How to save the world

1. Pick a career that makes a difference. If you insist on trying to work in international development, my list of ideas for potential employers is here.

2. Lobby your government for better policies

3. Give away some of your earnings

4. Spend the rest of your money ethically (there seems to be a bit of a gap in the market here for quality analysis - recommendations are welcome!


Unknown said...

Damn their earnest, hopeful faces. I used to try to give or microloan 4% (of admittedly not a great deal) but have slipped horribly since turning freelance / becoming a politically apathetic, over-caffeinated worker bee. But 1% sounds like a doable pledge. Suggestions above are useful. Do you rate Kiva, or is there a more effective finance scheme?

Lee said...

Kiva is probably as good as any for microfinance, but I don't especially rate microfinance. I just go with Givewell's suggestions these days - they have a team of intimidatingly smart people working full-time on thinking about cost-effectiveness and impact and rating charities and giving opportunities in order to maximise social returns. And they publish reams of detail about all of their investigations online.

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