What are your questions about making a difference?

Another ad for 80,000 hours? Haven't we had some of these very recently?

Let's be consequentialists about this. Are "ads" necessarily bad? Previously, I suggested that people dislike ads and advertisers because they introduce what social scientists call "market norms" somewhere where regular social norms typically prevail. (A product listing page on Amazon isn't an ad, because you expected market norms on Amazon. Put the same information on a billboard and it becomes an ad.) But marketplace transactions frequently generate producer and consumer surplus, so from a consequentialist perspective they can be... (read more)

11Randaly7yNo. Google shows that there's 5 other posts that focus on 80,000 Hours, of which one [http://lesswrong.com/lw/cxj] is a link by somebody who doesn't work for 80K, the most recent one [http://lesswrong.com/lw/da4/what_is_optimal_philanthropy/] is a criticism of 80K, and the [http://lesswrong.com/lw/8j9/new_website_on_careers_for_optimal_philanthropy/] other [http://lesswrong.com/lw/ad0/giving_what_we_can_and_80000_hours_are_recruiting/] three [http://lesswrong.com/lw/ad5/link_80000_hours_blog/] all date back at least 6 months.

What are your questions about making a difference?

by Benjamin_Todd 1 min read12th Aug 201243 comments


How can you best use your time to make a difference?

80,000 Hours now has several people working full time on research, and they would like your questions!

We’re happy to consider any questions about how to effectively make a difference, in whatever sphere of your life – volunteering, career or donations. These questions could be at the conceptual or ethical level, or they could concern nitty-gritty practicalities.

We’re particularly interested in questions that are not already well addressed by other groups, and where there's significant opportunity for progress.

The most popular questions will receive the attention of our research team, and their findings will feature in our new careers guide.

Either post your questions below, or send them to careers@80000hours.org