Frequently Asked Questions
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What are you doing at Anti Entropy?
The work of Anti Entropy is based on three pillars:
We are assisting organizations directly to open up bandwidth. People need bandwidth, so we are giving them bandwidth.
This is achieved primarily through Anti Entropy's consulting service (this site)
Building tools and resources. People need things, so we are building them things.
Resource building focuses on Anti Entropy's Resource Portal, which is currently in an alpha stage.
This includes documenting the resources that we build or are already out there. People are looking for things, so we are creating a way for them to find things.
We are strengthening EA Community's human capital.
There are plans in motion and some stuff in pre-alpha.
Identifying a project
Most people find us because they have already identified one or several internal needs. They often have identified the need because they are stressed out, overwhelmed, behind, and frustrated.
Our first meeting is to discuss the need(s) and how Anti Entropy can help solve the problem.
Part of this discussion is establishing a budget and timeline. Then we make a plan and go to work.
Why are we doing this?
Effective Altruism is moving very quickly. In many cases, organizations are scaling up faster than they can establish the foundation of their operations.
EA organizations have had a bottleneck for several years that is not resolving as fast as it could.
EA organizations keep reinventing the wheel. Stop doing that.
If we can reduce disorder well enough, the universe should stop expanding and possibly start shrinking. This would bring more resources back into our light cone, increasing humankind’s potential.
Our primary focus is on strengthening the EA ops community. We, therefore, attempt to keep our costs low and time on a project short so that your time and resources can be used to make the most impact.
If you are an EA-aligned organization, don’t worry about pricing; we will figure it out.
What is the Resource Portal?
The Anti Entropy Resource Portal is a knowledge base to house needed resources such as compliance guidance, standard templates, and shared best practices.
It is basically a place to store the stuff that we keep making over and over again or spend way too much time researching when we should instead be working on the impactful stuff we originally intended on working on and not looking up boring things like “do we have a compliant privacy notice?” and then spending too many hours looking up a privacy notice only to be really confused on what the right things are to do.
What does the Consulting Services workflow looks like?
We are typically given a project or a set of tasks for our team to focus on solving.
We keep communication high through Slack and email to reduce the number of meetings needed.
Our hope is that we have already developed a tool or resource for you to use. It is then a matter of implementing or training to establish the resource.
We try to do as much of the heavy lifting as possible in order for your team to focus on the tasks and impacts where they are most valuable.
Is Working with Anti Entropy formal or fancy?
No. Not even slightly.
Why did the fellowship program move to Workstream Business Systems?
The fellowship program was run by Deena Englander, who owns and operates Workstream Business Systems. Anti Entropy decided it was best to divest the program to Workstream Business Systems because the program has become independent of Anti Entropy's goals and mission. It, therefore, seemed best to transition the program to Workstream.
What is Effective Altruism?
That is a great question, and these people will be glad to tell you:
Introduction to EA by CEA. This site is a project of The Centre for Effective Altruism for people interested in learning about EA.
Introduction to EA by 80k. The team at 80,000 Hours provides research and support to help people switch into careers that effectively tackle the world’s most pressing problems.
What are you going to do with all that junk, all that junk inside that trunk?
Most of it will likely be donated or recycled. We don't want to be known as a hoarders.