Lessons from running Harvard Effective Altruism

During my last two years at Harvard, I co-ran Harvard Effective Altruism , bringing it from a membership of one to an organizational board of ten students and scores more who routinely attended our talks. In the hope that some of these tips will help other students start groups of ...Read More

[link] The Economist on "extreme altruism"

Extreme altruism: right on! , The Economist , September 20th, 2014. An excerpt: Flyers at petrol stations do not normally ask for someone to donate a kidney to an unrelated stranger. That such a poster, in a garage in Indiana, actually did persuade a donor to come forward might seem ...Read More

Supportive Scepticism

I’d like to raise an aspect of effective altruism that I personally find difficult. My hope is that this will promote discussion and help others who feel similarly. I want to preface this by saying I am incredibly glad that I got involved in the effective altruism community, and that ...Read More

Minor Updates

Hi all, I have some small news. Since the forum's launch , Trike have made two updates. The first fixed some login issues. The second made several improvements: If you visit a url from the old blog, it now redirects to the corresponding pages on the forum. The default font ...Read More

Introduce Yourself

Hi readers, It's great to have you on the forum! If you'd like to, write something below about yourself or how you connect with the philosophy and social movement of effective altruism. To start us off, I'm a junior doctor from Melbourne, with a particular interest in tweaking the impact ...Read More

Effective altruism quotes

[Inspired by the corresponding LessWrong thread.] Post each quote as a separate comment, so that they can be upvoted or downvoted separately. Provide sufficient information (URL, title, date, page number, etc.) to enable a reader to find the place where you read the quote, or its original source if available. ...Read More

To Inspire People to Give, Be Public About Your Giving

Many people think it would be nicer if people were to give more money to non-profits, especially effective ones. However, for most people, it doesn't even occur to them that they giving a large share of their salary to charity is something that people actually can do, or that people ...Read More

A Brief Summary of "How to Raise Money Without Killing a Kitten”

Recently I was listening to the Freakonomics Podcast entitled "How to Raise Money Without Killing a Kitten” . They interviewed economist John List about fundraising. There were a fair bit of interesting tips about fundraising, so I took some notes in case anyone was interested. This is essentially a "brief ...Read More

Open Thread

Welcome to the first open thread on the Effective Altruism Forum. This is our place to discuss relevant topics that have not appeared in recent posts.

What small things can an EA do?

How can we make the world a better place? Effective altruism encourages people to think deeply about how to prioritize their time to make the most difference. However, frequently doing something and starting somewhere is a lot better than just thinking and ending up not doing anything . So here's ...Read More

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