Effective altruism is about using evidence and reason to figure out how to benefit others as much as possible, and taking action on that basis.
This is a group for discussing, working on, and growing effective altruism in and around Chicago. We organize events such as a speaker series, discussion groups, intro workshops, socials, and a book club.
As the third part of our book club series on Suffering-Focused ethics, we're delighted to have Magnus Vinding himself join us for a conversation.
In addition to his most recent work, Magnus is the author of numerous books and articles on topics like veganism, speciesism, and Effective Altruism. Along with Tobias Baumann and Brian Tomasik, he currently helps run the Center for Reducing Suffering, "research center that works to create a future with less suffering, with a focus on reducing the most intense suffering."
Unlike previous guest speaker events, the format of this event will be more interactive, so please take a moment to ask any questions would like answered, and to upvote other submissions here: https://app.sli.do/event/4y21mttr
Join us in our second and final discussion of "Radical Markets" by Eric Posner and Glen Weyl in our next book club meeting! We'll discuss the final three chapters of the book at this event. As always, it's fine to attend even if you haven't had a chance to read the book.
Many blame today's economic inequality, stagnation, and political instability on the free market. The solution is to rein in the market, right? Radical Markets turns this thinking on its head. This provocative book reveals bold new ways to organize markets for the good of everyone. It shows how the emancipatory force of genuinely open, free, and competitive markets can reawaken the dormant nineteenth-century spirit of liberal reform and lead to greater equality, prosperity, and cooperation.
Only by radically expanding the scope of markets can we reduce inequality, restore robust economic growth, and resolve political conflicts. But to do that, we must replace our most sacred institutions with truly free and open competition―Radical Markets shows how.
There are 3 copies of the book available in the Chicago public library system, and the book is also available for purchase on Amazon for $19.
If any discussion topics come to you while reading, write them down at https://tinyurl.com/y5kzagw3 or come discuss them in #book-club on Slack!