WANBAM: Our successes, challenges, and opportunities to get involved | Kathryn Mecrow-Flynn

Kathryn Mecrow-Flynn, the Founder and CEO of WANBAM, discusses the lessons learnt during WANBAM’s first year of operation. She talks about the opportunities for getting involved and the possibilities for similar mentorship schemes in the community. Founded in 2019, WANBAM connects and supports a global network of women, trans people of any gender, and non-binary …

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Dual moral obligations and international cooperation against global catastrophic risks | Jenny Xiao

The fight against global catastrophic risks (GCRs) requires international cooperation, yet it is often challenging to foster genuine collaboration among different countries. Jenny Xiao, a PhD student at Columbia University, reconceptualizes international cooperation decisions as a tradeoff between “dual moral obligations” towards the nation and humanity as a whole. How countries think about this tradeoff …

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Fireside chat | Peter Singer

In this episode, Peter and Wanyi have a brief conversation about the direction of EA, movement building strategies, and how to feel about people who do not donate money. Peter Singer has written, co-authored, edited or co-edited more than 40 books, including Animal Liberation, Practical Ethics, The Life You Can Save, and The Most Good …

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Using “Back of the Envelope Calculations” (BOTECs) to prioritize interventions | Zachary Robinson

Zach talks about why, when, and how to use “Back Of The Envelope Calculations” (BOTECs) to inform altruistic decision-making and walks through an example to demonstrate key concepts. Zachary Robinson is a research fellow at open philanthropy. Open Philanthropy is an organization whose mission is to give as effectively as they can and share their …

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Expansion of animal advocacy and concern for wild animal suffering in India | Aditya SK

Aditya examines ways to expand animal advocacy in India; especially concern and research about wild animal suffering which has great potential for reducing aggregate suffering. Given the historically positive attitude of the Indian cultural and legal systems towards non-human animals, strategic outreach to advocates, academics and policy-makers by organizations like Animal Ethics could potentially influence …

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Decoupling: a technique for reducing bias | David Manley

Overcoming confirmation bias in our thinking requires decoupling: evaluating the strength of new evidence independently from our prior views. David explains how to implement some easy cognitive techniques that have been shown to help us successfully decouple; and how even informal decoupling approximates Bayesian reasoning. David Manley is an associate professor of philosophy at the …

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Outlook on the emerging field of wild animal welfare research | Michelle Graham and Oscar Horta

Michelle and Oscar discuss the wide variety of research areas relevant to wild animal welfare, the career and educational pathways to conducting such research, and how you can support the movement along the way. Michelle Graham is the Executive Director of Wild Animal Initiative. Her projects have included work on prioritizing and categorizing different interventions. …

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Mitigating catastrophic biorisks | Kevin Esvelt

In a world now painfully aware of pandemics, with ever-increasing access to autonomous biological agents, how can we help channel society’s response to COVID-19 to minimize the risk of deliberate misuse? Using the challenge of securing DNA synthesis as an example, Kevin outlines the key norms and incentives governing biotechnology, lays out potential strategies for …

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Cellular agriculture: futureproofing our food systems for humans, animals and our planet | Bianca Le

Bianca Le is the founder and director of Cellular Agriculture Australia. CAA is a nonprofit organization with the mission of improving human health and building resilient food systems in Australia. They do this by promoting and accelerating the development of healthy and sustainable animal proteins through research and development in cellular agriculture. Cellular agriculture is …

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GiveWell’s current progress and priorities | Olivia Larsen

Olivia discusses GiveWell’s current work and forward priorities, including new areas of GiveWell’s research, as well as sharing some updates on some of GiveWell’s projects in Asia. GiveWell is a nonprofit dedicated to finding outstanding giving opportunities and publishing the full details of their analysis to help donors decide where to give. Unlike charity evaluators …

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