Purchase this Book on Amazon: Doing Good Better: How Effective Altruism Can Help You Make a Difference
I’ve recently gotten into reading non-fiction books, mostly regarding current events, psychology and self-help, so expect more reviews coming soon! This is the first book I’ll be providing a quick synopsis on, as well as my thoughts. Doing Good Better, written by William MacAskill, a professor at the University of Oxford, goes over a framework that helps us figure out how we can effectively use our money in order to donate to various causes. Many people feel better about themselves when they donate $10 here, or $20 there to a charity, without ever knowing what happens with the money they donated. Did you truly make a difference? Or are you just trying to feel good and worthy? Believe me, I used to do what I have described in the above scenario regularly, but then I realized that I actually wanted to ensure that my contributions were making a difference. Reading this book kicked me into gear to be more aware of which charities I’m donating to.
‘Effective Altruism’ essentially means that you’re constantly trying to figure out in what way you can make the largest difference possible, and MacAskill argues that we must use empirical facts in order to figure out where we should donate our money. I was rather skeptical before I read this book because I presumed that even donating a small amount of money would make some sort of difference in the world, but I later recognized that it is more important to make the biggest difference through reference to empirical facts. The concept of empirical facts has become more and more important to me as I progress through my university degree. I highly recommend this book for those who are interested in making a true difference in the world.
If you’d like to purchase this book and read it, you can do so on Amazon by utilizing this link: Doing Good Better: How Effective Altruism Can Help You Make a Difference. Just as a note, this link is an affiliate link with Amazon. I believe that a lot of great value can be earned through reading this book. Please leave a comment below if you’ve read this book and what your thoughts were.