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How to be great at doing good

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Choose how you spend your time and money well, and you can have a hugely positive impact on the world. Choose badly, and you might not make any difference at all. Nick Cooney will deliver a talk based on his critically-acclaimed book “How to be great at doing good”, a practical guide to changing the world. His work has been featured in hundreds of media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, Time magazine and National Public Radio.

Nick has put his principles into practice when founding “The Humane League” (THL), a nonprofit seeking to improve conditions in factory farms. All campaigns are evaluated internally by THL Labs, with the results used to evaluate impact and improve future campaigns. This commitment to self-reflection and transparency has led to them being awarded ‘Top Charity’ status by independent auditor Animal Charity Evaluators three years in a row.

All of us have the potential to be great at doing good. All that’s required is that we act with the intelligence and rigour that those who need our help most certainly deserve. Join us on the 13th to find out more about Giving What We Can and 80,000 Hours. The event will be followed by a reception with drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and nibbles.

Giving What We Can: Cambridge is part of an international society dedicated to eliminating extreme poverty in the developing world. We recommend the most effective, evidence-supported charities and our members pledge to give at least 10% of their income to such causes.

80,000 Hours: Cambridge is here to give you the information you need to maximise the social impact of your career choices. Our advice is based on four years of research with academics at Oxford and is tailored for talented young graduates.

Praise for How to be Great at Doing Good: “Too often, charity makes us feel good, but fails to do good. This timely, thoughtful book shows how our contributions can make a bigger difference.” - Adam Grant, Wharton professor and New York Times bestselling author

“We’re accustomed to trying to get the most for our money, but donating is the area where this principle is perhaps most important and least appreciated.” - Holden Karnofsky, co-founder and co-executive director, GiveWell.org

“Cooney gives us a practical guide to examining our charitable efforts, measuring their efficiency, and maximising their and our impact. If you’ve ever felt you could do more to make the world a better place, this is for you.” Shushana Castle

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