Effective altruism is about answering one simple question: How can we use our resources to help others the most?
Just like in consulting where we aim to generate impact for our clients, Effective Altruists aim to maximise our social impact by framing and clarifying complex, ambiguous problems ..
with a hypothesis-driven, prioritised approach to problem-solving…
using the best available evidence…
uncovering surprising insights…
to generate high-impact change.
A framework to do good more strategically.
The problem areas we choose to focus on may be the single biggest determinant of the social impact we have with our career choices or donations.
To identify how to best allocate our resources, this three-factor framework helps to break down impact into slightly easier-to-estimate pieces:
If all problems in the area could be solved, how much better would the world be?
How many resources
are already being dedicated to tackling this problem?
Doubling direct effort on this problem, what fraction of the remaining problem would we expect to solve?