Effective Altruism

Upcoming Effective Altruism Events:
How do we End Poverty Cost-Effectively?: Rachel Glennerster
Saturday at 7:30 PM – 9 PM
Winstanley Lecture Theatre, Trinity College
Any economist can tell you that whatever we do, we can’t rely on unlimited resources. Fortunately, Dr Rachel Glennerster is not just any economist.
Dr Glennerster started her career at HM treasury and the International Monetary Fund. She has devoted her time to finding cost-effective ways to alleviate global poverty. As Executive Director of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab at MIT, Dr. Glennerster helped establish the Deworm the World Initiative, a GiveWell-recommended charity which assists in deworming millions of children a year. Now Chief Economist of the Department for International Development in the UK, Dr. Glennerster is aiming to help DFID make effective use of evidence to in the design of its programs and in its advice to governments in the “global south.”
She has co-authored the books Strong Medicine: Creating Incentives for Pharmaceutical Research on Neglected Diseases, and Running Randomized Evaluations: A Practical Guide.
Come along to see how academics can help fight poverty directly through their research. This talk will be of special interest to economists. As always, both students and non-students are welcome.
Make your career matter: career workshop with Effective Altruism
Sunday at 2 PM – 5:30 PM
Centre for the Study of Existential Risk
16 Mill Lane, CB2 1SB Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Work out how to find a fulfilling, high-impact career in this free, research-backed workshop.
“I went in with no idea what I wanted to do – other than a desire to help people – and I’m leaving with clear ideas for first jobs and a plan of action for the next few months.”
– Cat, Cambridge student
*** Apply for a free space today: ***
This workshop will be run by Jamie and Clare from Effective Altruism: Cambridge, based on 80,000 Hours’ research. You have about 80,000 hours in your career. That means your choice of career is one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make. Choose well, and you can help solve the world’s most pressing problems, as well as have a rewarding, interesting life.
80,000 Hours (80000hours.org), was founded in Oxford to help people find fulfilling, high-impact careers. It has done thousands of hours of research into how to choose a career, alongside academics at Oxford, and advises over 1 million online readers each year. It’s backed by Y Combinator and has been featured on the BBC, NPR and Washington Post.
We’ll cover the key advice in the 80,000 Hours online career guide in a series of short talks, plus there’ll be even more interactive exercises to provide interesting discussion and help apply it to your own career, after positive feedback from last term’s series.
At about 5pm we’ll have ***free pizza and drinks*** and can further discuss plans.
Topics include:
1) What makes for a dream job?
We’ll take you through what the latest psychology research shows is most important to being satisfied at work.
2) How can you make a difference?
What are the world’s most pressing problems, and how can you best contribute to them besides working in charity, medicine, teaching and so on?
3) Two common early career mistakes.
What to look for in your first couple of jobs.
4) How to find the right career for you
We’ll apply research on decision-making to help you narrow down your options, and make a plan for the coming years. And we won’t just tell you to “follow your passion”.
5) How to find a job
The best advice out there on following through on your plan and landing the jobs you want.
Cool Earth – Our Best Chance Against Climate Change?
Tuesday, February 13 at 7:30 PM – 9 PM
Webb Library, Jesus College
Cool Earth works alongside indigenous people to halt the destruction of the rainforest, undoing some of the damage that has left half of the world’s rainforest has been destroyed in the last 40 years – an approach that has turned out to be impressively effective.
Giving What We Can rated Cool Earth the most effective charity against climate change, estimating that Cool Earth can reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 1 tonne with each $1.34 donation.
Matthew Owen, Director of Cool Earth, will be speaking about the charity and how their work with indigenous communities is so effective.
As always, both students and non-students are encouraged to come, and snacks and drinks will be provided. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions after the talk.
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