My New Project: 80,000 Hours

I haven’t been posting here for a while as I’ve been very wrapped up in a new and exciting project, which I can finally reveal is a campaign called 80,000 Hours.  I’ve been coordinating a media preview in which we launched our research on the ethics of career choice today.

We made the top spot on BBC online’s education section, and also had the final spot on the BBC’s today programme with Ian Hislop.  Our combined reach was between 5% and 10% of the UK population within the first day of our research launch!

We ran a provocative media campaign to get people to start discussing the issues and prompt a conversation in the media.  On my Facebook wall alone there are almost 100 comments on the ideas, with some very vigorous debate, and we hope that this discussion will continue into the future.  We’ll be launching the organisation properly later this year, but until then check out our <a href=”http://www Going”>brand new website.

Our aim is to get people to pursue the career in which they can help the most people in the world.  We hope that this campaign will get people to at least start thinking about this question.

2 thoughts on “My New Project: 80,000 Hours”

  1. Very interesting discussion on the Today programme today and congratulations on your campaign.

    My husband (Stephen Kinsella) is a very successful corporate lawyer and a few years ago he thought about giving up his job to do something more worthwhile – and then he realised that the most worthwhile thing he could do was to stay in his job and give his money away. So it is happening!

    Do you know about Mike Dickson and Take One Step (you’ll find him on Google). He is doing wonderful work persuading the world to give away more money. Also are you in touch with The Funding Network – again Fred Mulder who chairs that organisation is an inspirational man who has persaded loads of people (us included) to give away money.

    You are pushing at an open door!

    Good luck,

    Alice Jolly

    PS. I am a Quaker and so particularly welcomed the comments on Quakerism which has always beeen a small but significant force in ethical business.

  2. Hi Alice,

    Thanks for sharing your story. I’ve just had a quick look at the organizations you suggested – they really do look like people we should get in touch with!

    We do hope we’re on to something with this, and that it’s part of a wider movement.

    Thanks for your support.

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