Welcome

Hi there! This is the place to start if you're new to or have never heard of effective altruism, as an understanding of most things in "General" and everything in "EA-Specific" is contingent on a comfortable knowledge of the concept and movement known as "effective altruism." Stumbled across this page at random? Give my "About" … Continue reading Welcome

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The Messy Business of Social Change – Ashoka U Exchange 2015

Originally published on Tulane University's SISE blog “Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.” Albert Einstein   This quote is one of many from “Who Cares?”, a documentary on social innovation and entrepreneurship screened at the 2015 Ashoka U Exchange. It may seem odd to hear it from … Continue reading The Messy Business of Social Change – Ashoka U Exchange 2015

“The Homeless”

Submission to Nick Kristof's Win-A-Trip Contest “When I was little, I wanted to make documentaries about the homeless,” I began, sharing with the TED audience the origins of my passion for helping others. Growing up in Los Angeles, I was accustomed to seeing homeless people sleeping under freeway underpasses or collecting bottles for the 5 … Continue reading “The Homeless”

Why I mourn for Mary Travis, lament for Mike Brown, and donate to African children I’ll never know

I believe I speak for most of us in saying that this last week has been wrecked by emotional havoc. Mary Travis - a Tulane sophomore and acquaintance of mine - took her life this past weekend to the shock and horror of those who knew her, and the Tulane community at large. Mary was … Continue reading Why I mourn for Mary Travis, lament for Mike Brown, and donate to African children I’ll never know

On the reasons change shouldn’t be the goal of changemaking

Question and answer response to the speaker application for the 2015 Ashoka U Exchange. I may turn this into a proper essay at some point. Please describe your specific educational model, best practice or innovation that you would you like to present at the Exchange: * There is a growing movement known as effective altruism, … Continue reading On the reasons change shouldn’t be the goal of changemaking

So nice

Written in December 2013 Today I was driving a few of my friends and I downtown for some Korean food, and, when stopped at a stoplight, handed a snack bar to a homeless veteran on the sidewalk. "You're so nice!" they crowed. "My parents always just tell me to turn away." So nice? I'm driving … Continue reading So nice

On being accidentally rational

It's funny how most people come upon effective altruism, or at least how they have done so up to this point. A huge swath of us are philosophers - myself not included - or worked in the nonprofit sector before. We're often young, usually in the undergrad to PhD age range with a standard deviation of five years or so. These things - minds that like puzzles, hearts that like helping, and youth that likes new ideas - make us susceptible to the ideas of effective altruism.