After the event
Let us thank all of you who attended the EAGxPrague conference. It was great to see so many people hungry to know more about EA ideas. We hope that the next year we could go even bigger to satisfy the demand (we could accept only 122 attendants out of 177 registred). All of our speakers were really pleased with the atmosphere of the audience and the whole event.
So, did you get inspired (or angry)? We would love to keep in touch! You should definitely come to our follow-up event in January 9 at 19:00 in Café Campus. As was mentioned in the last talk, we are quickly growing community here in Czech Republic and EAGxPrague is just a little taste of what we want and can achieve. Even if you can’t attend, let us know about your EA interests and projects you might have. You can also like us on Facebook and spread the word around.
We already posted some photos over there and we will publish recordings of the talks as soon as possible.
Are you inspired to make a difference now? Have you been thinking about donating for a while, but did you never really get around to it? Then we’d like to tell you about a fundraiser ran by Irena Kotíková, our friend from across the big pond. She’s raising donations for Deworm the World Initiative, a GiveWell-recommended charity. Deworming is a highly effective intervention as it is, with solid evidence for improvements in school attendance, and long-term benefits: in one study, dewormed subjects actually showed 20 % higher wages, many years after the deworming! Deworming one person costs less than a dollar.
You can learn more about her efforts here.
Once more, thank you for your support!
Topic: Effective altruism
Reducing suffering with reason and evidence.
Topic: Technological progress and the future of humanity
Will our technologies lead to unprecedented progress? Can we deal with unexpected risks from fast development?
Topic: Development aid
Evidence-based solutions that provably helping hundreds of millions in developing countries.
Topic: Decision-making and rationality
To reach correct conclusions and take the best possible actions, it is crucial to use clear and correct reasoning. Which systematic harmful biases do people have in general, and how can we prevent them from leading us astray?
Topic: Choosing a beneficial career
We spend 80 000 hours of our lives at work. How can we use this short span of time to help others?
- 9:00 - Registration. Please arrive sooner rather than later. If you have a student or non-profit ticket, please bring some form of student ID or a business card if possible.
- 9:30 - Welcome speech, Introduction to Effective Altruism (Aleš Flídr, former co-president of Harvard Effective Altruism; Czech)
- 10:30 - Career selection (David Goldberg, founder of Founders Forum for Good; English)
- 11:15 - Coffee break
- 11:45 - Development aid (Alix Zwane, CEO of Global Innovations Fund; English)
- 12:30 - Lunch
- 14:00 - Rationality (Lucius Caviola, co-founder of EA Foundation; English)
- 15:00 - Coffee break
- 15:30 - Moral issues of superheroes – experimental and philosophic view (Robin Kopecký, researcher at Faculty of Science of Charles University; English)
- 16:00 - Students for High-Impact Charity (Ollie Base, former president of EA Society Warwick, SHIC volunteer; English)
- 16:45 - Coffee break
- 17:15 - Animal welfare (Pablo Stafforini, research at Special Projects Team of Centre for Effective Altruism; English)
- 18:00 - Far future outcomes with a suffering-minimization approach (Johannes Treutlein, Growth at EA Foundation and Foundational Research Institute; English)
- 18:45 - EA in Czech Republic: Goals and plans for 2017 (Czech Association for Effective Altruism; Czech)
- 19:05 - Finishing remarks, networking
After the conference, we’ll be downstairs at the Bitcoin Café for informal discussion and coffee or beer :)
Please send any questions or feedback both positive or negative to firstname.lastname@example.org.
See you at the conference!
– EAGxPrague Team
Introduction to Effective Altruism
Effective altruism is a philosophy and social movement with the goal of making the world as good as possible as effectively as possible through reason and scientific thinking. But why is effective altruism a good idea? What does it mean, to actually be an effective altruist?
Aleš Flídr is an Economics student at Harvard University. In his second year he was a co-president of the Harvard Effective Altruism Club. He worked as an intern in the Centre for Effective Altruism in Oxford. His interests include behavioural economics and philosophy.
Effective development aid
One of the greatest global problems is poverty. Millions of people in developing countries are plagued by dangerous diseases, low economical productivity and systematic destruction of the environment.
has 20 years of experience working in the development and
environment sectors as a researcher, a strategic advisor on philanthropy, a
social entrepreneur and an investor. She is the CEO of the Global Innovation
Fund, a $200m social first fund that invests to accelerate evidence-based
innovations in global health and development.
Alix has worked at the intersection of the evidence and innovation agendas from a diverse set of posts. She was the first employee and Executive Director at Evidence Action, a non-profit that develops service delivery models to scale evidence-based programs. Under Alix’s leadership, Evidence Action catalyzed school-based deworming for hundreds of millions of children, and safe drinking water for millions of people in four countries. Alix has also advocated for evidence-based philanthropy at the Gates Foundation and Google.org. She designed and developed strategy to support new public service models that work for the poor.
Alix also generates evidence, and has published in Science, PNAS, the QJE and elsewhere. She holds a PhD in Public Policy from Harvard and is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader
What will the future be like? How can we secure a better world for future generations?
The world is undergoing an unprecedented period of accelerating technological and economical growth. Will the current trajectory lead to a blossoming civilization and a utopian future, or are we headed for overpopulation, destructive climate change, or even global thermonuclear war?
Johannes Treutlein works on growth at the Effective Altruism Foundation and their research division, the Foundational Research Institute. He is responsible for communicating and spreading the idea of Effective Altruism among universities in the German-speaking area. In his talk, he will talk about positive and negative possible future outcomes and what actions can we take today to secure a good future free of suffering.
How to choose the right career to help the world?
We spend an enormous part of our lives at work. That is why career selection is so important - by choosing a socially beneficial career, one can have a huge positive impact. Well, how does one choose? The enormously important issue of career selection will be explored by David Goldberg
David realized that making social businesses was hard, and a potentially higher-leverage strategy might be to make it easier for people who were founding successful technology businesses to commit to donating the money they would eventually earn. He says that the ideas of effective altruism (that he first encountered in Peter Singer's TED talk), earning to give, and the work of 80,000 Hours in particular, was influential to his thinking and his decision to choose this route. He founded the Founders Forum for Good, which runs the Founder's Pledge program that commits startup founders to commit 2% of their personal proceeds from exit to the high impact causes they care about. Founders Pledge's total pledge valuation now exceeds $186 000 000.
Dysrationalia - Why smart people so stupid things
In his talk, Lucius Caviola will explain that IQ tests don’t measure the amount of rational thinking and decision correctly. Studies show that a correlation between IQ and a hypothetical “coefficient of rationality” is weaker than one would expect. Better understanding to rational thinking can help us to improve rationality itself, which is a necessary ability to reach our personal and even moral goals.
Lucius Caviola is co-founder of the Effective Altruism Foundation (EAF) and coordinates their outreach activities. He studied psychology at the universities of Basel and Oxford and researches in cognitive and moral psychology at the Department for Experimental Psychology and the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics at the University of Oxford.
How can students help the world?
Ollie Base works for Students for High-Impact Charity. In his talk, he will present their vision and approaches, how students can help the world.
Ollie Base is a third year Philosophy with Psychology student, currently studying in Cologne, Germany. Last year, he was president of Effective Altruism Society Warwick and is currently founding a chapter in Cologne. Ollie was on the team which compiled the SHIC curriculum and continues to volunteer remotely on the subject
Moral issues of superheroes – experimental and philosophic view
Robin Kopecký is a PhD student and a researcher at the Faculty of Natural Sciences of Charles University in Prague. He previously studied both philosophy and evolutionary biology and his research interests are moral judgements, experimental philosophy and evolutionary psychology
Personal advice from experienced effective altruists
During the day, well-experienced effective altruists Lucius Caviola and Johannes Treutlein will offer slots for one-to-one discussions. You can choose to talk about any topic you’d like to talk about: for example, personalized help with career selection or advice for your own projects.
Questions and answers
- Effective altruism sounds great - where can I find out more?
- We advise you to seek out introductory materials on http://www.effectivealtruism.org/ and the book Doing Good Better by the eminent philosopher William MacAskill.
- How much does a ticket cost?
- 150 CZK (~$7) for students and people working in the non-profit sector, 400 CZK (~$17) for everyone else. Thanks to the technical support of Paralelní Polis, we accept Bitcoin payments for tickets.
The goal of our conference is to inform the Czech public about how can we act to have positive impact on the world, and how can to guide our actions in an effective manner. In other words: how to accomplish the most good with as little resources expended as possible. Making the world as good as possible as effectively as possible: that is effective altruism.
We hope to use the EAGxPrague 2016 conference to reach everyone who wants to benefit others in their life.
We thank Mr. Jan Barta and Mr. Václav Dejčmar for their generous financial support of EAGxPrague.
We sincerely thank Paralelní Polis for providing the spaces for our conference at a highly discounted rate and for enabling us to accept ticket payments by Bitcoin.
The conference is organized by Czech Association for Effective Altruism.