Effective Altruism and a Radical New Way to Make a Difference
Almost all of us want to make a difference. So we volunteer, donate to charity, recycle or try to cut down our carbon emissions. But rarely do we know how much of a difference we're really making.
In a remarkable re-examination of the evidence, Doing Good Better reveals why buying sweatshop-produced goods benefits the poor; why cosmetic surgeons can do more good than charity workers; and why giving to a relief fund is generally not the best way to help after a natural disaster. By examining the charities you give to, the volunteering you do, the goods you buy and the career you pursue, this fascinating and often surprising guide shows how through simple actions you can improve thousands of lives - including your own.
What people are saying:
“Beautifully written and extremely smart. Doing Good Better should be required reading for anyone interested in making the world better.” - Steven Levitt, author of Freakonomics
“MacAskill tackles a monumental question: How can we make the biggest dif- ference for the greatest number of people? His answer is a grand vision to make giving, volunteering, spending, and working more worthwhile.” —Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Give and Take
Doing Good Better
The main takeaways:The main takeaways:- It's important to use evidence and reason when evaluating the impact you can do, both in terms of donations and using your career- It's important to use evidence and reason when evaluating the impact you can do, both in terms of donations and using your career to make a difference- The most effective interventions are the most surprising.