Get Involved with Effective Altruism

Join the EA community

Effective altruism is a research field which uses high-quality evidence and careful reasoning to work out how to help others as much as possible. It is also a community of people taking these answers seriously, by focusing their efforts on the most promising solutions to the world’s most pressing problems. Community members work on a wide range of global issues and create a positive impact through their careers, donations, advocacy, and volunteer work. The Effective Altruism community is a great place to meet like-minded people, learn more about how to have an impact, and find support to help you achieve your altruistic goals.

Join your local EA group

There are Effective Altruism groups located across the world, where friendly people hold social events and discussions, host speakers, and run projects aimed at doing good. Get in touch with your local EA group to find out what’s happening in your city or university.

If your location doesn’t have a group, or you just want more EA connections, join Effective Altruism Anywhere. This is a community for people interested in effective altruism to connect, regardless of geographic location, and they hold meetings to suit Australian time zones.

Take an online course 

EA Virtual Programs are free programs for anyone around the world to engage intensively with the ideas of effective altruism through readings, videos, podcasts, and weekly small-group discussions. Each program lasts 8 weeks, and requires a minimum commitment of 2 hours per week — an hour for discussion and an hour for reviewing content beforehand (readings, videos, etc.) The programs start the first week of every month, and have meeting times to suit all timezones, so that you can participate whenever is best for your schedule.

Attend a EAGxAustralia conference

Join hundreds of aspiring altruists for talks, meetups, discussions, workshops & projects at the EAGxAustralia conference. Conferences have been held yearly since 2015, with the 2020 conference held online.

The next EAGxAustralia conference is scheduled for February 2022 in Sydney.

Take a giving pledge

Giving What We Can are a community of people who have pledged to give a meaningful portion of their incomes to organisations that do the most good. The most popular pledge is The Pledge for 10%+ of lifetime income and the most flexible one is the Try Giving pledge for 1%+ of income for any given period.

Share ideas

One of the best ways everyone can help is simply to talk about effective altruism and effective giving with their family and friends.

Include Effective Altruism Australia in your workplace giving program

We have found that workplaces are often receptive to the evidence and efficiency-driven approach of Effective Altruism Australia, so why not have a conversation at your workplace about us?

If you’re interested in having Effective Altruism Australia included in your workplace giving program, please email info@eaa.org.au

Help us at Effective Altruism Australia

Effective Altruism Australia is an almost entirely volunteer-run organisation. If you are keen to get involved in helping out, contact info@eaa.org.au with details of your background and skills, where you’re located, and how you might like to get more involved.

Consider a high-impact career

Choose a high-impact career path which fits with your skills and interests. The non-profit 80,000 Hours conducts research and provides free advice and support to people who want to have a greater impact with their career.

More ways to get involved

This page collects a variety of excellent resources to learn about effective altruism, including articles, videos, and podcasts.

This page lists a variety of online groups to join.

There are many more ways to take action listed here.