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What are the best ways to improve world happiness? | EA Global: London 2017

Imperial College London

All plausible moral theories agree increasing the happiness of currently existing people during their lifetimes is intrinsically good. Despite, or perhaps because of, this agreement, surprisingly little work has been done to find out what the most effective ways to improve world happiness are. In this short talk, Michael Plant shares his current conclusions and […]

Measuring what matters | EAGxNetherlands 2018

Seats2meet Utrecht

Michael Plant delivered a ‘prequel’ to his talk at EA Global: London 2017 to address theoretical concerns about the nature and measurement of wellbeing.

On measuring and maximising what matters | EAGxAustralia 2019

University of Sydney Business School Sydney

Effective altruists want to do as much good as possible. But how should we measure how much good different outcomes do? So far, effective altruists have tended to use income and standardised health metrics (QALYs and DALYs) as the measures of what matters. This talk is primarily a plea for subjective well-being (SWB) - individuals’ […]

Finding the most cost-effective ways to improve mental health


Even though mental disorders account for a considerable burden of disease globally and appear to strongly impact individuals’ subjective well-being, the EA community has spent relatively little effort on identifying the best giving opportunities within the area of mental health. This talk provides an introduction to the Happier Lives Institute’s Mental Health Programme Evaluation Project […]

Are lockdowns justified? Evaluating the costs and benefits


In several countries, lockdowns have reduced the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, and thereby of deaths from COVID-19. Despite this, they have been controversial.  Some claim that they violate basic rights or freedoms.  This seminar will focus on a different objection: do the benefits of lockdowns outweigh the costs?  Asking that question leads to others: […]

Back to Bentham? A discussion on the optimal distribution of wellbeing


Michael Plant provides a brief overview of the main approaches to aggregating individual advantage - utilitarianism, egalitarianism, prioritarianism, and leximin. Social scientists are not very familiar with this literature, even though you cannot use subjective wellbeing measures without (implicitly) making a choice. The use of subjective wellbeing measures is implicitly utilitarian: the best outcome is the […]

Panel discussion: behavioural insights in cash transfer programs


Panelists: Joel McGuire, Research Analyst at Happier Lives Institute Laura B. Rawlings, Lead Economist at Human Capital Project, World Bank Prof. Frank Schilbach, Associate Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Prof. Lisa Gennetian, Associate Professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University Moderator: Renos Vakis, Lead Economist at eMBeD, […]

The science of wellbeing: causes, consequences, and policies

Magdalen College Oxford

This hybrid workshop was held over two days at the University of Oxford to discuss topics covered in The Science of Wellbeing, the first textbook to be published on the subject. The textbook is co-authored by Prof Jan-Emmanuel De Neve and Prof Lord Richard Layard, and will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2022. The […]

Donating money, buying happiness


Joel McGuire presented our comparison of the cost-effectiveness of cash transfers and psychotherapy in terms of subjective wellbeing and mental health.

Moral Foundations of Progress Studies

The University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX

The progress studies community has had a lot of discussion about technology, economics, history, and politics. However, there is no consensus on the moral basis for valuing or pursuing “progress,” and there are key open questions about how progress is to be judged and measured, who should benefit from it, and what type of progress we should pursue. The goal of this workshop is to reach a consensus on what major moral/ethical questions are at the foundations of a study of progress, and what broad answers to these questions have been proposed.

EAGxOxford 2022

Examination Schools Oxford

EAGxOxford 2022 will bring together students and young professionals interested in EA to connect, learn, and explore how best to improve the world. We're excited to welcome over 400 people for a weekend of networking, workshops, talks and a career fair, and help them work out their path to impact.

EAGxBoston 2022

Boston Convention and Exhibition Center Boston, MA

Back after a three-year hiatus, EAGxBoston welcomes members of the effective altruism community to our 2022 conference, featuring networking, speaker events, workshops, and mentorship. This event will be especially useful for students who want to learn more about effective altruism and make connections within the movement.

EA Global: London 2022

The Brewery 52 Chiswell St, London

EA Global will bring together a wide network of people who have made helping others a core part of their lives. Speakers and attendees share new thinking and research in the field of effective altruism and coordinate on global projects.

Interspecies Comparisons of Welfare

The London School of Economics and Political Science

Comparisons across species are not straightforward because there are significant differences between animals with respect to their cognitive, affective, and sensory capabilities. Such comparisons require input from many fields, including animal welfare science, evolutionary biology, comparative cognition, neuroethology, ecology, economics, philosophy, and others. This breadth of perspective is essential to understand the differences between species, […]

EAGxPrague 2022

Faculty of Arts Jan Palach Square 1/2, Prague

The event will bring together over 500 members of the EA community to connect with each other, and to explore the best ways to improve the world.

An axiological dilemma for longtermism

Trajan House Mill Street, Oxford

How can we make the future better if we can’t make it better for anyone in particular? Speaking at GPI's weekly lunchtime seminar, Michael raised an axiological challenge to longtermism, the view that positively influencing the long-term future is a key moral priority of our time.

Life, death, and WELLBYs

Harris Manchester College Oxford

HLI's Founder and Director, Dr Michael Plant, will present his latest thinking on determining the neutral point of wellbeing scales.

The pleasures and pains of interpreting life satisfaction scales

Trajan House Mill Street, Oxford

Global priorities research investigates the question, ‘What should we do with our limited resources, if our goal is to do the most good?’ This question has close connections with central issues in philosophy and economics, among other fields. This event will focus on the longtermism paradigm and general issues in cause prioritisation.

Wellbeing Research & Policy Conference

Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre Worcester College, Oxford

The inaugural Wellbeing Research & Policy Conference will bring together scholars and policymakers to discuss the latest research, insights, and developments in the field of wellbeing science. The conference will be held over three days at the Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre in Worcester College, University of Oxford, featuring plenary speakers, panel discussions, policy roundtables, and […]

EAGxSingapore 2022

Singapore Management University 81 Victoria St, Singapore

It’s been over two years since our last in-person EAGxSingapore/Asia conference. We are thrilled to organize this conference again— bigger and better than before! The event will bring together over 200 members of the EA community to connect with each other, and to explore the best ways to improve the world. We invite everyone in […]

Taking happiness seriously | EAGxBerlin 2022

Urania Berlin An d. Urania 17, Berlin

EAGxBerlin 2022 will bring together ambitious students and professionals to learn, connect and collaborate to solve the world’s most pressing problems. Five years after the last EAGxBerlin, we're excited to welcome 500-1000 people for a weekend full of talks, workshops and networking to help each other figure out how to do the most good.

EA Global: Washington, D.C. 2022

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC

EA Global will bring together a wide network of people who have made helping others a core part of their lives. Speakers and attendees share new thinking and research in the field of effective altruism and coordinate on global projects.

Measuring Good Better


To celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month, the Happier Lives Institute and Effective Altruism Philippines bring you Measuring Good Better, a virtual talk and Q&A about mental health and effective altruism. The main speaker will be Dr Michael Plant, Founder and Director of the Happier Lives Institute.

Taking Happiness Seriously | EAGxVirtual 2022


Most people agree that happiness matters, even if they value other things too. Thanks to the growing field of subjective wellbeing research, it is now possible to work out the best ways to make people happier in a scientifically rigorous way. But such work has only just begun - it is new both to effective […]

Global health: what should we care about?

Charity Entrepreneurship 253 Kilburn Lane, London

Intervention prioritisation helps make Effective Altruism effective. Ways of measuring competing issues bear huge influence over what problems are investigated and which interventions are promoted. But what should we care about in global health? Must saving lives be our highest priority? Or should we think more about human wellbeing? Can we ensure new charities truly […]

EAGxRotterdam 2022

Postillion Hotel & Convention Centre Beursplein 37, Rotterdam

EAGxRotterdam will bring together ambitious individuals in order to work on solving the world’s most pressing problems. The conference is an opportunity to create new connections and learn more about EA with topics suitable for everyone. The preliminary programme entails various talks, workshops, meetings, and plenty of time for networking, as well as getting to […]

What are the most cost-effective ways to treat depression?


The Happier Lives Institute recently completed a cost-effectiveness analysis concluding that StrongMinds’ depression treatment is 9x more cost-effective than direct cash transfers for improving the life of an individual as well as their entire household. Join Dr Michael Plant, Founder and Director of the Happier Lives Institute, for a discussion about the Happier Lives Institute […]

Asia Philanthropy Congress


The Nippon Foundation will launch the Asia Philanthropy Congress in Tokyo on November 19, 2022. It aims to leverage our extensive network to build a platform that will seek solutions to social problems through cross-sectoral collaboration. It will also provide a venue for setting agendas to address Asia’s social issues as well as facilitating dialogue […]

Effective Giving Day


If you're feeling overwhelmed by all of the important problems in the world, and you'd like to make a difference, you're not alone. Effective Giving Day is designed to help you find causes that need the most support right now, learn how to support them and have a massive impact! You will also have the […]

Global Scientific Conference on Human Flourishing 2022


The aim of this conference is to speed the translation of interdisciplinary insights about our common humanity into breakthrough innovations that help us flourish together amid modern challenges. We invite professionals whose work contributes to the creation and sharing of new knowledge and innovations for human flourishing, regardless of discipline. This includes leading scientists, policymakers, […]