Remmelt is the Project Manager of Effective Altruism Netherlands, where he coordinates national events, supports organisers of new projects and takes care of mundane admin work. He helped coordinate and oversaw the logistics of the first AI Safety Camp last April, where 21 mostly young researchers came together to research topics in groups for 10 days.
Effective Altruism is challenging. Some considerations require you to zoom out to take an eagle-eye view across a vast landscape of possibility (e.g. to research moral uncertainty) while other considerations require you to swoop in to see the details (e.g. to welcome someone new).
The (metaphorical) height from which you're looking down at a problem is the construal level you're thinking at. People involved in the EA community (EAs) can gain a lot from improving their grasp of construal levels – the levels they or others naturally incline towards and even the level they're operating at any given moment (leading, for instance, to less disconnect in conversations). A lack of construal-level sense combined with a lack of how-to-interact-in-large-social-networks sense has left a major blindspot in how we collectively make decisions, in my view.
The Values-to-Actions Decision Chain (V2ADC) is an approach for you to start solving the awe-inspiring problem of 'doing the most good' by splitting it into a series of decisions you will make from high to low construal levels (creating in effect, a hierarchy of goals). It is also a lens that you can use to see your limitations to solving this problem on your own and compensate by coordinating better with others. Beware though that it’s a blurry and distorted lens – the ideas and implications in this workshop are high construal level themselves and it wouldn’t be surprising if many of them were revised after another year of thinking.
In this workshop, you can explore where and how to use V2ADC to make better decisions.
The Values-to-Actions Decision Chain