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Entries Tagged as 'charity'

Future Selves, Other Selves

March 9th, 2008 · No Comments

There’s a fascinating series of articles at the New York Times Magazine this week about charitable giving. While many of the articles tend to cover the same ground (e.g. the move towards measuring the effectiveness of donations) there are some real gems there:
Consider Mr. Improvident, who is just like us except that he is not [...]

Tags: charity · letschangethegame · philosophy · psych

The GiveWell Fraud

January 2nd, 2008 · 1 Comment

A few weeks ago, I read a New York Times article about a new charity organisation called GiveWell, founded by two young ex-hedge fund managers. The story described how these two mavericks were about to shake up the charity world by using their financial skills to demand and interpret data from charities, and thus discover [...]

Tags: charity · mefi

Let’s Change the Game – First Round

November 22nd, 2007 · No Comments

The first round of Let’s Change the Game closed last Friday, and we received nine entries that I thought were worth sending to the judges. This doesn’t sound like a lot, but we’re all very happy with the number. The competition deliberately set a high bar for entrants, requiring not merely a game description, but [...]

Tags: arg · charity · letschangethegame

Let’s Change the Game

October 1st, 2007 · 6 Comments

One of the most startling things about alternate reality games is what their players can achieve. When you have tens of thousands of highly motivated and tightly-knit players who urgently want to get to the next scene, even the most obscure puzzle can be solved, no matter what language it’s written in, or what specialised [...]

Tags: adrian · arg · charity · games · letschangethegame

The Longest Race of my Life

September 7th, 2007 · No Comments

24 hour events have always attracted a certain fascination. By definition, they’re demonstrations of endurance, and when the world is transformed at night, what might be a common activity like walking through London turns into something that is slightly thrilling and illicit – and therefore, very attractive to a particular type of person.
In a couple [...]

Tags: adrian · charity · london · running