • What time-scale of gains are you looking at? For example, on the timescale of 50 years perhaps it is reasonable that eventually NK will catch up to SK but in the interim the gains would be less.
    • What solutions are you envisioning and what is the end goal?
      • It seems that a fair number of your proposals are to reduce the suffering but not try to make bigger changes to the overall regime. In that case, it seems that the overall GDP gains are going to be much smaller, and each solution may have a natural limiting factor.
        • e.g. Safe escape routes will have a limiting factor at which point authorities may crack down/make it harder to escape, and mass exodus of millions of people doesn't seem plausible without a breakdown of the entire state.
      • Some of your proposals could lead to regime change - e.g. the dissolution of the NK government or opening up of NK (e.g. lowering the price of exports), then the more appropriate reference  class would be to look at the various Eastern bloc/Soviet countries immediately after their independence. Many countries faced several years of economic recession followed by a slow recovery. Additionally, there is no guarantee, even if things go better than the ex-Soviet countries, what  timescale these changes would happen across. 
      • Does this sound right?
  • Neglectedness: Do you have an estimate range for the amount of funding currently in this space and the number of actors (e.g. organisations?).
  • Tractability: It might have been useful to get a little better sense of the track record of these interventions to date to help compare them better. E.g. how many NK's try and how many succeed to take a escape route?
  • Intervention - Capacity building: I think your point about improving coordination in capacity building is really interesting and I enjoyed reading the Attribution of Moloch post! You mention: "Metainterventions aiming at capacity building are said to be highly robust, and once a more coordinated space emerges, it will be easier for organizations to conduct research on further intervention in the open." - I'm curious what the source is for this?
Comment by vaidehi_agarwalla on Meta-EA Needs Models · 2021-04-06T04:28:29.365Z · EA · GW

Terminology comment: Although you refer to Meta EA throughout this post, it seems what you are really talking about is EA community building specifically, as opposed to other Meta EA efforts which could include infrastructure, cross-cutting services to the EA ecosystem, meta research (e.g. global priorities research) etc. Does this sound right, or do you actually also mean other Meta EA activities?

Comment by vaidehi_agarwalla on Nathan_Barnard's Shortform · 2021-04-03T23:20:35.882Z · EA · GW

I agree! I think there's some issue here (don't know if there's a word for it) where maybe some critical mass of effort on foreign powers is focused on china, leaving other countries with a big deficit or something. I'm not sure what the solution here is, perhaps other than to make some kind of "the case for becoming a [country X] specialist" for a bunch of potentially influential countries.

Comment by vaidehi_agarwalla on What drew me to EA: Reflections on EA as relief, growth, and community · 2021-04-01T13:06:28.592Z · EA · GW

It's like a secret identity only EAs will understand :D

Comment by vaidehi_agarwalla on How much does performance differ between people? · 2021-03-27T22:49:20.178Z · EA · GW

On a meta-level and unrelated to the post, I very much appreciated the intro and the picture of the cat :)

Comment by vaidehi_agarwalla on What drew me to EA: Reflections on EA as relief, growth, and community · 2021-03-27T22:42:55.434Z · EA · GW

I am glad it resonated!

Comment by vaidehi_agarwalla on Learnings from scaling the Effective Altruism and Consulting Network/ an EA group for one profession as umbrella for different workplace groups · 2021-03-27T14:20:26.467Z · EA · GW

Question for Jona/the founders of the groups at other consulting firms: What did you do in the first ~3 months when starting out to get the momentum going at your organizations?

And Jona specifically what did you do to actually create the "network"?

Comment by vaidehi_agarwalla on Learnings from scaling the Effective Altruism and Consulting Network/ an EA group for one profession as umbrella for different workplace groups · 2021-03-27T14:12:58.120Z · EA · GW

To make writing newsletters less time consuming you could take interesting or relevant links from the existing EA newsletter and EA London Updates. More newsletters here: https://resources.eahub.org/learn/connect/#newsletters

Comment by vaidehi_agarwalla on Open and Welcome Thread: March 2021 · 2021-03-25T10:56:50.095Z · EA · GW

Hey Evelyn, I'll DM you about this to figure it out!

For anyone else having issues please email eafellowshipweekend@gmail.com.

Comment by vaidehi_agarwalla on Some quick notes on "effective altruism" · 2021-03-25T03:27:21.432Z · EA · GW

EA organizations that have "effective altruism" in their name or make it a key part of their messaging might want to consider de-emphasizing the EA brand, and instead emphasize the specific ideas and causes more. I personally feel interested in rebranding "EA Funds" (which I run) to some other name partly for these reasons.

 

This makes a lot of sense to me if there's a cap on donations due to branding, especially for the neartermist funds and if you create a legible LTF fund, then that as well. 

How big of a priority is it for the EA Funds plan to grow the donor base to non-EA donors, and on what time scale?

Comment by vaidehi_agarwalla on EA Funds is more flexible than you might think · 2021-03-15T12:44:04.114Z · EA · GW

Thanks, this was very helpful! 

Comment by vaidehi_agarwalla on EA Funds is more flexible than you might think · 2021-03-13T12:05:33.453Z · EA · GW

I have a clarification question: How do you define coordination in this context? Could you give a few concrete examples of coordination?

Comment by vaidehi_agarwalla on EA Forum feature suggestion thread · 2021-03-11T01:23:21.524Z · EA · GW

That makes sense! 

Comment by vaidehi_agarwalla on EA Forum feature suggestion thread · 2021-03-10T07:16:36.755Z · EA · GW

When adding new posts to a sequence everytime I add a post, my search disappears and I have to type it in again to add the next one. Would be useful to just have the search not disappear. 

Comment by vaidehi_agarwalla on EA Forum feature suggestion thread · 2021-03-10T07:15:47.525Z · EA · GW

Copying Bob Jacob's suggestion here so that people can vote: 

Right now most sequences are still displaying my name, even though I didn’t write them. The mods have thankfully already changed the name for the “moral anti-realism” sequence, but ideally the other sequences should be properly credited too. Maybe the whole sequence should just be handed over to the authors themselves, since they might not like the descriptions and images I have created (I did message them). That way they can also just add new posts to the sequence without having to contact me first.

Perhaps it would be useful to have a "Sequence author" tag or something? I have also created a few sequences I didn't write just to reference the group of posts, but it would be good if the author was somehow credited. 

Comment by vaidehi_agarwalla on Reworking the Tagging System · 2021-03-06T11:02:48.487Z · EA · GW

Regarding sub-tags:

  • It seems reasonable that sub-tags and hierarchies might cause too much confusion
  • However, it might be helpful to make it easier to relate tags together, right now the process is a bit cumbersome. 
  • Suggestion 1 : Instead of sub-tags, it would be helpful to just have a "Related Tags" section where you can search and add a related tag, and have the option to provide a sentence explaining why/how it's related
  • Suggestion 2: Make it easier to link to tags in all forum text (e.g. in comments, posts & tags) by @'ing them or somehow making it easy to link to other tags (and possibly even other users, tags & posts). I think this is probably more useful and would add more value than Suggestion 1. 
  • Has anything like these two suggestions been considered?
Comment by vaidehi_agarwalla on Brainstorm: What questions will the general public find most interesting about charities and causes? · 2021-03-03T04:27:38.544Z · EA · GW

Maybe related is that when we talk about charity we are implicitly talking about aid, but there are also charities that could advocate for policy interventions etc. So something to separate aid from other kinds of charity work could be useful, although I don't know if that's a question so much as a clarification. 

Comment by vaidehi_agarwalla on Why EA groups should not use “Effective Altruism” in their name. · 2021-02-22T02:56:21.027Z · EA · GW

have two comments:

To give an anecdote on this concern: We had an Effective Animal Advocacy group at my college which, after the founding organizer left, was renamed to remove the effective and the focus shifted from more EAA related topics to general animal welfare.

I would be curious if you have any thoughts on the handover process and how you would mitigate this risk?

In general, I do like the idea of having a byline "part of the EA network" for a clearly aligned EA project, group or organisation.

Comment by vaidehi_agarwalla on Why EA groups should not use “Effective Altruism” in their name. · 2021-02-22T02:54:47.196Z · EA · GW

Thanks for this post! I agree with Cristina's comments on the way you've written the post.

Regarding the EA Hub (I'm the Product Manager) what changes would you suggest?

Currently you can register your group with any name and people can filter and find your group. You can add a group type (uni, national/regional etc) and a description so it's clear that your group is an EA group and people know what to expect.

I'm not sure what other changes you are envisioning, but I'd be curious to hear more :)

Comment by vaidehi_agarwalla on Let's Fund Living review: 2020 update · 2021-02-14T23:39:54.570Z · EA · GW

That sounds really interesting - are there any topics on philanthropy and EA you are planning to write you could share at this stage?

Comment by vaidehi_agarwalla on Let's Fund Living review: 2020 update · 2021-02-14T23:38:30.331Z · EA · GW

Thanks for the reply and the link - I missed it when I was looking at the 2019 report. It was really interesting!

Comment by vaidehi_agarwalla on Let's Fund Living review: 2020 update · 2021-02-14T16:59:50.160Z · EA · GW

I have another question, regarding Let's Fund's strategy: although you said you will still be doing fundraising in the near future, you mentioned wanting to move more towards a think tank. 

Does this mean you're considering fading out the fundraising aspect of your work? If so: why do you think this is a better trajectory for Let's Fund? Would the research still be funding-oriented, or more similar to the Randomista article?

If not, is it because of uncertainties around what the best giving opportunities may be? Or something completely different?

Comment by vaidehi_agarwalla on Let's Fund Living review: 2020 update · 2021-02-14T16:52:40.191Z · EA · GW

 I have a few questions on how the fundraising worked:

  • How many total donors did you have for each grantee?
  • What marketing strategies did you engage in?
  • What were the top ways donors found out about the giving opportunities? I know you mentioned the Vox article & Bill Gates' tweet, but I'd be interested to know how much traffic was driven through there, vs other sources
  • Was there anything unintuitive or interesting that you learnt about the crowdfunding market ?
Comment by vaidehi_agarwalla on AMA: We Work in Operations at EA-aligned organizations. Ask Us Anything. · 2021-02-06T05:25:47.988Z · EA · GW

A question from Dominika Krupocin and myself - it would be great to get more than one response if you have different experiences!

  1. Do you have any experience with implementing a new system (project / task management, CRM, other enterprise software). If so: 1.1. What advice would you give to those who are embarking on this process? 1.2. What were the main bottlenecks / difficulties that you came across? 1.3. What would you have done differently?

  2. If you haven't yet but are considering it: 2.1 What is your current approach? 2.2 What are your main challenges or uncertainties?

Comment by vaidehi_agarwalla on AMA: We Work in Operations at EA-aligned organizations. Ask Us Anything. · 2021-02-05T16:06:31.710Z · EA · GW

What work tests/type of application questions have you found most valuable in finding the right candidates/filtering out good fits?

And if you do work trials, how valuable have you found them ?