September 25, 2021 Newsletter

Important changes to our Intro event

Apply to our fellowship (Deadline Sep. 30)

The Fall semester Introduction to Effective Altruism fellowship will run from around October 4th to November 22nd. Fellows will meet once a week for eight weeks with a cohort of ~4 other UW Madison students and a facilitator. The link to our full curriculum can be found here.

Topics covered in the fellowship include:

  • Measuring impact — how to do the most good with our limited resources
  • Global health and poverty — with a focus on neglected tropical disease eradication in developing regions
  • Factory farming — how should we evaluate and address animal suffering
  • Emerging technologies — how transformative artificial intelligence and advances in biotechnology might affect the world
  • Longtermism — how should we take into account the well-being of future generations
  • Global catastrophic risks — with a focus on AI safety, pandemic risks, climate change, and nuclear risks

New to Effective Altruism?

The world faces so many challenging problems that it can be difficult to know where to start. For people who want to change the world for the better, effective altruism offers a framework for comparing different ways to do good and then acting on the most promising of them. Effective altruism is both a research field and a community of people dedicated to using high-quality evidence and careful reasoning to work out how to help others as much as possible.

There are many reasons you might be interested in learning more about effective altruism. If you are interested in preventing pandemics and nuclear wars, stopping the factory farming of animals, giving to effective charities, understanding the risks of artificial intelligence, ethics, evidence-based discussions, and doing good, then this organization is for you!

Some helpful resources

  • The 80,000 Hours job board is a great place to look for high-impact career opportunities. If you want to learn more about using your career to do good, check out their Key Ideas page.
  • Effective Thesis helps students find effective thesis topics and provides coaching and mentoring.
  • GiveWell identifies charities that can improve people’s lives the most per dollar donated.

Meet the author

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    Max Gehred


    Max is a junior studying Philosophy and Statistics and has been passionate about EA since early 2020. He's especially interested in the philosophical justifications for EA and ethics more broadly. Apart from EA, he loves recreational sports, weight lifting, podcasts, running, board games, and Smash Ultimate. He's excited bringing the ideas of effective altruism to UW–Madison and building a campus community of altruists dedicated to doing as much good possible.

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