I’m Will MacAskill, a philosophy professor at Oxford. I cofounded 80,000 Hours & Giving What We Can, raising over $2 billion in pledged donations. I give everything over $32,000/yr to charity and I just wrote the book What We Owe The Future - ...
I’m William MacAskill (proof: picture and tweet) - one of the early proponents of what’s become known as “effective altruism”. I wrote the book Doing Good Better (and did an AMA about it 7 years ago.)
I helped set up Giving What We Can, a community of people who give at least 10% of their income to effective charities, and 80,000 Hours, which gives in-depth advice on careers and social impact. I currently donate everything above £26,000 ($32,000) post-tax to the charities I believe are most effective.
I was recently profiled in TIME and The New Yorker, in advance of my new book, What We Owe The Future — out this week. It argues that we should be doing much more to protect the interests of future generations.
I am also an inveterate and long-time Reddit lurker! Favourite subreddits: r/AbruptChaos, r/freefolk (yes I’m still bitter), r/nononoyes, r/dalle2, r/listentothis as well as, of course r/ScottishPeopleTwitter and r/potato.
If you want to read What We Owe The Future, this week redditors can get it 50% off with the discount code WWOTF50 at this link.
AMA about anything you like![EDIT: off for a little bit to take some meetings but I'll be back in a couple of hours!]
[EDIT2: Ok it's 11.30pm EST now, so I'd better go to bed! I'll come back at some point tomorrow and answer more questions!]
[EDIT3: OMFG, so many good questions! I've got to head off again just now, but I'll come back tomorrow (Saturday) afternoon EST)]