Luke K. Freeman

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Passionate entrepreneur, technology and marketing specialist, aspiring effective altruist, and a flawed human animal. Striving in each domain to be a force for good in the world.

In my day job I’m currently focused on my latest venture, Positly, which aims to dramatically improve the speed, quality and affordability of social science, product, and human subject research so that their vital work can yield the best results. I believe this is important because humans are at the core of most problems, from our individual mental health to how our society faces socio-political challenges right through to the individual decisions that new businesses need to make. I want to be part of enabling people to solve those problems better, to keep building a better world.

On my personal blog, you can find me pondering life’s biggest mysteries….or at least – my life’s biggest mysteries. I’m just a human being after all, trying to interpret the world through my experience as best as I can.

My road to Positly and my other current projects have been littered with challenges and mistakes, along with many successes, adventures, and some clichés (from dropping out of high school to having an office in a garage and starting my first business at 8 years old). Along the way I’ve been part of the team that created Sendle, worked across the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), travelled the world, wrote some curious papers, represented my country on the water, cycled some very long commutes, contested my local seat for parliament, lived on less than $2 per day, organised several conferences, played music at bars, married my university sweetheart, became an uncle several times, and many more things I treasure. I certainly haven’t done it all, but it’s my goal to live life to the fullest.

You can contact me through my website if you’re interested in talking about my current projects, collaborating on something wonderful, or if you find yourself in Sydney and would enjoy joining me for a coffee, beer, cycle, paddle or walk.

Find around the web on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, AngelList, Instagram, Tumblr, Reddit, EA Forums, Strava… or even Google+.

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Views and values

Moral philosophy: 
Consequentialist/utilitarian (or think that this covers the most important considerations)
Causes you think you should devote resources to: 
Global poverty
Animal welfare
Improving rationality or science
Existential risk (artificial intelligence)
Existential risk (other)
Far future concerns (besides existential risk)
Political reform
Cause prioritization
Meta charities which direct resources to these causes
Mental health and wellbeing at scale
Actions you're taking to support these causes: 

I’m currently focused on my latest venture, Positly. At Positly we aim to help researchers recruit participants faster, easier and cheaper so that their vital work can yield the best results. Humans are at the core of most problems, from our individual mental health to how our society faces socio-political challenges right through to the individual decisions that new businesses need to make. We want to enable people to solve those problems better, to keep building a better world.

I'm also volunteering in a number of Effective Altruism project from our local Sydney group, to donation projects and teaching University classes on careers and ethics.

Diet: 
Vegetarian
Other social movements identified with: 
Animal Rights
Environmentalist
Skeptic/atheist
Causes and communities you're interested in: 
Animal welfare
Earn-to-give
Effective giving
Entrepreneurship
Existential risk and far future causes
Global poverty
Machine intelligence risk
Movement-building
Prioritization research
Rationality

You and EA

Year you first heard the term 'Effective Altruism': 
2012
Groups you're a member of: 
The 'Effective Altruists' Facebook group
Giving What We Can (you've taken the pledge)
The Life You Can Save (you've taken the pledge)
Local EA group
Which factors were important in 'getting you into' Effective Altruism, or altering your actions in its direction?: 
Local chapter of an EA organisation
The online EA community
Friends
GiveWell
80,000 Hours
Personal contact with an EA or EAs
Organisations you've volunteered or worked for: 
Effective Altruism Australia, Effective Altruism Sydney, EAGxAustralia
Number of friends who'd describe themselves as Effective Altruists: 
11-20 friends
How you first heard about 'Effective Altruism': 
GiveWell

Career

Planned career path: 
For-purpose entrepreneurship
Confidence that you'll take this career path: 
I am currently working in this career path, and do not anticipate changing.

Demographics

Name: 
Luke K. Freeman
Gender: 
Male
Highest level of education completed or currently pursuing: 
Undergraduate degree (bachelor’s)
Country: 
Australia
City: 
Sydney
Religious beliefs: 
Atheist, agnostic or non-religious
Political views: 
Centre
Full-time student?: 
No
Might you be able to let EAs stay with you at the moment?: 
Yes