Giles EThe goal is to avoid the necessity of having to check social media, blogs, etc. constantly. This can be a big productivity drain. What I'm imagining is a system to aggregate this information and then present it in a daily email.
We want to hear about your experiences, positive and negative. How did you find out about EA and what drew you in? Do you feel like an outsider? What accomplishments or milestones are you proud of? Have you brought up the topic of EA with your friends, and what was it like? You don't have to be a great writer (you'll learn), and you don't have to use your real name. Contributions to the EA blogosphere are most welcome!
Giles EWhat do people in the EA movement actually do with their time? If we knew the answer to that question then we could figure out:
what we should be doing more of
what we should be doing less of
what we're doing so much of that it's worth optimizing
who would make a good role model for whom (similar lifestyle but more efficient)
how much projects cost in terms of hours
I think the MVP would be a group of people sharing their collected data with each other, giving advice and trying experiments. They could also produce reports to the rest of the community (with personally identifiable stuff removed).
Data that could be shared within the group:
(please add to this list)
What could be in the reports:
Our best guess as to how much time the group spends overall on which kind of activity
How this is broken down is important. The main categories could be: work, personal, sleep and EA.
Some idea of the spread
Is there a spectrum from "lazy EAs" to "super hardcore EAs"?
Is there a spectrum from "earning to give" to "directly doing EA stuff"?
What experiments we tried, and whether they seemed to make any difference
Recommendations (e.g. "People in the EA movement seem to spend too much time on Facebook and not enough time exercising. Here are some recommendations on how to fix that")
People would worry about being judged based on what they're spending their time on
The project (particularly the data collection stage) would add more overhead than it's worth
William SWith cooperation from the organizations, it might be possible to get more information, such as
An estimate of current Room For More Funding, plus a concise description of what they would plan to do if they got all of the funding. (maybe most relevant in December when orgs usually start matching donation schemes)
Is it possible to roll all of the above into a nice formula, preferably one with the following properties?
Not too sensitive to the values put in
One formula works for everything, to ensure fairness
If it is not possible to roll this into a nice formula, it might be possible to summarize all of the relevant information in a concise qualitative format, like givewell did in the summary table in their charity recommendation (http://blog.givewell.org/2014/12/01/our-updated-top-charities/). You could have the chart partially update based on information given: ie. eliminating animal or far future organizations if user desires, eliminating factors the user feels are irrelevant, etc.
I think the minimum viable product version of this would be a written document (e.g. a post on the EA Forum, or EA Wiki entry) listing organisations and describing which of these properties they have. You could perhaps add a graph for that. I'd be interested in contributing to a graph of that.