When you see someone on the street asking for spare change, your heart naturally goes out to that person. What you see is someone who needs money. But, does giving that person money help him or she get off the street?

It’s a quick decision you need to make, but thinking longtermism, you have to consider how the person got there.

“The primary determinant of the differences in the value of the actions we take today is the effect those actions will have on the very long-term future.” (Forethought Foundation)

Perhaps the greater good is to find the person a…


Impact investing has been gaining traction lately, especially among Gen Z and Millennial investors. Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) stocks have also become popular with corporate pension fund managers. Is investing in ESG stocks the best way to do good in the world? And does impact investing help us do the best we can for the financial future of our employees?

The U.S. Department of Labor proposed a rule that would block employee retirement plan managers from making ESG investments. The Department objects that ESGs are not necessarily in the best interest of investors. …


In an interview earlier this summer on NPR, Peter Singer shared the story of how he became a vegetarian. It was a perfect segway to one idea that has always motivated him — “we must consider what will most reduce suffering and increase happiness.”

During the interview, Peter Singer discussed the incomparable impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the challenging choices we confront today as the world deals with multiple moral dilemmas.

Intuitions That Produce Moral Judgment Are Often Biased

Peter Singer’s book, The Life You Can Save, was released in 2020 as a free ebook and audiobook.

Michael Schur, the creator of The Good Place, wrote this…


The world loses 0.3% of fertile soil every year primarily due to mismanagement and soil erosion. Cumulatively, over the last 200 years, the planet has lost more than 30% of its fertile soil. If we continue to go in this direction, we’ll face a global food crisis. Farmer-led regenerative agriculture is a growing movement with a mission of reversing the damage done to the world’s farmlands and forests. In previous articles, I’ve shared results-driven regenerative farming projects. Growers are radically transforming the agricultural landscape, increasing crop yields that ensure a healthy food supply for the surrounding communities. Of all the…


One of the basic tenets of effective altruism is that we focus on large-scale problems that have been neglected and affect the most vulnerable. Furthermore, interventions must be highly effective and measurable. The harmful impact of climate change is large-scale and affects the most vulnerable. As we attempt to reverse the damage, regenerative farming’s role in combatting climate change surfaces as a highly effective intervention with measurable outcomes.

Bringing Carbon Back to the Soil

According to data, almost one-quarter of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide come from land use and agriculture. However, plants and farmland have a vast potential to draw down carbon from the atmosphere and…


Regenerative agriculture is a movement dedicated to reversing the damage caused by industrial farming practices. It’s a “longtermism” approach to lessening our reliance on pharmaceuticals, securing a healthy food supply, improving the financial health of family farmers, and fulfilling our obligation to combat global climate change.

“Pharmaceutical chemicals and drugs are now the main ingredients in our foods.” (Zach Bush, MD)

A Longtermism Solution to Restore Soil Health and Food Independence

Longtermism, coined by the Forethought Foundation, says that “the primary determinant of the differences in the value of the actions we take today is the effect those actions have on the very long-term future.” …


I’m a corporate leader and a social entrepreneur. The startups I launched operate in commercial verticals. But my passion has always been to bring innovative approaches to socio-economic and environmental challenges faced by local economies.

Social entrepreneurs are motivated by the need to initiate net-positive outcomes in the world. We seek to improve peoples’ lives in tangible and sustainable ways. However, as social impact brands, we must do more than talk about how our businesses impact the world or the communities where we operate. We need data-driven metrics that verify the results discussed in our strategic plans.

“I thought business…


Drake Baer wrote an interesting article on Business Insider on Giving Tuesday about effective altruism. He wrote about what motivates us to give and how that drive may not necessarily result in the greatest good. Stories from people close to us or appeals from groups to which we belong move us the most. However, Baer suggested, our donations can have a more significant impact by focusing our altruism abroad.

Stretch the Impact of Your Contribution

Access to healthcare in developing nations is virtually non-existent. With a modest amount of money, effective charities can invest in life-saving treatments, such as insecticide-treated mosquito nets or deworming medication.

Mosquitos…


Coronavirus has impacted every country in the world. However, there is no doubt that the health and economic consequences of COVID-19 disproportionately affect the most vulnerable populations. Can an effective altruism approach (investing resources and effort to maximize the amount of good that can be achieved) improve our global response to COVID-19? I believe it can.

Building Tools to do the Most Amount of Good

Helpful Engineering is one of the most exciting examples of effective altruism in action. Charles He, a management and machine learning freelancer from British Columbia, created a 13,000-user Slack group and quickly mobilized it to fight the coronavirus pandemic. How did he do it…


Fintech platforms are playing a key role in creating economic parity. Millions of unbanked and poor individuals now have access to financial products to improve their lives. Using fintech to advance the goals of effective altruism makes perfect sense. A good example is Netherlands-based Kinder, a “tech-for-good” startup.

Founded in 2016 by internet entrepreneur Mathys van Abbe, Kinder recently secured a second round of venture capital funding, bringing its total investment yield to €2.1 million as of September 2020. Mathys van Abbe is well-known entrepreneur. He launched the first mobile photo and video sharing service on Twitter in 2007. Abbe…

Soren Dawody

My name is Soren Dawody, an entrepreneur interested in effective altruism & how to apply it in both my everyday life & business ventures

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