Kelly Witwicki Faddegon

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More about me: 

In my endeavour to maximize my positive impact on the world, I take a consequentialist approach and focus on the biggest picture I can. This generally means that I am primarily concerned with the social, memetic effects of actions, and also with efforts that can indirectly enable sustainable social change. My priority cause is the spreading of non-speciesism, given the massive amount of suffering involved in animal agriculture, the significantly low cost of reducing that suffering relative to other causes, and the critical importance of addressing the issue in order to be able to address wild animal and other nonhuman suffering (or before assuming that the far future will be positive and directing our resources there).

I came to EA from the "altrusim" side, when I was an activist organizer in the animal rights movement.

Personal notes: After I came to intellectually recognize the personhood of nonhuman animals, in the interest of developing my intuitive recognition of that personhood, I participated in the rescue and rehabilitation of hens from battery cage and "free range" operations. I have also adopted two of those little dinosaur angels into my family. (Their names are Snow and Dualla.)


How much do you plan to donate?: 
Everything over $50k. (Over 50%.)
To which causes?: 
Animal welfare
For how long?: 
Throughout my life
Any additional information about the donation plans above: 

I additionally intend to spend much of my free time socially promoting altruism, and volunteering for animal sanctuaries (which is more about maintaining my motivation than the direct impact of a single volunteer at a sanctuary).

Selected past donations: 
Full-time activism.Direct Action Everywhere, Animal Place2013-2014
Donations I've helped influence: 
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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
Cause prioritization
Meta charities which direct resources to these causes
Promoting altruistic, cooperative norms.
Actions you're taking to support these causes: 

I am currently earning to give as a software developer. Before that I was a full-time volunteer Organizer and Graphic Designer with an animal liberation activism group for two years. Socially I talk about EA and nonspeciesism, and outside of work I volunteer at local animal sanctuaries.

Hours a month spent on these activities: 
Other social movements identified with: 
Animal Rights
Causes and communities you're interested in: 
Animal welfare
Effective giving
Existential risk and far future causes
Prioritization research

You and EA

Year you first heard the term 'Effective Altruism': 
Groups you're a member of: 
The 'Effective Altruists' Facebook group
Local EA group
Which factors were important in 'getting you into' Effective Altruism, or altering your actions in its direction?: 
The online EA community
Personal contact with an EA or EAs
I was already consequentialist in my values, but wasn't actively thinking my impact through as thoroughly as I do now, likely due to not having any community asking the questions that my EA friends eventually did.
Number of friends who'd describe themselves as Effective Altruists: 
Over 20 friends
How you first heard about 'Effective Altruism': 
TED Talk (Peter Singer)
What can the Effective Altruism community help you with? : 

Sustainably handling my emotional response when I feel overwhelmed at the thought of the extent of suffering in the world. My EA friends help me focus on the impact that I *can* have.

What could you bring to the Effective Altruism community?: 

A perspective from someone who was driven to EA from more outwardly emotional motivations than many current EAs, and who has experience working closely with social justice activists.

Your career

Planned career path: 
Earning to Give
Confidence that you'll take this career path: 
I am currently working in this career path, and do not anticipate changing.
Current occupation or career: 

Software Developer (Portfolio)

Are you currently doing earning to give?: 
Any ways you could help others with their careers: 

I studied at App Academy and am happy to share my experience. I was also an Organizer and Graphic Designer with a grassroots nonprofit activist group, and am happy to talk about that experience as well!

Software Development (Ruby on Rails, Javascript, CSS) Graphic Design Team Leadership


Kelly Witwicki Faddegon
Highest level of education completed or currently pursuing: 
Undergraduate degree (bachelor’s)
United States
Berkely, CA
Religious beliefs: 
Atheist, agnostic or non-religious
Political views: 
Full-time student?: