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Giving Game Writeup

June 7th, 2016
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Julia and I [1] recently ran a giving game with a group of young liberal-to-leftist activists at a religious center, and I thought it would be interesting to write up where people decided to give and why. The session started with Julia giving a ~1hr presentation on effective altruism, followed by questions. Then she introduced three organizations:

In addition to Julia's verbal descriptions, people got a one-page handout with summaries of the organizations. These included that AMF is currently GiveWell's top recommendation, and that they previously rated both NFP and IPA as "standout" organizations. It also included GiveWell's cost-effectiveness estimates for AMF and NFP, but no one seemed to use those in their comparisons.

We broke into five groups of five people each, and I sat in on one group for part of their discussion:

Then we went around the room, with the groups saying where they had decided to give the money and why:


[1] Well, mostly Julia; I spent the whole first half chasing Lily around, and then was in and out with Anna.

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