The world is facing diverse and immense challenges. How can we identify the most pressing problems of our time? What do I, as an individual, invest my skills and resources in to do maximum good? Effective Altruism offers one way to address these questions – it is a systematic approach to compare different causes against each other.
In this seminar, we will have a closer look at this social and philosophical movement – Effective Altruism – and discuss its potential, its shortcomings and possible implementations as well as implications. The problems we are facing today are considerable: 689 million people still live in extreme poverty, climate change could prove catastrophic and emerging technologies are changing our lives fundamentally in seemingly unpredictable ways. Yet, it important not to get lost in theoretical considerations but act: We aim to provide time to reflect about how we can do good in our careers and how the effective altruist approach can help or hinder us in trying to do so.
Location: Hotel Schloss Gerzensee
Schedule: Saturday 9 am – Sunday 6 pm
Working language: English
Lara Thurnherr, Bachelor student in History and Public Law, University of Bern, scholar of the Swiss Study Foundation
Simon Grimm, Master student in Human Medicine, University of Basel, scholar of the Swiss Study Foundation
Philippe Valmaggia, PhD in Biomedical Engineering, University of Basel , scholar of the Swiss Study Foundation
Rafaela Schinner, Bachelor student of Phylosophy and Economy, University of Fribourg, scholar of the Swiss Study Foundation
Coordination: Dr. Barbara Dankwa-Egli
Reader: Will be announced prior to the event.
Target audience: People interested in making the world a better place, preferably as much as possible.