The Best Tacit Knowledge Videos on Every Subject

post by Parker Conley (parker-conley) · 2024-03-31T17:14:31.199Z · LW · GW · 103 comments

Contents

  TL;DR
  What are Tacit Knowledge Videos?
  How to Submit
  List of Tacit Knowledge Videos
    Software Engineering
      Machine Learning
      Competitive Programming
      Game Design
      Other 
    Research, Studying, & Problem Solving
      Research
      Studying
      Problem Solving
    Business & Business Communication
    Cooking
    Engineering
    Farming, Construction, & Craftsmanship
    Finance
    Housekeeping & Parenting
    Media & Arts
    Productivity
    Sports & Games
    Therapy
    Writing
    Miscellaneous
None
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TL;DR

Tacit knowledge [? · GW] is extremely valuable. Unfortunately, developing tacit knowledge is usually bottlenecked by apprentice-master relationships. Tacit Knowledge Videos could widen this bottleneck. This post is a Schelling point for aggregating these videos—aiming to be The Best Textbooks on Every Subject [LW · GW] for Tacit Knowledge Videos. Scroll down to the list if that's what you're here for. Post videos that highlight tacit knowledge in the comments and I’ll add them to the post. Experts in the videos include Stephen Wolfram, Holden Karnofsky, Andy Matuschak, Jonathan Blow, Tyler Cowen, George Hotz, and others. 

What are Tacit Knowledge Videos?

Samo Burja claims YouTube has opened the gates for a revolution in tacit knowledge transfer [LW · GW]. Burja defines tacit knowledge as follows:

Tacit knowledge is knowledge that can’t properly be transmitted via verbal or written instruction, like the ability to create great art or assess a startup. This tacit knowledge is a form of intellectual dark matter, pervading society in a million ways, some of them trivial, some of them vital. Examples include woodworking, metalworking, housekeeping, cooking, dancing, amateur public speaking, assembly line oversight, rapid problem-solving, and heart surgery.

In my observation, domains like housekeeping and cooking have already seen many benefits from this revolution. Could tacit knowledge in domains like researchprogrammingmathematics, and business be next? I’m not sure, but maybe this post will help push the needle forward.

For the purpose of this post, a Tacit Knowledge Video is any video that communicates “knowledge that can’t properly be transmitted via verbal or written instruction”. Here are some examples:

For information on how to best use these videos, Cedric Chin and Jacob Steinhardt have some potentially relevant practical advice. Andy Matushak also has some working notes about this idea generally. @Jared Peterson [LW · GW], who "researches and trains tacit knowledge" recommends the book Working Minds "which teaches how to do Cognitive Task Analysis (CTA) which is a major interviewing technique for uncovering tacit knowledge."

How to Submit

Share links to Tacit Knowledge Videos below! Share them frivolously! These videos are uncommon—the bottleneck to the YouTube knowledge transfer revolution is quantity, not quality. I will add the shared videos to the post. Here are the loose rules:

  1. Recall a video that you’ve seen that communicates tacit knowledge—“knowledge that can’t properly be transmitted via verbal or written instruction”. A rule of thumb for sharing: could a reader find this video through one or two undirected YouTube searches? If not, share it.
  2. Post the title and the URL of the video.
  3. Provide information indicating why the expert in the video is credible. (However, don’t let this last rule stop you from sharing a video! Again—quantity, not quality.)[1]

To make the comments easy to navigate, please format your comment as follows:[2]

Domain: Programming, Game Design

Link: Programming livestream VODs

Person: Jonathan Blow

Background: Creator of Braid and The Witness.

Why: Blow livestreams himself coding games and creating a programming language. I imagine people who do similar things would find his livestreams interesting.

List of Tacit Knowledge Videos

(last updated 04-16-2024)

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Software Engineering

Machine Learning

Competitive Programming

Game Design

Other 

Research, Studying, & Problem Solving

Research

Studying

Problem Solving

Business & Business Communication

Cooking

Engineering

Farming, Construction, & Craftsmanship

Finance

Housekeeping & Parenting

Media & Arts

Productivity

Sports & Games

Therapy

Writing

Miscellaneous

  1. ^

    What valuable project did they ship? How many years have they worked for their prestigious company or university? How many papers have they published? What awards have they won? What other domain-relevant metric [? · GW] did this person perform well on? You could also give your feedback based on your expertise. Ideally, these are proxies for the knowledge and expertise of these practitioners being good.

  2. ^

    Feel free to leave out the 'Background' and 'Why' sections.

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comment by Parker Conley (parker-conley) · 2024-04-03T20:22:33.483Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Requests Thread. Post requests for tacit knowledge videos below this comment.

This thread also serves as a memory jogger for those who might have seen videos of the requested types.

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comment by Parker Conley (parker-conley) · 2024-04-03T20:24:15.514Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

I would be interested in more studying/learning videos. I found Andy Matuschak's very interesting.

comment by Parker Conley (parker-conley) · 2024-04-03T20:23:06.814Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

@Yoav Ravid [LW · GW]: "I'd be interested in tacit knowledge videos about writing, if anyone knows any."

comment by Parker Conley (parker-conley) · 2024-04-16T02:37:55.147Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Fundraising videos?

comment by Parker Conley (parker-conley) · 2024-04-17T17:15:50.006Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

I would find forecasting videos would be interesting to watch.

comment by Parker Conley (parker-conley) · 2024-04-16T02:04:40.554Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

@habryka [LW · GW] / @mods - would it be possible to pin (1) the 'Review Thread' and (2) this thread?

I think these will be the two most valuable comments on this post. The comment video submissions are a bit cluttered due to embeds and submissions are more accessible/navigatable through the OP.

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comment by Parker Conley (parker-conley) · 2024-04-06T02:24:26.669Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Meal prepping Tacit Knowledge Videos?

comment by Parker Conley (parker-conley) · 2024-04-03T20:31:11.372Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

I would be interested in hearing the thought processes behind experienced interviewers.

For example, Tyler Cowen has a few blog posts speaking to his interviewing tacit knowledge.

If there was something like this in a more information-dense video format, I would be keen to watch it.

comment by xepo · 2024-04-16T02:53:52.068Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Interior design, please!  I can never figure out which pieces of furniture will actually look good together or flow nice in a home.  Especially when combined with lighting and shelves and art.  

comment by Parker Conley (parker-conley) · 2024-04-16T02:37:44.150Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Sales tacit knowledge videos?

comment by Parker Conley (parker-conley) · 2024-04-06T01:56:13.138Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Tacit Knowledge Videos of eurogames.

comment by Parker Conley (parker-conley) · 2024-04-03T20:26:42.071Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

At one point I had watched a video on YouTube like Upright Citizens Brigade - ASSSSCAT Improv, but with the ASSSSCAT actors rewatching their performance and providing commentary on their thought processes. I would be delighted if anyone knows the original video or has a similar video they know of.

comment by hans truman · 2024-04-15T10:26:12.233Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Review Thread. Post reviews of content linked above below this comment.

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comment by Parker Conley (parker-conley) · 2024-04-15T18:47:57.707Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Review of: Elie Hassenfeld, Holden Karnofsky, Timothy Ogden, Rob Reich, Tom Rutledge, Brigid Slipka, Cari Tuna, Julia Wise: GiveWell's Public Board Meetings (2007–2020 have audio).

I'm a college student with only pretty low-stakes work experience. I listened to the first 5–10 meetings as I would a podcast last week. Some takeaways, emphasizing that I only just watched them last week:

  • It was interesting to follow the narrative of Holden and Elie getting started on the project. Like, anecdotes about people's experiences starting a startup are everywhere, but it was interesting hearing them actually talking about the struggles and business decisions they were making.
  • Holden worked 100h/wk in the first year; that's a lot of time spent on a project! (Then 60h/wk in the second, afaict.)
  • Interesting generally how assertive the business meetings were compared to everyday conversation.
  • I am familiar with GiveWell as a popular charity in the Rat/EA space, but I never really spent the time to understand the research methodology. It was interesting hearing the practical and strategic discussions between the founders and the board on the methodology. It also seemed to change every year in the first three years (I haven't watched beyond the first three years).
  • Interesting from a marketing and fundraising perspective to watch as GiveWell, which seems to have found its market now, tested and went about finding one. 
  • Interesting to instantiate generally 'what are board meetings? who are the people in board meetings? what are their skills?'
  • Discussions around productivity were interesting. I've learn 'productivity' skills to improve my time spent studying and working on projects. I was surprised to hear that this is something that was talked about in board meetings, let alone for 10s of minutes.

I would be curious to hear a review from someone with more business experience. If you are to go about watching them, I recommend starting from the beginning. I've tried watching a few more recent recordings before this past week and found them less engaging, maybe due to me having less context about the organization.

comment by habryka (habryka4) · 2024-03-31T22:12:34.688Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Share links to Tacit Knowledge Videos below! Share them frivolously! These videos are uncommon—the bottleneck to the YouTube knowledge transfer revolution is quantity, not quality. I will add the shared videos to the post. Here are the loose rules:

Note: I strongly recommend either changing this post to be a question (so that answers are more easily broken out), or enforcing a standard structure to comments to make the comments-section easy to skim. One of the things that was IMO most important for the success of the Best Textbooks On Every Subject thread were the requirements that each submission compared at least 3 textbooks, and that Luke kept editing the best submissions back into the main post body. 

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comment by Parker Conley (parker-conley) · 2024-03-31T22:59:23.745Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Thank you for the recommendation! I think I agree. I will be editing the comments back into the body, but I think it would be useful for the comments to be more legible.

For those reading this, here is the format I recommend (I've since edited this recommendation into the body):

Domain: Programming, Game Design

Link: Programming livestream VODs

Person: Jonathan Blow

Background: Creator of Braid and The Witness.

Why: Blow livestreams himself coding games and creating a programming language. I imagine people who do similar things would find his livestreams interesting.

comment by whestler · 2024-04-16T17:00:15.937Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Domain: PCB Design, Electronics
Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ySuUZEjARPY
Person: Rick Hartley
Background: Has worked in electronics since the 60s, senior principal engineer at L-3 Avionics Systems, principal of RHartley Enterprises
Why: Rick Hartley is capable of explaining electrical concepts intuitively, and linking them directly to circuit design. He uses a lot of stories and examples visually to describe what's happening in a circuit. I'm not sure it counts as Tacit Knowledge since this is lecture format, but it includes a bunch of things that you might not know you don't know, coming into the field. I never "got" how electrical circuits really work before watching this video, despite having been a hobbyist for years.

comment by Carl Feynman (carl-feynman) · 2024-03-31T18:07:54.689Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

“Applied science” by Ben Krasnow.  A YouTube channel about building physics-intensive projects in a home laboratory.  Big ones are things like an electron microscope or a mass spectrometer, but the ones I find fascinating are smaller things like an electroluminescent display or a novel dye.  He demonstrates the whole process of scientific experiment— finding and understanding references, setting up a process for trying stuff, failing repeatedly, learning from mistakes, noticing oddities…  He doesn’t just show you the final polished procedure— “here’s how to make an X”.  He shows you the whole journey— “Here’s how I discovered how to make X”.

You seem very concerned that people in the videos should have legible symbols of success.  I don’t think that much affects how useful the videos are, but just in case I’m wrong, I looked on LinkedIn, where I found this self-assesment:

<begin copied text>

I specialize in the design and construction of electromechanical prototypes. My core skillset includes electronic circuit design, PCB layout, mechanical design, machining, and sensor/actuator selection. This allows me to implement and test ideas for rapid evaluation or iteration. Much of the work that I did for my research devices business included a fast timeline, going from customer sketch to final product in less than a month. These products were used to collect data for peer-reviewed scientific papers, and I enjoyed working closely with the end user to solve their data collection challenges. I did similar work at Valve to quickly implement and test internal prototypes.

Check out my youtube channel to see a sample of my personal projects:
http://www.youtube.com/user/bkraz333

<end copied text>

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comment by Algon · 2024-03-31T21:52:59.435Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

I'm gonna quote from this article about why you'd prefer to learn tacit knowledge from "believable people" i.e. those who have 1) a record of at least 3 different successes and 2) have great explanations of their approach when probed. 

 

Believability works for two reasons: a common-sense one, and a more interesting, less obvious one.

The common-sense reasoning is pretty obvious: when you want advice for practical skills, you should talk to people who have those skills. For instance, if you want advice on swimming, you don’t go to someone who has never swum before, you go to an accomplished swimmer instead. For some reason we seem to forget this when we talk about more abstract skills like marketing or investing or business.

The two requirements for believability makes more sense when seen in this light: many domains in life are more probabilistic than swimming, so you’ll want at least three successes to rule out luck. You’ll also want people to have ‘great explanations’ when you probe them because otherwise they won’t be of much help to you.

The more interesting, less obvious reason that believability works is because reality has a surprising amount of detail. I’m quoting from a famous article by John Salvatier, which you should read in its entirety. Salvatier opens with a story about building stairs, and then writes:

It’s tempting to think ‘So what?’ and dismiss these details as incidental or specific to stair carpentry. And they are specific to stair carpentry; that’s what makes them details. But the existence of a surprising number of meaningful details is not specific to stairs. Surprising detail is a near universal property of getting up close and personal with reality.

You can see this everywhere if you look. For example, you’ve probably had the experience of doing something for the first time, maybe growing vegetables or using a Haskell package for the first time, and being frustrated by how many annoying snags there were. Then you got more practice and then you told yourself ‘man, it was so simple all along, I don’t know why I had so much trouble’. We run into a fundamental property of the universe and mistake it for a personal failing.

If you’re a programmer, you might think that the fiddliness of programming is a special feature of programming, but really it’s that everything is fiddly, but you only notice the fiddliness when you’re new, and in programming you do new things more often.

You might think the fiddly detailiness of things is limited to human centric domains, and that physics itself is simple and elegant. That’s true in some sense – the physical laws themselves tend to be quite simple – but the manifestation of those laws is often complex and counterintuitive.

The point that Salvatier makes is that everything is more complex and fiddly than you think. At the end of the piece, Salvatier argues that if you’re not aware of this fact, it’s likely you’ll miss out on some obvious cue in the environment that will then cause you — and other novices — to get stuck.

Why does this matter? Well, it matters once you consider the fact that practical advice has to account for all of this fiddliness — but in a roundabout way: good practical advice nearly never provides an exhaustive description of all the fiddliness you will experience. It can’t: it would make the advice too long-winded. Instead, good practical advice will tend to focus on the salient features of the skill or the domain, but in a way that will make the fiddliness of reality tractable.

In practice, how this often feels like is something like “Ahh, I didn’t get why the advice was phrased that way, but I see now. Ok.”

Think about what this means, though. It means that you cannot tell the difference between advice from a believable person and advice from a non-believable person from examination of the advice alone. To a novice, advice from a non-believable person will seem just as logical and as reasonable as advice from a more believable person, except for the fact that it will not work. And the reason it will not work (or that it will work less well) is that advice from less believable individuals will either focus on the wrong set of fiddly details, or fail to account for some of the fiddliness of reality.

To put this another way, when you hear the words “I don’t see why X can’t work …” from a person who isn’t yet believable in that domain, alarm bells should go off in your head. This person has not tested their ideas against reality, and — worse — they are not likely to know which set of fiddly details are important to account for.

comment by Parker Conley (parker-conley) · 2024-03-31T23:04:50.884Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Domain: Physics

Link: "Applied Science"

Person: Ben Krasnow

Background: From his LinkedIn: "I specialize in the design and construction of electromechanical prototypes. My core skillset includes electronic circuit design, PCB layout, mechanical design, machining, and sensor/actuator selection. This allows me to implement and test ideas for rapid evaluation or iteration. Much of the work that I did for my research devices business included a fast timeline, going from customer sketch to final product in less than a month. These products were used to collect data for peer-reviewed scientific papers, and I enjoyed working closely with the end user to solve their data collection challenges. I did similar work at Valve to quickly implement and test internal prototypes."

(I've since changed the formatting standards for this post; I hope you don't mind me reposting your information to make it more legible for new readers.)

comment by Parker Conley (parker-conley) · 2024-03-31T18:49:47.616Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Perfect—thanks for the links! Will add this and the other submission to the post when I get the chance.

You seem very concerned that people in the videos should have legible symbols of success.  I don’t think that much affects how useful the videos are, but just in case I’m wrong [...]

The main driving motivation for this was seeing that The Best Textbooks on Every Subject [LW · GW] received traction due to a similar mechanism. Another reason was wanting the tacit knowledge in the videos to be knowledge that's appealing to learn.

I don't want the mechanism to stop the post from receiving submissions though; this resource-submission genre seems like the kind that benefits from network effects. If anyone has any thoughts as to whether the mechanism is useful or counterproductive, I would be curious to hear.

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comment by taygetea · 2024-04-01T19:45:06.659Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

That was 13 years ago across an ocean of accelerating cultural change, institutional trust, and people maturing. I'm sure you can still find plenty of people who would use mechanisms like that, but I'm pretty sure it's going to be one of the less important considerations now. 

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comment by taygetea · 2024-04-01T19:50:52.967Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

and while I'm here, i also curate something like this. ben krasnow is only the best entry point into a wider world. This list was my best attempt recently, it was particularly aimed at getting programmers into physical engineering topics, trying to removing learned helplessness around it and making the topic feel like something it's possible to engage with. https://gist.github.com/taygetea/1fcc9817618b1008a812e6f2c58ca987

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comment by Parker Conley (parker-conley) · 2024-04-03T22:19:12.912Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Thanks sharing sharing this! I've added one and intend to add more of them when I have more time.

comment by EZ97 · 2024-04-05T10:46:28.054Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

“American financial criminal and businessman. Shkreli is the co-founder of the hedge funds Elea Capital, MSMB Capital Management, and MSMB Healthcare, the co-founder and former CEO of pharmaceutical firms Retrophin and Turing Pharmaceuticals, and the former CEO of start-up software company Gödel Systems, which he founded in August 2016” (Wikipedia).


It should at least be mentioned that Shkreli is a convicted fraudster.

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comment by Parker Conley (parker-conley) · 2024-04-05T16:49:31.476Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Agreed and added.

comment by lincolnquirk · 2024-04-05T20:34:16.409Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

For home cooking I would like to recommend J. Kenji Lopez-Alt (https://www.youtube.com/@JKenjiLopezAlt/videos). He's a well-loved professional chef who writes science-y cooking books, and his youtube channel is a joy because it's mostly just low production values: him in his home kitchen, making delicious food from simple ingredients, just a few cuts to speed things up.

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comment by Parker Conley (parker-conley) · 2024-04-06T02:23:14.968Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Thanks for sharing! Added. I'd be curious if anyone has this but for meal prepping instead of cooking a single meal.

comment by Yoav Ravid · 2024-04-02T17:33:19.174Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

I'd be interested in tacit knowledge videos about writing, if anyone knows any.

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comment by Parker Conley (parker-conley) · 2024-04-03T21:24:49.182Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

I've since created a requests thread where comments like these can go. Maybe the requests can serve as memory joggers for readers who've seen a certain type of Tacit Knowledge Video but don't recall the video after first reading the post.

comment by habryka (habryka4) · 2024-04-15T03:45:44.680Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Promoted to curated: The original "The Best Textbooks on Every Subject" post was among the most valuable that LessWrong has ever featured. I really like this extension of it into the realm of tacit knowledge videos, which does feel like a very valuable set of content that I haven't seen curated anywhere else on the internet.

Thank you very much for doing this! And I hope this post will see contributions for many months and years to come.

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comment by Parker Conley (parker-conley) · 2024-04-15T06:02:14.098Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Glad to see that people find the post useful! I hope it will see many future contributions as well. In case interesting to anyone, I've just put together a google form to create an email list for those who would like to be sent lists of newly added videos every month or so.

comment by Yoav Ravid · 2024-04-04T04:21:41.241Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Domain: Singing (especially theatre/musicals, but not just)

Link: Excerpt, full interview

Person: Philip Quast

Background: He played Javert in the 10th anniversary rendition of Les Mis.

Why: Philip Quast's has probably done the best performance of Javert, and in the interview he goes through the process of how he figures out how to sing his songs. 

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comment by Parker Conley (parker-conley) · 2024-04-06T02:23:56.238Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Thanks! Added.

comment by depressurize (anchpop) · 2024-04-02T15:51:38.768Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

For math I'd like to submit this series: "A hard problem in elementary geometry" by fields medalist 
Timothy Gowers. It's a 6 part series where each part is about an hour long, of him trying to solve this easy-seeming-but-actually-very-difficult problem. 

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comment by Parker Conley (parker-conley) · 2024-04-03T22:18:37.893Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Thanks! Added.

comment by Freyja · 2024-04-02T01:52:48.547Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Sofia Bue is a professional SFX sculptor; she works at Weta Workshop which is the most well-known special FX company in the world; they were responsible for SFX on Lord of the Rings. She also won the SFX category at the world Bodypainting championships at least once so I think she’s pretty indisputably world-class at it.

Her entire YouTube channel demonstrates a tonne of her tacit knowledge with respect to sculpting and SFX in general, but this is one good example of her showing her work on a small sculpture:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=1NwYbC5t-9w&pp=ygUJc29maWEgYnVl

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comment by Parker Conley (parker-conley) · 2024-04-03T22:17:26.926Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Thanks! Added.

comment by Freyja · 2024-04-02T01:40:02.169Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

A few channels on parenting and homemaking:

Lisa from a YouTube channel called Farmhouse on Boone walks through her house and discusses what items she keeps where and why, and how she avoids clutter. She is a mom of 8 with a successful YouTube channel (successful enough that her husband quit his job and now helps with the channel and homeschooling).

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=5slnHqMG22Q&pp=ygUjZmFybWhvdXNlIG9uIGJvb25lIG1pbmltYWxpc3QgaG91c2U%3D

This woman (whose name I don’t know) is a Christian mom who homeschools her 8 children. In this video she walks through a day in the life of her family. I know less about any metrics of success, except that she reports that her family is easy to run and enjoyable for her.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=j9YWQefBt1o&pp=ygUrRGF5IGluIHRoZSBsaWZlIGhvbWVzY2hvb2wgZmFtaWx5IGNocmlzdGlhbg%3D%3D

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comment by Parker Conley (parker-conley) · 2024-04-03T22:17:21.146Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Thanks! Added.

comment by wassname · 2024-04-02T11:41:39.638Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Interesting, got anymore? Especially for toddlers and so on, or would you go through everything those women have uploaded?

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comment by Freyja · 2024-04-02T17:12:59.430Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Lisa doesn’t post much about parenting toddlers; she posts a bit about birth and newborns but the focus of her channel is more on cooking and homemaking and less on parenting IMO. I don’t know enough about the other woman’s channel to evaluate; I’ve only watched a few.

A parent friend recommended the RIE parenting philosophy, and RIE has several demo videos of parents interacting with their kids according to the principles. I’ve watched a few; I think they’re searchable by keyword.

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comment by wassname · 2024-04-02T23:14:18.429Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Thanks!

comment by Casey B. (Zahima) · 2024-04-01T12:32:14.913Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

an all around handyman (the Essential Craftsman on youtube) talking about how to move big/cumbersome things without injuring yourself:


the same guy, about using a ladder without hurting yourself: 


He has many other "tip" style videos. 

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comment by Parker Conley (parker-conley) · 2024-04-01T16:21:19.738Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Thanks for sharing! Added to the post.

comment by Morpheus · 2024-03-31T18:50:20.864Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Juggling: Anthony Gatto's juggling routine from 2000. Anthony Gatto holds several juggling world records. This routine is infamous in the juggling world (here's a decent juggler commenting on it). As well as the fact that he gave up juggling to work with concrete instead (because it pays the bills). Here's more context on Gatto and his routine (the guy picking up the balls for him in the video is his father, for example):

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comment by Parker Conley (parker-conley) · 2024-04-03T22:16:50.645Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Thanks! Added.

comment by Parker Conley (parker-conley) · 2024-03-31T23:02:40.735Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Domain: Juggling

Link: Anthony Gato's juggling routine from 2000

Person: Anthony Gato

Background: Anthony Gato holds several juggling world records. This routine is infamous in the juggling world (here's a decent juggler commenting on it). As well as the fact that he gave up juggling to work with concrete instead (because it pays the bills). Here's more context on Gatto and his routine (the guy picking up the balls for him in the video is his father, for example).

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comment by Jonathan Stray (jonathan-stray) · 2024-04-15T07:12:21.674Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Domain: Philosophy of science

Link: Philosophical Psychology 1989 course lecturres

Person: Paul Meehl

Background: Deep introduction to 20c philosophy of science, using psychology rather than physics as the model science -- because it's harder!

Why: Meehl was a philosopher of science, a statistician, and a lifelong clinical psychologist. He wrote a book showing that statistical prediction usually beats clinical judgement in 1954, and a paper on the replication crisis in psychology in 1978. He personally knew people like Popper, Kuhn, Lakatos, Feyerabend, etc. and brings their insights to life in these course lectures.

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comment by Parker Conley (parker-conley) · 2024-04-16T21:01:41.803Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Thanks! Added.

Relevant note from the entry:

Me: I was hesitant to add a lecture series to this list at first. I changed my mind after listening to the first video, where Meehl provides interesting details (gossip, almost) about the life of an academic and the various personalities of his successful academic peers.

comment by Freyja · 2024-04-02T02:06:18.171Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

This guy Lance has grown a prolific permaculture food garden in the high deserts of Colorado for the last (iirc) 40 years. It provides almost all his food, including grains and legumes. Here they do a walkthrough of the garden and he discusses how it works: https://youtu.be/i5yUPau-F1c?si=S6lRE4a2Ns9HujGJ

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comment by Parker Conley (parker-conley) · 2024-04-03T22:11:11.750Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Thanks! Added.

comment by Freyja · 2024-04-02T01:27:14.786Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

I don’t have one video to recommend for each topic, but YouTube is a great source of videos of giving birth and of related activities like breastfeeding, babywearing, and even holding a baby.

I think simply searching ‘birth video’ or ‘homebirth’, ‘hospital birth’ or something similar gets you enough such videos, and watching a bunch of different women give birth is probably better than watching a single ‘expert’.

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comment by Parker Conley (parker-conley) · 2024-04-03T22:09:26.092Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Thanks! I didn't add this as I couldn't readily think of a way to make it fit the format. But I've upvoted the comment to make it more visable.

comment by trevor (TrevorWiesinger) · 2024-04-01T02:00:58.061Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

There's some great opportunities here to learn social skills for various kinds of high-performance environments (e.g. "business communication" vs Y Combinator office hours). 

Often, just listening and paying attention to how they talk and think results in substantial improvement to social habits. I was looking for stuff like this around 2018, wish I had encountered a post like this; most people who are behind on this are surprisingly fast learners, but didn't because actually going out and accumulating social status was too much of a deep dive. There's no reason that being-pleasant-to-talk-with should be arcane knowledge (at least not here of all places).

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comment by matto · 2024-04-07T00:01:58.277Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Did you find anything interesting in 2018? Did you use it, and, if yes, how'd it go?

comment by Algon · 2024-03-31T22:18:26.416Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

I think speedrunning videos should count, though many people may not find them useful. Likewise for watching high level competitions.

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comment by Parker Conley (parker-conley) · 2024-04-01T16:23:30.428Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Agreed. I added the link to speedrun.com/games to the post. From there readers can navigate to individual games and their respective leaderboards, click on a player, and watch the player's speedrun YouTube video.

comment by Jared Peterson (jared-peterson) · 2024-03-31T18:41:20.448Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

As someone who researches and trains tacit knowledge, I appreciate this effort. Wish I had some better public resources!

Watching Simon from Cracking the Cryptic has given me a good feel for how to solve a hard Sudoku. Not exactly revolutionary, but there's some really clever logic there. (Watching anyone think aloud as they do a task is going to be great for tacit knowledge)

https://youtu.be/hAyZ9K2EBF0?si=65SYQQSpE0V_m3ah

A really good debate between two people is another thing I would recommend to watch. You can learn a lot about rationality and rhetoric from such debates.

For non-video resources, I recommend the book "Working Minds" which teaches how to do Cognitive Task Analysis (CTA) which is a major interviewing technique for uncovering tacit knowledge. I wish I knew a good resource where you could watch people use CTA!

As another non video resource, I'd also put in a good word for the LW community. Engaging with people in this sphere has taught me more about rationality than reading the Sequences. Though I think that engagement needs to be complimented by engagement with people who think differently from rationalists, as well.

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comment by Parker Conley (parker-conley) · 2024-04-03T22:10:31.919Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Thanks Jared! I've added the channel as well as the book recommendation to the post.

comment by Parker Conley (parker-conley) · 2024-04-15T16:22:41.618Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

[pasting a comment of mine on Zvi's recent monthly roundup [LW · GW]]

If anyone has anecdotes as to why they think the videos have been useful to them I'd be curious to hear. I'm still unsure of their benefit; the interest could just be novelty/insight-porn (Andy Matuschak speculates something in this direction, though he too seems ambivalent). I wrote the post partly as a test to see if there is much use.

Do people really learn anything from these streams? People certainly claim to learn things from my note-writing stream. I can believe it, maybe, but I wonder to what extent people are deluding themselves. Certainly it’s extremely inefficient: what’s the insight-per-minute?

— Andy Matuschak, Could streaming help convey tacit knowledge? (Working Notes)

comment by lfrymire · 2024-04-15T14:50:10.275Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Domain: Piano

Link: Seymour Bernstein Teaches Piano https://youtu.be/pRLBBJLX-dQ?si=-6EIvGDRyw0aJ0Sq

Person: Seymour Bernstein

Background: Pianist and composer, performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Adjunct Associate Professor of Music and Music Education at New York University.

Why: Tonebase (a paid music learning service) recorded a number of free to watch conversations with Bernstein while he plays through or teaches a piece. Bernstein is about 90 years old at the time of recording and shares an incredible amount of tacit knowledge, especially about body mechanics when playing piano.

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comment by Parker Conley (parker-conley) · 2024-04-16T21:32:07.664Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Thanks! Added.

comment by Freyja · 2024-04-02T02:16:51.268Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Interviews and kitchen walkthroughs with the head chefs at Michelin-star restaurants; I particularly like one with the head chef at a wild seafood restaurant demonstrating his daily ingredient procurement processes: https://m.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLUeEVLHfB5-T7E5TPxSphcDweIL5ioLrj

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comment by Parker Conley (parker-conley) · 2024-04-03T22:15:56.162Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Thanks! Added.

comment by Freyja · 2024-04-02T02:10:46.108Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Esther Perel’s podcast called ‘Where Shall We Begin?’ where she does a live couples’ therapy session with a guest couple. It is rare to get access to a recorded therapy session, and she is at least world-renowned as a relationship therapist (although that doesn’t necessarily prove that she’s good at it).

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comment by Parker Conley (parker-conley) · 2024-04-03T22:15:45.119Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Thanks, added!

comment by bertrand russet · 2024-04-01T23:17:42.765Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Domain: Music composition / arrangement / production

Link: Logic Session Breakdowns playlist

Person: Jacob Collier

Background: 6-time (at 29 yo) Grammy-winning multi-instrumentalist.

Why: Most of the videos in the playlist are walkthroughs and commentary of the Logic sessions containing hit songs. The #IHarmU marathon (directly linked) is probably the best, featuring livestreamed music-making.

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comment by Parker Conley (parker-conley) · 2024-04-03T22:11:04.009Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Thanks! Added.

comment by the gears to ascension (lahwran) · 2024-04-01T09:06:05.950Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

I'm not sure your choices of finance examples are particularly good

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comment by Parker Conley (parker-conley) · 2024-04-01T15:53:09.306Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

I was on the fence as to whether or not to include those.

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comment by Carl Feynman (carl-feynman) · 2024-03-31T18:25:53.457Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Here’s a weird one.  The YouTube channel of Andrew Camarata communicates a great deal about small business, heavy machinery operation and construction. Some of it he narrates what he’s doing, but he mostly just does it, and you say “Oh, I never realized I could do that with a Skid Steer” or “that’s how to keep a customer happy”.  Lots of implicit knowledge about accomplishing heavy engineering projects between an hour and a week long.  Of course, if you‘re looking for lessons that would be helpful for an ambitious person in Silicon Valley, it will only help in a very meta way.  
 

He has no legible success that I know of, except that he’s wealthy enough to afford many machines, and he’s smart enough that the house he designed and built came out stunning (albeit eccentric).
 

A similar channel is FarmCraft101, which also has a lot of heavy machinery, but more farm-based applications.  Full of useful knowledge on machine repair, logging and stump removal. The channel is nice because he includes all his failures, and goes into articulate detail on how he debugged them.  I feel like learned some implicit knowledge about repair strategies. I particularly recommend the series of videos in which he purchases, accidentally sets on fire, and revives an ancient boom lift truck.

No legible symbols of success, other than speaking standard American English like he’s been to college, owning a large farm, and clearly being intelligent.

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comment by Parker Conley (parker-conley) · 2024-03-31T23:08:41.178Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Domain: Heavy Machinery Operation, Farming

Link: FarmCraft101

Person: N/A

Background: No legible symbols of success, other than speaking standard American English like he’s been to college, owning a large farm, and clearly being intelligent.

Why: The channel is nice because he includes all his failures, and goes into articulate detail on how he debugged them.  I feel like learned some implicit knowledge about repair strategies. I particularly recommend the series of videos in which he purchases, accidentally sets on fire, and revives an ancient boom lift truck.

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comment by Parker Conley (parker-conley) · 2024-03-31T23:06:42.475Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Domain: Small Business, Heavy Machinery Operation, Construction

Link: Andrew Camarata

Background: He has no legible success that I know of, except that he’s wealthy enough to afford many machines, and he’s smart enough that the house he designed and built came out stunning (albeit eccentric).

Why: The YouTube channel of Andrew Camarata communicates a great deal about small business, heavy machinery operation and construction. Some of it he narrates what he’s doing, but he mostly just does it, and you say “Oh, I never realized I could do that with a Skid Steer” or “that’s how to keep a customer happy”.  Lots of implicit knowledge about accomplishing heavy engineering projects between an hour and a week long.  Of course, if you‘re looking for lessons that would be helpful for an ambitious person in Silicon Valley, it will only help in a very meta way. 

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comment by Vitor · 2024-04-15T10:26:28.435Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Domain: Farming Construction and Craftsmanship

Link: Simple off grid Cabin that anyone can build & afford: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOOXmfkXpkM (and many other builds on his channel)

Person: Dave Whipple

Background: Construction contractor, DIY living off-grid in Alaska and Michigan.

Why: He and his wife bootstrapped themselves building their own cabin, then house, sell at a profit, rinse and repeat a few times. There are many, many videos of people building their own cabins, etc. Dave's are simple, clear, lucid, from a guy who's done it many times and has skin in the game.

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comment by Parker Conley (parker-conley) · 2024-04-16T21:12:33.461Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Thanks! Added.

comment by talelore · 2024-04-03T14:28:28.625Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Domain: Math and Game Dev

Link: Shaders for Game Devs

Person: Freya Holmer

Why: She shares a lot of practical knowledge about math and shaders in her streams. She explains not just what, but why, answering people's questions as she goes using her in-depth industry knowledge.

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comment by Parker Conley (parker-conley) · 2024-04-03T22:09:51.784Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Thanks! Added.

comment by talelore · 2024-04-03T14:28:06.276Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Domain: VFX

Link: Vfx artists react to bad & great cgi

Person: Corridor Crew

Why: They're skilled VFX artists reacting to good and bad VFX in movies. In doing so, they share tacit knowledge on compositing, lighting, 3D modelling, etc. They have lots of high profile guests from Seth Rogen to Adam Savage.

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comment by Parker Conley (parker-conley) · 2024-04-03T22:09:45.179Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Thanks! Added.

comment by raydora · 2024-04-02T15:26:23.858Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Domain: Combat Sports

Link: Muay Thai Library

Person: Sylvie Von Duuglas-Ittu

Background: Muay Thai fighter with over 200 fights.

Why: Sylvie shows herself learning with her 'Muay Thai Library' videos. She narrates how she explores learning someone's technique or strategy.

More than any particular technique, these videos show someone's learning process. This is applicable to all combat sports.

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comment by Parker Conley (parker-conley) · 2024-04-03T22:09:37.785Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Thanks! Added.

comment by Freyja · 2024-04-02T01:53:21.122Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Sofia Bue is a professional SFX sculptor; she works at Weta Workshop which is the most well-known special FX company in the world; they were responsible for SFX on Lord of the Rings. She also won the SFX category at the world Bodypainting championships at least once so I think she’s pretty indisputably world-class at it.

Her entire YouTube channel demonstrates a tonne of her tacit knowledge with respect to sculpting and SFX in general, but this is one good example of her showing her work on a small sculpture:

https://youtu.be/1NwYbC5t-9w?si=r0zGFKQXIiQkoLac

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comment by Parker Conley (parker-conley) · 2024-04-03T22:09:33.888Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Thanks! Added.

comment by jsd · 2024-04-01T12:44:21.966Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Domain: Mathematics

Link: vEnhance

Person: Evan Chen

Background: math PhD student, math olympiad coach 

Why: Livestreams himself thinking about olympiad problems

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comment by Neel Nanda (neel-nanda-1) · 2024-04-07T21:49:10.929Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Oh nice, I didn't know Evan had a YouTube channel. He's one of the most renowned olympiad coaches and seems highly competent

comment by Parker Conley (parker-conley) · 2024-04-01T16:22:06.907Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Added, thanks! (x2)

comment by jsd · 2024-04-01T12:40:55.259Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Domain: Mathematics

Link: Thinking about math problems in real time

Person: Tim Gowers

Background: Fields medallist

Why: Livestreams himself thinking about math problems

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comment by Parker Conley (parker-conley) · 2024-04-01T16:21:40.589Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Added, thanks!

comment by Metacelsus · 2024-04-01T01:31:48.227Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

For biology, JoVE ("Journal of Visual Experiments") is a very good source of videos like this. https://www.jove.com/ Unfortunately it's paywalled.

comment by TANSTAAFL · 2024-04-16T18:08:19.201Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Domain: Farming, Construction, & Craftsmanship

Link:      https://www.youtube.com/@Advoko (English narration)

                https://www.youtube.com/user/advocatttt (Russian narration)

Person: Max Egorov

Background:       Unknown

Why:     Bushcraft and off-grid craftsmanship.  Advoko has a site in the woods near Lake Ladoga in Russia where he films himself building various improvements by hand with local materials. Very competent craftsman, professional touch with no hype.

comment by Misha Glouberman (misha-glouberman-1) · 2024-04-16T16:35:06.578Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Domain: Business & Business Communication, Mastering Difficult Conversations,  Coaching

Link: Misha Glouberman - Recorded Coaching Sessions

Person: Misha Glouberman (That's me)

Background: Consultant, Business Coach, and Co-Author of The Chairs Are Where The People Go.

Why: 

While there’s lots of reading materials on this kind of work, this recording offers the unique opportunity to actually listen and experience the coaching work and learnings happening in real-time. The concepts discussed can be applied to work-related, difficult conversations, but also to any difficult and/or important conversations, personal or professional.

Misha Glouberman records a couple of consecutive coaching sessions with a volunteer (Tanya) who has an important and difficult conversation they need to have at work. After the coaching sessions, Tanya has the important conversation, and then returns to discuss with Misha how his coaching sessions helped shape the end result.

 


 

comment by masasin (jean-nassar) · 2024-04-15T11:37:46.347Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

I have a bunch that I like watching. I'll add more in separate comments as I remember, but some highlights for transportation are Reg Local for driving cars (former police driving instructor; he has a book, but the videos themselves are so helpful) and Missionary Bushpilot for flying small aircraft in Papua New Guinea (gorgeous shots, very careful pilot).

comment by zookini · 2024-04-14T09:58:22.209Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Tacit knowledge videos for CAD modelling:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLzMIhOgu1Y5fwotlIEKNnuIXcEbVIZ7Qm

comment by Jonathan Sheehy (jonathan-sheehy) · 2024-04-05T18:01:15.407Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Domain: Linguistics

Link: [The Art of Language Invention, Episode 25: Ghost Segments]

Person: David J. Peterson

Background: Writer of many 'conlangs' (artificial languages) such as Dothraki from Game of Thrones

Why: 30+ part video-series about conlangs. In theory, it's meant as a resource to guide your own creation of a language. But it's also just a really good resource for absorbing how a linguist thinks about language. He talks about sounds/words/grammar, how they change over time, and what mechanisms are involved in that. IIRC he doesn't use very many technical terms but his depth of knowledge is very obviously deep. In my own case, this video series, and the accompanying book of the same name were instrumental in my linguistics journey.

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comment by Parker Conley (parker-conley) · 2024-04-06T02:23:36.609Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

I did not know 'conlangers' were a thing. Thanks for sharing and added.

comment by arrrtem · 2024-04-04T06:29:55.652Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Domain: Technology

Link: [https://youtube.com/@primitivetechnology9550](Primitive technology)

Person: Anon

Background: He became pretty famous, and published a book of the same name

Why: from youtube description "Primitive technology is a hobby where you make things in the wild completely from scratch using no modern tools or materials. This is the strict rule. If you want a fire- use fire sticks, an axe- pick up a stone and shape it, a hut- build one from trees, mud, rocks etc. The challenge is seeing how far you can go without modern technology."

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comment by Parker Conley (parker-conley) · 2024-04-06T02:23:48.027Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Thanks for sharing! Added.

comment by Parker Conley (parker-conley) · 2024-03-31T17:49:30.493Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

(sample comment, to set a standard for quality)

Domain: Video Editing

Link: World's Most Advanced Video Editing Tutorial (Premiere Pro)

Person: Taran Van Hemert

Background: "Editor, Camera Operator, Writer, Host at Linus Tech Tips" for ~10 years (Website).

Why: Incredibly in-depth look into Taran's video editing workflow for a YouTube channel with 15M subscribers.

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comment by Parker Conley (parker-conley) · 2024-03-31T17:51:08.037Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

(another one)

Domain: Business, Business Communication

Link: GiveWell's Public Board Meetings (2007–2020 have audio).

People: Elie Hassenfeld, Holden Karnofsky, Timothy Ogden, Rob Reich, Tom Rutledge, Brigid Slipka, Cari Tuna, Julia Wise, and others.

Backgrounds:

  • Holden Karnofsky. “Director of AI Strategy (formerly CEO) of Open Philanthropy and co-founder of GiveWell” (Website).
  • Elie Hassenfeld. co-founder and CEO of GiveWell (LinkedIn).
  • Timothy Ogden. Chief Knowledge Officer at Geneva Global, Inc.; founding editor of Gartner Press; founder of Sona Partners; chairman of GiveWell (Aspen Institute).
  • Rob Reich. Political Science professor at Stanford for 26 years (Stanford).
  • Tom Rutledge. Has worked in finance since 1989 (LinkedIn). 
  • Brigid Sliplka. Director of Philanthropy at ACLU (LinkedIn).
  • Cari Tuna. President at Open Philanthropy and Good Ventures (Wikipedia).
  • Julia Wise. Community Liaison at Centre for Effective Altruism (LinkedIn).

Why: I've personally found it interesting to listen to these meetings for generally instantiating "what actually is a board meeting?". They can be listened to just like you would listen to a podcast, in a multi-tasking sort of way.