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63 days ago
Unfiled. Edited by Richard Batty 63 days ago
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5 days ago
Unfiled. Edited by Gleb Tsipursky 5 days ago
  • This does not necessarily mean getting people to join the EA  movement, as there are some dangers to rapid movement growth. This does mean, however, getting the ideas of EA-style effective giving to a broad audience. As an example, this article  encourage people to give effectively, and only briefly mention Effective Altruism. Doing so balances the benefits of using marketing tactics to channel money to effective charities, while not heavily promoting EA itself to ameliorate the dangers of rapid movement growth. 
  • For example, here is a link to  the outcome of an Intentional Insights collaboration with The  Life You Can Save to spread effective giving to the secular community through Giving Games. Giving Games are a participatory workshop where participants learn about a few pre-selected charities,  think about and discuss their relative merits and evidence for each, and choose which charity will get a donation of about $10 per participant, with donations sponsored by an outside party, in this case The  Life You Can Save. We  have launched a pilot program with the Secular Student Alliance to bring Giving Games to over 300 secular student groups throughout the world, with The  Life You Can Save dedicating $10,000 to the pilot program, and easily capable of raising more if it works well.
Gleb T
  • We collaborate or have collaborated with a number of other organizations, and you can see more information on this on page 17 here 
15 days ago
Unfiled. Edited by Josh Jacobson 15 days ago
Josh J Using the database of all 501(c)3 organizations in the US, I plan to create ratings for every charity, based on effectiveness.
Rationale: GiveWell and EA in general have had trouble with mass-appeal in part because tools that work on overhead ratio are more popular. These, such as Charity Navigator, have great appeal in large part because people can get a score for nearly any organization. This will create an EA alternative. The version 0 of this can be created quite easily and still be meaningful, while iterations will much improve the product.
Limitations: Initial scores will lack confidence as they will be based pretty much on just the organization name. Long-term scores will never approach GiveWell levels of confidence. Organizations with names with non-obvious purposes (i.e. Kiva) will have no rating until a manual review.
To address these limitations, clear and prominent communication on levels of confidence will be central, and manual reviews will be ongoing.
  1. Data / evaluation
  1. Use charity's names to tag them for effectiveness indicators
  1.  Examples: a disease name, a location name, a cause area name, type of action taken, etc.
  1. i.e. if organization name contains 'Malaria', it's more likely to be effective
  1. i.e. if organization name contains 'Congo', it's more likely to be effective
  1. i.e. if organization name contains 'Homeopaths', it's likely to not be effective
  1. Manually program in obvious scores, such as AMF and Homeopaths without Borders
  1. Based on the tags and number of tags assign a rating of effectiveness and a level of confidence in the rating
  1. Begin manually evaluating charities to turn this into a supervised machine learning problem, and update ratings and confidence levels for charities that have not yet been manually rated
  1. Presentation
  1. Design
  1. Front-end presentation of charity ratings
  1. Front-end index &/or search page
  1. Web programming
  1. Implement a back-end that reads from data file and updates the view
  1. Resources
  1. Needed: person or technical service for part 2b
  1. Needed: manual evaluators comfortable providing opinions on charity effectiveness based on the limited available public data (instructions and guidelines will be given)
  1. Optional: Data scientists to review / coordinate on data implementation
  1. Optional: Someone to lead the front-end presentation from the design standpoint
Part 1a of above plan is complete
  • 5 hours thus far
  • Money
  • None
17 days ago
Unfiled. Edited by Tom Ash 17 days ago
Tom A
  • I disagree, and think we've had thorough discussion of this already - thanks for the input then though!
17 days ago
Unfiled. Edited by Josh Jacobson 17 days ago
Remmelt E
  • 55 and 20 were for Alan Fenwick's lectures in Groningen and Amsterdam. I also handed some more around at other meetups. Finally, I broke fair few of the 'negative' ones. Now I've got plenty left over. 
Josh J
  • 1. Feel like distributing them?
  • 2. As a total noob, I've been unable to use these files as my printer requires .stl. Working on figuring out how to get that file type.
  • UPDATE: Fairly certain all provided file formats are obscure.
18 days ago
Unfiled. Edited by Josh Jacobson 18 days ago
People: Josh Jacobson (and others)
Technologies: RoR, PostgreSQL
Development Stage: On hiatus, tech completely built, can be taken over by an EA as a EtG opportunity
18 days ago
Unfiled. Edited by Josh Jacobson 18 days ago
Josh J I secured this for 80K and GWWC and am available for questions / to consult.

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