What’s the Best Way to Do Good? Effective Altruism Explained

Ever heard the term "effective altruism"? No? Yes, but still not sure what it means? Our latest Knowledge article takes a look at what the EA movement is all about and why it's attracting more and more followers around the world.

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Translation Marisa Pettit, 04.04.18

Ever heard the term “effective altruism”? No? Yes, but still not sure what it means? Our latest Knowledge article takes a look at what the EA movement is all about and why it’s attracting more and more followers around the world.

Want to make a donation, but not sure where your money will have the most positive impact? In a world facing so many different ecological and social challenges, and with thousands of projects and initiatives all trying to help, it’s a difficult question to answer, but that’s exactly what Effective Altruism tries to do.

Effective altruism is a movement that wants to combine empathy with evidence – in a utilitarian approach that works out which charities and causes do the most good by analysing as much data as possible and comparing the results. It’s an approach that’s gained in popularity over the past few years; websites and research institutes have been set up and the movement’s followers meet at effective altruism conferences around the globe.

So what are the benefits of this logical approach? And where doesn’t it measure up? Want to find out more?

Our brand new Knowledge article takes a closer look.

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