What is this?
Effective Altruism stems from the goal of making the world the best it can be, and starts with the actions that have the most impact. Instead of settling for charities that do good work, we want to find the causes and means by which we can help the world most effectively. You want to get the best you can for your money when e.g. buying a computer, so why not do the same when giving?
A core principle of Effective Altruism is a commitment to evidence-based decision making; we prefer to choose the causes and organizations we support through rigorous research. We seek to answer questions of values using clear argumentation and utilizing the insights of ethics, economics, and psychology.
In practice, the effectiveness of different charitable organizations varies greatly, and even a little research can help you multiply your impact. For example, the most effective interventions to reduce HIV are over 1000 times more effective than the least effective interventions. Because of this, we place great value on cost-effectiveness.
An Effective Altruist is not tied to any single cause, and is free to pick their battles strategically. Being the most effective we can be requires us to be open to questioning and changing our beliefs, as well as being unafraid to seize unconventional opportunities to do good. For example, many Effective Altruists earn to give instead of doing not-for-profit work.
We have an opportunity to make the world a better place. Through rational decision making, we can multiply our impact.
Effective Altruism Helsinki is an organization that, as part of the Student Union of the University of Helsinki, seeks to
- inspire students to tackle global problems
- guide students in making ethical career choices
- help people choose the most effective charities to donate to
- advance the effectiveness and transparency of charities
- show that everyone can affect the state of the world
- strenghten the Effective Altruism community
- research the ways we can do the most good
- critically evaluate its projects and their impact