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Effective Altruism and Development


Seb Farquhar

Sebastian Farquhar

Executive Director,
Global Priorities Project
Centre for Effective Altruism


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RAND Corporation

Cambridge Office
Westbrook Centre, Milton Road Cambridge, UK

Santa Monica Office
Videoconf. Room 1218
1776 Main Street
Santa Monica, Calif.

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Monday, Apr. 11, 2016

5–6:00 p.m. BST

9–10:00 a.m. PST


Effective altruism is the philosophy of using evidence and analysis to do the most good. The fact that we live in a world where some interventions are many orders of magnitude more cost-effective than others makes this a moral priority.

In recent years, a growing movement has been bringing together many of the ideas circulating in development and policy communities about how to make the world a better place. In this talk, I introduce the philosophical foundations of effective altruism and show how we can start to apply it to charity, career choice, and policy.


Seb Farquhar joined the Centre for Effective Altruism to establish the Global Priorities Project, a think tank developing policy inspired by effective altruism. He previously worked as a management consultant at McKinsey & Co. where he focused on the public and social sector. Before that, he co-founded 80,000 Hours, which gives career advice to high-potential young people interested in making a difference, and wrote the world’s first ever statement of what effective altruism was. Farquhar has a Masters degree in physics and philosophy from Oxford.

Farquhar will be speaking from RAND's Cambridge office via videoconference with Santa Monica. Coffee and snacks will be served in both offices.

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