What is Effective Altruism?

Effective Altruism (EA) is the philosophy and movement that advocates using reason and evidence when deciding how to improve the world. Like Medicine, EA argues for the use of an evidence based framework when making decisions. It is this broad evidence-based approach that distinguishes effective altruism from traditional altruism or charity. While a substantial proportion of effective altruists have focused on the nonprofit sector, the philosophy of effective altruism applies much more broadly, e.g., to prioritizing the scientific projects, companies, and policy initiatives which can be estimated to save and improve the most lives. For a concise and fantastic introductory article to Effective Altruism, start with this article written by the Center for Effective Altruism: