Entries for 2018
Posted by Alex Zavros
on Monday, November 12, 2018
In another humorous and insightful piece, Alex Zavros "reflects" on our obsession with appearance, including what a luxury such concerns are.
Posted by Guest Blogger
on Friday, November 02, 2018
For Halloween this year (which was also his 77th birthday), Rabbi Martin Levin of San Francisco handed out an envelope containing a dollar bill and a message to each family that came to his door.
Posted by Robert Mathers
on Thursday, October 25, 2018
How can you use minimalism in all areas of your life to increase your happiness and up your effective altruism game? Contributor Rob Mathers offers a range of easy and impactful suggestions.
Posted by Amy Schwimmer
on Tuesday, September 25, 2018
September 26th is World Contraception Day. If you're looking for a simple, inexpensive, clearly effective way to improve the lives of those living in extreme poverty, particularly women and children, look no farther.
Posted by Greg Gianopoulos
on Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Effective altruism is gaining recognition among educators—which dovetails nicely with the fact that high school students, in particular, are entering a stage of life in which they begin to care about the state of the world. Giving Games provide the opportunity for high school students to think critically about world concerns and give someone else’s money to an effective charity.
Posted by Andrei Smith
on Monday, August 27, 2018
When Audi salesman Andrei Smith read “The Life You Can Save,” he discovered a strategy for how to stay positive in sales: by setting aside 5% of sales for effective giving, he's found inspiration as well as a way to connect with customers.
Posted by Jon Behar
on Thursday, August 23, 2018
This is the fourth (and most technical) of a 5-part blog series by TLYCS's COO Jon Behar laying out a research framework aimed at answering the question, "What’s the best way to “sell” the idea of good giving?" This installment explores the benefits of studying giving preferences using a standard approach, and a specific approach with particularly promising attributes.
Posted by Eric Friedman
on Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Author Eric Friedman argues that while Bill and Melinda may embody the ideal of ultra rich philanthropists dedicating themselves to those less fortunate, this is by no means the standard among the rich—even among rich philanthropists. Many treat philanthropy like a personal hobby, writing checks for things they like that may provide some societal benefit, rather than trying to do the most to help others.
Posted by Robert Wiblin
on Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Finding the best charity requires estimating the unknowable. Here’s how GiveWell tries to do that, according to researcher James Snowden.
Posted by Jason Dykstra
on Monday, August 06, 2018
TLYCS follower Jay Dykstra, M.D. reflects on the impact that Peter Singer, effective altruism, and his Christian faith have had on his life, family, and deep personal fulfillment.