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Effective Altruism Events

Giving and Faith, Religion and Altruism, with Fran Day

Tuesday at 7:30 PM – 9 PM
Castlereagh Room, Fisher Building, St. John’s College
Facebook event

For many people, faith is the main motivation behind their altruism. Although Effective Altruism is a secular movement, it has many members of faith. Francesca Day – a theoretical physicist, stand-up comedian and liberal Roman Catholic – will be exploring the link between religion and effective giving.

More widely, Francesca is in charge of the lively community of Giving What We Can members of faith, and will be excited to hear of anyone looking to take part in their active online community and meet-ups.

As always, this talk is open to both students and non-students.

Giving 10%: discussions with those who do it

Tuesday, March 6 at 7:45 PM – 8:45 PM
Jesus College JCR
Facebook event

Over 3000 people (and 140 Cambridge students) have taken the Giving What We Can pledge to donate ≥10% of their income to effective causes for the rest of their working life. We’ll hear from three of them at this event:

  • Georgia – a consultant from London
  • Ben – an environmental economics PhD student at Cambridge
  • Tim – an engineering PhD student at Imperial College

Georgia, Ben and Tim will briefly talk about why they made this decision and how they find actually acting on it. There’ll be plenty of time for questions and discussion, and because it’s at dinner-time, there’ll be free pizza, snacks, beer and soft drinks.

Many thoughts may cross your mind when you hear about this 10% pledge:

  • Is that actually going to change anything?
  • A “pledge” sounds elitist or unnecessary
  • What is an “effective cause”?
  • 10% sounds like a lot, I don’t even have a job yet.

We’ll be discussing difficult questions and choices like this in a relaxed environment. We hope you’ll leave feeling inspired that we do have opportunities to change things for the better.

This event is in Jesus College Junior Common Room – it’ll be well sign-posted.

As always, this event is open to all, regardless of affiliation with the University of Cambridge.