What is Effective Altruism?

Effective altruism is about answering one simple question: how can we use our resources to help others the most? We use evidence and careful analysis to find the very best causes to work on. But it's no use answering the question unless you act on it. Effective altruism is about following through. It's about being generous with your time and your money to do the most good you can.

Our Values

Open-mindedness

Consider all causes and actions, and then act in the way that brings about the greatest positive impact

Critical thinking

Apply evidence, science and reason to determine the most effective ways to improve the world

Global empathy

Value all sentient life, regardless of nationality, creed, ancestry, religion, or species

Global Health

Animal Welfare

Biosecurity

Criminal Justice Reform

Mental Health

AI Safety

Books

Doing Good Better

Most of us want to make a difference. We donate our time and money to charities and causes we deem worthy, choose careers we consider meaningful, and patronize businesses and buy products we believe make the world a better place.

Unfortunately, we often base these decisions on assumptions and emotions rather than facts. As a result, even our best intentions often lead to ineffective—and sometimes downright harmful—outcomes. How can we do better?

The Life You Can Save

For the first time in history, eradicating world poverty is within our reach. Yet around the world, a billion people struggle to live each day on less than many of us pay for bottled water.

In The Life You Can Save, Peter Singer uses ethical arguments, illuminating examples, and case studies of charitable giving to show that our current response to world poverty is not only insufficient but morally indefensible. It teaches us to be a part of the solution, helping others as we help ourselves.

The Precipice

If all goes well, human history is just beginning. Our species could survive for billions of years. But this vast future is at risk.

Drawing on over a decade of research, The Precipice explores the cutting-edge science behind the existential risks we face. It puts them in the context of the greater story of humanity: showing how ending these risks is among the most pressing moral issues of our time. And it points the way forward, to the actions and strategies that can safeguard humanity.

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