Learn more about High-Impact Charity

While we’d love to take full credit for everything we’ve presented in the SHIC program, we draw much from the philosophy of effective altruism, a set of ideas popularized by philosophers Peter Singer and Will MacAskill that urges people not just to do good, but to think critically about how to do the most good they can do.  Here are some of our favourite videos and links to give you a head start on your journey.

Will MacAskill's TED talk

Of all the problems facing humanity, which should we focus on solving first? In a compelling talk about how to make the world better, moral philosopher Will MacAskill provides a framework for answering this question based on the philosophy of “effective altruism” — and shares ideas for taking on three pressing global issues.

Beth Barnes' Ted talk

What if the top 10% gave 10% of their incomes to effective causes? This fascinating talk should convince you of the incredible potential of high-impact charity.

This calculator shows the impact that any given sum of money would have at 16 of the world’s most effective charities.

You may not think you have a lot of power to change the world. However, there is a good chance you are (or will be) one of the richest few percent of people in the world. Google search to find the average income of your country, or the average income of your chosen career, then try this calculator to see how you might compare with the rest of the world. 

This is a website offering support, advice and insight for those interested in effective altruism. This website is essential reading for those looking to get familiar with some of the core concepts of high-impact charity.

If you really want to immerse yourself in doing good, this book is a fantastic primer by the philosopher Will Macaskill on everything related to high-impact charity.

High-Impact Careers

Effective Altruism isn’t just about donating to high-impact charities, you can also do a huge amount of good with your career.

In this TED talk, Ben Todd talks about the need to move away from traditional career advice, and how to do a lot of good in your career. Perhaps following your passion isn’t the best move after all. Ben Todd is the co-founder of 80,000 hours, which is an organisation dedicated to providing individuals with the knowledge and resources required to make a real impact with their career.


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