Creating a greater positive impact in the world.
In Singapore, the average citizen can expect to live till 82 years. In 1960, life expectancy here was 65 years old.
Things changed a lot in the past 60 years. We are much luckier now - with better health, education, job opportunities, stable political environment and stronger a economy on average.
In 2013, 10.7 percent of the world’s population lived on less than US$1.90 a day. This means that 800+ million people in this world are not so lucky in life.
We recognise that Singapore has our own set of social issues and there are people living in real poverty with unmet needs. But we think that there is enough to go around for communities here and globally.
We meet many people who are concerned about others' welfare. Statistically, people in Singapore has increased our charitable giving, volunteer and community-based initiatives. With rising incomes and wealth, more have the capacity to devote resources to do good for others.
Each year, Singaporeans give SGD1.3billion in charitable donations and xxxxx hours for volunteering. We need to understand better the impact that is created - making sure that we are not just doing good but creating a concrete difference in others' lives.
Effective Altruism (EA) in Singapore is to get us to use our limited resources to do more good. Good intentions are not enough. We need to look towards evidence and constantly evaluate if we are making use of our money and time effectively to make a difference.
What is impact? Someone at our recent community event said that "it's about a change - before and after."
What is the change that we want to see? A world that is more peaceful. A world with more equitable opportunities. A world that is healthy. A world whereby people are able to engage in work and contribute to society. A world that is more tolerant and safe. A world that is more innovative in addressing global challenges. A world that is more thoughtful. A world that is more compassionate - both to human and other sentient beings. A world that is more just. A world that can exist well into the long-term future.
We know that many others are already in the spaces of philanthropy, corporate social responsibility, schools and charitable sector. EA's approach is to encourage more evidence-seeking behaviours in our decision making. We want to highlight the importance of impact evaluation and analysing the best course of action to help improve the world we live in.
We want to do good better.
Executive Director, EA SG