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Can we save the world?
Every day 16 thousand children are dying from consequences of global poverty.

The student council invited a project manager from the Effective Altruism Foundation to give a talk about "Doing Good Better - Introduction to Effective Altruism". When time and money are limited, how can they best be used to prevent suffering and save lives? Why should we focus on helping individuals - most of whom are complete strangers - in the first place and what can each indivdual do in order to save the world? The philosophy and global movement of Effective Altruism seeks to answer these questions from the point of view of cognitive and social psychology, philosophy, and economics. On the 4th of May 2017 B.A. Stefan Torges, project manager at the Effective Altruism Foundation, gave a talk on what Effective Altruism is about. See the talk here. The Effective Altruism Foundation tackels contemporary ethical questions scientifically and publishs the results freely in the form of policy papers. Through their projects, they strive for the effective reduction of poverty and animal suffering while promoting a responsible approach to future technologies. They also offer donation and career advice to people who are interested in making a positive impact on the future.

Stefan Torges

 Speaker Stefan Torges from the Effective Altruism Foundation © Stefan Torges

 

Visiting the GLS Bank

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"Money is for the people" and the GLS Bank was there for us, the EELP students. In the morning of the 24th January 2017, we visited one of the first social and ecological universal banks in the world, which took the starting sentence as their motto. The former EELP student, Marian Thöne guided us through the building and explained the work and functioning of the GLS Bank. He told us about his experience as an intern at the Bank headquarter and eventually showed us the panaora-view over Bochum. (read more here, pdf)

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UNESCO World Heritage Site "Zeche Zollverein"

Here are some pictures from our trip to the UNESCO World Heritage Site “Zeche Zollverein” in Essen – once the world’s biggest coal mine.

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