Doing Good Better is an excellent introduction to effective altruism, revealing surprising data about the best ways to make a difference.
Most of us want to do good. We give our time and money to causes we deem worthy, choose careers that feel meaningful, and support the products and businesses we believe will make the world a better place. Unfortunately, we often base these decisions on assumptions and emotions rather than facts. As a result, even our best intentions can lead to ineffective— and sometimes downright harmful— outcomes.
How can we do better?
William MacAskill has spent the last five years developing the philosophy of effective altruism, which applies data and scientific reasoning to the normally sentimental world of doing good. In the course of his research he’s come to the remarkable conclusion that most ways of doing good achieve little— but that focusing our efforts on the most effective causes gives us enormous power to make the world a better place.
In Doing Good Better, MacAskill introduces the principles underlying effective altruism and sets out a practical guide to increasing your impact through your career, volunteering, and charitable donations.
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About the Author
William MacAskill is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Lincoln College, Oxford, and was one of the co-founders of the effective altruism movement.
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Alternatively, you could download a free copy of Peter Singer’s The Life You Can Save (which introduces some of the basic ideas of effective altruism, albiet in less depth than Doing Good Better) on The Life You Can Save’s website.