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This post compares our progress with the goals we set forth a year ago, and lays out our plans for the coming year. In brief: We recommended well over $100 million worth of grants in 2018. The bulk of these came from our major current focus areas: potential risks of advanced AI, biosecurity and pandemic preparedness, criminal justice reform, farm animal welfare, scientific research, and... Read More
This post compares our progress with the goals we set forth a year ago, and lays out our plans for the coming year. In brief: We recommended well over $100 million worth of grants in 2018. The bulk of these came from our major current focus areas: potential risks of advanced AI, biosecurity and pandemic preparedness, criminal justice reform, farm animal welfare, scientific research, and... Read More
We have had a lot of new staff join Open Philanthropy over the last year. In this post, I’d like to introduce the new members of our team. We’re excited to have them! More new staff are joining soon, and I will be introducing them in coming months. Hannah Aldern, Operations Associate Hannah joined Open Phil in January 2019. Prior to joining the Open Philanthropy Project, she worked... Read More
We're now supporting History of Philanthropy work via a grant to the Urban Institute. One output of this project is a literature review on the social impact of - and role of philanthropic funding in - the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs (sometimes abbreviated as "Pugwash"), which "brought together notable scientists from both sides of the iron curtain in order to discuss nuclear... Read More
In February 2018, Open Philanthropy announced new openings for "generalist" Research Analyst (RA) roles, and we have since hired 5 applicants from that hiring round. This was one of our top priorities for 2018. In this post I summarize our process and some lessons learned. I am hoping that in addition to our general audience, this post might be useful to others looking to hire a similar talent... Read More
In February 2018, Open Philanthropy announced new openings for "generalist" Research Analyst (RA) roles, and we have since hired 5 applicants from that hiring round. This was one of our top priorities for 2018. In this post I summarize our process and some lessons learned. I am hoping that in addition to our general audience, this post might be useful to others looking to hire a similar talent... Read More
Today, Georgetown University announced our support for the launch of a new think tank dedicated to policy analysis at the intersection of national and international security and emerging technologies. The Center for Security and Emerging Technology (CSET) is led by Jason Matheny, former Assistant Director of National Intelligence and Director of Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (... Read More
Last year, the year before, and the year before that, we published a set of suggestions for individual donors looking for organizations to support. This year, we are repeating the practice and publishing updated suggestions from Open Philanthropy Project staff who chose to provide them. The same caveats as in previous years apply: These are reasonably strong options in causes of interest, and... Read More
In October 2016, we wrote: we are contracting [a developer] to build a simple online application for credence calibration training: training the user to accurately determine how confident they should be in an opinion, and to express this confidence in a consistent and quantified way. That online application is now available: Play "Calibrate Your Judgment" Note that you must sign in... Read More
In October 2016, we wrote: we are contracting [a developer] to build a simple online application for credence calibration training: training the user to accurately determine how confident they should be in an opinion, and to express this confidence in a consistent and quantified way. That online application is now available: Play "Calibrate Your Judgment" Note that you must sign in... Read More

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