The SHIC Introductory Program
The SHIC Introductory Program is designed to guide students to answer the not-so-simple question:
What’s the best way for me to improve the world?
Our first six ‘levels’ present global issues such as world poverty, animal welfare, climate change, and possible future catastrophes like nuclear proliferation and harmful artificial intelligence.
Students are guided by our dedicated SHIC trainers to lead exercises that incorporate science, ethics, discussion, and critical thinking, students engage with eye-opening realities and investigate their own misconceptions and biases about the world around them.
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 six levels are designed to be a single cohesive program, but feel free to pick and choose what works for you!
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The Giving Game
This interactive thought experiment 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.