Back in 2011, we helped to found the effective altruism community. It’s a group of people devoted to using evidence and reason to figure out the most effective ways to help others — whether through donations, political advocacy, or their careers.
Many of our readers have made crucial connections within the effective altruism community.
An academic article: Effective Altruism by our cofounder and Oxford philosopher Will MacAskill
You can also join the Effective Altruism Newsletter, which is run by the Centre for Effective Altruism. You’ll receive an introduction to the key ideas, a monthly update on new research, and notices of key conferences each year.
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The EAGx series are locally organised conferences aimed at people new to the community. EAGx conferences have taken place in cities around the world, including Nairobi, Stockholm, Jaipur, Hong Kong, Sydney, Boston, as well as virtually.
If you’ve already had some involvement in the community, you could attend an EAG event. They usually take place annually in London and San Francisco, and there are travel grants available.
Besides conferences, there are also hundreds of effective altruism groups at cities and universities around the world — if you’re a student, we especially recommend getting involved in your university group. To see if there’s a group near you, search this directory.
If you’d prefer to meet people virtually, we recommend Effective Altruism Virtual Programs, where you’ll be grouped with a handful of other people to discuss the core ideas over several weeks. New programmes start each month.
Here are some other options:
Start using the Effective Altruism Forum to discuss the ideas. Making useful posts and comments can help you make connections as well as learn about the ideas.