The core of effective altruism is the Drowning Child scenario. The world is full of death and suffering. Your money (or time, or whatever resource you prefer to spend) could fix more of it than you think — one controversial analysis estimates $5,000 to save a life. You would go crazy if you tried to devote 100% of your time and money to helping others. But if you decide to just help when you feel like it or a situation comes up, you’ll probably forget. Is there some more systematic way to commit yourself to some amount between 0% and 100% of your effort (traditionally 10%)? And once you’ve done that, how do you make those resources go as far as possible? This is , the rest is just commentary.”

Last week I donated 10% of my gross income of 2021 to Ayuda Efectiva as part of my commitment to the “Giving What We Can” Pledge.


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Contribute with legal expertise, money, or diffusion. Also, if you’re a professor, you can sign in support of SciHub.

“I discovered when I started making that I didn’t really need it. When you have such an excess of money you don’t need, the most sensible, most human and completely obvious thing is to give to people in need.”


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A free online giving you the chance to hear from some of the world's most eminent thinkers in . Keynote address: Nobel Laureate Professor . Supported by the world’s leading organizations in effective philanthropy and charity evaluation. Also featuring: Johannes Ackva (Climate Lead Founders Pledge), Leah Edgerton (Executive Director Animal Charity Evaluators), Neil Buddy Shah (Managing Director, ).

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“I recognise that I can use part of my income to do a significant amount of good. Since I can live well enough on a smaller income, I pledge that for the rest of my life or until the day I retire, I shall give at least ten percent of what I earn to whichever organisations can most effectively use it to improve the lives of others, now and in the years to come. I make this pledge freely, openly, and sincerely.”

I love the movement because people and organisations around it are focusing on what is really, really important — with an analytical mindset.
Often their ideas are so simple and powerful that I feel they would be pages of a hypothetical book entitled “Instructions for ”.
A recent example:

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