Endorsements for 80,000 Hours

80,000 Hours’ way of thinking about how you can contribute to creating the most happiness and least misery in the world is a great way to approach all your career and life choices.

Business-icon Prof. Lord Richard Layard
Economist and author of Happiness: Lessons from a New Science

The best people I know for helping you to have more impact with your career. I’ve signed up, and I hope you’ll join me here!

Business-icon Nick Cooney
Founder and Director of The Humane League, Author, Member of 80,000 Hours

The idea could have been explained on Sesame Street, and it probably should.

Business-icon Prof. Nick Bostrom
Director, Future of Humanity Institute, University of Oxford

We all have the responsibility to make the best use of our time on earth and 80,000 Hours helps you carefully consider your career trajectory to meet that responsibility.

Business-icon Joshua Pearce
Professor, Michigan Technical University

80,000 hours is a really interesting idea: helping people think clearly about how best to use their lives to make the world a better place. I’m in.

Business-icon Toby Ord
Research Fellow in Philosophy, University of Oxford

What a great initiative!

Business-icon Rob Mather
Director and Founder of Against Malaria Foundation

Economics assumes that individuals will take as much as they can. 80,000 Hours, and Giving What We Can, ask us to give as much as we can. The reason is regard for others, but it may also be efficient, not in dollars but in well-being. Selfishness has brought our societies to the brink of disaster. We are quite generous to others through the tax system, which assures us that others will do their bit as well. It is time to try unilateral generosity: not everyone will go all the way, but some people have already done so (more than twenty a year donate kidneys anonymously, to take one heroic example), and they send a credible signal that generosity can light up our lives, and that it is a more attractive inspiration than the extremes of self-regard.

Business-icon Prof. Avner Offer
Emeritus Chichele Professor of Economic History, University of Oxford

We all want fulfilment from our careers. However, it’s easy to be lazy when choosing careers and simply use salary as the sole guiding metric of expected career fulfilment. This trap may be hard to escape from in later life - 80,000 Hours is a great new concept to help prevent people falling into the trap early in their careers.

Business-icon Prof. Tim Palmer
Royal Society Research Professor in Climate Physics. Oxford University

Few choices can be more important than what we will do with 80,000 hours of our time. I’m delighted that 80,000 Hours is encouraging us to consider the ethics of career choice.

Business-icon Prof. Peter Singer
Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University

This is the kind of thinking that all charity would start with on day one, if the world were sane.

Business-icon Eliezer Yudkowsky
Research Fellow, Machine Intelligence Research Institute