What is Effective Altruism?

Effective altruism is a philosophy and social movement that advocates using evidence and reasoning to determine the most effective ways to make the world a better place. Just like consultants, effective altruists try to solve complex problems on a daily basis. And they both use very similar approaches to do so. While effective altruists ask themselves how they can deliver the most positive impact for all, consulting tries to find out how they can deliver the most impact for their clients.

Effective Altruists and consultants take a similar approach to answer slightly different questions:

We frame and clarify 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.



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