Today on Cause Talk Radio, Megan and Joe talk to William MacAskill, associate professor at Oxford University and author of a great new book: Doing Good Better. Will is one of the cofounders and leading voices of Effective Altruism, which he calls “Generosity for Nerds.”
Effective Altruism is all about maximizing your positive impact on the world (through volunteering, charitable donations, etc.), and it’s been getting a lot of traction lately.
Megan and Joe learned about Will from an excellent article in The Atlantic. Both Bill Gates and Washington Post blogger Ezra Klein have both recently tweeted about effective altruism.
On today’s show, Megan, Will and I discuss:
- What is Effective Altruism?
- How did Effective Altruism get started?
- Why Will is giving away 60 percent of his annual earnings to make an impactful difference in the world.
- Why it’s better to donate to help people in the third world than the first world.
- Why you probably shouldn’t quit your regular job and go to work for a nonprofit.
- How donors struggle with “Psychic Numbing” when making giving decisions.
- Can cause marketing be a form of Effective Altruism?
- Disaster relief: the good, the bad and the ugly.
- What can companies to do more good better.
- How can we make Generosity for Nerds into generosity for everyone?