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$250 donation for best EA intro essay - deadline: March 10

A previous essay competition was successful in generating Scott Alexander’s now-classic article “ Efficient charity: do unto others… ” My hope is that another might result in the best general introduction to effective altruism. Right now at the Centre for Effective Altruism, we’re in the midst of a big redesign ...Read More
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Am I an Effective Altruist for moral reasons?

After Nakul Krishna posted the best critique of Effective Altruism so far, I did what anyone would do. I tried to steelman his opinions into their best version, and read his sources. For the third time, I was being pointed to Bernard Williams, so I conceded, and read Bernard Williams's ...Read More
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Talk about donations earlier and more

[My views are my own, not my employer's. Thanks to those who gave feedback. Ping me if you want your name publicly attached to my gratitude] EAs often post records of where they donated, sometimes with their reasoning attached. That's great, but it would be better if people posted before ...Read More
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Requesting feedback to shape research into possible conditional cash transfer charity

Preliminary Charity Entrepreneurship research suggests the counterfactual impact of a conditional cash transfer charity may be larger than that of a number of other intervention areas we’re considering from GiveWell’s priority program list . At this preliminary stage some ideas we have heard of include cash transfers conditional upon: Up ...Read More
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Giving What We Can's 6 monthly update

The following is an update on Giving What We Can's activities over the last 6 months. We do a full review and plan yearly in summer: this is our mid year update. It was initially sent to our advisory board - a brief summary of their comments is included at ...Read More
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Accomplishments Open Thread - February 2016

Since the last Accomplishments Open Thread worked out well, we've decided to try out making it a monthly posting, and see how it works out. This thread is meant for all of you as a completely safe space, with no social norms of "don't be a braggart" applying - just ...Read More
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The Effective Altruism Newsletter & Open Thread – February 2016

The Monthly EA Newsletter – February 2016 Edition Hey all, We hope 2016 has been treating you well so far. Last week’s announcement that the UK Government and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation pledged £3 billion to help end malaria deaths will hopefully be a sign of many more ...Read More
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Effective Altruism London – a request for funding

INTRODUCTION (IE. THE EMOTIONAL ELEVATOR PITCH) There is a huge untapped potential to build a strong vibrant world-changing EA community in London. Recent EA events in London have been staggering: 79% of attendees at a talk said they would think more where they donated 15% of attendees at a career ...Read More
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Some considerations for different ways to reduce x-risk

I believe the far future is a very important consideration in doing the most good, but I don’t focus on reducing extinction risks like unfriendly artificial intelligence . This post introduces and outlines some of the key considerations that went into that decision, and leaves discussion of the best answers ...Read More
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The Valentine’s Day Gift That Saves Lives

Summary: By exchanging gifts for Valentine's Day of donating to effective charities, you can both improve your health and well-being, and also advance global flourishing. At least one person who read a draft version of this post, after talking to his girlfriend, decided to adopt this new Valentine's Day tradition, ...Read More

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