Should Giving What We Can change its Pledge?

Giving What We Can is considering broadening the pledge it asks people to make. We’d like to hear your thoughts about that idea! ...Read More

The Harvard Research Center in Creative Altruism

I just happened upon this long bygone research institute in my own research. Established by Pitirim A. Sorokin - established and headed the first sociology department at the university - at Harvard sometime around the mid-twentieth century. Unfortunately, I don't have time to pursue its archives/work at the moment. Thought ...Read More

Charity Science's first annual review: how effective is fundraising?

Here is Charity Science 's one year review, cross-posted from our website for those of you interested in reading about our progress so far. In this internal review, we describe and evaluate Charity Science’s progress after its first year of operations. We mainly focus on the most recent 6 months, ...Read More

Effective Altruism is a Question (not an ideology)

What is the definition of Effective Altruism? What claims does it make? What do you have to believe or do, to be an Effective Altruist? I don’t think that any of these questions make sense. It’s not surprising that we ask them: if you asked those questions about feminism or ...Read More

Open Thread 3

Welcome to the third open thread on the Effective Altruism Forum. This is our place to discuss relevant topics that have not appeared in recent posts. Thanks to an upgrade by Trike Apps, each time you visit the open thread, new comments will now be highlighted!

On Progress and Prosperity

I often encounter the following argument, or a variant of it: Historically, technological, economic, and social progress have been associated with significant gains in quality of life and significant improvement in society's ability to cope with challenges. All else equal, these trends should be expected to continue, and so contributions ...Read More

Giving Without Sacrifice? (Some excerpts)

(You can find the complete paper on the GWWC website ) Cross-sectional studies consistently show that at any given time, within any given country, income is positively correlated with happiness (see [Diener & Biswas-Diener 2002, 122-127] for overview and discussion). Thus, the World Value Survey II found the percentage of ...Read More

How can people be persuaded to give more (and more effectively)?

Written by Angus Smith, Michael Davies and me as part of the Giving What We Can September Internship. Encouraging people to give to charity is often based on appeals to emotion. Encouraging people to give to the most effective charities, however, involves appealing to their reason. Do these facts necessarily ...Read More

Aim high, even if you fall short

Let’s say I believe it would be good for my health to go running every day. But I quickly realize that I don’t want to run every day, and that realistically I’ll only run a few times a month. It’s embarrassing to think of myself as being inconsistent, so perhaps ...Read More

One month in - it's time for more introductions

Hello everyone, It's been a big launch month for the Effective Altruism Forum. To the roughly 100 existing posts on the Effective Altruism Blog, we've added 43 new posts. Congrats Jess , Kaj , Peter , Katja and Topher for writing the five most popular posts! Thanks everyone for your ...Read More

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