"...Anna decides that being a person with cancer who starts a cancer charity is a bit narcissistic, so she starts a charity called The Anna Foundation for People with Cancer Who Want to Cure Cholera.” --John Green, The Fault in Our Stars
Effective altruists are the cancer patients who cure cholera. We spend our time obsessing over how to do the most good possible, how to solve the biggest problems we can -- whether those problems personally affect us or not.
We operate on three basic principles:
So what does this mean in practice? What are effective altruists doing?
We'll never figure out how to do the most good we can. But with courage, research, and mutual support, we've come pretty far.
We founded EA Berkeley in Fall 2014 with only two active members, who taught the first version of our DeCal in Spring 2015. Through the DeCal, we found a group of kindred spirits in our students and friends.
On May 15, 2015, a group of us gathered to take a pledge to give at least ten percent of our income to the most effective nonprofits in the most impactful causes.
With our combined future salaries, this is around $1 million pledged to transform the world, from alleviating poverty to fighting factory farming to conducting life-saving scientific research.
We've got even bigger things in store this semester: a better DeCal, awesome speaker events, altruistic career planning workshops, fun social events, and more!
Join on Callink! We couldn't do any of this without passionate, dedicated members like you :)
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