If you are reading this, you are in an extraordinary position. 

It has never been more possible for you to have a meaningful, positive impact on a massive scale. With the rise of evidence-driven interventions, we each have an unprecedented opportunity to save lives and prevent unnecessary suffering.

Effective Altruism is a growing social movement that combines both the heart and the head: compassion guided by data and reason. It's about dedicating a significant part of one's life to improving the world and rigorously asking the question, “Of all the possible ways to make a difference, how can I make the greatest difference?”

 

Effective Altruist Values

 

OPEN-MINDEDNESS

Consider all causes and actions, and then act in the way that brings about the greatest positive impact.

Critical Thinking

Apply evidence and reason to determine the most effective ways to improve the world.

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Global Empathy

Value all sentient life, regardless of nationality, creed, ancestry, religion, or species.


What Effective Altruists look for in a cause

 

SCALE

Will progress on the cause drastically improve a large number of lives?

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Can a dedicated effort in support of the cause create a measurable difference?

NEGLECTEDNESS

How much has the cause been overlooked or undervalued?