Recommended introductory resources on effective altruism, including videos, books, podcasts and articles.


You could fill an entire library with books that relate to the goals of effective altruism. These are just a few of our favorites.

Doing Good Better

William MacAskill

Introduces the principles underlying effective altruism and sets out a practical guide to increasing your impact through your charity, volunteering, purchases and choice of cause. Covering questions like:

  • Why are some charities far more effective than others?
  • How can cosmetic surgeons do more good than charity workers?
  • Does boycotting sweatshops make things better or worse for the global poor?
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