The Effective Altruism Newsletter & Open Thread – February 2016

The Monthly EA Newslet­ter – Fe­bru­ary 2016 Edi­tion

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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 al­tru­is­tic en­deav­ours to come!

Stay hun­gry. Stay fool­ish.

The Team
Ar­ti­cles and Com­mu­nity Posts
What did EAs change their mind about in 2015? Find out in this Face­book dis­cus­sion.

If you want to have some fun with stretch­ing and test­ing your in­tu­itions, you might en­joy this comic on the tricky moral dilem­mas sur­round­ing self-driv­ing cars.

Kah­ne­man, Tver­sky and the World Bank: Se­bas­tian Ro­ing writes about the promise of low-cost in­ter­ven­tions at the in­ter­sec­tion of be­hav­ioral eco­nomics and in­ter­na­tional de­vel­op­ment.

See how malaria erad­i­ca­tion can in­duce eco­nomic growth, as James Snow­den ex­plains how the benefit of fight­ing this dis­ease ex­tends be­yond the num­ber of deaths averted.

Holden Karnofsky com­pares the value of a smaller num­ber of rigor­ous stud­ies to a big­ger num­ber of flawed stud­ies.

Kieran Grieg pro­vides a run-down on how to con­duct effec­tive stud­ies re­lat­ing to an­i­mal ad­vo­cacy.

What are the limits to eth­i­cal offset­ting and earn­ing to give? Rob Wiblin looks at just how bad it is to be a CEO in the to­bacco in­dus­try. Here is a re­sponse to him on the EA Fo­rum.
Up­dates from EA Organizations
80,000 Hours

80k grew 50% over the last month with their im­pact-ad­justed sig­nifi­cant plan changes. They also de­vel­oped a new af­ter­noon-long ca­reer work­shop, which they gave to 130 peo­ple in Cam­bridge. They re­ceived great feed­back, in­clud­ing: “this is the best work­shop I’ve been to so far” and “this was the first ca­reer event I’ve been to I haven’t hated”.

An­i­mal Char­ity Eval­u­a­tors

ACE re­leased their an­nual Year in Re­view. Of note, money moved in­creased from at least $141,000 in 2014 to at least $828,000 in 2015. ACE als plans to host an aca­demic con­fer­ence at Prince­ton in late 2016.

Char­ity En­trepreneur­ship

The Char­ity En­trepreneur­ship team is now in In­dia: read their re­flec­tions on their first slum visit, the broad phases of their pro­ject and give feed­back on their re­search pro­cess.

Effec­tive Altru­ism Foun­da­tion

A­dri­ano Man­nino, Pres­i­dent of EAF, re­cently gave a com­pre­hen­sive Ger­man-lan­guagein­tro­duc­tory talk on EA.


GiveWell pub­lished an up­date on its web traf­fic and money moved. As of late Jan­uary 2016, GiveWell has now tracked more than $100 mil­lion in money moved to its recom­mended char­i­ties.

Giv­ing What We Can

This New Year a group of peo­ple from around the world co­or­di­nated to take the pledge or sign up to Try Giv­ing as part of the Giv­ing What We Can Pledge Event. It was a great suc­cess: around 80 peo­ple joined and to­gether they pledged more than $17 mil­lion.

Lo­cal Effec­tive Altru­ism Net­work

LEAN’s lat­est em­ployee, Ge­orgie Mallett, re­cently joined the team in Van­cou­ver. They seeded 34 new EA groups re­cently, from Capilano Univer­sity to South Korea – see if there’s a new group near you.
Other Announcements

Ap­ply to the Pareto Fel­low­ship by Feb. 14, a new sum­mer pro­gram from the Cen­tre for Effec­tive Altriusm, which in­cludes train­ing and pro­ject work for three months in the San Fran­cisco Bay Area.

If you are in­ter­ested in host­ing an EA Global X con­fer­ence this year but missed the dead­line or don’t feel ready to ap­ply yet, send a quick email to rox­anne@ea­

The Good Tech­nol­ogy Pro­ject was re­cently an­nounced. Their goal is to in­fluence tal­ented peo­ple within tech­nol­ogy to work on higher-im­pact pro­jects. They are look­ing for feed­back as well as peo­ple who might want to get in­volved.
Job Postings

The Schis­to­so­mi­a­sis Con­trol Ini­ti­a­tive (SCI), a char­ity recom­mended by both GiveWell and Giv­ing What We Can, is hiring a full-time Com­mu­ni­ca­tions & Devel­op­ment Man­ager. The ap­pli­ca­tion dead­line is 16 Feb.
Time­less Classics

“Imag­ine you are set­ting out on a dan­ger­ous ex­pe­di­tion through the Arc­tic on a limited bud­get.” What es­sen­tials do you take? Dis­cover what that has to do with effec­tive al­tru­ism in the clas­sic “Effi­cient Char­ity: Do Unto Others…”.
Go forth and do the most good!

Let us know how you liked this edi­tion and how we can im­prove fur­ther.

See you again on March 3!

Ge­orgie, Michał, Pas­cal and Sören
– The Effec­tive Altru­ism Newslet­ter Team

The Effec­tive Altru­ism Newslet­ter is a joint pro­ject be­tween the Cen­tre for Effec­tive Altru­ism, theEffec­tive Altru­ism Hub and .impact