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We all want to make a difference — but knowing exactly what we should do with our limited time, money and energy is an extremely hard question. Doing Good Better is a podcast about using reason and evidence to figure out how we can do the most good, using the ideas of effective altruism. We talk to researchers, development economists, philosophers, journalists, charity workers, entrepreneurs, and social scientists to try to figure out what works — and just as importantly, what doesn't. More than that, we explore the ideas of effective altruism, getting to the root of why we want to help, how we can approach the question, and what we can actually do.

Doing Good Better is a project of the Centre for Effective Altruism, a registered charity in the UK (England and Wales), and a 501(c)(3) organisation in the US.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.7 • 14 Ratings

We all want to make a difference — but knowing exactly what we should do with our limited time, money and energy is an extremely hard question. Doing Good Better is a podcast about using reason and evidence to figure out how we can do the most good, using the ideas of effective altruism. We talk to researchers, development economists, philosophers, journalists, charity workers, entrepreneurs, and social scientists to try to figure out what works — and just as importantly, what doesn't. More than that, we explore the ideas of effective altruism, getting to the root of why we want to help, how we can approach the question, and what we can actually do.

Doing Good Better is a project of the Centre for Effective Altruism, a registered charity in the UK (England and Wales), and a 501(c)(3) organisation in the US.

    Changing Corporate and Public policy; Lessons from Farm Animal Advocacy

    Changing Corporate and Public policy; Lessons from Farm Animal Advocacy

    In the last few years farm animal advocates have secured major corporate policy wins, a few state policy wins, and almost no federal policy wins. Why? And what lessons does this experience hold for future farm animal advocacy and other EA policy work?

    • 20 min
    Preventing catastrophic risks by mitigating sub-catastrophic ones

    Preventing catastrophic risks by mitigating sub-catastrophic ones

    Many of the catastrophic are likely to result from the failure to control much smaller events, which then grow so large that they do become catastrophic. On this episode, Professor Marc Lipsitch describes examples from infectious diseases and suggests implications for the allocation of our attention, effort and funds.

    • 22 min
    Episode 3: What?

    Episode 3: What?

    If we want to make the biggest difference, what are some actions we can take that really help, what causes do we have the biggest potential to affect, and what is the link between poverty, malaria, and bednets?

    Featuring:
    - Rob Mather, CEO, Against Malaria Foundation
    - Sonia Shah, Science Journalist, author of The Fever

    Presented by Stephanie Tam and Sam Deere, engineered by Dominic Apa

    • 41 min
    Episode 2: How

    Episode 2: How

    If we're trying to do the most good, how should we think about finding out what works, how can experimental methods give us better insights, and how do we face up to evidence that challenges our existing beliefs?

    Featuring:
    - Geoff Sayre-McCord, son of renowned social scientist Joan McCord
    - Rachel Glennerster, Executive Director of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL)

    Presented by Stephanie Tam and Sam Deere, engineered by Dominic Apa.

    • 38 min
    Episode 1: Why?

    Episode 1: Why?

    We explore why we have good reasons to care about other people, why being more effective is so important, and why helping others also makes our own lives better.

    Featuring:
    - scientist-turned-Buddhist monk Matthieu Richard;
    - Michelle Hutchinson from the Institute for Effective Altruism;
    - moral philosopher Jeff McMahan; and
    - writer, statistician and effective altruist Leah Libresco.

    Presented by Stephanie Tam and Sam Deere, engineered by Dominic Apa.

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

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I loved the book Doing Good Better, and I think effective altruism is a must-learn for everyone. I was excited to listen to the podcast, but I get an error upon trying to subscribe. Please fix!

Boris Yakubchik ,

A must-listen podcast

If you want to make the world a better place, you MUST listen to this!

JustCrafting ,

Great content but the background music can kill it

Some of the background music is so irritating (ie a single tone repeated over and over and over) or overwhelms the podcast such that you can’t hear what is being spoken.

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