What is effective altruism?

by Aaron Gertler1 min read1st Apr 2020No comments

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Welcome to the EA Forum!

If you're familiar with effective altruism already, you can skip this post. 

If you aren't, we're glad you found us. Effective altruism (or "EA") brings together many interesting ideas, and it's already done a lot to improve the world. 

On this page, we've gathered some introductory material you can use to learn about effective altruism, which will be important for understanding many of the other posts.

What is effective altruism?

Effective altruism is a social movement for people who want to improve the world as much as they can, using the time and resources we can spare. 

There are a lot of ways to do good, of course. But in effective altruism, we try to find strategies that are especially effective, because lives and futures are at stake.

This collection of posts introduces the big ideas of effective altruism, and some of the areas that people in the movement tend to focus on. It's a work in progress; if you read it, we'd love to hear your feedback!

This page contains additional resources in a variety of formats, from articles and books to videos and podcasts.

What is the EA Forum?

The Forum is the main online resource for discussing effective altruism, from basic concepts to cutting-edge debate. 

See "How to use the Forum" for information on how the site works, as well as the rules and guidelines that govern our discussions.

Contact us

If you have questions about the Forum, or about effective altruism in general, we'd be happy to answer them! Here's information on how to contact us.