I work on longtermism at the Global Priorities Institute. I've recently started communicating my research and related thoughts on my blog, Reflective Altruism, and associated social media accounts. I'd like to continue this outreach work, and possibly to expand it.
The goal of my work is to use academic research to drive positive change within and around the effective altruism movement.
How will this funding be used?
I'm seeking funding to support my blog and associated social media accounts. At a minimum, I'd like to support existing activities (blog, social media). I might branch out into further offerings, such as a podcast.
I've found myself spending more money than I expected on my Reflective Altruism project. Currently, I'm spending about $250/year on web hosting, $100/year on Twitter, and $200/year on text-to-speech. I've also had to rely on some free services - for example, a very good graphic designer donated their time because I couldn't afford a proper logo.
I think that $500 could cover my expenses for this year, and $1-2k could cover my expenses for two years. I'm asking for the lower amount, $1k, to cover two years of operating costs.
All funding will be used to support Reflective Altruism. I won't take any salary from this funding. All funding will be used to cover expenses.
How could this project be actively harmful?
I'm often critical of longtermism, and sometimes more broadly critical of effective altruism. If you like any of the views or movements I'm criticizing, you might think I'm doing exactly the wrong thing. If you think that levels of near-term existential risk are very high, I might be among the worst people ever born.
What other funding is this person or project getting?
I'm not taking any other funding for this project. I'm funded for unrelated work from the Templeton Foundation's Humility in Inquiry project, and funding for previously completed projects is listed on my CV.