Makan with Do-Gooders #03
Dec
29
7:00 PM19:00

Makan with Do-Gooders #03

Join us for an evening of mingling, chats and discussions broadly based around the ideas of Effective Altruism. 

This social will be friendly and fun for anyone, including newcomers! We love meeting people who care about increasing your quotient of positivity in this world. ;)

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MEETUP: EA SG CAFÉ
Nov
5
2:00 PM14:00

MEETUP: EA SG CAFÉ

"With limited time and resources, how can I make the greatest positive impact in this world?" That is the question which we ask at Effective Altruism Singapore. 

Effective altruism (EA) is a global movement that seeks to apply evidence and reason to determine the most effective ways to improve the world. It is about doing the most good we can do. 

If you care about doing good and to do it in more effective ways, come join us for an introduction to effective altruism to find out more about how you can make a difference in the world.

 

We are a welcoming group! :) 

Come join and tell us on Meetup.com or Facebook!

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Makan with Do-Gooders #01
Oct
27
7:00 PM19:00

Makan with Do-Gooders #01

  • Telok Ayer Market (a.k.a. Lau Pa Sat) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

First meetup of its kind, makan with do Gooders aim is to get the Effective altruists to meet up outside the setting of project meetings and get to know each other well in other aspects of life. 

Come over, bring friends and let's makan! 

 

http://www.meetup.com/Effective-Altruism-Singapore-Meetup/events/234937308/

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MEETUP: First Sunday Brunch
Oct
2
11:30 AM11:30

MEETUP: First Sunday Brunch

Every month, we meet up to share about Effective Altruism (EA). We are people who apply reason and global empathy to make a difference in the world! 

Effective Altruism is about doing the most good we can do. 

We ask, "With limited time and resources, how can I make the greatest positive impact in this world?"

These are the main cause areas that EA focuses on: 

1) Global poverty

2) Animal welfare

3) Existential risk

If you care about doing (more) good in this world and to do it in more effective ways, then you should come for this meetup! 

Have a chat with like-minded people and see how you'd like to be engaged with EA in Singapore :)  

Figure out how to do the most good that we can. 

And do it. 

Sign up on: Meetup.com or Facebook

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MEETUP: Effective Altruism Monthly Meetup
Sep
4
11:30 AM11:30

MEETUP: Effective Altruism Monthly Meetup

Every month, we meet up to share about Effective Altruism (EA). We are people who apply reason and global empathy to make a difference in the world! 

Effective Altruism is about doing the most good we can do. 

We ask, "With limited time and resources, how can I make the greatest positive impact in this world?"

These are the main cause areas that EA focuses on: 

1) Global poverty

2) Animal welfare

3) Existential risk

If you care about doing (more) good in this world and to do it in more effective ways, then you should come for this meetup! 

Have a chat with like-minded people and see how you'd like to be engaged with EA in Singapore :)  

Figure out how to do the most good that we can. 

And do it. 

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MEETUP: Effective Altruism Monthly Meetup
Aug
7
11:30 AM11:30

MEETUP: Effective Altruism Monthly Meetup

Every month, we meet up to share with people about Effective Altruism. 

EA Singapore is a budding chapter against the backdrop of a growing global EA movement. We recognize people's motivation to do good and we care about honing and harnessing it to be more effective in impact.  
 

We are a community of people who care about applying reason and global empathy in the way we do good.  
 

We ask, "With limited time and resources, how can I make the greatest positive impact in this world?"   

Two main areas that we focus on are global poverty alleviation and farmed animal welfare. 

Effective Altruism is about optimizing the usage of our charitable resources. Come and join us if you're interested in doing the most good that we can :) 

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MEETUP: Meet & Greet with EA Singapore
Jul
3
11:30 AM11:30

MEETUP: Meet & Greet with EA Singapore

Meet-up description

Every month, we meet with people who are interested in EA and discuss how we can maximize the good we can do. 

Meet-up notes: July 2016

Topic #01: Research

  • EA Singapore to consider what types of research areas to look into that adds value for people (i.e. useful information).

Topic #02: Events

  • Plan for one in Sep/Oct 2016
  • Attending EAG in Aug 2016
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MEETUP
Jun
5
11:30 AM11:30

MEETUP

Meet-up description

Every month, we meet with people who are interested in EA and discuss how we can maximize the good we can do. 

Meet-up notes: June 2016

Topic #01: EA meet-ups in Singapore

  • We should have two different platforms: (1) Introductory monthly meet-ups; (2) Working project meeting group monthly.
  • This caters to different needs: (1) new to EA; (2) further engagements in EA. 
  • Suggestion that intro meet-ups have a theme/structure to facilitate discussions (e.g. having discussion sheets with different topics each week). 
  • Perhaps also have "social meets" so discussions are less formal. 

Topic #02: Earning-to-give

  • Someone in the group mentioned that he is earning-to-give now. Read Peter Singer a long time ago and had given away a lot years ago. Somehow, things changed and he stopped giving for a long while. Returning to giving more now and has a giving plan that he roughly shared with the group. 
  • What about sharing earning-to-give with people working in civil service? With higher earnings, giving xx% regularly. 

Topic #03: Social media

  • Growing 'likes' on EA Singapore's FB Community page. 
  • Suggestion to start twitter account too. 

Topic #04: Movember fundraiser

  • Possibly something that some of us in the EA community here can take part. 
  • One beneficiary organization would be AMF. 

Topic #05: Workplace giving

  • What's the ratio of Finance v.s. Consulting firms in Singapore? 
  • What are their cultures like? (e.g. Finance - stressful, business-interests driven)
  • What's the possibility of EA members placing posters and donation bins in their workplaces for people to be aware of highly effective charities and give readily? 

Topic #06: Pitch ideas

  • Suggestion for mini giving game: "Hi, are you interested in saving lives? How many lives do you think you can save in your lifetime?"
  • Highlight that, "A single death is a tragedy. A million deaths is a million tragedies". (Original quote: "A single death is a tragedy. A million deaths is a statistic.")

Topic #07: Charitable giving 

  • Giving season tends to be end of the year (Nov/Dec)
  • For tax-deductible charities, they tend to receive more 1 month before tax-yr end
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INTRODUCING EFFECTIVE ALTRUISM with Prof Peter Singer over Skype
May
15
3:30 PM15:30

INTRODUCING EFFECTIVE ALTRUISM with Prof Peter Singer over Skype

Post-event notes: 

Humanist Society (Singapore) (HSS) has generously helped to transcribe the Q&A with Prof Peter Singer here

You can also watch all the talks/workshops here: 

  • Part 1 - "Giving: Limited Resources, Maximum Impact" by Ms Zheng Huifen, HSS vice-president
  • Part 2 - "Introducing Effective Altruism" by Kyle Tan and Ying Xia from EA Singapore
  • Part 3a - Giving Game: Introductions facilitated by Wanyi and Anurag from EA Singapore & EA Bangalore
  • Part 3b - Giving Game: Results
  • Part 4 - Q&A with Prof Peter Singer

Credits for the videos and transcription goes to Humanist Society (Singapore)

Giving Game vote results: 

  • Against Malaria Foundation (AMF) - 6 votes (USD 110.00)
  • Schistosomiasis Control Initiative (SCI) - 21 votes (USD 375.00)
  • Population Services International (PSI) - 14 votes (USD 250.00)

The Giving Game for this event was sponsored by The Life You Can Save (TLYCS). Donations to the organizations were directly given from TLYCS to the respective organizations based on the participants' votes. 

 

Event description: 

This is our first public Effective Altruism (EA) event in Singapore!  

We invite you to join us as we explore how we can maximise the impact of our charitable resources, through our donations, career or volunteer work. 

Sign up at our Facebook event page (click "Going" and you're registered!).  

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PROFESSOR PETER SINGER

Peter Singer has been called the world’s “most influential living philosopher”. Sometimes controversial, always practical, the ethicist stirs public debate about morality, from animal welfare to global poverty. He will join us over Skype. If you have got burning EA questions for him, come and ask him during the Q&A! 

 

GIVING: LIMITED RESOURCES, MAXIMUM IMPACT

Zheng Huifen, vice-president of Humanist Society (Singapore) ("HSS"), will give this talk, covering the ethics of and rationale for philanthropy. We will learn more about how to evaluate charities and NGOs in terms of Effective Altruism. 


GIVING GAME

Have you given much thought to your own "Giving Philosophy"? Giving Game is a philanthropy education session that promotes thoughtful and impactful giving. Participants learn about a few pre-selected charities, think about and discuss their relative merits. At the end, we'll choose which one of these charities will get a real donation sponsored by The Life You Can Save

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MEETUP
Apr
10
11:30 AM11:30

MEETUP

Meet-up description

Every month, we meet with people who are interested in EA and discuss how we can maximize the good we can do. 

 

Meet-up notes: April 2016

Topic #01: Is there any impact evaluations that we're aware of in Asia? 

  • Group is not aware. 
  • It's a challenge to understand in very concrete ways where the charitable donations' impact are in most charities. 
  • Confusion in the label of some categories in reports we've come across. For example, money that goes to "others" -- can't interpret what it means in this vague category. 

Topic #02: Types of non-profit entities

  • Society / Charity
  • Trust
  • Company Limited by Guarantee (CLG)
  • Institute of Public Character (IPC)
  • 501 (c) (3) in the US

Topic #03a: Communicating about EA

  • EA meet-ups partly involves a discussion and analysis of how to spend our money on the "most amount of good". 
  • On "doing the most good" -- some members have not much of a problem that "good" can be interpreted differently by different people.
  • Use infographics and posters to communicate the impact differences in charitable giving (instead of explaining too much in words).
  • Suggestion to articulate what EA is about: "OPTIMIZING THE USAGE OF OUR CHARITABLE RESOURCES"

Topic #03b: Social media and attracting people to EA community

  • Suggestion to use community page instead of individual's posts for EA.
  • Key words describing groups that might be aligned with EA - e.g.) rationalists, altruistic/charitable, humanists, data/research, philosophy, philanthropy. 
  • Students who take the initiative to read up a lot more might have heard about EA. 

Topic #04: Question about existential risks

  • Example: Antibiotic resistance, pandemic
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