Sunday Assembly Bristol: March 2020: How to be an Effective Altruist

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Sun 1st March
10:45 am - 12:45 pm

Hamilton House Conference Space

***IMPORTANT: we currently have our Assemblies at Hamilton House Stokes Croft, *not* Trinity centre***

We are upstairs in the Mild West room level 3 (lift available)
Join us for a talk, songs, chat and hot drinks and cake!!

We aim to be fully inclusive, we are wheelchair accessible, dietary requirements are catered for and children are always welcome.
Please let us know if there is anything we can do to make you feel more welcome.

No charge but Donations greatfully recieved!

Our speaker this month is Nick Lowry!

Most of us want to make a difference. We donate our time and money to charities and causes we deem worthy, choose careers we consider meaningful, and patronise businesses and buy products we believe make the world a better place.

Unfortunately, we often base these decisions in intuition and emotions rather than facts. As a result, even our best intentions often lead to ineffective-and sometimes downright harmful-outcomes.

So how can we do better?
How many people benefit, and by how much?
Is this the most effective thing I can do with my career?

At this talk, you will see how many of our assumptions about doing good are misguided. For instance, you will see how you could save more lives by becoming a plastic surgeon rather than a heart surgeon.

At this talk, expect to be challenged to think differently, set aside biases, and use evidence and careful reasoning rather than act on impulse.

When we do this-when we apply the head and the heart to each of our altruistic endeavours-we find that each of us has the power to do an astonishing amount of good – this is Effective Altruism.

Nick Lowry works at the BRI, killing cancer in the Radiotherapy department, but outside of that, he’s an all round nerd. He is constantly trying to get new community groups off the ground, including Repair Cafes, Tool Libraries and even some help with Sunday Assembly.