What (other) posts are you planning on writing? 2020-04-04T06:18:46.618Z · score: 10 (3 votes)
Effective Environmentalism Community Updates 2020-03-29T20:41:00.601Z · score: 20 (9 votes)
Group Organiser Survey on Career Advice Bottlenecks 2020-02-17T18:53:16.821Z · score: 18 (9 votes)
vaidehi_agarwalla's Shortform 2019-12-06T21:03:43.762Z · score: 1 (1 votes)
Ethnic Diversity Experience Survey 2019-11-12T11:48:47.849Z · score: 9 (9 votes)
Call for beta-testers for the EA Pen Pals Project! 2019-07-26T19:02:03.422Z · score: 32 (16 votes)
What posts you are planning on writing? 2019-07-24T05:12:23.069Z · score: 60 (25 votes)
A Guide to Early Stage EA Group-Building at Liberal Arts Colleges 2019-07-02T12:53:23.752Z · score: 33 (15 votes)


Comment by vaidehi_agarwalla on What (other) posts are you planning on writing? · 2020-04-05T04:18:12.720Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · EA · GW

Local Career Advice Bottlenecks

Status: First draft, series of 3 posts.

The Local Career Advice Network ran a group organisers' survey to evaluate overall career advice bottlenecks in the community. There will likely be 3 write-ups on the following topics:

  • the main bottlenecks group organisers' observe their members' facing
  • the main bottlenecks group organisers face when trying to give high quality careers advice
  • evaluation of career advice events and activities run by groups

Key uncertainties/questions

  • Nothing as of now. I'll add to this comment as thoughts arise.
Comment by vaidehi_agarwalla on What (other) posts are you planning on writing? · 2020-04-05T04:12:37.509Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · EA · GW

Running self-directed projects

Status: early stage

I've run a number of projects over the last few months and thought it might be useful to share my experiences and successes/failures and lessons learnt. I may also be presenting the insights from these projects at some point.

Key uncertainties/questions

  • How valuable would people find this?
Comment by vaidehi_agarwalla on What (other) posts are you planning on writing? · 2020-04-05T02:48:52.335Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · EA · GW

Career Change Interviews

Status: First Draft

This is a writeup on qualitative research I and Benjamin Skubi did in summer 2019 on 20 EAs at various stages of a career change process. It'll cover:

  • stages of our interviewee's EA journeys (an alternative perspective to the funnel model which will focus on an indivdual's journey)
  • what inspires a career change, what the change process looks like, commonly mentioned bottlenecks and useful resources
  • recommendations/useful tips for career changers and group organisers

Key uncertainties/questions

  • I'm not sure whether to keep the recommendations in the same writeup in a separate section or create a new post with the recommendations.

You can see the updates from my previous posts here

Comment by vaidehi_agarwalla on What posts you are planning on writing? · 2020-03-24T11:35:16.434Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

Thanks for checking Aaron! I've been meaning to update this thread.

1a) I came very close to publishing this in November, but realised it needed a lot more work to be readable and ended up splitting the post into 3 to make it more readable. I've been prioritising other projects, aim to publish by April 2020. 1b) I have a bunch of interesting papers collected but haven't made progress yet. Will likely start after 1a)

  1. I wrote and never published this because:
  • I think it was too generalized and overly simplistic
  • I think some of the things I wrote were likely wrong/inaccurate
  • I felt the most effective way to help developing EA presence was assisting existing projects and direct work.
  • Why writing the post was still valuable:
    • Helped me clarify my own theories of movement building
    • Ended up witing a few other posts to explain some of my assumptions
    • I've shared it with others trying to answer these questions

3a) This became a much more ambitious and comprehensive volunteer project, but it also means that progress has been slow and incremental. I plan on writing a post about how the project failed and lessons learnt (but I'm experimenting with some new ways to make progress on this and want to see the results first).

b) This post is written, but i didn't see the value of posting another call for climate change on the forum since, as with 2), I updated towards doing direct work to make progress on this space. (I'd be curious to hear if you think there's still value in posting such a post)

We now have an Effective Environmentalism directory and have started weekly calls on different EE related topics on facebook. Would be curious to hear your thoughts on this.

  1. I created an (almost) comprehensive Effective Environmentalism Resources page. Some of us are now working on a more user-friendly introductory resource for non-EAs.
Comment by vaidehi_agarwalla on vaidehi_agarwalla's Shortform · 2020-03-22T23:59:18.055Z · score: 4 (4 votes) · EA · GW

How valuable is building a high-quality (for-profit) event app for future EA conferences?

There are 6 eag(x) conferences a year. this number will probably increase over time and more conferences will come up as EA grows- I'd expect somewhere between 80-200 EA-related conferences and related events in the next 10 years. This includes cause-area specific conferences, like Catalyst and other large events.

A typical 2.5 day conference with on average ~300 attendees spending 30 hours = 9,000 man-hours would be a range of 720,000-1,800,000 man hours over 10 years. Of this time, I'd expect 90% to be taken up doing meetings, attending events, eating etc. Of the remaining 10%, so 7,200-18,000 saving 1% of this time is in the range of 7,200- 18,000 hours or roughly seems pretty useful!

For reference, 1 year of work (a 40 hours work-week for 50 weeks) = 2000 hours.

Comment by vaidehi_agarwalla on What are the key ongoing debates in EA? · 2020-03-09T23:30:52.799Z · score: 4 (3 votes) · EA · GW

Getting people from non-STEM backgrounds, specifically non-econ social sciences and humanities.

Comment by vaidehi_agarwalla on What are the key ongoing debates in EA? · 2020-03-09T09:56:29.615Z · score: 6 (5 votes) · EA · GW

Expanding on those points: Should EA be small and elite (i.e. to influence important/powerful actors) or broad and welcoming? How many people should earn to give and how effective is this on the margin? (Maybe not a huge debate but a lot of uncertainty) How much/should we grow EA in non-Western countries? (I think there's a fair deal of ignorance on this topic overall)

Related to D&I: How important is academic diversity in EA? And what blindspots does the EA movement have as a result?

I don't think all of these have been always publicly discussed, but there is definitely a lack of consensus and differing views.

Comment by vaidehi_agarwalla on vaidehi_agarwalla's Shortform · 2020-02-29T15:35:14.076Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · EA · GW

I brainstormed a list of questions that might help evaluate how promising climate change adaptation efforts would be.

Would anyone have any additions/feedback or answers to these questions?

Comment by vaidehi_agarwalla on EA Updates for February 2020 · 2020-02-28T20:34:51.409Z · score: 5 (5 votes) · EA · GW

It's great that you include updates from non-EA sources, it's great to see updates from outside the EA bubble.

Comment by vaidehi_agarwalla on vaidehi_agarwalla's Shortform · 2020-02-26T20:07:00.098Z · score: 8 (6 votes) · EA · GW

Meta-level thought:

When asking about resources, a good practice might be to mention resources you've already come across and why those sources weren't helpful (if you found any), so that people don't need to recommend the most common resources multiple times.

Also, once we have an EA-relevant search engine, it would be useful to refer people to that even before they ask a question in case that question has been asked or that resource already exists.

The primary goal of both suggestions would be to make questions more specific, in-depth and hopefully either expanding movement knowledge or identifying gaps in knowledge. The secondary goal would be to save time!

Comment by vaidehi_agarwalla on How much will local/university groups benefit from targeted EA content creation? · 2020-02-22T03:05:34.783Z · score: 3 (2 votes) · EA · GW

Thanks for clarifying, I get what you're saying now!

TL:DR: while I'm in agreement that these things would be valuable, in the current state it wouldn't make sense to prioritise them when there's a lot of value to be found in increasing awareness of existing resources, even if they are imperfect and writing about resources where there currently are none for common events.

  1. I agree that there is a severe lack of resources, we actually link to the South Bay discussion lists (unfortunately since you made the resources there isn't anything new regarding discussions sheets). We are also slowly adding and developing them as I am running a series of guided discusisons for the Philly group.

Given where we were at with the resources up until recently, the most valuable and time efficient thing to do was to organise existing resources and then evaluate what the most pressing gaps in knowledge were. i.e. it was better to have some resources for all the basic group activities - be that running discussions, how to host events, moderating talks, venue, food and logistics, leadership structure etc. As you can see, a long list of topics! the goal was to consolidate movement-wide knowledge, and have resources well-organised and accessible.

I don't think your group was unique with regards to needing resources, although I think other groups may do more socials and other kinds of meetups that require less preparation.

  1. I agree that there isn't a curriculum, and that taking lessons from education science would be very useful and valuable. I think that we can definitely work to make EA principles and ideas more accessible by a large margin. Currently, there aren't enough people working on group building resources to do something like this, and I believe that just improving the knowledge of existing resources will provide the most value to group organisers. That being said, Catherine, who is in charge of the Resources team, does have an education background, and I think that has definitely influenced our work positively!
Comment by vaidehi_agarwalla on How much will local/university groups benefit from targeted EA content creation? · 2020-02-20T14:20:20.764Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

I don't think there was an exact question on this (unless I'm mistaken), but as a proxy I'd be curious to see a breakdown of this question for new vs. older groups and more vs. less experienced group organisers. It wouldn't be a perfect proxy, since older groups may still not know about resources but also not need them, but might be worth considering.

Comment by vaidehi_agarwalla on How much will local/university groups benefit from targeted EA content creation? · 2020-02-20T14:17:20.622Z · score: 3 (2 votes) · EA · GW

I think people usually do ask what resources exist, they tend to use the Group Organisers Facebook or Slack to ask those questions. I think it makes sense so that only interested people see those questions, but that information is not easily available to organisers who aren't in those groups.

We are working on an FAQ series for EA Hub resources, which will include information on how to start a group, run events, find key content, contact people, graphics and more. The aim is that all basic questions about group resources can by a quick search and reduce community time asking/answering questions. (of course, people can always comment and ask more detailed questions!)

Comment by vaidehi_agarwalla on Illegible impact is still impact · 2020-02-18T14:12:08.747Z · score: 11 (5 votes) · EA · GW

This is a great post, thanks for writing it. I've thought about this topic a lot, specifically about the value helping others in the movement - I used the term "soft impact", because it improves coordination and community and interconnectedness. These actions often are illegible, but don't have to be.

EAs do this a lot anyways, but making the value of such action explicit or trying to track it could be really useful (and I think more of the following would only help!)


  • connecting people to each other with the goal of them collaborating, one person getting advice, or just having shared interests.
  • providing detailed feedback on projects, posts etc.
  • sending people relevant resources
  • encouraging someone
  • maintaining connections with people whether that's in person, email, at conferences etc.

To track soft impact, you could send a message to people you know (maybe annually) and ask for feedback. Some people send out feedback forms so that it can be anonymous and people can give honest answers.

I currently have kept a list of introductions I have made and update it occasionally. I also track projects where I have given feedback. I will need to send out feedback forms at some point and see the actual impact, but even if only 1/5 introductions is very useful, I think this is worth the few minutes it takes to make an intro.

I'd be curious to know how much time people put aside to do these kind of things - especially for people who aren't very involved in meta stuff.

Comment by vaidehi_agarwalla on How much will local/university groups benefit from targeted EA content creation? · 2020-02-17T17:26:10.211Z · score: 4 (3 votes) · EA · GW

Hi Linch, we actually have a guide to using discussion sheets on the eahub now:

I do think that currently there is low awareness of the Hub's contents, and we will be working to help improve knowledge of what exists so that group organisers can use the resources better.

Comment by vaidehi_agarwalla on How much will local/university groups benefit from targeted EA content creation? · 2020-02-17T17:13:29.804Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

(Catherine, feel free to correct this) I think as of now, we don't really need much new material, since we the resources we have up and things that will be done soon cover most of the commonly used/standard events (discussion syllabi, intro presentations etc.) and considerations (i.e. community health or managing group dynamics).

We definitely spend most of our time compiling material, but I wouldn't say that compiling is much less time intensive than creating new material from scratch. Compiling can take quite a while, because you still need to determine a good structure, need to incorporate conflicting advice, and often contextualise the advice.

Comment by vaidehi_agarwalla on [deleted post] 2020-02-16T16:15:36.333Z

1) Local Career Advice Network

2) Getting feedback on a predictable schedule, Meeting deadlines, maintaining momentum on a project,

3) It can be difficult and time consuming to know who, if any people, are available to give feedback on a given week.

Comment by vaidehi_agarwalla on What posts you are planning on writing? · 2020-02-11T08:49:40.229Z · score: 3 (2 votes) · EA · GW

I'd be really excited to see 2A written up! Also 3 and 4 (in that order)

Comment by vaidehi_agarwalla on Call for beta-testers for the EA Pen Pals Project! · 2020-01-29T18:40:20.586Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · EA · GW

Thanks Manuel, we are planning on doing that. We are currently in the process of applying for funding to fully automate the service and are in talks with the EA Hub to host it there.

Comment by vaidehi_agarwalla on AMA: Rob Mather, founder and CEO of the Against Malaria Foundation · 2020-01-28T14:29:56.477Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · EA · GW

To add on to the question of mid to long term effects, do you have a theory on what role bednets play in transitioning a country to malaria under control or even be malaria free? How long after a country reaches either of these two stages would bednets become less critical (if ever?)

How different is it to have malaria under control vs formally being malaria free? Is there a significantly higher risk of malaria becoming out of control in the former and the rates increasing again?

How does the role of bednets in getting countries to either stage factor into your effectiveness estimates on shortening those timelines?

Comment by vaidehi_agarwalla on Is learning about EA concepts in detail useful to the typical EA? · 2020-01-16T20:19:27.889Z · score: 8 (6 votes) · EA · GW

Agreed with this. Some positive things that can come from this:

  • cross-pollination of ideas, especially across cause area and academic discipline
  • relatedly, preventing ideas from becoming too niche/insular - allowing ideas to be accessible from different view points within the community.
  • encouraging people to explore ideas they find off-putting in more depth, which might ultimately change their actions in the long-term. For example, many people come to longtermism after many years in the community.
  • reinforcing norms of critically engaging with ideas, learning, keeping an open mind and so on.
Comment by vaidehi_agarwalla on I'm Cullen O'Keefe, a Policy Researcher at OpenAI, AMA · 2020-01-11T23:53:22.860Z · score: 3 (2 votes) · EA · GW

I phrased that poorly - I added the bit even if the principle is not applied perfectly to cover what you mentioned but I think the more accurate statement would be that one of SJ's big appeals is that it states to be inclusive.

Comment by vaidehi_agarwalla on What should EAs interested in climate change do? · 2020-01-11T11:44:52.343Z · score: 12 (6 votes) · EA · GW

The Effective Environmentalism group on Facebook compiled an Effective Environmentalism Resources page which contains an (almost) comprehensive list of EA-related climate change resources with charity recommendations, articles, posts by EA organisations, many with summaries.

Anyone can suggest resources directly to the page, if there are any missing recommendations please feel free to do so! Many (but not all) of the links in the comments are included on the doc.

The Effective Environmentalism group itself is a useful place to have EA related climate discussions.

Comment by vaidehi_agarwalla on I'm Cullen O'Keefe, a Policy Researcher at OpenAI, AMA · 2020-01-11T11:22:01.924Z · score: 0 (7 votes) · EA · GW

Regarding point 3): I don't think EA necessarily has a more compelling ideology. One of the big differences I see between the two movements is that SJ is an extremely inclusive movement (basically by definition) when it comes to participation within the movemrnt: who can be a part of the movement, make a difference, and contribute even if the application of this principle may be flawed.

This seems pretty different from EA, and depending on your entry point to EA could put people off and I'm not quite sure how to reconcile that.

Do you see this as an issue (and on what scale)? Do you have any sense of how to reconcile this issue?

Comment by vaidehi_agarwalla on I'm Cullen O'Keefe, a Policy Researcher at OpenAI, AMA · 2020-01-11T11:11:21.168Z · score: 14 (9 votes) · EA · GW

On a technical note (maybe outside the context of this conversation or comparing EA/SJ) and a slight tangent, I think calling EA and SJ movements is useful and informative if you're level of discourse is thinking about broad-level EA movement building. I know the phrase movement has a lot of connotations in common discourse, but I think at it's core a movement is a group of people achieving goals through collective action.

These groups of people are often tribes, and tribal ties motivates movement membership but they are distinct things.

The value of this categorization: EA is a much more consolidated, controlled and purposeful movement than SJ. SJ is more diffuse, lacks centralization but is quite recognizable in terms of topics and kinds of discourse.

Given this diversity, appeals to broad SJ movement tend to reduce complexity of arguments (low fidelity models) that wouldn't work well with EA high fidelity models. So I think it's useful to know this to know why we engaging with SJ on a movement level is not the ideal situation. So on that high level thinking it's probably useful to think about movements to get a big picture of the situation.

Of course, SJ (and EA) are not only movements. They are also communities, bodies of knowledge, networks etc. as you mention. These aspects feed into the structure of the movement in important ways. If your level of discourse is different (i.e. thinking about specific cases for collaboration or comparing the frameworks used by the two movements) then thinking on this level is useful.

Comment by vaidehi_agarwalla on 8 things I believe about climate change · 2019-12-29T14:29:39.318Z · score: 15 (7 votes) · EA · GW

Current investment in solar geoengineering is roughly 10 million annually (this may have increased in the last few years), so by most metrics it's really neglected. The main project working on this is the Harvard solar geoengineering research program, which OPP has funded about 2.5 million dollars for a few years in 2016. They've also funded a solar governance program in 2017 for about 2 million dollars. Grants here. Recently, they don't appear to have made any climate-related grants in this space, and its unclear to me what the funding situation looks like.

Regarding states that have committed to doing things: I didn't find anything on doing a shallow dive. However, there is work being done on it in a number of countries. In particular, scientists in India have raised concerns that current models show potential for drought and famine because of reduced water flow in tropical regions like India. (This is in addition to technical and general governance concerns)

Comment by vaidehi_agarwalla on Should we use wiki to improve knowledge management within the community? · 2019-12-10T11:45:49.907Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

Perhaps that is misleading - let me rephrase - if the solution really requires creating a new infrastructure then I'd say funding would be a bottle neck (not that funds don't exist, but they aren't always easy to get), but getting the right people to build the infrastructure would probably be a bottleneck too.

What existing tools were you thinking of?

Comment by vaidehi_agarwalla on Should we use wiki to improve knowledge management within the community? · 2019-12-10T01:04:37.615Z · score: 8 (3 votes) · EA · GW

I think collectiven intelligence could be a really promising task Y if the basic structure is designed properly. I'd guess the biggest bottleneck here is funding to build the infrastructure.

In contrast, meta-contributors seem to be motivated by social factors (H3 & 4), as well as by intrinsic enjoyment (H7).

The differences between meta-contributors and contributors is probably really important to understand, and may have implications for a lot of different volunteer projects - one failure mode could be if meta-contributors setting up a project and then failing to find the right people to contribute (i.e. finding people like themselves who are motivated by social rather than personal factors)

Thanks for the research links, and the summary!

Comment by vaidehi_agarwalla on Should we use wiki to improve knowledge management within the community? · 2019-12-10T01:04:33.698Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

(accidentally commented twice)

Comment by vaidehi_agarwalla on vaidehi_agarwalla's Shortform · 2019-12-06T21:03:43.897Z · score: 6 (5 votes) · EA · GW

Could regular small donations to Facebook Fundraisers increase donations from non-EAs?

The day before Giving Tuesday, I made a donation to a EA Facebook charity that had seen no donations in a few weeks. After I donated to about 3 other people donated within the next 2 hours (well before the Giving Tuesday start time). From what I remember, the total amount increased by more than the minimum amount and the individuals appeared not to be affiliated with EA, so it seems possible that this fundraiser might have somehow been raised to their attention. (Of course it's possible that with Giving Tuesday approaching they would have donated anyway.)

However, it made think that regularly donating to fundraisers could keep them on people's feeds inspire them to donate, and that this could be a pretty low-cost experiment to run. Since you can't see amounts, you could donate the minimum amount on a regular basis (say every month or so - about $60 USD per year). The actual design of the experiment would be fairly straight forward as well: use the previous year as a baseline of activity for a group of EA organisations and then experiment with who donates, when they donate, and different donation amounts. If you want to get more in-depth you could also look at other factors of the individual who donates (i.e. how many FB friends they have).

Experimental design

Using EA Giving Tuesday's had 28 charities that people could donate to. Of that, you could select 10 charities as your controls, and 10 similar charities (i.e. similar cause, intervention, size) as your experimental group, and recruit 5 volunteer donors per charity to donate once a month on a randomly selected day. They would make the donation without adding any explanation or endorsement.

Then you could use both the previous year's data and the current year's controlled charities to compare the effects. You would want to track whether non-volunteer donations or traffic was gained after the volunteer donations.

Caveats: This would be limited to countries where Facebook Fundraising is set up.

Comment by vaidehi_agarwalla on I'm Michelle Hutchinson, head of advising at 80,000 Hours, AMA · 2019-12-05T20:18:00.986Z · score: 5 (4 votes) · EA · GW

Sort of tangential, but on the topic of encouragement during the job hunt process, I found that after doing a number of interviews with people in the midst of a career change process (from a wide range of backgrounds), a good number of people felt energized/encouraged just by having the chance to talk about their situation. This was a context where we mostly did active listening and asked some guiding questions. I think being able to explicitly think through a career change and take a bird's eye perspective might be very valuable for some people.

Comment by vaidehi_agarwalla on A collection of researchy projects for Aspiring EAs · 2019-12-02T16:25:20.867Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

I've also put together a WIP list of projects with more suggestions here.

Comment by vaidehi_agarwalla on A collection of researchy projects for Aspiring EAs · 2019-12-02T14:46:55.261Z · score: 6 (6 votes) · EA · GW

There is also this list by Richard Batty which contains a list of different types of research/exploration projects but are not as specific as the ones you link to. This might be useful in generating new ideas.

Comment by vaidehi_agarwalla on A collection of researchy projects for Aspiring EAs · 2019-12-02T14:32:51.227Z · score: 6 (6 votes) · EA · GW

This sounds really cool, and I'm excited to see the results of this. I'd add a third hypothesis:

These projects will help people test for their personal fit regarding their interest in different cause areas, and their skill fit for different things (i.e. research, programming etc).

Comment by vaidehi_agarwalla on What metrics may be useful to measure the health of the EA community? · 2019-11-15T22:53:29.260Z · score: 7 (5 votes) · EA · GW

Some metrics for local groups we gathered for this post were:

  • How welcoming do people find the group?
  • Do those focused on a non-prioritised cause feel welcome?
  • Do people from relevant (context-dependent) minority groups feel welcome?
  • Do group members feel like they are part of a community?
  • Do group members feel supported by the local group?
  • Have there been any major community issues?
  • How were they dealt with?
  • How did this affect other group members’ perception of the group?

Ideally, you could aggregate these across local groups and get a sense of local group health.

You would also probably want to look at more "EA achieving its system goals" kind of metrics - i.e. Lark's suggestion of donating 10%, but also career changes and volunteer projects taken on (i.e. organizing a local group, volunteering on an EA-aligned project).

Looking at how the two metrics correlate would be fairly important (for example if it turns out an EA hub haslower community health but higher output, this would be an important finding)

Comment by vaidehi_agarwalla on Which Community Building Projects Get Funded? · 2019-11-15T22:32:51.214Z · score: 13 (6 votes) · EA · GW

I played around with the data and added categories here.

Some interesting results from the top 3 categories:

  1. Community Building 30.23% of all grants for Community building (local) go to European groups, 10.20% to Oxbridge/London, 4.31% to the rest of the world and 0.72% to the Bay
  2. EA Organisations 34.18% to London/Oxbridge based organisations: 16% of all grants have gone to EA pledge organisations (fundraising), 14.82% to 80K, 1.21% to HIPE. The remaining 3.08% to the Rest of the World (RCForward and Rethink Priorities).
  3. Academic Research 7.33% to London/Oxbridge, 1.08% to the Bay, 0.58% to the Rest of the World

To Siebe's question of what EA Geneva and EA Oxford is doing: Geneva received a grant to do local policy research (0.54% of total funding, 7.7% of Geneva's total funding received - the remaining 92.3% went to community building). EA Oxford's most recent grant went towards student career planning in addition to community building.

Note: I used the same regional categories and method for calculating CBG allocations as OP. I've filtered out the $120,000 grant that went from CBG from the meta fund to avoid double counting. I've also labeled community infrastructure as separate from community building to differentiate between local community building and building community tools like the EA Forum, Effective Thesis, etc.

Comment by vaidehi_agarwalla on Which Community Building Projects Get Funded? · 2019-11-15T21:38:29.929Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · EA · GW

To point 3), there have been recent efforts made by to develop systematic metrics for groups in new/emerging locations here. While this is a first step, it has suggested several proxies for measuring the potential of both group organizers and different locations.

Comment by vaidehi_agarwalla on Call for beta-testers for the EA Pen Pals Project! · 2019-10-31T23:22:42.493Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · EA · GW

No worries - I've added an update in case anyone else stumbles upon this. Thanks!

Comment by vaidehi_agarwalla on [WIP] Summary Review of ITN Critiques · 2019-10-10T16:10:39.296Z · score: 5 (4 votes) · EA · GW

Since this is a WIP, it might be helpful to share a live Google Doc that people can check/comment on/suggest additions to in the future.

Comment by vaidehi_agarwalla on Long-Term Future Fund: August 2019 grant recommendations · 2019-10-08T00:46:07.992Z · score: 4 (3 votes) · EA · GW

Hi Oliver, Is there a sequence out there explaining these terms? A quick Google/LW/CFAR search didn't throw anything up which covered all the concepts you mention above (there's a sequence called Hammertime, but it didn't cover all the concepts you mention). I think one of the benfits of a centralized source of information is that it's accessible and intuitive to find. In the current state, it seems that you would have to go out of your way to find these kinds of writeups, and possibly not even know they exist.

Comment by vaidehi_agarwalla on [updated] Global development interventions are generally more effective than Climate change interventions · 2019-10-04T11:05:33.947Z · score: 8 (3 votes) · EA · GW

Thanks Hauke! The comparison doc was very helpful.

Comment by vaidehi_agarwalla on [updated] Global development interventions are generally more effective than Climate change interventions · 2019-10-02T17:26:36.643Z · score: 18 (7 votes) · EA · GW

It might be helpful to flag where exactly you made the changes, and what the previous values were, and what key assumptions/estimates you changed so that it's clear to readers who read the previous version of this post.

Comment by vaidehi_agarwalla on EA Handbook 3.0: What content should I include? · 2019-10-01T14:10:16.662Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

A more cause specific one - for animal welfare, addressing the issue of people who are vegetarian/vegan for environmental reasons versus animal suffering-related reasons

Comment by vaidehi_agarwalla on EA Handbook 3.0: What content should I include? · 2019-09-30T18:52:47.640Z · score: 7 (6 votes) · EA · GW

What should just about everyone interested in (EA subtopic) be reading?

  • this is a good starting place for several intro readings to topics:
  • For some of the cause areas, it might be a good to discuss relative levels of openness of discussion and why that's the case (i.e. for AI Safety or security-related stuff)
Comment by vaidehi_agarwalla on EA Handbook 3.0: What content should I include? · 2019-09-30T18:50:13.269Z · score: 6 (4 votes) · EA · GW

What do you think just about everyone getting into EA ought to read?

  • Key Approaches by main EA orgs
    • Posts by GiveWell, OpenPhil (i.e. hits-based giving, worldview diversification) and 80K.
    • Writeups by other orgs that may differ in important places, or are just quite prominent
  • Fairly detailed posts on longtermism/x-risk/AI safety - the more formal the better (not the best person to recommend these)
Comment by vaidehi_agarwalla on Call for beta testers for the EA Pen Pals project. · 2019-08-12T11:35:31.018Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · EA · GW

Hi Aaron, Just mention it in your intro and we'll see if there's someone who we can match you with. It is more likely in later versions of the project but if possible we'll try to connect you to someone during this run! Thanks!

Comment by vaidehi_agarwalla on The EA Forum is a News Feed · 2019-07-29T19:41:28.896Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · EA · GW

I think a tagging system would be really great.

RE: 2) Posting on the forum can be intimidating is because a lot of EAs working at EA orgs read and interact on the forum fairly regularly (which is good!) and there may be the fear that by posting you will waste their time or (if you post under your real name) it may affect your reputation in the community.

In facebook groups on the other hand, there tends to be more interactions with the average community member, and the groups are semi-private, so only a small subset of the community will see what you post. (These are my impressions of the two platforms, I'm not sure if others feel that way) I'm optimistic about the shortform feature improving things, but i'm not sure by how much.

Comment by vaidehi_agarwalla on Call for beta-testers for the EA Pen Pals Project! · 2019-07-27T20:57:13.676Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · EA · GW

Thanks for your suggestion - we are planning on incorporating it into our beta-run.

Comment by vaidehi_agarwalla on What posts you are planning on writing? · 2019-07-26T11:36:38.855Z · score: 4 (3 votes) · EA · GW

I agree with khorton - it really depends your goal with the post. If you want to offer support to others who feel the same way, a feelings post is good (including specific examples would be great, and point at broader issues without needing to explicitly research them.

If you want to make a broader point, you could even just make those thoughts in a question and encourage people to share their experiences (I would love to see this!).

Then it could be an informal resource for others feeling that way, and might give you some ideas if you (or someone else) want to write the comprehensive version of the post.

Comment by vaidehi_agarwalla on What posts you are planning on writing? · 2019-07-25T01:28:35.863Z · score: 7 (6 votes) · EA · GW

Both of these posts sound great! I would especially like to see the second one, because there is a lot of outward emphasis on being successful and doing things that signal success (like attending Ivy Leagues).