Effective Altruism Handbook: Motivation Series

The EA Hand­book in­tro­duces read­ers to effec­tive al­tru­ism by pre­sent­ing sum­maries of key con­cepts and shar­ing clas­sic ar­ti­cles from a va­ri­ety of au­thors.

This first col­lec­tion of posts ex­plores some of the ideas that mo­ti­vate peo­ple to do as much good as they can, and how they ap­ply across the causes and con­cerns of the EA move­ment.

You can learn more about the pro­ject and its goals here.

The Hand­book is a work in progress, and we’d love to hear your feed­back! You can leave ques­tions and com­ments on the posts, or sub­mit your thoughts through our feed­back form. (The form is a bit more helpful, since we’ve used it to ask spe­cific ques­tions.)


If you’re new to effec­tive al­tru­ism, you might also en­joy:

In­tro­duc­tion to Effec­tive Altruism

Why effec­tive al­tru­ism?

The Drown­ing Child and the Ex­pand­ing Circle

On Caring

Rad­i­cal Empathy

Helping those who need it

500 Million, But Not A Sin­gle One More

The world is much bet­ter. The world is awful. The world can be much bet­ter.

Im­prov­ing the world

Do­ing Good Bet­ter: On effec­tive and in­effec­tive altruism

On “fringe” ideas

Ev­i­dence and reasoning

Ex­cited altruism

Ex­cite­ment, hope, and fulfillment

You have more than one goal, and that’s fine

Find­ing a balance