I agree! I think it was worth posting
I’m sure I’ve heard this idea before—maybe in the old 80k career guide?
I don’t think this can be taught in one post, because you have to be able to actually use the research methods before you can decide which one to use.
I think you could contribute, but some projects will be easier to contribute to than other. Some suggestions:
-Helping to update Wikipedia pages about different countries’ policy responses to COVID-19 would be helpful and a good introduction, because you’ll have collaborators to help you.
-Many of these questions you could make a start on and ask for feedback from Aaron Gertler or Effective Altruism Editing and Review or Effective Altruism Coronavirus Discussion groups on Facebook. Then you can post your work, making the limitations clear.
-I would be careful about doing surveys or complicated modelling for the first time right now (you can give it a shot it’s just really easy to get wrong). I’d also be thoughtful about interviewing people affected because they might be quite busy.
If there’s a particular question you’re interested in researching, feel free to message me to discuss how you’ll go about researching it, or you could even write up your plan on your shortform.
Note: I am not an expert in research methods!
I think the key message a lot of people will take away from this post is “Your entire philosophy and way of life is wrong—it doesn’t matter if everyone dies.”
What is the key message you actually want people to take away from this post?
I would disagree—although the ‘rules of the game’ are created by individuals, they are larger than any one individual and difficult to change by any one individual despite their best effort.
But that’s a bit of a tangent—I can see why you thought it was relevant.
I don’t read this Forum post as suggesting individual within EA are uncooperative, but rather that EA institutions/teachings are uncooperative.
This was one of the most important posts I’ve read on the Forum all year. I’ll definitely be thinking about it for a while. Thank you for posting it!
Why wouldn’t you just ask four people who you trust to review each idea in confidence? Why formalize it or insist they reciprocate it?
Also, many EAs don’t identify as utilitarians, like me!
Thanks for commenting! I actually forgot I was meaning to do this… Maybe I’ll find some time over the next few weeks!
I think a lot of people will be interested in giving right now, and you can influence your friends by sharing a favourite charity or talking about your own donations.
However, I would also caution all of us to “read the room” as this situation evolves. A lot of our friends will be suffering from losing jobs or loved ones and it might sometimes be harmful to ask them for charity donations.
You could discuss this on a new top level post or this Facebook group: https://m.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1863633717221799&ref=content_filter
“The WHO declaring a pandemic has a bunch of major legal and institutional consequences. E.g. my guess is that among other things it affects the amounts of resources the WHO and other actors can utilize, the kind of work the WHO and others are allowed to do, and the kind of recommendations the WHO can make.”
Are you sure about this? I’ve read that there aren’t major implications to it being officially declared a pandemic.
This article suggests there aren’t major changes based on ‘pandemic’ status https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-51839944
What are some of the key challenges other movements have faced when building a truly global, cross cultural movement? How have they responded?
You started hiring people to look into policy interventions last year, right? How’s that going?
Possibly something around domestic violence? China saw a rise in DV during its lockdown.
I could imagine the possibility of spending a month in quarantine with your abuser could inspire a sudden uptick in victims wanting to leave, if there’s somewhere for them to go.
I’m sure funding for hand sanitizer, soap, masks etc in refugee camps would be welcome.
Lobbying for better healthcare/sanitation for prisoners may be effective in certain countries.