Effective Altruism Meetup - Topic: Selecting & Prioritizing Causes

This is a past event

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Su Xing House

1508 Sansom St. · Philadelphia, PA

How to find us

We will be in the back room. You can ask the hostess and we will have a sign.

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Details

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!