Use “care” with care.

Cross-posted to the Effective Altruism Forum I'm an employee of the Centre for Effective Altruism, but my thoughts are not necessarily those of my employer. As someone who frequents the EA community in the Bay Area, there's a verbal habit that I've heard a lot and of which I think we should be wary. In discussing … Continue reading Use “care” with care.

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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”

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

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.

What You Really Learn in England

It all started with a really bad Google search. Not “bad” as in “inappropriate;” “bad” as in “poorly worded,” one of those Google searches where you write out a whole phrase or question because you’re not quite sure what you’re looking for. “Man who donates big percent of his income,” I typed, looking for some guy I’d read about in an ethics course years back who, I recalled, did just that. Little did I know that this silly musing would land me a two-month internship in Oxford, England just a year and a half later.