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Effective altruism is about doing good better.

Effective altruism is a philosophy and social movement focused on answering one question: How can we best help others?

Our resources are limited, so we have to use them wisely. Effective altruism is the project of:

  1. Using evidence and reason to find the most promising causes to work on.
  2. Taking action, by using our time and money to do the most good we can.

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Effective altruism — efforts that actually help people rather than making you feel good or helping you show off — is one of the great new ideas of the 21st century.

Steven Pinker

Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology at Harvard University, author of 'The Better Angels of Our Nature'

Effective altruism … is matching a clear-eyed approach to doing good with scientific exactitude.

Derek Thompson

Senior Editor, The Atlantic