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Cause Battle!

January 29 at 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

We want to improve the world! But where do we start?

BACKGROUND
So you have decided to try to make a difference in the world! Great! Now, how can you do this in the most significant and effective way I hear you ask?

The average person spends more time consuming media in one day than on researching causes in an entire year. Focusing on the right cause could boost your impact more than ten times – enabling you to achieve more in just a few years than a normal lifetime. Assuming you, like us, only have limited time and money, have you decided where you are going to focus?

With the plethora of charities to donate to, the aim of this event is to provide some food-for-thought about cause areas which you may choose to support, through lively debate between people who have already done a good deal of thinking.

FORMAT
6.30pm Arrive, grab a drink, and vote on your pre-debate prioritised cause
7.00pm The debate starts with a description from each of the cause ‘champions’ who will offer their thoughts on why their cause deserves attention.
7.45pm Open debate/ Q&A section
8.15pm Wrap-up final thoughts on cause prioritisation, vote on your post-debate prioritised cause, and then onto social.

CAUSE AREAS
We’ll focus on these cause areas in this debate:
Global health
Animal welfare (factory farming)
Existential risk (biosecurity, artificial intelligence)
Meta (EA advocacy, cause prioritisation research)
Mental Health
Environmentalism

Note that there are many other areas not considered in this debate.
These ones have been chosen as some of the highest priority issues evaluated previously using the “INT” framework – see here for more details https://80000hours.org/articles/cause-selection/

LOCATION We will be downstairs in The Sir Christopher Hatton, 4 Leather Ln, EC1N 7RA. If you can’t find us, call or message 07949936212.

HOW WE MIGHT COMPARE
A look at the “INT” framework:
https://concepts.effectivealtruism.org/concepts/importance-neglectedness-tractability/

OTHER IMPORTANT CONSIDERATIONS
CAN causes be compared?
HOW much of a role does personal fit play in cause choice?
WHAT are the pros and cons of the importance, tractability and neglectedness framework?
IS a debate the most effective way to consider personal values and fit for cause prioritisation?

OTHER MATERIALS FOR YOUR PERUSAL
An overview of why choosing a cause is important:
https://80000hours.org/articles/effective-or-not/

A tool to help people work out their values and what causes they could work on:
https://www.effectivealtruism.org/cause-prioritization-tool/

And a post on why we should use care when applying this framework:
http://effective-altruism.com/ea/ss/the_importantneglectedtractable_framework_needs

Be prepared to have your beliefs prodded, nudged and updated.

Details

Date:
January 29
Time:
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Organizer

Effective Altruism London