When we talk about EA, we’re talking about a quite specific set of values & practices (such as evidence-based reasoning, cause prioritization, etc.) and institutions (such as CEA, Animal Charity Evaluators, etc.). If someone said “Oh yeah, I’m an effective altruist—I always look at Charity Navigator before donating to make sure the overhead is low,” then that wouldn’t necessarily be considered Effective Altruism. I’ve been capitalizing it in my communications over the past year while working as the community organizer for EA NYC, but now I’m wondering whether I was right to do so… 😶
Let me know what you all think! Curious to hear where you stand!