The SHIC Introductory Program

SHIC’s ultimate goal is simple: we want to help students answer the question ‘What’s the best way for me to improve the world?’.

The SHIC Introductory Program presents global issues such as world poverty, animal welfare, climate change, and possible future catastrophes like nuclear proliferation and harmful artificial intelligence. Through exercises that incorporate science, ethics, discussion, and critical thinking, students learn eye-opening information about these problems and investigate their own misconceptions and biases about the world around them. Students tackle these issues by fundraising for outstanding charities and exploring high-impact career paths.  

The first level to tackle is, “The Giving Game,” which can be used as an interactive standalone level that can introduce the key ideas of high-impact charity without requiring an extended time commitment to the program. Then groups can move on to the Introductory Program levels 1 through 6.

Each level comes with a step-by-step guide and can be moulded to fit the time you have available. Most levels also contain additional resources, such as presentation slides. The seven levels are designed to be a single cohesive program, but those interested in a particular topic should feel free to pick and choose according to their needs.

One students have completed the Introductory Program they can move onto the Advanced Program.

To find out how the SHIC program can be used in a school club, visit:

The Introductory Program

 Giving Game
The Giving Game

This is an introduction to high-impact charity, and is the best way to start the SHIC program. After learning about several charities, you and your group are tasked with selecting the one you deem as having the biggest impact. The difficulties involved in this task will demonstrate that you can’t necessarily rely on your intuition to choose a charity, and will give your group a taste of how evidence and analysis can, and should, be used to select a charity.

This is a great stand-alone level and an excellent introduction to high-impact charity.

 
 
 
Level 1
Smashing Preconceptions

How can you improve the world without fully understanding it? This level will challenge your preconceptions about global poverty, provide an in-depth idea of what it truly means to be poor, and reveal information about how the world is changing. Through videos hosted by Hans Rosling, a highly respected Swedish medical doctor, academic and statistician, students will be introduced to new ways of thinking about critical issues and the misconceptions surrounding key global problems.

 
 
 
Level 2
Rethinking Charity

Are we morally obligated to address global poverty? In Level 2 you’ll try a provoking thought experiment that will enlighten you about the true state of the world. Then you’ll see where your income will likely stand in relation to the global average, and ponder your charitable opportunities and obligations to the world.

Level 3
Animal Rights

Starting with a classic thought experiment about moral dilemmas, this level aims to broaden your knowledge about issues affecting animals. You will be guided through an exploration of the philosophy surrounding our obligations to animals, including the ethics of eating meat. You’ll get a bird’s-eye view of humanity in a historical context, and critically discuss the best ways to reduce animal suffering.

Level 4
Threats to Humanity

The fate of humanity rests on your shoulders! This level tackles existential risks, also known as x-risks, which are threats to the whole of humanity. You’ll explore extreme climate change, nuclear weapons, pandemics, and threats from artificial intelligence. But it’s not all doom and gloom: you’ll also learn what you can do to reduce the chances of the apocalypse!

 
 
 
Level 5
High-Impact Careers

How can you best help solve the world’s largest problems with your career? The classic idea of doing good can be surprisingly ineffective. In this level you’ll question traditional career advice, and learn about some surprising ways that you can make a huge impact.

Level 6
Effective Fundraising

This level is where learning meets doing. It’s time to start fundraising. You’ll do a quick review of the causes and specific high-impact charities we’ve covered, then move to vote on one organization. After learning some smart fundraising tactics, we’re handing it over to you and your collective imagination to raise money for your favourite charity.

Once students have completed the Introductory Program they can move onto the Advanced Program.