What should Founders Pledge research?

Founders Pledge has re­cently sig­nifi­cantly ex­panded its re­search team and is cur­rently con­sid­er­ing its re­search strat­egy for the next 12 months. This is im­por­tant as our pledge value is ~$2bn and count­ing. I would wel­come sug­ges­tions on which top­ics could be po­ten­tially promis­ing for us to re­search go­ing for­ward. Th­ese sug­ges­tions could be promis­ing ac­cord­ing to var­i­ous differ­ent eth­i­cal and em­piri­cal premises, cater­ing to:

  • Donors solely fo­cused on high-in­come coun­try prob­lems.

  • Donors fo­cused on an­i­mal welfare.

  • Donors fo­cused on the long-term fu­ture of sen­tient life.

  • Donors fo­cused on GCRs and ex­is­ten­tial risk.

  • Donors fo­cused on im­prov­ing the welfare of the cur­rent gen­er­a­tion of hu­mans.

  • Donors in­ter­ested in im­pact in­vest­ing/​so­cial en­trepreneur­ship.

Topics we are cur­rently con­sid­er­ing in­clude:

  • Cli­mate change/​clean en­ergy innovation

  • Im­prov­ing science

  • Sundry ex risks/​GCRs

  • In­creas­ing eco­nomic growth

  • An­i­mal product alternatives

  • Im­prov­ing poli­ti­cal in­sti­tu­tions and poli­ti­cal wisdom

  • Re­duc­ing poli­ti­cal bias and partisanship

  • Pain re­lief in poor countries

  • etc

Thoughts on these top­ics and sug­ges­tions for any oth­ers would be ap­pre­ci­ated. Meta-thoughts on how to ap­proach this se­lec­tion task would also be handy.



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