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A popular way of doing good in the effective altruism community is by increasing the effectiveness of other people’s altruistic work. For instance, 80,000 Hours gives advice to young people on how to maximize their career impact, while GiveWell provides recommendations to donors on how to maximize the impact of their donations. Similarly, some members of the effective altruism community try to influence major societal institutions. They give advice to policy-makers on key areas such as existential risk, and give recommendations on how you can improve the world through for profit-work.

This strategy is sometimes called a “meta”-strategy within effective altruist circles. Another strategy which is also called a “meta”-strategy is building capacity for future action (e.g. by growing the effective altruist movement). While different, they share some properties e.g. they are both relatively indirect strategies for doing good.

Further reading

Centre for Effective Altruism. Cause profile: Building an effective altruism community

Bostrom, Nick. 2008. Three ways to advance science.
A discussion of different ways to improve the scientific process.

Macaskill, Will. 2012. Giving What We Can, 80,000 Hours, and meta-charity.
A discussion of effective altruist charities and their approach to influencing people’s donations.

Mannino, Adriano. 2014. Meta-charities.
A discussion of charities which seek to help donors have more impact with their donations.

Vance, Alyssa. 2011. Levels of action.
A discussion of direct and indirect ways of improving the world.