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Meatless Monday: FARM Looks at 40

Ellen Kanner | Posted 10.03.2016 | Green
Ellen Kanner

Yesterday, Gandhi's birthday, Alex Hershaft observed his traditional fast on behalf of animals. Today is Rosh Hashanah, a new year. And next week, F...

The Limits of Ideology and Identity in Social Change

Scott Weathers | Posted 08.26.2016 | Impact
Scott Weathers

Reflecting on my past year as a Global Health Corps fellow, I wanted to talk a bit about identity, ideology, and social change. Although this is my personal narrative, I believe that shrinking our identity and moving past ideology as much as one can are key steps to maximizing the positive impact that we have on the world.

This Startup Entrepreneur Lives On Min. Wage So He Has More Money To Donate

Linch Zhang | Posted 07.14.2016 | Impact
Linch Zhang

Ben West is a startup entrepreneur based out of Madison, Wisconsin. He is also a member of the Effective Altruism community and had donated over $100,...

Peter Singer On The Most Good You Can Do

Chris Castiglione | Posted 06.23.2016 | Books
Chris Castiglione

Peter Singer is a personal inspiration to me. He is a well known Australian philosopher and author who has spent his entire life in pursuit of doing more good in the world.

Ramadan 2016 Day Two: Should We Donate to Religion?

Anhar Karim | Posted 06.09.2016 | Religion
Anhar Karim

I want to fall asleep on that carpet As soon as we walked into the Diyanet Mosque we were transported to a different world. Men in kufis and women in...

High-Impact Philosophy: Making the World a Better Place

Patricia Illingworth | Posted 05.19.2016 | Impact
Patricia Illingworth

How many philosophers does it take to change a light bulb? It depends on how you define change.

The Best Charity Uses the Head, But It Can't Happen Without the Heart

Rachel Elizabeth Maley | Posted 03.28.2016 | Impact
Rachel Elizabeth Maley

What is needed to convert warm glow givers to a more effective philanthropy is not a obliteration of their primary impetus to give, but an enhancement in understanding of what their gifts can accomplish when applied thoughtfully.

How One Man Is Trekking a Continent and Taking on a Cause

Rhema Hokama | Posted 02.19.2016 | Impact
Rhema Hokama

Matt Napier is passionate about fighting global poverty--and is undertaking an ambitious walk this summer across southern Africa to raise funds and aw...

Peter Singer Explains How Philosophy Can Be Hard To Grasp

Quora | Posted 01.25.2016 | GPS for the Soul

Some philosophical questions are genuinely difficult, and yet working on them can be important (see my earlier example of Derek Parfit's work on population ethics in Reasons and Persons, Part IV). Reasonably bright people can understand Parfit's work on these issues, but not without putting in some work.

Efffective Altruism: Conversations with Peter Singer

Matthieu Ricard | Posted 12.21.2015 | Impact
Matthieu Ricard

Altruism Meets Effective Altruism: Thoughts on Conversations with Peter Singer In October, I had the honor of participating in a public discussion...

Saving the World, Startup-Style: a Billion Reasons to Support Effective Altruists

Kate Grant | Posted 11.25.2015 | Impact
Kate Grant

This week's New York Times Magazine contains a short, but brilliantly provocative piece by "On Money" writer, Adam Davidson, titled "Saving the World, Startup-Style." The issue is important because roughly one billion men, women and children live in dire poverty on less than a dollar a day.

Peter Singer Wants Us to Be More Thoughtful Givers

Tamar Abrams | Posted 11.11.2015 | Impact
Tamar Abrams

Many acts of charity are spontaneous, as you walk by the Salvation Army kettle or past the guy with a cardboard sign standing in the median. Others ar...

Finally, an Anti-Contraception Ruling I (Sort of) Support

Herb Silverman | Posted 09.06.2016 | Religion
Herb Silverman

I can't understand why so many people who oppose abortion also oppose making contraceptives available to reduce the number of abortions. So why am I cautiously optimistic about the recent ruling by Federal Judge Richard J. Leon in favor of the anti-choice organization.

Effective Altruism: The World is One Family

Eric Gastfriend | Posted 07.31.2016 | Impact
Eric Gastfriend

EA asks us to think critically, strategically, and rationally about issues such as what global causes to prioritize, which careers will enable us to achieve the most social good, and which charities can reduce the most suffering per dollar spent.

"Doing Good" Needed to Be Done a Bit Better

Kate Grant | Posted 07.29.2016 | Books
Kate Grant

William MacAskill is that rare creature: a true visionary and iconoclast, a bright rising star in the too often stodgy field of philanthropy. Like many people in the Effective Altruism movement, I anticipated this week's release of MacAskill's book Doing Good Better: How Effective Altruism Can Help You Make a Difference.

If You Want To Save Lives, Become An Investment Banker: Philosopher

Reuters | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 07.27.2015 | Impact

LONDON, July 27 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Investment banking doesn't rank highly on most people's lists of ethical career choices, but according ...

Feeding the Elephant: How to Maintain Your Motivation to Give

Brad Hurley | Posted 05.13.2016 | Impact
Brad Hurley

Whenever I find myself giving in to temptation too frequently, I revisit the original sources that led me to my commitment.

What Do You Do With Your Optimism?

Rachel Elizabeth Maley | Posted 05.13.2016 | Impact
Rachel Elizabeth Maley

I make this decision because I am a proud proponent of "effective altruism" - a movement which values evidence and reason when choosing how best to direct our efforts to improve the world.

So You Want to be a "Radical" Philanthropist?

Leah Hunt-Hendrix | Posted 05.04.2016 | Impact
Leah Hunt-Hendrix

Among other research and policy initiatives aimed reducing the maximum volume of suffering for the minimum philanthropic investment, GiveWell is sending mosquito nets to Africa, hoping to save children from malaria.

How Do You Live the Life of Utilitarianism?

Quora | Posted 06.23.2015 | GPS for the Soul

Utilitarianism says that we should always do what will have the best consequences for all those affected by our actions. "Best consequences" generally refers to well-being, in some sense, although utilitarians differ on whether this means happiness, and the reduction of suffering, or something like the satisfaction of preferences.

The New Social Movement of Our Generation: Effective Altruism

Melody Y. Guan | Posted 06.19.2015 | Impact
Melody Y. Guan

If universities are the bellwether of social change, as they have often been in times past, then the enthusiasm and captivation that EA has brought out at Harvard and other institutions of higher learning may well trickle to the rest of the population.

Why We Should Do Good by Giving Better

Rhema Hokama | Posted 06.16.2015 | Impact
Rhema Hokama

I think that if we're open to being challenged and eager to contribute, each of us will find that we can make a measurable difference by donating either money or time to bettering the lives of those who live with so much less than ourselves.

Dare to Be 100: Peter Singer's Mighty Voice

Walter M. Bortz II, M.D. | Posted 06.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Walter M. Bortz II, M.D.

Yesterday I bought Singer's new book, "The Most Good You Can Do: How Effective Altruism is Changing Ideas About Living Ethically." (1) I eagerly look ...

Peter Singer Argues for 'Effective Altruism' for Charitable Giving in His New Book

Marc Bekoff | Posted 05.27.2015 | Denver
Marc Bekoff

Whether you agree or disagree with Professor Singer's arguments I guarantee they will move you out of your comfort zones and make you think deeply about what you do with your money and if your charitable giving really does the most good you can do.

Nico Pitney

That Time A Hedge Funder Quit His Job And Then Raised $60 Million For Charity | Nico Pitney | Posted 09.30.2015 | Good News

Elie Hassenfeld had an enjoyable and lucrative career in finance. Then he discovered an unusual passion. "I found myself staying up Friday nights t...