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High-stakes decision making: how to maximise your impact

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High-stakes decision making: how to maximise your impact

Duration: 00:23:54

Speaker: Liv Boeree, Natalie Cargill

Type: Talk

Expertise: Intermediate

Event: Devcon 4

Date: Oct 2018

After 10 years of sharpening my decision-making skills in the world of high stakes poker I discovered effective altruism - an intellectual movement that applies science, evidence and reason to figure out the most impactful ways to address the world’s most pressing problems. Rigorous analysis shows that some non-profits are literally 1000s of times more cost-effective than average. Additionally, a significant portion of well-meaning philanthropic efforts produce little, or even negative effects on the problems they are trying to solve. Considering the many billions that are donated to charity each year, it is crucially important that all philanthropists develop the critical thinking skills to make these tough decisions - skills such as decision-making under uncertainty, correcting for bias and knowing when to (or not to!) use intuition. I expect many of Devcon4’s attendees will strongly resonate with these concepts. As blockchain pioneers, they already understand the dire need for positive social impact on a truly global scale to ensure a safer and fairer future for everyone. Alongside my colleague - philosopher and barrister Natalie Cargill - I will present the decision-making framework that effective altruists use to ensure that the actions we take achieve the most good.
About the speakers


Liv Boeree


Known as “The Iron Maiden”, Liv Boeree is one of the UK’s most successful poker players, accruing nearly $4 million in live tournament winnings on the international poker circuit and the becoming the only female in history to win both European Poker Tour and World Series of Poker championship titles.Prior to poker, Liv studied Physics with Astrophysics at the University of Manchester, graduating with a first-class honours degree. She has since hosted numerous TV shows in science, gaming and entertainment and regularly speaks at major conferences and universities on the topic of optimal decision-making. In 2018 she gave both a TED and a TEDx talk on practical applications of poker thinking and rationality in everyday life.In 2014 she co-founded Raising for Effective Giving, a non-profit that fundraises for the most effective charitable interventions and advises gaming professionals how to fully maximise their impact.TEDx link:<div></div>


Natalie Cargill


Natalie co-ordinates a group of high net-worth donors who collectively give over $60m annually the world’s most effective causes, and has lectured on the principles of effective giving at the University of Cambridge and King's College London.She is also a barrister at Serjeants’ Inn Chambers, a tier-1 set known for cases of ethical importance, such as the ‘Charlie Gard’ litigation and the right to die appeal in the Supreme Court. Natalie is due to speak on The Morality of the Tribe at a philosophy event this summer featuring Stephen Pinker, Rebecca Goldstein, and Roger Penrose. She graduated with a first-class degree from the University of Oxford. Talk link: <div></div>

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