TED talks, podcasts & recommended books

 

Here are more resources to explore and understand about Effective Altruism (EA) as an approach towards doing good more effectively. 

 

Also located on other pages are: EA organisationsonline communities and giving guide


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AN INTRODUCTION TO EFFECTIVE ALTRUISM (EA)

If you're lucky enough to live without want, it's a natural impulse to be altruistic to others. But, asks philosopher Peter Singer, what's the most effective way to give? He talks through some surprising thought experiments to help you balance emotion and practicality — and make the biggest impact with whatever you can share.

NOTE: Starting at 0:30, this talk contains 30 seconds of graphic footage.

 

APPLYING RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIALS (RCTS)

Alleviating poverty is more guesswork than science, and lack of data on aid's impact raises questions about how to provide it. But Esther Duflo says it's possible to know which development efforts help and which hurt -- by testing solutions with randomized trials.

Esther Duflo is the co-founder and director of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL). 


 

Will MacAskill is the CEO and co-founder of the Centre for Effective Altruism (CEA) and an Associate Professor in Philosophy at Oxford University. He helped to create the effective altruism movement: the use of evidence and reason to help others by as much as possible with our time and money.

 

Effective Altruism: A Better Way to Lead an Ethical Life

Discussion by William MacAskill & Giles Fraser, facilitated by Kamal Ahmed  [Nov 2015]

 

William MacAskill on Effective Altruism, Y Combinator, and A.I. 

[Nov 2015]

 

Being Good and Doing Good: A Conversation with William MacAskill

[Aug 2016]

 

Interview with William MacAskill  

[Mar 2017]

 

More EA podcast episodes: 


 

The Life You Can Save

By Peter Singer (2009) 

A page turner and a simple read. But also expect to be challenged by the ethical arguments that Singer makes in this book.

The title says it all. There is a life that you can make a difference in and it's within our capacity to help someone. We can all play a part to prevent unnecessary suffering and deaths in this world. 

Find out how. 

 

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Doing Good Better

By William MacAskill (2015)

Highly recommended for those interested in understanding effective altruism (EA).

By asking certain key questions, we can think differently, try to set aside biases, and use evidence and careful reasoning rather than act on impulse. When we apply the head and the heart to each of our altruistic endeavors, each of us has the power to do an astonishing amount of good.

 

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The Most Good You Can Do

By Peter Singer (2015)

Some people have made conscious decisions to prioritize effective giving as they negotiate their career choices, family lives, and relationships with those they love.

It is possible for each of us to find ways of bettering the lives of the global poor—and that doing so often holds substantial personal and psychological rewards for those who chose to give. Find out their stories here. 

 

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80,000 Hours

By Benjamin Todd (2016)

You have about 80,000 hours in your career. Make the right choices, and you can help solve some of the world’s most pressing problems, as well as have a more rewarding, interesting life.

Based on research, this guide aims to help you find a career that you enjoy, you’re good at, and that tackles the world’s most pressing problems. 

Explore how. 

 

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The Effective Altruism Handbook

Edited by Ryan Carey (2015)

A collection of blog posts and short articles that have been written by people who are engaged in effective altruism (EA).

The main themes are on charity evaluation, career choice and cause selection.

A book from the community for the community. 

 

Read here →