Important Global Issues

Living Document | Last Updated on 2019-04-20

Contents

Introduction

As part of my investigations carried out while creating my career plan, I wanted to identify some global social issues that I find particularly important. Clarifying these may reveal to me a more obvious personal mission to follow, providing a clear direction to search for more meaningful work.

The approach I took to searching was inspired by 80,000 Hours in Part 5 of their online career guide. They provided three criteria for a good social problem to focus on solving. It should be a problem that is:

  1. Large in Scale.
  2. Solvable.
  3. Neglected.

The organisation then goes to identify various global problems and rates them according to these criteria. These were a good starting point but were limited in quantity, and overtly focused reducing the effects of low-probability scenarios. It seemed possible that there could be better options out there. Perhaps not as sensationalist or popular as those posted by 80,000 Hours, but still would provide a meaningful work mission. It also made sense to write the argument myself for each of the issues I identify, to make sure that I truly understand them and to provide opportunities for others to comment.

Therefore, here I shall write a section for each global issue which I personally find large in scale, solvable by a collective and neglected by larger society. I shall also consider for each how I could personally fit in the collective institutions that are working to tackle the problem.

Artificial Intelligence Safety

Unwritten.

Global Biorisk

Unwritten.

Government Corruption

Unwritten.

Democratic Reform

Unwritten.

Improving Science Policy

Unwritten.