There's a young movement that combines the idea of a duty to help
others with the idea that you should maximize the impact of your
actions. It has been given many names, including Effective
, and Efficient
. It includes Give
, Giving Gladly
Good Intentions are not Enough
and Giving What We Can
I want to be able to say things like the "X movement"
or "I'm organizing an X discussion", but I'm not
sure what name to use. Suggestions? I'm currently leaning towards
"Smart Giving" or "Effective Giving".
Update 2013-02-28: The community seems to have standardized on
Update 2014-03-11: Will MacAskill wrote
up a history of how the Center for Effective
Altruism got its name, which is probably much of how the term
"effective altruism" came into use.
Update 2014-07-26: I found a use of "effective altruist" on one
of Eliezer Yudkowsky's 2007 Overcoming
Bias posts (now redirects to lesswrong):
"If you want to be an effective altruist, you have to think it through
with the part of your brain that processes those unexciting inky
zeroes on paper, not just the part that gets real worked up about that
poor struggling oil-soaked bird."
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