3 Steps to Learning about Effective Altruism + Guiding Questions: Transforming Your View of Charity

These are the main things I learned during my Duke University fellowship on Effective Altruism.

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1. Effective Altruism is not Perfect Altruism, and for good reason. 💚

2. While economists tend to say that money funnelled into purchasing a type of product brings diminishing returns — that the marginal value of each additional purchase decreases — this is not the case in altruism. 💵

3. Just as we would rather know what becomes of our money when we invest in a business, it is appropriate (and rewarding, and essentially vital) to investigate how it is used in a charity. 💰

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Guiding Questions 🤔

a) How many people will benefit, and by how much?

b) Is this the most effective thing that I can do?

c) Is this area neglected?

d) What would have happened if I had not helped?

e) What are the chances of success, and how good would success be?

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A lot of people might say, “Why would I even bother? Whatever I do will just be a drop in the bucket.”

Duke University ’23 🏫 Writer @sailors.n.yachts ⛵️ worldschooling/unschooling ✏️ 9 countries, 3 continents, 2 boarding schools, 10 languages 🏫

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