About Effective Altruism

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OUR 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 reasoning, 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 groups with epistemic rigor who exchange their perspectives and insights. To encourage cooperation, we treat everyone kindly and respectfully.

 
 
 
 

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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
 
 
 
 

What we do

We run study groups, develop projects and organize events. Every member can compose a team to tackle a specific topic or join an existing one.

 
 
 
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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 and donations, all our work is impartial. We provide our work for free, so that anyone with the same 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, 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   Co-president  Director of the Institute for Ethics, History and the Humanities at the University of Geneva

Prof. Dr. Samia Hurst

Co-president

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

Igor Krawczuk

Co-president

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