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SHIC level 7 (advanced) - Cognitive Quirks

SHIC level 7 (advanced) - Cognitive Quirks

Human minds tend to err in predictable ways, but luckily we can learn to be aware of these quirks, and try to overcome them.This level will challenge us to take a closer look at our minds and what makes them tick. We’ll examine how and where we get things wrong, as well as why that matters if we want to make the world a better place.

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SHIC level 6 - Effective fundraising

SHIC level 6 - Effective fundraising

This level is where learning meets doing. It’s time to start fundraising. You’ll do a quick review of the causes and specific high-impact charities we’ve covered, then move to vote on one organization. After learning some smart fundraising tactics, we’re handing it over to you and your collective imagination to raise money for your favourite charity.

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SHIC level 5 - High-Impact Careers

SHIC level 5 - High-Impact Careers

How can you best help solve the world’s largest problems with your career? The classic idea of doing good can be surprisingly ineffective. In this level you’ll question traditional career advice, and learn about some surprising ways that you can make a huge impact.

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SHIC level 4 - Threats to Humanity

SHIC level 4 - Threats to Humanity

The fate of humanity rests on your shoulders! This level tackles existential risks, also known as x-risks, which are threats to the whole of humanity. You’ll explore extreme climate change, nuclear weapons, pandemics, and threats from artificial intelligence. But it’s not all doom and gloom: you’ll also learn what you can do to reduce the chances of the apocalypse!

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SHIC level 3 - Animal Rights

SHIC level 3 - Animal Rights

Starting with a classic thought experiment about moral dilemmas, this level aims to broaden your knowledge about issues affecting animals. You will be guided through an exploration of the philosophy surrounding our obligations to animals, including the ethics of eating meat. You’ll get a bird’s-eye view of humanity in a historical context, and critically discuss the best ways to reduce animal suffering.

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SHIC level 2 - Rethinking Charity

SHIC level 2 - Rethinking Charity

Are we morally obligated to address global poverty? In Level 2 you’ll try a provoking thought experiment that will enlighten you about the true state of the world. Then you’ll see where your income will likely stand in relation to the global average, and ponder your charitable opportunities and obligations to the world.

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SHIC Level 1 - Smashing Preconceptions

SHIC Level 1 - Smashing Preconceptions

How can you improve the world without fully understanding it? This level will challenge your preconceptions about global poverty, provide an in-depth idea of what it truly means to be poor, and reveal information about how the world is changing. Through videos hosted by Hans Rosling, a highly respected Swedish medical doctor, academic and statistician, students will be introduced to new ways of thinking about critical issues and the misconceptions surrounding key global problems.

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SHIC Level 0 - The Giving Game

SHIC Level 0 - The Giving Game

This is an introduction to high-impact charity, and is the best way to start the SHIC program. After learning about several charities, you and your group are tasked with selecting the one you deem as having the biggest impact. The difficulties involved in this task will demonstrate that you can’t necessarily rely on your intuition to choose a charity, and will give your group a taste of how evidence and analysis can, and should, be used to select a charity. This is a great stand-alone level and an excellent introduction to high-impact charity.

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