So, this was exciting! A couple of weeks ago I had my highest profile publication to date, an article for the New Statesman blog. I wrote about my experience of working in a high paying job so as to give money to charity:
It was 2012, and I was in my final year of university. I had been defaulting towards academia before I encountered the Effective Altruism movement, which encourages us to use reason and evidence to determine how we can use our resources to help others most. Encouraged by discussions with other Effective Altruists, I was already donating 10 per cent of my student income to pay for deworming treatments and the distribution of anti-malaria bed nets, two of the most cost-effective charitable causes. But to many of us it seemed obvious that we could do even more good by seeking out a well-paying job and increasing our donations that way.
In the piece I discuss my motivations for changing my career plans in this way, the psychological difficulties I had in sustaining it, and the guilt I continue to feel since I left consulting. You can read the whole thing here.