Summary of Doing Good Better
How Effective Altruism Can Help You Make a Difference
From DOING GOOD BETTER by William MacAskill. Summarized by arrangement with Gotham Books, an imprint of Penguin Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC © 2015
The next time you open your heart and your wallet, make sure your donation does the most good.
With so many people needing help and thousands of worthy causes vying for your donations, how do you decide where to invest your time, energy and money? William MacAskill, the co-founder of the nonprofit organizations Giving What We Can and 80,000 Hours, offers a framework of scientific reasoning to address this problem. His approach to “effective altruism” includes asking, “How can I make a substantial positive impact?” and he uses hard evidence and thoughtful analysis to find the answer. getAbstract recommends MacAskill’s practical approach to leaders of charities, to those responsible for corporate giving and to anyone who wants to “do good better.”
In this summary, you will learn
- How to gauge “effective altruism”;
- How to determine where your donations will do the most good; and
- How to select a charity, cause or career.
About the Author
William MacAskill is a co-founder of the effective altruism movement. He also co-founded two nonprofit organizations – Giving What We Can and 80,000 Hours. MacAskill is an associate professor of philosophy at Lincoln College, Oxford University.
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