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So cool to see this happening ~ I'm a big fan of end of year reflections and actually made a tool based more specifically on EA principles this year. I've used Year Compass in the past and wanted to try designing something more specific.  If anyone decides to use it I'd love to know what you thought!


EA could use more climbers and rock climbing analogies. Appreciate this post :) 

Totally agree this is important. 

EA Colorado just did an 8 week series on investing & personal finance led by a local EA & Financial advisor.  We took notes on the entire series that cover tons of in-depth content on this exact subject.  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1QVuqnghYkclcTABLMtPEGDNsdwwN6ptz22amyScGY8A/

(^These are still a WIP but will be done soon)

there's a lot of techno-optimism in this community, but certainly not sufficient examples that recreating self-sustaining life in human-engineered settings is possible. Feels like an incredibly risky bet to me as well.

It's a complex interaction for sure, and gets into some thorny questions that inevitably run into making evaluations of lived (nonhuman) experiences we can't possibly claim to understand. Using longterm scales makes it clear that this issue will determine whether billions of trillions of individuals get to experience life. It's clear that certain land dynamics lead to more life, so if there's more inhabitable space on Earth's surface it means there's more room for life. 

Then those with decision making power have to take a philosophical stance as to whether to ensure more possibility space for life or make twisted conclusions about QALYs we don't really understand... 

Thanks for your thoughtful comment. We definitely view ecosystem collapse as a serious reason to track the state of biodiversity more carefully. While the value of diversity at the species level may not ultimately rank as important, the services ecosystems play in the larger eco-human web are essential in ways few people truly recognize. 

We did a full write up here: https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/5iuyqnm2uKcutbaku/resilience-and-biodiversity which captures the most salient points our group wanted to make at the time, though there's so many layers to be considered.

Answer by emwalz2

I think there's a ton of benefit of spending time in communities that center around learning and intentional relating. You could look at the Global Ecovillage Network or www.numundo.org.  I also would promote designing your own learning journey based around a project or research question and using that as an excuse to network with amazing people and hopefully offer them some useful synthesis in the end. I think designing something that centers around a research question thats important to you will lead you to pursing things enthusiastically and actually following through. It's not typical 'volunteering' but when I've done things in this spirit it's led to some amazing unexpected outcomes with rippling effects.

Answer by emwalz1

For the last few months I've been considering what it would look like to create an EA-curated learning hub that offered the best resources to level up in various skills related to EA.  To clarify - are you looking for resources to build these aptitudes or more a breakdown of subskills within each aptitude?

The project as I've envisioned would focus on curating existing tools, resources, practice outlets more than content creation. I wasn't sure if this had been done in any areas outside of reading lists, the few AI courses I've seen, the Animal Welfare careers course, and  Effective self help's synthesized research on behavior change.

Amazing, thanks for surfacing these resources Brendon. Will dig in and follow up with any further learnings or questions I feel may be generally applicable. As someone who does not spend much time using financial language, I appreciate the array of resources you've shared. 

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