Hi Aaron, Just mention it in your intro and we’ll see if there’s someone who we can match you with. It is more likely in later versions of the project but if possible we’ll try to connect you to someone during this run! Thanks!
I think a tagging system would be really great.
RE: 2) Posting on the forum can be intimidating is because a lot of EAs working at EA orgs read and interact on the forum fairly regularly (which is good!) and there may be the fear that by posting you will waste their time or (if you post under your real name) it may affect your reputation in the community.
In facebook groups on the other hand, there tends to be more interactions with the average community member, and the groups are semi-private, so only a small subset of the community will see what you post. (These are my impressions of the two platforms, I’m not sure if others feel that way) I’m optimistic about the shortform feature improving things, but i’m not sure by how much.
Thanks for your suggestion—we are planning on incorporating it into our beta-run.
I agree with khorton—it really depends your goal with the post. If you want to offer support to others who feel the same way, a feelings post is good (including specific examples would be great, and point at broader issues without needing to explicitly research them.
If you want to make a broader point, you could even just make those thoughts in a question and encourage people to share their experiences (I would love to see this!).
Then it could be an informal resource for others feeling that way, and might give you some ideas if you (or someone else) want to write the comprehensive version of the post.
Both of these posts sound great! I would especially like to see the second one, because there is a lot of outward emphasis on being successful and doing things that signal success (like attending Ivy Leagues).
Thanks! edited the post to include a link to the group.
I would be really interested in hearing the case for 3)!
Have you seen this post? It seems to have done something very similar to what you proposed.
I would be really interested in seeing this written up. I have many thoughts related to the idea of geting credit (probably not directly related to your post)
I have been thinking a lot about how much of a role high-status plays in influencing people to make decisions, and whether this is always a good thing. For example, many things are highly uncertain but ones endorsed by the community might get a sense of security that even if this doesn’t pan out, the person has the support of the community that they did the best thing. Whereas, another cause or intervention might be avoided due to this lack of support.
I also wonder to what extent people take into account being given ‘credit’ for contributing to a cause or intervention, be it consciously or unconsciously.
Finally, I think post could also raise some interesting questions about the long-term sustainability of EA and its perception to non-EAs, and suggest that tracking as much EA activity as possible now is important if we need to convince people that we made an impact (to combat arguments like “these positive things would have happened anyways/were inevitable”
(Also, perhaps I should have also separated my answers! For next time)
(in no particular order)
1. The application of social movement theory to EA group building
a. The tensions between a member-organising movement (grassroots) and a centrally organised (top down) movement (early draft)
b. historical case studies of movement building to learn from (brainstorming—environmental movement)
2. Ideas to improve the presence of EA in developing countries and non-EA Hubs (editing stage)
3. Climate Change and EA
a. A research agenda for EA and climate change (early draft)
b. How to make room for climate change research in the EA movement (editing stage)
4. Career Change Resources in the EA Community Research project (research stage)
I (Vaidehi) have been involved with EA for the past few years as a group organiser, organising Haverford EA where I ran a few semesters of an EA career fellowship. I am now helping to organise EA Philly. I am a sociology major, and will bring my knowledge of qualitative research methods and pre-existing EA resources to understanding career advice, which is an area I have been interested for a while.
Hi Larks, Apologies for the confusing terminology—by earlier stages of a career change we meant people (of any age/career stage) deciding to switch careers and being in the initial stages of that career change.
It sounds like having a “History” or “Recent” profile section might solve your issue of losing a post
Hi Aaron, Thanks for your comment—I think feeling like a member of the community is really key, and it’s something that was definitely in the back of my mind as I wrote this (I even mentioned co-hosting events aand reaching out to nearby EA groups) but never explicitly mentioned, and it seems valuable to do so. Could I add this point and your examples to the google doc?
Hi Kathryn—thank you! And yes, definitely! Let me know if you or anyone you share it with has any questions!
Thanks for the link! Is there a reason it’s no longer an active page? It seems like that kind of information is probably useful to have out there.
Another one: Open Phil is only a subset of the GiveWell wiki page, and doesn’t have it’s own page (but is very notable)