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Comment author: Martijn 05 April 2014 12:26:00PM 2 points [-]

This might be the greatest idea ever. I can give you all the reasons why it's so good, but you have got them all figured out. My definate props for that!

I have a tip though. If you are interested, continue reading.

I like your story but I don't LOVE it. It's because it's written in an inpersonal style. In order to promote it more effectively, I'd like you to give a personalised WHY?

I.E: I was hiding from my friends for two years. I was failing in my study of philosophy and I didn't wanted to come out. I had a severe case of depression. I had everything I needed: A house, food, even a hot shower, and still I despaired. Life was way out of whack, something was deeply wrong!

Then, I remember the moment clearly: I was in the kitchen and I was going to stuff myself with yet another sandwich, when by chance a shadow of a man walked by, obviously a beggar. I looked at my extra bacon and egg sandwich, and something just clicked in my brain. I hurried outside and caught him on the street corner. I gave it to him, he murmbled something weird, but the look he gave me was etched into my soul.

That day I felt elated. I went out and started to do random acts of kindness. I bought flowers and gave it to an old lady and an anorexic girl. I joined a couple of young people to give free hugs. I donated all my pocket money to beggars. I even withdrew money to give more.

I was stunned: Living truly is giving! The depression lifted and I never looked back. I was able to finish my master in philosophy, and made more friends than i ever had. Since then I have been trying to help as much as I can. And as smart as I can!

~ I am sure you can write a terrific personal story. Continue what you are doing, and make it count!

Comment author: Martijn 05 April 2014 12:29:00PM 0 points [-]

Was that of any help?

Comment author: Pablo_Stafforini2 22 April 2014 10:20:00PM 0 points [-]

Thanks, Martijn! Will is currently writing a book on effective altruism and is giving a lot of thinking to ways in which we can make EA ideas more appealing to a wider audience, without sacrificing precision or accuracy. Making such ideas more personal is a key way of accomplishing this, and for this reason the book will feature interviews with many prominent EAs and top researchers.