I think we need ideas from many sources to best grow awareness about reducing extreme poverty. That is why I am very excited about the group of academics that I just spent a full day and evening with at Harvard. I admire their work and their commitment to making a difference.
TLYCS's goal is to advance our knowledge of how to spread the culture of effective giving beyond the current crop of effective altruists, who generally already practice model behavior -- extreme generosity, veganism, "cause neutrality," and operating within a utilitarian framework. While exemplary, these perspectives and behaviors are not the norm. Many of you reading this newsletter fall into this group, but many of you, like me, do not.
The psychologists and behavioral economists that are joining our academic advisory group study behavior of people who fall into the fat part of the curve -- those of us who are not exemplary. The Life You Can Save's goal is to influence these people to become more effective givers and to live more ethical lives. As the Chinese saying goes, "a journey of a thousand miles…” Our group of behaviorists will help us best plan how to help people take the first step, the second step and go on to use "personal best" to live a life of continuous self-improvement.
I look forward to our continuing partnership with this group, to benefitting from their wisdom, and to sharing the thought-provoking results with you all.
Good giving and good living,
The Life You Can Save is a movement of people fighting extreme poverty. We hold that an ethical life involves using some of our wealth and resources to save and improve the lives of those less fortunate than us.
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