How to (actually) change the world

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How to (actually) change the world

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1 January - 31 December 2024

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Learn the foundational ideas of effective altruism in 5- to 10-minute interactive lessons.

By the end, you should be able to think more critically about solving the world's most important problems, and have made progress working out how you could make a large and lasting difference in the world.

What you’ll learn

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For you if…

  • You want to learn the foundations of effective altruism: a philosophy and community focused on doing as much good as you can.
  • You haven’t already completed an introduction to effective altruism, such as the Introductory EA Program.
  • You want to learn in a self-paced, interactive environment with 5- to 10-minute lessons.

About the course creator

non-trivial peter

Before founding Non-trivial, Peter McIntyre co-founded a nonprofit that raises >$4 million per year for effective global health charities, ran operations at one of the most successful crypto startups, and created an educational website that has been read by over half a million people.

Peter spent most of the last 5 years at 80,000 Hours, where he advised hundreds of graduates from top universities on how to find a fulfilling, impactful career.

But he started out in medical school. After he discovered the ideas in this course, he realised he could have a much more scalable impact outside of seeing patients – but by that point, he'd spent 7 years studying to be a doctor. He created this course so you don't have to make the same mistakes he did.