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Hey! I'm Remmelt

I facilitate formats for groups dedicated to effective altruism to refine our decisions and resolve our bottlenecks towards doing more good!

From my home base in Amsterdam, I explore creative solutions to neglected gaps within local communities and international charities.

Over four years, I led community-building teams, organised conferences and research retreats, developed decision-making frameworks, and launched online productivity tools. 

“Remmelt is one of the few people I've met who has remained consistently dedicated to advancing community initiatives in EA over the years. Despite the funding uncertainties associated with working on small projects, Remmelt has contributed countless hours to initiatives that have had a real chance of being quite impactful for EA and the world. My hope is that Remmelt and many others like him are able to keep experimenting with high-value community projects without fearing financial uncertainty.”
 – Tee Barnett, Senior Director of Growth, Rethink Charity

Why to fund me
See this EA Forum post

Why to not fund me
Lack of grants: You might legitimately wonder: 
If his community-building work is so impactful to fund, why haven't CEA-affiliated grantmakers covered his runway already?

My sense:
  • I’ve successfully applied for grants for retreats/conferences in the past, and received 2 private donations from community builders in London and Oxford respectively
  • Most EA org funding came after I delegated most work on the service (estimate: €147k)
  • Funders undervalue predictably stable salaries
  • Grants usually involve applying with one 'official' project plan, while I was more the scrappy serial entrepreneur – gathering volunteers for uncharted projects that bore fruit in years after
  • I sometimes made the case for my work poorly – downplaying myself, worrying about opportunity costs and conflicts of interest, over-complicating and delaying write-ups
  • Unconventionality and weaknesses aside, I must have missed other arguments. For instance, certain grantmakers were vigilant about risky unilateral initiatives in movement building.

Other reasons:

  • If you hold a comparatively high bar for measurability
  • If you're particularly worried about how new platforms could hinder coordination
  • If you filter grantees by corporate track record (I lack one)
  • If you mostly prioritise global poverty or factory farming (I led projects for and channelled donations to both but my focus is on facilitating collective problem-solving over the long run)
  • If you look for tax-deductibility to donate efficiently (you can still skip Patreon fees with a PayPal transfer)

If you dived into my work and decided to not fund, I'm curious!
Shoot me an email with considerations I could have missed.

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$87.16 of $900 per month
Safety net for my living costs – to focus fully each day on creating services that solve our bottlenecks
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