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June 2021 Newsletter

Hi EA PH Community Member!

The past weeks seem hectic for some students and maybe the usual busy for the professionals. Hopefully, you can find in this month's edition some interesting events to attend and some resources to consume as you get your mind off your paperwork.

One thing we're also excited to share with you is the Members Spotlight! Learn more about the outgoing presidents of two of our student chapters - Kirsten Angeles of EA Blue and Shen Javier from EA UP Diliman. We would like to thank and commend them for their contribution to the EA community in the Philippines!

As always, there's a list of past and upcoming events you may want to check out. We also feature some job opportunities for you to grab! 

Local EA Events

[July 17 - September 11] EA PH’s Effective Animal Advocacy Fellowship

EA PH will be running an Effective Animal Advocacy Fellowship from July 17 to September 11. The fellowship is a 9-week discussion group to help you maximize your positive impact for animals. If you’re interested in using your career or volunteer time to improve animal welfare, you can apply to join here. To learn more about the fellowship, you can check our primer here.
Apply for EA PH's Effective Animal Advocacy Fellowship here

International EA Events

[June 9: 8 pm] EA SG’s Careers Spotlight: Farm Animal Welfare

EA Singapore will be having an event on June 9, Wednesday, 8-9:30 pm with Jayasimha Nuggehalli, co-founder and COO of Global Food Partners, which works with businesses to implement and maintain high animal welfare and responsible sourcing policies to improve their profitability and sustainability. Jayasimha has 20 years of experience working on animal welfare issues. He will be sharing his career journey and current work. If you want to learn more about the opportunities and the talent gaps in the field of farm animal welfare, register for this event now!
 

[July 5– August 29] EA Virtual Programs

EA Virtual Programs will be holding another round of Introductory EA Program, In-Depth EA Program, and The Precipice Reading Group from the week of July 5 through the week of August 23. In these upcoming programs, there will be rounds of programming at the first week of every month so that you can participate whenever it is best for your schedule. Deadline of application for this round is on June 27. Find out more about the programs here.
 

[July 12 - September 3] EA Cambridge Alternative Proteins Seminar Program

EA Cambridge is running an Alternative Proteins Seminar Program from July 12 to September 3, in collaboration with Cellular Agriculture Cambridge. This includes around two hours of reading and a 1.5 hour of facilitated discussion per week and ends with a self-directed capstone project. It serves as a great way to be introduced to the alternative protein community and learn about this important burgeoning technology. Their discussions should cater for various time zones. View their syllabus here and sign up here!
 

[July - August] Summer AGI Safety Seminar Programme

EA Cambridge is running the second iteration of the AGI safety fundamentals programme, with a curriculum curated by Richard Ngo. They welcome those who aren’t working in AI safety yet but might be interested in pivoting their work or research in the said field in the future. Here’s the application form for participants and here’s for facilitators. The deadline to apply is on June 13. If you have any questions, thoughts or feedback, feel free to email Dewi Erwan of EA Cambridge at dewi@eacambridge.org.

Updates from the local EA community

EA Philippines - Our Chicken Welfare Event + Two of Us Getting into the Charity Entrepreneurship Program

EA PH recently held an event entitled, “How to Improve the Welfare of Locally Farmed Chickens” last May 29. Our speakers were Dr. Erwin Joseph Cruz, a Free-Range Poultry Specialist, and Atty. Heidi Caguioa, the Program Director of Animal Kingdom Foundation. The attendees of this webinar got a better understanding of free-range and cage-free methods of poultry production and were able to identify challenges and updates on improving the welfare of locally farmed chickens. You can watch the recording here if you weren't able to attend. 

Meanwhile, Brian Tan and Shen Javier have both been accepted into the highly competitive Charity Entrepreneurship Incubation Program, specifically their new region-specific charity groundwork program. This is a free, 2-month full-time course from July to August that teaches people everything they need to know to create and operate an effective non-profit.

By the end of the program, usually participants pair up to launch a high-impact charity. For Brian and Shen’s region-specific program though, instead of launching a new charity, they’ll be learning how to research and evaluate various charity interventions. Then, for the next 6 months, they will be researching what are the top charity ideas in our region (possibly Southeast Asia) that others in the EA community can start later on. This should be a great way to boost Brian and Shen’s research skills, and for the EA community to figure out what new effective charities could be launched in the region!

EA UP Diliman - A New Executive Board + Fellowship Testimonials

Exciting times are ahead for EA UP Diliman as it welcomes its Executive Board for AY 2021-2022, with Alethea Cendaña as its incoming President.
The recently concluded Utak at Puso Fellowship also received positive feedback from its fellows, including the ones below.

EA Blue - Lightning talks

EA Blue held two rounds of lightning talks as part of their Intro to EA Virtual Fellowship last May 25 and 29! The event featured high school and university-level fellows as they gave quick 8-minute presentations about their chosen EA-aligned organizations and how learning about EA has made an impact in their lives.

There will also be a 3rd round of lightning talks on Wednesday, June 9. The event is open to anyone who would like to learn more about EA! Further details will be posted to EA PH's Facebook group soon.

Members Spotlight

Our community is growing so we’ve added this new section to our newsletter! Read on and get to know our two university chapter leaders.
Let's meet Kirsten Angeles, the outgoing EA Blue President. She first learned about effective altruism during Ateneo's org recruitment week and found that aspects of it resonated with her. She became more invested after reading EA Philippines' discussion group and eventually became EA Blue's president.

Her experience in EA has been rewarding because she continues to learn from it and has great people to learn with. Her involvement in EA also led her to know more about herself, management, and leadership. She says that working and learning together with EA Blue's Core Team and connecting with the wider EA community are highlights of her overall experience in EA. 

EA continues to inspire her to do as much as possible to help others and regard it as a supportive community as she maps her future career plans. She also feels that EA helped her be more directed in her career planning and mindful of having meaningful activities in her life.

Kirsten hopes that those in their journey learning more about EA find it the same way it has been for her - a fun and supportive community and learning environment. She understands that EA may feel overwhelming at times, but she suggests finding meaning in what you learn at the moment. She encourages everyone to enjoy learning about EA and the community!
Next on our Spotlight is Shen Javier, the outgoing EA UP Diliman President. She discovered EA while searching for service-oriented career paths and was able to attend EA Blue's career workshop. She was inspired to maximize her social impact and decided to start EA UP Diliman so that other students can learn more about it too.

Since starting the student chapter, the highlight of her experience as president has been conducting the EA UPD Introductory Fellowship on Effective Altruism. She is so proud of the lean team that made it happen and the fellows who continue to be involved in the EA UPD community. She is also excited to see the student chapter thrive in the hands of the new set of officers and its members.

Shen says that EA has made her ambitiously altruistic and regards the EA community as instrumental for her to consider opportunities that directly contribute to the work of EA organizations. She is set to participate in a program run by Charity Entrepreneurship where she, along with other EAs, will work on identifying the most promising intervention areas for new charities to work on in a specific region.

For those learning about EA, Shen says that it helps to keep in mind the part you want to play towards the organization's purpose or in solving problems you want to solve. She invites you to reflect on your strengths, whether it be communicating complex ideas or organizing events, and be open to applying that so the EA community can learn better together.

EA-Related Resources

Job and Volunteer Opportunities in EA-aligned organizations

Below are some featured opportunities that are accessible to Filipinos from our Job Board. It currently has around 50 impactful opportunities (full-time, part-time, internship, and volunteer opportunities) accessible to Filipinos. 

Our job board has remote jobs from foreign EA organizations, and also some roles at local organizations that we either think are impactful to work for, or they provide good experience and skills for making an impact later on. Most of the opportunities we feature below are volunteer or internship roles since most people in our community are still students, but there are also a few full-time opportunities in our full job board.
 

Remote opportunities from foreign EA-aligned organizations

Generalist Volunteer, EA Hub
This role is expected to manage their Mailchimp account; compile, organise and draw insights from user research on new products & features; and help the team set up their Google Analytics reports and evaluate their impact. 

Volunteer Copy-editor and Researcher - Probably Good
As part of their efforts to scale up our content creation, they're looking for volunteers to help with copy-editing and research tasks. Copy-editing task includes a review of content (career profiles, general guide, etc.) before it’s published to their website. This will generally include everything from typos to awkward phrasing. Research tasks include performing literature reviews, including summarizing and analyzing a wide range of sources to provide insight on the core questions they try to answer. 

Full-time or Part-time Staff Researcher (Global Health and Development), Rethink Priorities
This position will conduct analyses and cost-effectiveness estimates of interventions aimed at improving the lives of humans throughout the world, focusing on reducing global poverty, improving global health, mental health, and increasing global economic development. 

Content Manager, Effective Thesis
This role has the responsibility for the content to be created and to be of high quality. Your task is to think about what new directions from their list would be good to add, what would be good to rewrite or improve, who could help with that or do it yourself. 

Remote Software Engineer, Spark Wave
Applicants for this position must be a very strong programmer, able and willing to write very high-quality code, either already know JavaScript OR able to learn new programming languages quickly, and excited to take on difficult programming challenges that are often too difficult for the average programmer.

Advisees and Collaborators, Global Catastrophic Risk Institute (GCRI)
The advising and collaboration program of the Global Catastrophic Risk Institute (GCRI) for 2021 is now open. This year, they are focusing on a new set of projects, including AI policy, expert judgment on long-term AI, forecasting catastrophic risk, the effect of China-West relations on catastrophic risk, national security dimensions of AI, Near-Earth objects and nuclear war, nonhumans in AI ethics, nonhumans in catastrophic risk, and the transfer of safety techniques to AI projects. You can check their announcement for further information about their projects and how to participate. 


Our job board webpage also has links to other relevant places where you can find impactful jobs, and we also include there how we choose which jobs to feature.

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Tanya, Brian, Janai, and Kate from EA Philippines

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