May 23rd, 2013

Effective Altruism or Congruent Leverage?

By Ron Nakamoto

This TED Talk by Peter Singer explores the idea of effective altruism or effective giving.  If one were to step back and think first of "True Wealth" in terms of the Brower Quadrant, and substitute "contribution" for "giving", I believe that it becomes easier to see that one has many assets to contribute to others in order to make the world a better place.  True Wealth is a broader, more encompassing concept than the juxtaposition of altruism with consumerism. True Wealth by definition assumes the dynamic balance of financial, core, experience, and contribution elements. Being "effective" then becomes a matter of applying leverage (doing more faster, easier, cheaper, etc.) to a personally defined pattern of contribution in a way that's consistent or congruent with intent of that pattern of contribution.  Contribution, within the context of True Wealth, is optimized through the application of Congruent Leverage.

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Peter Singer: The why and how of effective altruism | Video on TED.com
If you’re lucky enough to live without want, it’s a natural impulse to be altruistic to others. But, asks philosopher Peter Singer, what’s the most effective way to give? He talks through some surprising thought experiments to help you balance emotion and practicality — and make the biggest impact with whatever you can share.

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