Holly Morgan

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Used to run The Life You Can Save with Peter Singer. Prior to that ran the Community divison of Giving What We Can. Currently running an Oxfam shop in London. Regularly attend the London EA meetup group - hope to see some of you there! I love getting to know new folk :-)

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Prologue to Bertrand Russell's Autobiography:

"What I Have Lived For

Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong, have governed my life: the longing for love, the search for knowledge, and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind. These passions, like great winds, have blown me hither and thither, in a wayward course, over a great ocean of anguish, reaching to the very verge of despair.

I have sought love, first, because it brings ecstasy - ecstasy so great that I would often have sacrificed all the rest of life for a few hours of this joy. I have sought it, next, because it relieves loneliness--that terrible loneliness in which one shivering consciousness looks over the rim of the world into the cold unfathomable lifeless abyss. I have sought it finally, because in the union of love I have seen, in a mystic miniature, the prefiguring vision of the heaven that saints and poets have imagined. This is what I sought, and though it might seem too good for human life, this is what--at last--I have found.

With equal passion I have sought knowledge. I have wished to understand the hearts of men. I have wished to know why the stars shine. And I have tried to apprehend the Pythagorean power by which number holds sway above the flux. A little of this, but not much, I have achieved.

Love and knowledge, so far as they were possible, led upward toward the heavens. But always pity brought me back to earth. Echoes of cries of pain reverberate in my heart. Children in famine, victims tortured by oppressors, helpless old people a burden to their sons, and the whole world of loneliness, poverty, and pain make a mockery of what human life should be. I long to alleviate this evil, but I cannot, and I too suffer.

This has been my life. I have found it worth living, and would gladly live it again if the chance were offered me."

This is my life too, except for being at an earlier stage, and for giving a damn about chickens.


How much do you plan to donate?: 
At least 10%. Probably everything over the median wage in the UK.
To which causes?: 
Animal welfare
Existential risk and far future causes
'Meta' work e.g. outreach, research
For how long?: 
Beyond death - I plan to leave some in my will too!
Any additional information about the donation plans above: 

Donations listed below include Gift Aid, include expenses incurred on behalf of charities that I could have claimed back for but didn't, don't include charities I've given less than £20 to and don't include anything I think would have been given anyway without my influence.

Selected past donations: 
£659.44Schistosomiasis Control Initiative2011 (£45), 2012 (£306), 2013 (£295), 2014 (£85.44)
£291.97, $122Against Malaria Foundation2011 (£9.64), 2012 (£97.51, $27), 2013 (£184.82, $95)
£541 apx.Oxfam GB2013 (£165), 2014 (£16, £360 apx.)
£125Peace Direct2013 (£125)
£110 apx.Centre for Effective Altruism2014 (£110 apx.)
$160, £17.47Mercy For Animals2014 ($160, £17.47)
$160The Humane League2014 ($160)
£66.27Machine Intelligence Research Institute2014 (£66.27)
£51.33Leverage Research2012 (£51.33)
£50Animal Equality2012 (£50)
£50Kawempe Home Care2013 (£50)
£50Helen Bamber Foundation2013 (£50)
£50Medical Aid Films2013 (£50)
£40Positive Women2012 (£10), 2014 (£30)
£30Save the Children2013 (£30)
$40Vegan Outreach2012 ($20), 2013 ($20)
£20British Heart Foundation2012 (£20)
£20UNICEF2013 (£20)
Donations I've helped influence: 
AmountToDonated byWhenAny details
£503 apx.Schistosomiasis Control Initiative Friends and family2012Live Below The Line
£107 apx.Schistosomiasis Control InitiativeParents of girl I was tutoring2011Tutoring in exchange for donations
£65Schistosomiasis Control InitiativeStudents2011Securing free tickets for others in exchange for donations
£145Oxfam GBFriends and family2013Live Below The Line
£30Against Malaria FoundationFamily2014Asking for donations instead of gifts for my birthday
£25Against Malaria FoundationFamily2013Asking for donations instead of gifts for Christmas
Past donations: 

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Your views and values

Moral philosophy: 
Consequentialist/utilitarian (or think that this covers the most important considerations)
Causes you think you should devote resources to: 
Animal welfare
Existential risk (artificial intelligence)
Existential risk (other)
Far future concerns (besides existential risk)
Cause prioritization
Meta charities which direct resources to these causes
Avoid meat and caged eggs
Other social movements identified with: 

You and EA

Year you first heard the term 'Effective Altruism': 
Groups you're a member of: 
The 'Effective Altruists' Facebook group
Giving What We Can (you've taken the pledge)
The Life You Can Save (you've taken the pledge)
Local EA group
Which factors were important in 'getting you into' Effective Altruism, or altering your actions in its direction?: 
The online EA community
Giving What We Can
Personal contact with an EA or EAs
Organisations you've volunteered or worked for: 
Giving What We Can
The Life You Can Save
Number of friends who'd describe themselves as Effective Altruists: 
Over 20 friends

Your career

Planned career path: 
Really unsure!


Highest level of education completed or currently pursuing: 
Undergraduate degree (bachelor’s)
United Kingdom
Religious beliefs: 
Atheist, agnostic or non-religious
Full-time student?: