Hi, I’m Ben.
80,000 Hours is a non-profit that provides free research and support to help people find careers that effectively tackle the world’s most pressing problems.
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Some of the writing I’m more proud of:
- The key ideas of 80,000 Hours (& podcast)
- A list of the world’s most pressing problems
- Video: How to compare the world’s most pressing problems
- The case for reducing extinction risks
- Podcast: what is the core idea of effective altruism?
- Talent gaps vs. funding gaps
- Is it fair to say most social interventions don’t work?
- How communities can can coordinate to do more good
Some of my most popular writing & media:
- What makes for a dream job? What the evidence says.
- TEDx: To find work you love, don’t follow your passion
- What are the world’s biggest problems?
- All the evidence-based advice we could find on being more successful
- The 80,000 Hours career guide
If you’d like to write about me or 80,000 Hours, write to email@example.com.
Some other interests
- Philosophy & physics: here’s a video by one of my favourite tutors at university (I’m sad this was never made), and another.
- Investing: See some of my investing philosophy, favourite book.
- Travel: I traveled from Tokyo to Singapore overland before university, mostly by train. I’ve been to China 10 times, and I speak Chinese, badly.
- Secular Buddhism: I go to a meditation retreat each year, and have been practicing with Waking Up, Michael Taft, and Loch Kelly.
- Personal developmenty stuff: I currently practice IFS and some of what’s here.
- Fitness: Besides the normal things, I practice qigong (though I’m not sure about qi), and once kick-boxed for Oxford.
- Food: Some favourite restaurants: Bocca di Lupo, St John, Kiln, Ozone, Bartavelle, Oli’s Thai, Kaizen, Mao Chow.
- Music: the future, juddery rhythms, arvo stabat, spacious jazz,
Consulting & speaking
I consult on non-profit startup strategy, and currently advise the Global Priorities Institute at the University of Oxford, the Centre for Effective Altruism, and the Center for Long Term Priorities (which aims to improve Sino-Western coordination on emerging technologies). I was one of the first non-profit founders to go through Y Combinator. I do public speaking, and have given a TEDx talk.
Contact me: ben at 80000hours.org
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