About Effective Altruism

the key ideas in 11 minutes:

 
 
 

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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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 and donations. We provide our work for free, so that anyone who shares our goal can benefit.

 

Membership

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

 
 

The Team

 
Konrad Seifert   Konrad ensures our overall development. He quit his degree in international relations to develop our community and projects. If he is not in meetings, giving workshops or talks, he ensures that everything and everyone is taken care of (and improving).

Konrad Seifert

Konrad ensures our overall development. He quit his degree in international relations to develop our community and projects. If he is not in meetings, giving workshops or talks, he ensures that everything and everyone is taken care of (and improving).

Maxime Stauffer   Max leads our policy research efforts. He holds a BA in international relations during which he co-founded EA Geneva. He is a research assistant at the Graduate Institute, founding partner at Social Complexity Lab, and adviser to the EU Commission.

Maxime Stauffer

Max leads our policy research efforts. He holds a BA in international relations during which he co-founded EA Geneva. He is a research assistant at the Graduate Institute, founding partner at Social Complexity Lab, and adviser to the EU Commission.

Nora Ammann   Nora leads our workshop and coaching activities. She graduated with a BA in international relations during which she ran an EA student group focused on career planning workshops. Next to work, she is studying complexity science.

Nora Ammann

Nora leads our workshop and coaching activities. She graduated with a BA in international relations during which she ran an EA student group focused on career planning workshops. Next to work, she is studying complexity science.

 

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