What we're about

This group is (re)starting to meet up regularly and is intended for people that are interested in learning more about Effective Altruism (EA) and/or meeting other EA proponents. In addition, we particularly welcome anybody that is interested in taking a more active role in potentially organizing events for the wider public. If you're interested in getting connected, and there's not a Meetup happening, or you just can't make it, contact the organizers (Mats in particular for the time being)!

Why this group is cool:

Effective Altruism is a growing social movement aimed at bringing people together to do more good in the world. It revolves around answering one simple question: how can we use our resources to help others the most? Rather than just doing what feels right, we use evidence and careful analysis to find the very best causes to work on.

Many people in the movement are donors (for example, taking giving pledges with http://givingwhatwecan.org , or http://1fortheworld.org ), and follow the recommendations of evaluation firms ( http://givewell.org , http://openphilanthropy.org , http://animalcharityevaluators.org ).

Others are researchers, and contribute to high-quality primary research ( http://povertyactionlab.org , http://poverty-action.org ).

Yet others have their own path, and can follow recommendations from http://80000hours.org on how to manage their career.

Philly is home to http://1fortheworld.org , raising money, and http://thehumanleague.org considered incredibly effective by a major evaluation group.

What you should do:

This Meetup is just getting started, please join us at our next upcoming meeting. If you're interested in getting connected, and there's not a Meetup happening, or you just can't make it, contact the organizers (Mats in particular for the time being)!

Upcoming events (1)

Effective Altruism Meetup - Topic: Selecting & Prioritizing Causes

Everyone is welcome! The next topic we will be discussing is: how to select and prioritize causes. With so many causes worthy of pursuit, how do we pick which causes we should consider, and then how to we prioritize them? Is it sufficient to "just" do good by picking causes that meet some minimum criteria or should we try to maximize how much good we do? Is it practical and/or ethical to compare between vastly different causes? MEETING TOPICS 1) Introductions & Group Overview 2) Discuss Effective Altruism in general with Q&A 3) Special Topic Discussion REGARDING EFFECTIVE ALTRUISM If you're unfamiliar with effective altruism we recommend viewing at least one of the below 1) Introduction from Effective Altruism website - https://www.effectivealtruism.org/articles/introduction-to-effective-altruism/ 2) William MacAskill TED Talk - https://www.ted.com/talks/will_macaskill_how_can_we_do_the_most_good_for_the_world?language=en 3)Giving What We Can website- https://www.givingwhatwecan.org/ REGARDING SELECTING/PRIORITIZING CAUSES (not required reading, but in case you want to be better prepared to join the discussion) 1) 80,000 hours: How to compare different global problems in terms of impact - https://80000hours.org/articles/problem-framework/ LOCATION: Su Xing House, 1508 Sansom St. Look forward to seeing you then!

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