Think tank and project incubator working at the intersection of ethics and science

What is Effective Altruism?

When time and money are limited, how can they best be used to prevent suffering and save lives? Why should we focus on helping individuals—most of whom are complete strangers—in the first place? The philosophy and global movement of Effective Altruism seeks to answer these questions from the point of view of cognitive and social psychology, philosophy, and economics.

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We tackle contemporary ethical questions scientifically and publish the results freely in the form of policy papers. Through our projects, we strive for the effective reduction of poverty and animal suffering while promoting a responsible approach to future technologies. We also offer donation and career advice to people who are interested in making a positive impact on the future.

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The main website is in German. This English website is still under construction.

1% against global poverty

We are driving a ballot initiative for the City of Zurich to allocate one percent of the city’s budget to highly effective charities in global poverty and health. If adopted, the initiative would result in a contribution of around €80 million!

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Effective Altruism Global X Berlin

On 8 October EAGxBerlin took place, the biggest conference on Effective Altruism in continental Europe.

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Projects

Sentience Politics

Sentience Politics is an anti-speciesist think tank, fighting for a global society that takes the interests of all sentient beings—regardless of species—into consideration. Combining evidence-based and experimental approaches, it seeks the most effective ways to achieve its goal and puts them into practice through political and academic appeal.

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Raising for Effective Giving (REG)

Raising for Effective Giving (REG) is a fundraising hub that brings together philanthropically-minded professionals from a variety of fields, each of whom commit to donate a certain percentage of their incomes to demonstrably effective organizations. REG is well-known in the world of poker, where it has over 200 professional members, among them poker world champion Martin Jacobson.

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Adriano Mannino is leaving the Effective Altruism Foundation

During the last four years, Adriano Mannino helped found and grow the effective altruist movement in the German-speaking area. As a co-founder of the Effective Altruism Foundation (EAF), he was the main creative mind behind many of our activities. For those who worked with him, he is an inspiring colleague and philosopher who introduced them […]

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The Importance of the Far Future

This article was first published on the website of our project Sentience Politics. Most charities focus their work on helping individuals who already exist, while few charities try to explicitly benefit individuals who will live in the future. Although it is understandable that people empathize primarily with currently existing individuals, this raises fundamental ethical questions: […]

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Why Evolution Has No Goal

Or: Metaphorically, it’s all about gene-copying success How evolutionary biology is being misunderstood The notion that evolution has a goal/purpose is a widespread misconception that comes in several variations. Many people falsely believe that evolution was working towards humans as a final product. But from a biological perspective, there is really no reason to single […]

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We are currently looking for new co-workers, interns and volunteers. Submit your application to join a young, dynamic team in an exciting NGO startup.

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EVENTS

Effective Altruism: How to Save Thousands of Lives With Your Career

5 December 2016

Dusseldorf (language: German)

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Effective Altruism: How to Save Thousands of Lives With Your Career

7 December 2016

Cologne (language: German)

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Effective Altruism: How to Save Thousands of Lives With Your Career

8 December 2016

Bonn

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Effective Altruism: How to Save Thousands of Lives With Your Career

13 December 2016

Osnabruck

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