Leverage Research: reviewing the basic facts

Re­sources spent

  • Lev­er­age Re­search has now ex­isted for over 7.5 years1

  • Since 2011, it has con­sumed over 100 per­son-years of hu­man cap­i­tal.

  • From 2012-16, Lev­er­age Re­search spent $2.02 mil­lion, and the as­so­ci­ated In­sti­tute for Philo­soph­i­cal Re­search spent $310k.23


Some of the larger out­puts of Lev­er­age Re­search in­clude:

  • Work on Con­nec­tion The­ory: al­though this does not in­clude the ini­tial cre­ation of the the­ory it­self, which was done by Ge­off An­ders prior to found­ing Lev­er­age Research

  • Con­tri­bu­tions to pro­duc­tivity of al­tru­ists via the ap­pli­ca­tion of psy­cholog­i­cal the­o­ries in­clud­ing Con­nec­tion Theory

  • In­tel­lec­tual con­tri­bu­tions to the effec­tive al­tru­ism com­mu­nity: in­clud­ing early work on cause pri­ori­ti­sa­tion and risks to the move­ment.

  • In­tel­lec­tual con­tri­bu­tions to the ra­tio­nal­ity com­mu­nity: in­clud­ing CFAR’s class on goal factoring

  • The EA Sum­mits in 2013-14: The EA sum­mit is a pre­cur­sor to EA Global, which is be­ing re­vived in 2018

Its web­site also has seven blog posts.4

Re­cruit­ment Transparency

  • Lev­er­age Re­search pre­vi­ous or­ga­nized the Pareto Fel­low­ship in col­lab­o­ra­tion with an­other effec­tive al­tru­ism or­ga­ni­za­tion. Ac­cord­ing to one at­tendee, Lev­er­age staff were se­cretly dis­cussing at­ten­dees us­ing an in­di­vi­d­ual Slack chan­nel for each.

  • Lev­er­age Re­search has pro­vided psy­chol­ogy con­sult­ing ser­vices us­ing Con­nec­tion The­ory, lead­ing it to ob­tain mind-maps of a sub­stan­tial frac­tion of its prospec­tive staff and donors, based on re­ports from prospec­tive staff and donors.

  • The lead­er­ship of Lev­er­age Re­search have on mul­ti­ple oc­ca­sions over­stated their rate of staff growth by more than dou­ble, in per­sonal con­ver­sa­tion.

  • Lev­er­age Re­search sends staff to effec­tive al­tru­ism or­ga­ni­za­tions to re­cruit spe­cific lists of peo­ple from the effec­tive al­tru­ism com­mu­nity, as is ap­par­ent from dis­cus­sions with and ob­ser­va­tion of Lev­er­age Re­search staff at these events.

  • Lev­er­age Re­search has spread nega­tive in­for­ma­tion about or­gani­sa­tions and lead­ers that would com­pete for EA tal­ent.

Gen­eral Transparency

  • The web­site of Lev­er­age Re­search has been ex­cluded from the Way­back Ma­chine5

  • Lev­er­age Re­search has had a strat­egy of us­ing mul­ti­ple or­ga­ni­za­tions to tai­lor con­ver­sa­tions to the top­ics of in­ter­est to differ­ent donors.

  • Lev­er­age Re­search had long­stand­ing plans to re­place Lev­er­age Re­search with one or more new or­ga­ni­za­tions if the rep­u­ta­tional costs of the name Lev­er­age Re­search ever be­come too se­vere. A sub­stan­tial num­ber of staff of Paradigm Academy were pre­vi­ously staff of Lev­er­age Re­search.

Gen­eral Remarks

Read­ers are en­couraged to add ad­di­tional facts known about Lev­er­age Re­search in the com­ments sec­tion, es­pe­cially where these can be sup­ported by cita­tion, or di­rect con­ver­sa­tional ev­i­dence.


1. https://​www.less­wrong.com/​posts/​969wcdD3weuCscvoJ/​in­tro­duc­ing-lev­er­age-research

2. https://​pro­jects.prop­ub­lica.org/​non­prof­its/​or­ga­ni­za­tions/​453989386

3. https://​pro­jects.prop­ub­lica.org/​non­prof­its/​or­ga­ni­za­tions/​452740006

4. http://​lev­er­agere­search.org/​blog

5. https://​web.archive.org/​web/​*/​http://​lev­er­agere­search.org/​