You do not have Javascript enabled. Some elements of this website may not work correctly.

RSS Feed

The fidelity model of spreading ideas

In this post I develop a distinction between mechanisms for spreading EA ideas according to how likely they are to keep the nuance of the ideas intact. I then use this distinction to argue that movement builders ought to prefer mechanisms for spreading EA ideas that retain the nuance of the ideas.

The value of money going to different groups

It is well known that an extra dollar is worth less when you have more money. This paper describes the way economists typically model that effect, using that to compare the effectiveness of different interventions. It takes remittances as a particular case study.

Hard-to-reverse decisions destroy option value

Summary: Some strategic decisions available to the effective altruism movement may be difficult to reverse. One example is making the movement’s brand explicitly political. Another is growing large. Under high uncertainty, there is often reason to avoid or delay such hard-to-reverse decisions.

CEA update, February 2017

This blog post is part of our series of monthly strategic updates so that those that want to can stay up to date with what we are working on and why. Previously Will MacAskill has posted these updates on the Effective Altruism Forum. I (Tara) am taking over writing the updates moving forward and will post them here on our blog.

Advisory panel at CEA

CEA has put together a small advisory panel to help us think through decisions we make. We want to get input from people who have different viewpoints from our staff and can provide us with an outside view.