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Comment author: anonynamja 02 May 2011 09:56:22PM 6 points [-]

Formulate methods of validating the SIAI’s execution of goals. It appears that the Summit is an example of efficient execution of the reducing existential risk goal by legitimizing the existential risk and AGI problem space and by building networks among interested individuals. How will donors verify the value of SIAI core research work in coming years?

This is the key to assessing organizational effectiveness. There are various outputs we can measure: The growth of the LW community and its activities are surely important ones. We might also want to have a survey of LW members to see what the demographics are, the growth areas, the development areas etc. Media coverage is another, maybe measured through something like pagerank. Site traffic.

Consider relocating to a cheaper part of the planet. Research Fellows will likely have to accept lower than market average compensation for their work or no compensation at all. Better to live in an area where compensation goes farther.

It should be noted that Givewell moved to India. Well, temporarily anyway.

While I think SIAI work is made better by constant contact and interaction with industry and academia clusters in the bay area, it might make sense for the organization itself to be legally based somewhere else for tax purposes etc.

Comment author: wallowinmaya 05 May 2011 08:05:08PM *  2 points [-]

There are various outputs we can measure: The growth of the LW community and its activities are surely important ones. We might also want to have a survey of LW members to see what the demographics are, the growth areas, the development areas etc.

IMO a survey of lesswrong-members would be extremely helpful! Presumably many of us ponder on the best way to reduce existential risks relating to their own abilities and interests.( Not everyone is smart enough to work on FAI.....sigh) If I only knew the experiences of some lesswrong-members in various occupational areas or academic fields and their pros and cons I may spot my optimal career path, which would further my efficiency, wealth, happiness and influence and hence maximize my contribution to save the world! I bet many of you feel the same way! Well, maybe off-topic, but I think better coordination among ourselves would be awesome.

Comment author: anonynamja 06 May 2011 02:16:59AM 1 point [-]

Yes, I'm happy to work on this and make a google form.

The questions would be very basic demographic stuff like age, gender, occupation, highest level of education attained, fields of study, country of residence...

The next step would be getting a high participation.

Comment author: wallowinmaya 06 May 2011 10:14:03AM *  1 point [-]

This would be great! Apparently 2 years ago Yvain also conducted a survey.

Comment author: anonynamja 06 May 2011 05:59:43PM 2 points [-]

Hmm. It might be useful to repeat Yvain's survey to see if there's been any change, while adding the edu/work stuff in.

Comment author: Larks 03 May 2011 01:02:58PM 1 point [-]

Givewell moved to India. Well, temporarily anyway.

Wasn't that largely because they wanted to do research on Indian charities?

Comment author: gwern 11 May 2011 03:11:56PM *  0 points [-]

Yes; I recently subscribed to GiveWell's blog. They've published several articles on what they learned by moving to India (1 2 3 4). It sounds like they learned a lot and would have been justified in the move even if it hadn't saved any money.