About Effective Altruism

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Our guiding principles

Our efforts are guided by the following core principles:

  • Commitment to others

    • Global compassion: people have equal intrinsic value regardless of the circumstances of their birth, and animals’ lives have value, too.

    • Outcome-oriented: striving to act to the biggest benefit of all.

  • Scientific mindset: systematically gathering knowledge and acting based on the soundest available reasoning, methods and facts about the world.

    • Intellectual humility: scrutinizing one’s own limits to understanding.  Being aware of biases, assumptions, reasoning, and implications.

  • Openness to being wrong, different worldviews and trajectory changes.

    • Cause-impartiality: striving to always contribute where it creates most value by correcting course upon new information.

  • Integrity: being honest and consistent to build the trust and epistemic standards that scientific communities need to succeed long-term.

    • Transparency: documenting and openly sharing conclusions, reasoning, challenges, and mistakes.

  • Collaborative spirit: great results can come from many small groups who embody the above principles. We encourage such groups to cooperate.

 
 
 
 

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Meet Some of our members

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About the association

 
 
The Effective Altruism community is one of the most promising, observable phenomena of our times. EA Geneva established it in the Swiss Romandie and hence also contributes to its introduction to the French speaking world. This is an important development that must be encouraged.
— Dr. Samia Hurst | Professor, Biomedical ethics | Director, IEH2, University of Geneva
 
 
 
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Our History

EA Geneva was founded as an association in late 2015. Initially, we simply organized discussion rounds, meetups and guest speaker events to discuss EA questions.

We soon realized the potential of promoting a more thorough approach to doing good in Geneva. But also the difficulties that come with promoting new methods where many organisations already believe they are doing their best.

In early 2017, we started raising funds to professionally adapt and expand EA knowledge. We offer workshops on Effective Altruism; coordinate the local community; build partnerships; and give career coaching and donation advice.

Since early 2018, we conduct our own research. Leveraging our local advantage, we hope to improve public policy-making processes.

 
 
 

Why Our Work Is Free

Our aim is to have the greatest possible positive impact. We’re supported by our members, grants, partnerships and donations. We provide our work for free, so that anyone who shares our goal can benefit.

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Membership

If you think we are doing valuable work, please, consider supporting us. As a Swiss association our work depends on our members and their contributions.

 
 

Staff

 
Konrad Seifert   Konrad is the founding co-director of Effective Altruism Geneva. He develops its strategy and systems for internal coordination and evaluation. He has extensive experience in public speaking and event facilitation, with a focus on human coordination, cause prioritization and probabilistic thinking. He studied three semesters of international relations before deciding that he is over 50% likely to have more impact by building up organizations with high impact potential.

Konrad Seifert

Konrad is the founding co-director of Effective Altruism Geneva. He develops its strategy and systems for internal coordination and evaluation. He has extensive experience in public speaking and event facilitation, with a focus on human coordination, cause prioritization and probabilistic thinking. He studied three semesters of international relations before deciding that he is over 50% likely to have more impact by building up organizations with high impact potential.

Nora Ammann   Nora is a co-director of Effective Altruism Geneva. She leads the development of its career advice service and workshops. She studied international relations and has been contributing to our policy research since its inception in 2018. She has self-studied complexity science, epistemology, cognitive psychology, and moral philosophy. She is now focusing on developing trainings to equip decision-makers with better models, tools and perspectives.

Nora Ammann

Nora is a co-director of Effective Altruism Geneva. She leads the development of its career advice service and workshops. She studied international relations and has been contributing to our policy research since its inception in 2018. She has self-studied complexity science, epistemology, cognitive psychology, and moral philosophy. She is now focusing on developing trainings to equip decision-makers with better models, tools and perspectives.

Maxime Stauffer   Max leads our research on the dynamics of policy-making and the use of evidence. He studied international relations and complexity science. He is a program associate at the Geneva Science-Policy Interface and a co-founder of the Social Complexity Lab and Effective Altruism Geneva. Previously, he was an adviser to the European Commission's Joint Research Centre, and a research assistant at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies.

Maxime Stauffer

Max leads our research on the dynamics of policy-making and the use of evidence. He studied international relations and complexity science. He is a program associate at the Geneva Science-Policy Interface and a co-founder of the Social Complexity Lab and Effective Altruism Geneva. Previously, he was an adviser to the European Commission's Joint Research Centre, and a research assistant at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies.

 

The Board

 
Prof. Dr. Samia Hurst   Board member  Director of the Institute for Ethics, History and the Humanities at the University of Geneva

Prof. Dr. Samia Hurst

Board member

Director of the Institute for Ethics, History and the Humanities
at the University of Geneva

Cameron Schmidt   Treasurer  Consultant at SonarSource

Cameron Schmidt

Treasurer

Consultant
at SonarSource

Igor Krawczuk   President  PhD Candidate in Machine Learning at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Igor Krawczuk

President

PhD Candidate in Machine Learning
at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne