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You're richer than you realise, a 2024 short documentary shot on the streets of London, edited by Suzy Shepard and hosted by Grace Adams

Rutger Bregman on the 🔸10% Pledge by Rutger Bregman

Cost-effectiveness in less than two minutes by Hypercube, in collaboration with Giving What We Can

Why I'm giving 10% of my income to charity
by Ali Abdaal

Charity evaluation and its future by GiveWell, ACE, Founders Pledge, and Giving What We Can | EAG London 23

What are the most important moral problems of our time? by Will MacAskill

Effective altruism by Beth Barnes

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The 80,000 Hours PodcastRob WiblinConversations about the world's most pressing problems and how you can use your career to solve them.
Future PerfectDylan Matthews, Sigal SamuelFuture Perfect explores provocative ideas with the potential to radically improve the world. They tackle big questions about the most effective ways to save lives, fight global warming, and end world poverty to create a more perfect future.
Rationally SpeakingJulia GalefExplores the borderlands between reason and nonsense, likely and unlikely, and science and pseudoscience.
The Giving What We Can PodcastLuke FreemanJoin us on our very own podcast as we explore how to use our resources to do the most good. Learn more about effective giving, high impact charities, philanthropy, and effective altruism.

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The moral imperative towards cost-effectiveness by Toby Ord

Conversations about the ethics of global health usually focus on traditional moral issues such as justice, equality, and freedom. While these issues are important, they are often overshadowed by cost-effectiveness. In one of the foundational essays on effective giving, Toby explains how this happens and what it means for global health.

(Note: There has since been some new research about the DCP2 data Toby analyses in this 2013 essay; while some of the figures may be out of date, the key takeaway -- that we have a moral imperative towards cost-effectiveness and that interventions vary widely in terms of good done per dollar -- holds true. See our discussion of the data about cost-effectiveness comparisons here and more about comparing charities here.)

Giving without sacrifice? The relationship between income, happiness and giving by Andreas Mogensen

A perfectly natural response to the idea that one ought to donate a percentage of one’s income to fight poverty in the developing world is: how will this affect me? Won’t it make my life much worse? Luckily, there is a body of psychological research that can help us to answer this question. This page summarises this psychological research in relation to how giving 10% will affect your happiness.

Famine, Affluence and Morality by Peter Singer

This highly influential essay started a public discussion about our obligations regarding global poverty. Prior to its publication, the issue of global poverty rarely arose within the academic field of ethics. Singer changed this by forcefully arguing that donating to stop poverty was not merely a nice thing to do, but was morally urgent, and that we all had an obligation to donate a large part of our income. Moreover, he did so without invoking a particular moral theory; instead, he derived the obligation directly from our most basic shared moral beliefs.

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Doing Good Better Podcast (3 episodes)Stephanie Tam, Sam DeereThis three episode podcast covers the why, how, and what of effective altruism: the idea that we shouldn't just try to do good — instead, we should try to do the most good that we can.
Effective Altruism: An IntroductionRob WiblinTen curated episodes from The 80,000 Hours Podcast, to quickly get up to speed on the school of thought known as effective altruism.
The Life You Can SavePeter SingerEnjoy hearing Kristen Bell, Paul Simon, Stephen Fry, and more celebrity supporters narrate this compelling book, and learn how you can be part of the solution.
Hear This IdeaFin Moorhouse, Luca RighettiShowcases new thinking in philosophy, the social sciences, and effective altruism.
AI Alignment PodcastLucas PerryExplores the AI alignment problem across a large variety of domains, reflecting the fundamentally interdisciplinary nature of AI alignment.
Clearer ThinkingSpencer GreenbergEnjoy learning about powerful, practical concepts and frameworks. Listen to deep, intellectual conversations.
EA TalksMultipleTalks on topics relevant to effective altruists. Most of the content is from EA Global videos, packaged for easy listening on the go!
All animals are equalPeter SingerPeter Singer argues that, in deciding what to do, we should give the interests of non-human animals as much weight as the interests of members of our own species.
Prospecting for goldOwen Cotton-BarrattDiscusses a series of key effective altruist concepts, such as heavy-tailed distributions, diminishing marginal returns, and comparative advantage, illustrating them with metaphors.
Crucial considerations and wise philanthropyNick BostomExplores what “crucial considerations” are and what they mean for effective altruism.
Misconceptions about effective altruismBenjamin ToddEffective altruism is widely misunderstood, even among its supporters. This article by Benjamin Todd goes through four of the most common misconceptions.
You have more than one goal, and that's fineJulia WiseThis essay frames one way in which to pursue finding a balance between a commitment to helping others with the other things we care about.
Introduction to effective altruismCentre for Effective AltruismAn accessible introduction to effective altruism and examples of how this approach is used in practice to work on pressing global problems.
Understanding cause-neutralityCentre for Effective AltruismClarifies different ways in which the concept of “cause-neutrality” is being used in effective altruism.

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