Effective altruism is all about combining empathy, reason and evidence. By carefully considering what we value, and by working together to find the best ways of achieving that, we can each do an amazing amount of good.
The Centre for Effective Altruism is a collection of organisations which have come together to explore these core ideas; with each organisation pursuing different ways of putting the ideas into practice. We don’t pretend to have all the answers for how to make the most difference; but we have collated a body of research and experimentation with the aim of providing some of them.
The following two organisations are currently part of the Centre for Effective Altruism:
- Giving What We Can seeks to find those charities which are the most effective in helping people who live in developing countries. Its research shows that some charities are 1000 times more effective at helping people than others. Its members form a community of people who regularly donate to the most effective charities, thus helping as many people in developing countries as they can.
- 80,000 Hours provides an alternative to traditional, woolly careers advice. It carries out extensive research into which careers make the most difference, how they make a difference, and what makes people suited to each particular career over the long-term. It then provides tailored advice to people, to allow them to help the world as much as they can with the 80,000 productive hours they’ll spend over their lifetime.
The following two organisations started as part of the Centre for Effective Altruism, but now operate independently:
- The Life You Can Save is a movement of people fighting extreme poverty. It holds that an ethical life involves using some of one's wealth and resources to save and improve the lives of the less fortunate. For this reason, it spreads knowledge of what all of us can do to reduce poverty and we encourages people to publicly pledge a percentage of their income to highly effective aid organizations.
- Effective Animal Activism (EAA) is an online resource and international community for people who want to reduce animal suffering effectively. EAA researches the best ways to do this – quantifying the impact of a range of organisations, from ones which encourage the reduction of meat consumption to ones which lobby governments to improve factory conditions. EAA was founded by 80,000 Hours staff working in Oxford. Today it is based in the USA and financially independent from the Centre, though it remains a member organisation.
The Centre for Effective Altruism is affiliated with and works in offices adjacent to the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University.