Past Meetup

Effective Altruism: The future of doing good deeds

This Meetup is past

55 people went

Price: £7.00 /per person

Birkbeck College

Torrington Square WC1E 7HX · London

How to find us

We'll be in B18, on the Basement level

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How will current and future trends change the way we seek to do good in the world?

We live in a global society where we can effect others around the world at a moment's notice - making it ever harder to turn a blind eye to the suffering of those out of our sight.

We live in a data-driven society where evidence and science mean that when we try to do good we can actually test, measure and find out what works and what does not.

We live in a society where morals change: where once tribalism, slavery, racism, and sexism were acceptable in society they are no longer. But what comes next?

On top of all this we live in a society that has the power to make the human race go extinct.

Effective Altruism is applying evidence and reason to the goal of making the world a better place. This talk will look into all of the above. It will explore how, if we care about others, we must adapt our daily lives and our ethical goals to be better at doing good deeds in the modern world.

About the speaker:

Sam Hilton ( is an advocate of and educator in effective altruism. He is the Founder and Director of Effective Altruism London (, a community dedicated to promoting, inspiring and assisting people to use evidence and reason to achieve their altruistic goals.

Previously Sam worked at the UK Treasury for a number of years, where his roles included being lead policy adviser on structural banking reform. Sam has also helped set up other charities.

Sam states that he hopes that this talk will, in some way, change how you live.

Meeting logistics:

2pm-4pm, Saturday 21st January 2017.

Venue: Room B18, Birkbeck College (, Torrington Square WC1E 7HX, London.

Room B18 is on the basement level in the main Birkbeck College building, in Torrington Square (which is a pedestrian-only square). Torrington Square is about 10 minutes walk from either Russell Square or Goodge St tube stations.

Coffee and other light refreshments can be purchased from the Costa Coffee shop in the reception area of the building, either ahead of or after the meeting.

The event will be followed by a chance to continue the discussion in a nearby pub - The Marlborough Arms (, 36 Torrington Place, London WC1E 7HJ.

Event hashtag:

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Covering meeting costs:

A small fee (£7) is payable to attend this meetup. This fee covers room hire costs. Please pay in advance, online, after you RSVP.

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This will be refunded if the meeting is cancelled or rearranged, or if the attendee cancels at least 2 days before the meetup.

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Alternatively, if there are still seats available, payment of £10 in that case can be made in cash at the door on the day. (Requesting payment in advance assists with accurate planning of the event.)

Journalists are welcome to attend the meeting free-of-charge - please contact the organiser, notifying us in advance of your plans to attend.