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We want to encourage a broader, public conversation around effective altruism and longtermism. To do so, we’re offering up to 5 awards of $100,000 for the best new and recent blogs. We're also making grants to promising young writers.

Some of the nation’s foremost public intellectuals—like Matthew Yglesias and Ezra Klein—started as bloggers. SlateStarCodex, Wait But Why, Gwern, Overcoming Bias, Marginal Revolution, the Money Illusion, Cold Takes, and LessWrong and the EA Forum have shaped our worldviews. We’re eager to nurture the next generation of public thinkers, and support a flourishing discourse on the most important issues.

There is a burning need for new ideas, new arguments, new people, and a more lively public discourse around effective altruism—how to use reason to do good and how we can help our civilization flourish in the long run.

We can’t wait to see what you all come up with!

Rules and guidelines for the prize are below, as well as form to get your blog on our radar. To follow participating blogs, bookmark our feed, or follow us on Twitter. This project is supported by FTX Future Fund and Longview Philanthropy.

This project is led and judged by

Nick Whitaker

Works in Progress

Founder and panelist

Leopold Aschenbrenner

FTX Future Fund

Advisor and panelist

Avital Balwit

Future of Humanity Institute

Panelist

Fin Moorhouse

Future of Humanity Institute

Blog mentor and panelist

Contributors

Bradley Davis

Writing and Editorial Mentor

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Bridget Williams

Bridget Williams

Bridget Williams is a public health physician and a postdoctoral research associate at the Center for Population-Level Bioethics, Rutgers University. She’s writing on topics including public health, ethics, and global health priorities, with a particular focus on issues that are relevant to longtermism.

John Myers

John Myers

John Myers is the founder of YIMBY Alliance and London YIMBY. He is writing Ziggurat on how creative policy solutions can overcome political gridlock and how EAs should think about pursuing their policy goals.

Aria Babu

Aria Babu

Aria Babu is a Senior Researcher at the Entrepreneurs Network. She is writing The Take Machine. She’s interested in improving the world through political coordination and transhumanist technology.

Sam Enright

Sam Enright

Sam Enright is a student at the University of Edinburgh where he runs Edinburgh Effective Altruism. His writing focuses on ethics, public policy, and applied rationality.

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RULES & GUIDELINES

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  • Up to 5 prizes of $100,000 will be awarded.
  • Qualifying blogs and newsletters explore themes related to effective altruism and longtermism, including:
    • Using reason, evidence, expected value, and the scout mindset to think clearly about the world, and to think clearly about how to do good.  
    • Big picture thinking about science, philosophy, economics and the long-term trajectory of humanity. 
    • Cutting-edge discussion of traditional areas like AI, biorisk, and weird utilitarian philosophy, as well as exploring potentially important new areas, like population, China, and institutions for space settlement. 
    • Personal agency, ambition, and opposing the cheems mindset
    • The areas of interest page on the FTX Future Fund website is a good overview of issues we are interested in.
    • Ideas that could make it on the Future Fund Project List or even evolve into a moonshot project you take on.
    • More ideas are available here.
  • While blogs should generally explore these ideas, not every post needs to be on-topic to qualify. (Your foremost goal is to write an interesting and thought-provoking blog!)
  • We have a particular interest in iconic blog posts that stand the test of time. 
  • Paywalled blogs will not be eligible for the prize. Donations or optional subscriptions are acceptable. 
  • Qualifying blogs will generally need to be new or started within the last 12 months, though exceptions could be made for special cases (like a long inactive blog). Please reach out if you have questions.
  • Group blogs may qualify for a single prize, with money split among participants.
  • There is not a fixed end date for the awards, but we hope to award the prizes within 2022. Additional smaller prizes may be announced at our discretion.
  • The grants awarded are charitable and we will assess charitable impact during the assessment stage.
  • For any further questions or concerns, contact nickwhitaker@effectiveideas.org.

A longer guide on how to build and run a successful blog is available here.

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Stian Weslake

Stian Weslake

Stian Westlake is the head of the Royal Statistical Society and author of Capitalism without Capital and Restarting the Future. He’s writing his blog on how the changing nature of the economy will affect long term growth.

Heloise Southwood

Heloise Southwood

Heloise Southwood is a doctor writing Heloise Investigates, where she applies her medical background to understanding issues including low hanging fruit in public health, science guided wellness, psychology, and fertility and population.

Basil Halperin

Basil Halperin

Basil Halperin is an economics Ph.D. student at MIT. He writes about issues in economics, including growth, markets, and institutions.

Joseph Carlsmith

Joseph Carlsmith

Joseph Carlsmith is a senior research analyst at Open Philanthropy. He writes his blog, Hands and Cities, on philosophy, the long-term future, and various other topics.

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