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Doing Good Better – William MacAskill

Doing good better offers a structured approach to doing good more effectively.  Rather than being driven by our hearts, William MacAskill proposes that altruism should be governed by the logical processes that will enable us to help more people more effectively.  He emphasises the importance of research and experimentation over throwing a few pounds into a charity bucket and explains how, no matter how broke you think you might be, you’re still one of the richest people in the world.  Horray!   For anyone who wants to throw themselves into the concept, Princeton University has created an online course: https://www.coursera.org/learn/altruism Effective Altruism: https://www.effectivealtruism.org/about/ …

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The Happiness of Pursuit – Chris Guillebeau

For anyone who is eager to begin a quest and start an adventure, this is the book to read.  Chris offers experiences, both personal and from people from around the world, of people who have felt driven to complete a personal goal, often for  no other reason than “because it feels like the right thing to do”.  He talks about happiness, not as an end in itself, but as a byproduct of pursuing something we find exciting, challenging and meaningful.  In this book, he offers practical advice on starting your project, managing financial aspects and overcoming the hurdles along the …