The Giving What We Can Podcast

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Member Geoffrey Martin-Noble shares how the Giving What We Can pledge inspired him to concrete action, and why he feels that donating to effective charities (even if you aren't sure how to choose between them) is more impactful than continuing to search for the "perfect" moral framework. We are so pleased that we've been able to interview some of our members about their experiences with effective giving. Big thank you to Geoffrey and our other community members who make Giving What We Can such a special organisation. CHAPTERS: 00:00 - What motivated you to take the Giving What We Can pledge? 02:11 - When did you take the pledge? 03:01 - Do you have advice for others considering the pledge? 04:08 - Choosing action over perfectionOUR RESOURCES: ✍️ Take a giving pledge: https://givingwhatwecan.org/pledge 💕 Giving recommendations: https://givingwhatwecan.org/best-charities 🤑. 'How Rich Am I?' calculator: https://howrichami.givingwhatwecan.org 🤓. Recommended books, videos, podcasts: https://givingwhatwecan.org/resources 🙋‍♂️ Get involved: https://givingwhatwecan.org/get-involved   BE OUR FRIEND: 💌 Sign up to our monthly email newsletter: https://www.givingwhatwecan.org/newsletter 🌍 Our website / blog: https://www.givingwhatwecan.org/ 📸 Instagram: https://instagram.com/giving_what_we_can 🐦 Twitter: https://twitter.com/givingwhatwecan 👍 Facebook: https://facebook.com/givingwhatwecan 🤳 TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@givingwhatwecan

Thursday Nov 17, 2022

Member Sam Robinson discusses how he became interested in effective giving, his approach to donating, and how it feels to give. We are so pleased that we've been able to interview some of our members about their experiences with effective giving. Big thank you to Sam and our other community members who make Giving What We Can such a special organisation. CHAPTERS: 00:00 - How did you become interested in effective giving? 00:55 - The importance of keeping your desire to give 01:33 - Where do you donate? 02:12 - How it feels to give OUR RESOURCES: ✍️ Take a giving pledge: https://givingwhatwecan.org/pledge 💕 Giving recommendations: https://givingwhatwecan.org/best-charities 🤑. 'How Rich Am I?' calculator: https://howrichami.givingwhatwecan.org 🤓. Recommended books, videos, podcasts: https://givingwhatwecan.org/resources 🙋‍♂️ Get involved: https://givingwhatwecan.org/get-involved   BE OUR FRIEND: 💌 Sign up to our monthly email newsletter - https://www.givingwhatwecan.org/newsletter 🌍 Our website / blog - https://www.givingwhatwecan.org/ 📸 Instagram - https://instagram.com/giving_what_we_can 🐦 Twitter - https://twitter.com/givingwhatwecan 👍 Facebook - https://facebook.com/givingwhatwecan 🤳 TikTok - https://www.tiktok.com/@givingwhatwecan

Thursday Nov 10, 2022

We are thrilled to have interviewed Lily Odarno, Clean Air Task Force's Director of Energy and Climate Innovation Program, Africa. Lily shared some fascinating insights about the work of Clean Air Task Force, the specific work they are undertaking across Africa, the intersection of growth and climate mitigation, the need for localised clean energy solutions and much more. This was one of our favourite interviews recorded this year and is not to be missed. Let us know what you learnt from this interview in the comments! (Also let us know what you think of the new introduction style, and whether we should keep it!) Learn more about Clean Air Task Force: https://www.catf.us/ Donate to Clean Air Task Force: https://www.givingwhatwecan.org/charities/clean-air-task-force CHAPTERS: 00:00 - Opening chat between Luke and Grace 03:05 - Introduction to Lily and Clean Air Task Force 04:39 - The role of developing economies in climate change mitigation 07:44 - Clear Air Task Force's work across the African continent 10:49 - Climate change projections for Africa are mismatched with desire for growth 11:31 - Technologies that Clean Air Task Force is interested in 13:38 - Why is there a focus on a narrow range of tech, as well as reduced consumption? 16:04 - Funding sources influence policy 17:35 - Technology development within African countries 20:01 - Kenya as an example of renewable energy development 22:59 - How does CATF operate day to day? 26:03 - Specific challenges the African continent faces when it comes to decarbonisation 29:35 - What happens if we don't get it right? 34:24 - What is the role of philanthropy in climate change? 37:52 - Is Lily optimistic about change? 41:06 - Takeaways for the audience   CREDITS: Production: Grace Adams Editor: Marco Shimabukuro Interviewer: Luke Freeman Guest: Lily Odarno   OUR RESOURCES: ✍️ Take a giving pledge: https://givingwhatwecan.org/pledge 💕 Giving recommendations: https://givingwhatwecan.org/best-charities 🤑 'How Rich Am I?' calculator: https://howrichami.givingwhatwecan.org 🤓 Recommended books, videos, podcasts: https://givingwhatwecan.org/resources 🙋‍♂️ Get involved: https://givingwhatwecan.org/get-involved

Monday Oct 24, 2022

Member Jo Duyvestyn discusses how she learned about Giving What We Can, what motivates her to donate 10% of her income to effective charities, and how much she enjoys being part of a community of people who share her values. We are so pleased that we've been able to interview some of our members about their experiences with effective giving. Big thank you to Jo and our other community members who make Giving What We Can such a special organisation. CHAPTERS: 00:00 - Jo introduces herself00:08 - How did you learn about Giving What We Can? 00:27 - What motivated you to take the pledge? 01:35 - How does it feel to give? 02:09 - "It's not as scary as you think!" (Jo's advice for others) 02:52 - Being part of a community  OUR RESOURCES: ✍️ Take a giving pledge: https://givingwhatwecan.org/pledge 💕 Giving recommendations: https://givingwhatwecan.org/best-charities 🤑. 'How Rich Am I?' calculator: https://howrichami.givingwhatwecan.org 🤓. Recommended books, videos, podcasts: https://givingwhatwecan.org/resources 🙋‍♂️ Get involved: https://givingwhatwecan.org/get-involved   BE OUR FRIEND: 💌 Sign up to our monthly email newsletter - https://www.givingwhatwecan.org/newsletter 🌍 Our website / blog - https://www.givingwhatwecan.org/ 📸 Instagram - https://instagram.com/giving_what_we_can 🐦 Twitter - https://twitter.com/givingwhatwecan 👍 Facebook - https://facebook.com/givingwhatwecan 🤳 TikTok - https://www.tiktok.com/@givingwhatwecan

Thursday Oct 06, 2022

Choosing where to donate is incredibly difficult. Luckily, the charity evaluator GiveWell spends thousands of hours on program research each year to help people find highly-impactful giving opportunities. In this episode, Luke sits down with Neil Buddy Shah, GiveWell's managing director at the time of recording, for a deep dive into GiveWell's work. We cover GiveWell's origin, approaches, and focus areas, as well as Buddy's personal background and relationship to effective giving. We also discuss why funding gaps exist despite foreign aid, and the important role donors play in improving people's lives. Buddy responds to some common critiques of GiveWell's work, and clarifies some misconceptions about how the organisation operates.  Neil Buddy Shah is now the CEO of The Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI).Note: This interview was recorded in April 2022. GiveWell has since updated its cost-effectiveness bar to be higher than it was at the time of recording. A shorter version of this interview is available on our YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/BC64OnNHH9A👉To learn more about GiveWell, visit their website: www.givewell.orgCHAPTERS:00:00 - Introduction 02:12 - GiveWell's origin02:57 - GiveWell's goals and research approaches06:39 - How does GiveWell define and measure effectiveness?09:52 - Can you talk more about how GiveWell calculates cost-effectiveness?10:52 - How does GiveWell evaluate impact that is harder to measure?14:50 - Transparency15:15 - The importance of small donors 19:40 - Why does GiveWell roll over funds when highly-effective organisations still have funding gaps? 22:50 - Critic's question: does GiveWell only focus on "measurable" programs and ignore policy/advocacy initiatives?26:06 - Can you talk more about the concept of fungibility? 29:30 - Critic's question: GiveWell primarily focuses on health-based approaches to poverty alleviation. What about economic approaches? 32:12 - Critic's question: Do GiveWell's recommendations take into account the needs and preferences of the communities they aim to serve?36:08 - Does the continued existence of extremely cost-effective giving opportunities like the Against Malaria Foundation indicate a failure of the public sector?39:17 - People's reactions to the cost to save a life (and other striking figures!)43:12 - Why aren't GiveWell's recommended programs funded by government foreign aid organisations?46:43 - GiveWell's role in grantmaking 50:22 - Clarifying additional common misconceptions about GiveWell52:56 - Buddy's personal background and relationship to effective giving56:30 - Buddy's ask for listenersCREDITS: Production: Grace Adams Video/audio editor: Marco Shimabukuro Interviewer: Luke Freeman Guest: Neil Buddy ShahOUR RESOURCES: ✍️ Take a giving pledge: https://givingwhatwecan.org/pledge 💕 Giving recommendations: https://givingwhatwecan.org/best-charities🤑'How Rich Am I?' calculator: https://howrichami.givingwhatwecan.org 🤓Recommended books, videos, podcasts: https://givingwhatwecan.org/resources 🙋‍♂️ Get involved: https://givingwhatwecan.org/get-involved BE OUR FRIEND: 💌 Sign up to our monthly email newsletter: https://www.givingwhatwecan.org/newsletter🌍 Our website / blog: https://www.givingwhatwecan.org/ 📸 Instagram: https://instagram.com/giving_what_we_can 🐦 Twitter: https://twitter.com/givingwhatwecan 👍 Facebook: https://facebook.com/givingwhatwecan

Thursday Sep 22, 2022

The vast amount of animal suffering in the world can feel overwhelming, but there are several concrete ways to help. In this episode, we cover some major causes of animal suffering that even animal lovers often overlook, and discuss some of the best ways you can help animals.👉You can also watch this episode on our YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/hYm443i3lb8CHAPTERS: 00:00 - Introduction 00:21 - Why focus on farmed and wild animals? 00:46 - Farmed animals and factory farming: the problem 02:18 - What you can do: diet changes 03:18 - What you can do: supporting system change 04:46 - What you can do: supporting alternative proteins 06:04 - Wild animal suffering: the problem 07:30 - What you can do: supporting wild animal welfare research 08:28 - Additional information about where to donate 09:04 - Final thoughts ANIMAL WELFARE ORGANISATIONS MENTIONED: Fish Welfare Initiative: https://www.fishwelfareinitiative.org/ The Humane League: https://thehumaneleague.org/Wild Animal Initiative: https://www.wildanimalinitiative.org/ Animal Charity Evaluators: https://animalcharityevaluators.org/ Faunalytics: https://faunalytics.org/ EA Animal Welfare Fund: https://funds.effectivealtruism.org/funds/animal-welfare SOURCES: 1. https://faunalytics.org/global-animal-slaughter-statistics-and-charts/ 2. https://80000hours.org/podcast/episodes/lewis-bollard-end-factory-farming/3. https://80000hours.org/podcast/episodes/lewis-bollard-end-factory-farming/4. https://thehumaneleague.org/article/factory-farming-animal-cruelty 5. https://www.greenmatters.com/p/what-is-sea-lice 6. https://www.sentienceinstitute.org/global-animal-farming-estimates 7. http://www.fao.org/news/story/en/item/197623/icode/ 8. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/ng-interactive/2020/sep/15/covid-farm-animals-and-pandemics-diseases-that-changed-the-world 9. https://mercyforanimals.org/blog/antibiotic-resistant-infections-will-kill/ 10. https://www.sentienceinstitute.org/aft-survey-2020 11. https://ourworldindata.org/meat-production 12. https://animalcharityevaluators.org/donation-advice/why-farmed-animals/ and https://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=content.view&cpid=42 13. https://animalcharityevaluators.org/donation-advice/why-farmed-animals/ 14. https://www.aspca.org/helping-people-pets/shelter-intake-and-surrender/pet-statistics 15. https://animalcharityevaluators.org/research/dietary-impacts/effects-of-diet-choices/ 16. https://www.vox.com/future-perfect/22430749/beef-chicken-climate-diet-vegetarian 17. https://a-z-animals.com/blog/cow-lifespan-how-long-do-cows-live/18. https://ballotpedia.org/California_Proposition_12,_Farm_Animal_Confinement_Initiative_(2018) 19. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2018_California_Proposition_12 20. https://www.effectivealtruism.org/articles/lewis-bollard-lessons-learned-in-farm-animal-welfare 21. https://rethinkpriorities.org/publications/corporate-campaigns-affect-9-to-120-years-of-chicken-life-per-dollar-spent 22. https://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/wkyeng.pdf 23. https://us14.campaign-archive.com/?u=66df320da8400b581cbc1b539&id=a9ce5c198b 24. https://rethinkpriorities.org/publications/forecasts-estimate-limited-cultured-meat-production-through-2050 25. https://www.wildanimalinitiative.org/blog/juvenile-welfare 26. https://wildlife.org/the-return-of-an-odious-invader/27. http://fcmconference.org/img/CambridgeDeclarationOnConsciousness.pdf 28. https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/fish-feel-pain-180967764/29. https://reducing-suffering.org/how-many-wild-animals-are-there/ 30. https://www.wildanimalinitiative.org/transparency 31. https://www.vox.com/future-perfect/2018/11/14/18091698/future-perfect-podcast-killing-fish-ikejime-animal-welfare 32. https://www.wildanimalinitiative.org/blog/humane-insecticides33.https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5f04bd57a1c21d767782adb8/t/5f160c91bc0bff4abe964d5a/1595280529848/WAI_PersistenceAndReversibility_Dec2019.pdf 34. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK207746/ CREDITS: Script: Gage Weston Production: Grace Adams Video/audio editor: Marco Shimabukuro Host: Luke FreemanOUR RESOURCES: ✍️ Take a giving pledge: https://givingwhatwecan.org/pledge 💕 Giving recommendations: https://givingwhatwecan.org/best-charities🤑'How Rich Am I?' calculator: https://howrichami.givingwhatwecan.org 🤓Recommended books, videos, podcasts: https://givingwhatwecan.org/resources 🙋‍♂️ Get involved: https://givingwhatwecan.org/get-involved BE OUR FRIEND: 💌 Sign up to our monthly email newsletter: https://www.givingwhatwecan.org/newsletter🌍 Our website / blog: https://www.givingwhatwecan.org/ 📸 Instagram: https://instagram.com/giving_what_we_can 🐦 Twitter: https://twitter.com/givingwhatwecan 👍 Facebook: https://facebook.com/givingwhatwecan

Wednesday Sep 21, 2022

Dr. Michael Noetel shares 10 mistakes he made when trying to improve the world, so you don't have to make the same ones! Michael is a Giving What We Can member, effective altruist and academic. We were grateful to have him share what he's learnt with us. To learn more about him, visit: https://noetel.com.au/ 👉You can also watch this episode on our YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/efVh51hbRHYCHAPTERS: 00:00 - Introduction 01:08 - Mistake 1: I wasn't using science and reason 02:20 - Mistake 2: I didn't focus on the most important problems 04:27 - Mistake 3: I wasn't looking for low hanging fruit 07:22 - Mistake 4: I focused on what was in front of me 08:45 - Mistake 5: I thought effective altruism was only for utilitarians 11:03 - Mistake 6: I thought I needed to be morally obliged, and morally oblige others too 12:20 - Mistake 7: I thought effective altruism was just bed nets and RCTs14:11 - Mistake 8: I would start with the really controversial ideas 15:40 - Mistake 9: I thought the size of the problem should motivate people to act 16:36 - Mistake 10: I thought talking about doing good made me look sanctimonious CREDITS: Script: Michael Noetel Production: Julian Hazell Video/Audio Editor: Marco Shimabukuro Host: Michael NoetelOUR RESOURCES: ✍️ Take a giving pledge: https://givingwhatwecan.org/pledge 💕 Giving recommendations: https://givingwhatwecan.org/best-charities🤑'How Rich Am I?' calculator: https://howrichami.givingwhatwecan.org 🤓Recommended books, videos, podcasts: https://givingwhatwecan.org/resources 🙋‍♂️ Get involved: https://givingwhatwecan.org/get-involved BE OUR FRIEND: 💌 Sign up to our monthly email newsletter: https://www.givingwhatwecan.org/newsletter🌍 Our website / blog: https://www.givingwhatwecan.org/ 📸 Instagram: https://instagram.com/giving_what_we_can 🐦 Twitter: https://twitter.com/givingwhatwecan 👍 Facebook: https://facebook.com/givingwhatwecan

Monday Sep 12, 2022

Member Zachary Brown shares how the neighborhood where he grew up cast a spotlight on suffering and inequality, motivating him to effect change from an early age. He also discusses why he's passionate about helping future generations, how the Giving What We Can pledge ties into his Jewish background, and how effective giving has become a part of his identity. We are so pleased that we've been able to interview some of our members about their experiences with effective giving. Big thank you to Zachary and our other community members who make Giving What We Can such a special organisation. CHAPTERS: 00:00 - How did you learn about Giving What We Can? 00:55 - Why were you motivated to take the pledge? 02:45 - What is the role of effective giving in your life? 03:58 - Where are you giving now? 05:22 - Advice for others considering the pledge: "Just start!" OUR RESOURCES: ✍️ Take a giving pledge: https://givingwhatwecan.org/pledge 💕 Giving recommendations: https://givingwhatwecan.org/best-charities 🤑. 'How Rich Am I?' calculator: https://howrichami.givingwhatwecan.org 🤓. Recommended books, videos, podcasts: https://givingwhatwecan.org/resources 🙋‍♂️ Get involved: https://givingwhatwecan.org/get-involved   BE OUR FRIEND: 💌 Sign up to our monthly email newsletter: https://www.givingwhatwecan.org/newsletter 🌍 Our website / blog: https://www.givingwhatwecan.org/ 📸 Instagram: https://instagram.com/giving_what_we_can 🐦 Twitter: https://twitter.com/givingwhatwecan 👍 Facebook: https://facebook.com/givingwhatwecan 🤳 TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@givingwhatwecan

Thursday Sep 01, 2022

In this interview, we chat to Neil Dullaghan, a Senior Researcher at Rethink Priorities, a think tank that pursues and shares research with key decision makers about how to best help people and non-human animals both now and in the long-term future. We talk about Neil's work on animal welfare, why people might choose to prioritize farmed animal welfare or wild animal welfare, the role of research in the animal welfare landscape, and what you can do to help non-human animals Neil also discusses how the principles of effective altruism inform his work, and that of Rethink Priorities.If you'd like to learn more about Rethink Priorities, visit their website: https://rethinkpriorities.org/ CHAPTERS: 00:00 - Introduction to Neil and Rethink Priorities 01:24 - What attracts Neil to effective altruism 01:51 - Neil makes the case for focusing on farmed animal welfare 03:21 - The work Rethink Priorities is doing on farmed animal welfare03:53 - Considerations for working on wild animal welfare 05:16 - Advice for small to medium donors interested in farmed animal welfare 07:00 - The different approaches to improving animal welfare 08:53 - Policy intervention success stories 09:36 - Why research is important for improving animal lives 11:39 - How Neil became passionate about animal welfare 12:10 - Beyond donating, what can people do to help? 13:03 - How Neil has changed his approach to giving, research, and advocacy 14:10 - Forecasting the cultured meat landscape going forward 16:58 - How would Neil spend a billion dollars? 17:54 - Neil's asks for viewers SOURCES & FURTHER READING: 🌍Organisational spending on farmed animal welfare: 👉 Spending in 2020https://farmedanimalfunders.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/External-FAF-State-of-the-Movement-Report-2021.pdf 👉 Neglected spending areashttps://www.vox.com/2021/11/26/22772693/animal-rights-welfare-movement-global-factory-farming 🌍Donor advice & resources: 👉 Giving What We Can Recommendationshttps://givingwhatwecan.org/best-charities 👉 EA Animal Welfare Fund https://funds.effectivealtruism.org/funds/animal-welfare 👉 The importance of small donorshttps://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/cjH2puDzAFrtrrThQ/despite-billions-of-extra-funding-small-donors-can-still CREDITS: Production: Julian Hazell & Grace Adams Videographer and video editor: Andy Brice Video editor: Marco Shimabukuro Interviewer: Luke Freeman Guest: Neil DullaghanOUR RESOURCES: ✍️ Take a giving pledge: https://givingwhatwecan.org/pledge 💕 Giving recommendations: https://givingwhatwecan.org/best-charities🤑'How Rich Am I?' calculator: https://howrichami.givingwhatwecan.org 🤓Recommended books, videos, podcasts: https://givingwhatwecan.org/resources 🙋‍♂️ Get involved: https://givingwhatwecan.org/get-involved BE OUR FRIEND: 💌 Sign up to our monthly email newsletter: https://www.givingwhatwecan.org/newsletter🌍 Our website / blog: https://www.givingwhatwecan.org/ 📸 Instagram: https://instagram.com/giving_what_we_can 🐦 Twitter: https://twitter.com/givingwhatwecan 👍 Facebook: https://facebook.com/givingwhatwecan

Friday Aug 26, 2022

💌 Sign up for our newsletter here: https://www.givingwhatwecan.org/newsletter/ 🧑‍💻 RSVP to this months meetups at: givingwhatwecan.org/events 👇 Links for items mentioned in the video: The Longtermism Fund: https://www.givingwhatwecan.org/charities/longtermism-fund GiveWell's announcement: https://blog.givewell.org/2022/08/17/changes-to-top-charity-criteria/ Our response to GiveWell's update: https://www.givingwhatwecan.org/blog/update-to-our-recommended-global-health-and-development-charities What We Owe The Future: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1541618629 Time magazine article: https://time.com/6204627/effective-altruism-longtermism-william-macaskill-interview/ The Tim Ferriss Show interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I9C41fx64dw The Ezra Klein Show interview: https://time.com/6204627/effective-altruism-longtermism-william-macaskill-interview/ The Guardian article: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/aug/21/william-macaskill-what-we-owe-the-future-philosopher-interview Other media: https://whatweowethefuture.com/press/ Rob Mather and Against Malaria Foundation video: https://youtu.be/Ex7hgpXfw0U   Script & Production: Grace Adams Editor: Marco Shimabukuro Host: Luke Freeman

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