Seizing opportunities to improve animal welfare in Taiwan | Jonathon Tree

Work to improve the welfare of farmed animals is in its infancy; this is especially the case in the Asia Pacific. Thus, it is likely the most effective solutions lie ahead of us. Jonathon shares reflections on novel strategies based on EAST’s (benevolently) opportunistic approach to achieving change for animals in Taiwan. This episode relies …

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Australians’ perceptions of global catastrophic risks | Emily Grundy

Emily provides an introduction to the research collaboration READI – an organisation that conducts collaborative research to further the aims of the effective altruism movement. She outlines recent findings from the Survey of COVID-19 Responses to Understand Behaviour (SCRUB), which grew out of READI, regarding what the Australian public thinks about global catastrophic risks. This …

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Transforming how data drives decision-making in global development | Tony Senanayake

Despite the buzz around data-driven decision-making, it’s much easier to say than to do. Tony shares how IDinsight developed its Learning Partnership model to enable global development decision-makers – from government ministers to NGO leaders – to use real-time data to inform their policies and programs. He shares how IDinsight’s embedded teams are able to …

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Starting a charity: the power of contextual expertise | Nikita Patel & Corrina Vali

Considering starting your own charity? Nikita and Corrina discuss Fortify Health‘s startup journey, and the room for improvement in one important part of the current charity-startup landscape: contextual expertise. They make the call for more country-based founders to consider starting new, effective organisations and applying to the Charity Entrepreneurship programme. Nikita Patel previously worked in …

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Our latest research and recommendations on climate change | Johannes Ackva

In this episode, Johannes shares his thoughts on climate from an EA perspective including the latest recommendations from Founders Pledge on how to have an outsized impact through donations, as well as reflections on opportunities in the Asia-Pacific region. Johannes joined the research team of Founders Pledge in 2019. He brings five years of experience …

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Moral standing and cause prioritization | Jason Schukraft

In this episode, Jason explains why it’s important to determine which creatures have moral standing and how that knowledge might affect the way we prioritize interventions and causes. He showcases one method for grappling with this problem, and outlines what skills are necessary to make progress in this area. Jason Schukraft is a Senior Research …

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Journalism and accurately communicating EA ideas | Rob Wiblin, Michael Levine, and Kelsey Piper

A journalist, podcaster and communications expert talk about how to best explain EA ideas to the public — maximising understanding and minimising frustration. Rob Wiblin studied both genetics and economics at the Australian National University (ANU), graduating top of his class and being named Young Alumnus of the Year in 2015. He worked as a …

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Naïve effective altruism and the danger of neglecting psychology | Stefan Schubert

Stefan discusses the importance of considering our own and others’ emotions and psychological limits when practising effective altruism. Stephan Schubert is a researcher at the Social Behaviour and Ethics Lab, University of Oxford, working in the intersection of moral psychology and philosophy. He focuses on psychological questions of relevance to effective altruism, such as why …

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Self-care: balancing sacrifice and renewal | Daniel Kestenholz

Daniel talks about why self-care is challenging yet essential for almost anything you care about, and how you can manage your resources more deliberately. Quote from Daniel’s bio: “In my coaching practice, I help people in the effective altruism community face difficult challenges and make their biggest contribution to the world while taking care of …

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Artificial Intelligence Career Stories | Evan Hubinger and Caroline Jeanmaire

In this episode, Evan and Caroline share personal stories about their careers surrounding artificial intelligence. Evan Hubinger was an AI safety research intern at OpenAI before joining MIRI. His current work is aimed at solving inner alignment for iterated amplification. Evan was an author on “Risks from Learned Optimization in Advanced Machine Learning Systems,” was …

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