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About Effective altruism Geneva

 
 
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 of promoting new methods in a city where improving the world is such a core part of many organisations’ mission.

In early 2017, we raised first funds to disseminate and expand EA knowledge professionally. Since then, we offer workshops on Effective Altruism; coordinate the local community and partnerships; and give career coaching and donation advice.

Since early 2018, we conduct research on policy-making. Leveraging our local advantage, we hope to improve international institutional decision-making processes.

 
 
 

GUIDING PRINCIPLES

Our efforts are guided by the following core principles:

  1. Commitment to others

    • Global compassion: consideration of the well-being of all sentient beings.

    • Consequentialism: striving to act to the biggest benefit of all.

  2. Scientific mindset: acting based on the best available evidence and reasoning.

    • Intellectual humility: evaluation of one’s own logic, action and results and serious consideration of other perspectives.

    • Cause-impartiality: ensuring work on the most pressing problems by regular re-evaluation.

    • Transparency: documenting all work and openly sharing reasonings, results, challenges, and mistakes.

    • Integrity: striving for honesty and consistency to build the trust and standards communities need to thrive.

  3. Collaborative spirit: great results come from thorough groups meaningfully exchanging their perspectives and insights. To encourage cooperation, we treat everyone kindly and respectfully.

 

WHY OUR WORK IS FREE

Our only aim is to help you have the greatest possible positive impact. We’re a non-profit supported by individual donations, so all our work is impartial.

 

MEMBERSHIP

As a Swiss association, we are run by our board and members. If you want to support our work in a formal manner, consider becoming a member: