Doing Good Better: How Can I Make The Biggest Difference?

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<ol><li> 1. DOING GOOD BETTER </li><li> 2. Eective altruism asks: HOW CAN I MAKE THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCE I CAN? and uses evidence &amp; careful reasoning to try to nd an answer. It takes a scientic approach to doing good. </li><li> 3. Just as SCIENCE consists of the HONEST AND IMPARTIAL ATTEMPT TO WORK OUT WHATS TRUE, and a commitment to believe the truth whatever that turns out to be LEARN MORE </li><li> 4. EFFECTIVE ALTRUISM consists of the HONEST AND IMPARTIAL ATTEMPT TO WORK OUT WHATS BEST FOR THE WORLD, and a commitment to do whats best, whatever that turns out to be. LEARN MORE </li><li> 5. These 5 questions will guide you in your quest to ensure youre making not just a dierence, but the most dierence you can. LEARN MORE </li><li> 6. HOW MANY PEOPLE BENEFIT? AND BY HOW MUCH? 1! LEARN MORE </li><li> 7. We need to make hard decisions about who we help and who we dont; that means thinking about how much benet is provided by dierent activities. The quality-adjusted life year allows us to compare the impact of dierent sorts of health programs. OUTCOME LEARN MORE </li><li> 8. IS THIS THE MOST EFFECTIVE THING YOU CAN DO? 2! LEARN MORE </li><li> 9. The very best health and education programs are hundreds of times better than merely very good programs. For example, smallpox eradication did so much good that it alone shows development aid to be highly cost-eective on average. IMPACT LEARN MORE </li><li> 10. IS THIS AREA NEGLECTED? 3! LEARN MORE </li><li> 11. Natural disasters get far more funding than ongoing causes of death and suering such as disease; for that reason, disaster relief usually isnt the most eective use of funds. Diseases, like malaria, that aect people in the developing world, get far less funding than conditions like cancer; for that reason you have a much bigger impact treating people with malaria than with cancer. NEED LEARN MORE </li><li> 12. WHAT WOULD HAVE HAPPENED OTHERWISE? 4!? LEARN MORE </li><li> 13. INEVITABLEThis question helps us to avoid trying to do good works that would happen with or without our involvement. In careers like medicine, youre sometimes simply doing good work that would have happened anyway. LEARN MORE </li><li> 14. WHAT ARE THE CHANCES OF SUCCESS, AND HOW GOOD WOULD SUCCESS BE? 5! LEARN MORE </li><li> 15. REWARDSome activitiessuch as voting, entering politics, campaigning for systemic change, or mitigating risks of global catastropheare eective not because theyre likely to make a dierence but because their impact is so great if they do make a dierence. LEARN MORE </li><li> 16. "Beautifully written and extremely smart. DOING GOOD BETTER should be required reading for anyone interested in making the world better." STEVEN LEVITT, Author of Freakonomics GET BOOK HERE </li></ol>