Effective Altruism Workshop

Date: May 22, 2014 to May 23, 2014
Time: 11:00 a.m.

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“Effective altruism is a growing social movement founded on the desire to make the world as good a place as it can be, the use of evidence and reason to find out how to do so, and the audacity to actually try.” – Centre for Effective Altruism

The Effective Altruism Workshop was inspired by the work at 80000hours.org. They pose the following question:

“You’ve got 80,000 hours in your career. How can you use them to solve the world’s most pressing problems?”

Using evidence-based research and the ideas of philosophers like Peter Singer, the Effective Altruism community is trying to prioritize the way we spend our time and money to effect the highest impact possible. This workshop will present some research and case studies with the aim to engage in discussion and critical thinking about the impact we have on others.

Workshop Days

Thursday, May 22nd
11:30am – 2:00pm. Lunch Provided.

  • Introduction to effective altruism
  • Career modeling and strategic cause selection
  • Common misconceptions and cognitive biases

Friday, May 23rd

11:30am – 2:00pm. Lunch Provided

  • Non-profit case studies
  • 80,000 Hours cause analysis
  • Making a difference in any career
  • Next steps


The EA workshop is open to all members of the community. Please RSVP here, and contact scottkd@whitman.edu with any comments or questions.


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