About the author

Matt is the author, co-author, secondary-author, ghost-author, and non-author of articles, speeches, book chapters, and even entire books! The most recent is his blockbuster The Accidental Activist, which Amazon claims is by his wife Anne Green. So it goes. Currently, he is President of One Step for Animals; previously, he was shitcanned from so many nonprofits that we can’t list them all here. Before Matt’s unfortunate encounter with activism, he was an aerospace engineer who wanted to work for NASA (to impress Carl Sagan). His hobbies include photography, almost dying, and {REDACTED}. He lives in Tucson with Anne, along with no dogs, no cats, no guinea pigs, and only the occasional snake or scorpion.

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Loyalty and Kindness in the Effective Altruism Community

A number of people promoted this podcast Rob Wiblin did with Keiran Harris -- Having a successful career with depression, anxiety and imposter syndrome -- when it first came out. 

One of the main things that struck me was the kindness and loyalty the EA movement showed to Keiran. They always gave him a job whenever he wanted one, no matter what he had done previously, no matter how long he had been out, no matter what his capacities were at the time.

I know that EAs are often considered cold and calculating. There are definitely examples of this. But this podcast certainly shows a different side from at least some people and organizations. It also covers a lot of other topics that might be useful to a wide variety of people, especially in the second half (you can see an outline of the topics on the left-hand side).

The image accompanying the podcast references being chased by a bear, but I don't find that a good example of how depression feels.

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