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Where, why and how I donated in 2017

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This year, I met my goal of donating 50% of my income. The donation was split 20% to GiveWell and 80% to a donor advised fund (effectively deferring a decision until later). Here’s why.

Where I’m giving and why, 2016

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I’ve decided where (and how much) to donate for 2016! Here’s how I came to that decision.

Strangers Drowning

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A short note: Larissa MacFarquhar’s book Strangers Drowning is coming out in a few days and is up for preorder now on Amazon. It’s series of profiles of “extreme do-gooders,” people whose lives are completely driven by their sense of morals, to the point of seeming crazy to most people–like adopting twenty disabled children, or donating their entire income to charity, or refusing to do the dishes because time spent doing dishes was time not spent averting the suffering of billions of chickens.

On being welcoming

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How can the effective altruism community be more welcoming? And why is it important?

I just sold half of a blog post

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I’m excited to report that 50% of the impact of my donation matching literature review has just been purchased in the first round of Paul Christiano and Katja Grace’s impact purchase!

Another restaurant replacement

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On some silly San Francisco regulations that might help meetup groups solve the nice-space-without-food-costs problem.

Effective social norms: small groups

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Another tip for improving social norms at EA meetups: suppress your natural urge to join the group with all the cool people. Smaller groups have more interesting conversations and are more newbie-friendly.

The volunteering paradox

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Last post, I speculated on some alternatives to eating out for EA meetups. One such alternative is volunteering! It has many of the same benefits for community events as eating out. The only problem, of course, is that it’s an ineffective use of time.

Effective social norms: don’t eat out

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Many communities have their own peculiar social norms. Effective altruism is too young to have them yet–which means we can still spend time optimizing them before they ossify. Here’s an example: I think that for EA events we should strongly prefer not to go out for food or drinks.

Donation matching survey results

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A couple weeks ago I made a survey to try to figure out what people thought about donation matching. The survey got about 60 responses, which is enough for a reasonable analysis that turned up some interesting things. Here’s what I found.

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