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We all want to make a difference — but knowing exactly what we should do with our limited time, money and energy is an extremely hard question. Doing Good Better is a podcast about using reason and evidence to figure out how we can do the most good, using the ideas of effective altruism. We talk to researchers, development economists, philosophers, journalists, charity workers, entrepreneurs, and social scientists to try to figure out what works — and just as importantly, what doesn't. More than that, we explore the ideas of effective altruism, getting to the root of why we want to help, how we can approach the question, and what we can actually do. Doing Good Better is a project of the Centre for Effective Altruism, a registered charity in the UK (England and Wales), and a 501(c)(3) organisation in the US.

We all want to make a difference — but knowing exactly what we should do with our limited time, money and energy is an extremely hard question. Doing Good Better is a podcast about using reason and evidence to figure out how we can do the most good, using the ideas of effective altruism. We talk to researchers, development economists, philosophers, journalists, charity workers, entrepreneurs, and social scientists to try to figure out what works — and just as importantly, what doesn't. More than that, we explore the ideas of effective altruism, getting to the root of why we want to help, how we can approach the question, and what we can actually do. Doing Good Better is a project of the Centre for Effective Altruism, a registered charity in the UK (England and Wales), and a 501(c)(3) organisation in the US.

Location:

United Kingdom

Description:

We all want to make a difference — but knowing exactly what we should do with our limited time, money and energy is an extremely hard question. Doing Good Better is a podcast about using reason and evidence to figure out how we can do the most good, using the ideas of effective altruism. We talk to researchers, development economists, philosophers, journalists, charity workers, entrepreneurs, and social scientists to try to figure out what works — and just as importantly, what doesn't. More than that, we explore the ideas of effective altruism, getting to the root of why we want to help, how we can approach the question, and what we can actually do. Doing Good Better is a project of the Centre for Effective Altruism, a registered charity in the UK (England and Wales), and a 501(c)(3) organisation in the US.

Language:

English


Episodes

Changing Corporate and Public policy; Lessons from Farm Animal Advocacy

12/1/2017
In the last few years farm animal advocates have secured major corporate policy wins, a few state policy wins, and almost no federal policy wins. Why? And what lessons does this experience hold for future farm animal advocacy and other EA policy work?

Duration:00:20:58

Preventing catastrophic risks by mitigating sub-catastrophic ones

11/14/2017
Many of the catastrophic are likely to result from the failure to control much smaller events, which then grow so large that they do become catastrophic. On this episode, Professor Marc Lipsitch describes examples from infectious diseases and suggests implications for the allocation of our attention, effort and funds.

Duration:00:22:56

Episode 3: What?

1/30/2017
If we want to make the biggest difference, what are some actions we can take that really help, what causes do we have the biggest potential to affect, and what is the link between poverty, malaria, and bednets? Featuring: - Rob Mather, CEO, Against Malaria Foundation - Sonia Shah, Science Journalist, author of The Fever Presented by Stephanie Tam and Sam Deere, engineered by Dominic Apa

Duration:00:40:59

Episode 2: How

12/19/2016
If we're trying to do the most good, how should we think about finding out what works, how can experimental methods give us better insights, and how do we face up to evidence that challenges our existing beliefs? Featuring: - Geoff Sayre-McCord, son of renowned social scientist Joan McCord - Rachel Glennerster, Executive Director of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) Presented by Stephanie Tam and Sam Deere, engineered by Dominic Apa.

Duration:00:38:36

Episode 1: Why?

11/21/2016
We explore why we have good reasons to care about other people, why being more effective is so important, and why helping others also makes our own lives better. Featuring: - scientist-turned-Buddhist monk Matthieu Richard; - Michelle Hutchinson from the Institute for Effective Altruism; - moral philosopher Jeff McMahan; and - writer, statistician and effective altruist Leah Libresco. Presented by Stephanie Tam and Sam Deere, engineered by Dominic Apa.

Duration:00:41:02