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Episode 5: Existential risk and why the world wasn't ready for COVID-19 - A conversation with John Halstead (Head of Applied Research at Founders Pledge)

By Founders Pledge

The COVID-19 pandemic is showing us that preparing for – and proactively addressing – risks that perhaps seem far-fetched and unlikely is more crucial than ever. For all the devastating consequences of the current crisis, there are greater risks out there that threaten humanity’s long-term prospects. In this episode of How I Give, we talk to John Halstead, Head of Applied Research at Founders Pledge, about existential risk and why philanthropists should focus on safeguarding the welfare of future generations.John joined Founders Pledge in 2017 from a background in policy think tanks and academia. He has a doctorate in political philosophy from Oxford and taught philosophy at the Blavatnik School of Government in Oxford. Following that, he moved to the Global Priorities Project, working as a researcher on global catastrophic risk.Post-show readings:Take a look at John's 2019 cause area report on existential risk and how to mitigate it.Delve into existential risk and the future of humanity by reading The Precipice by Toby Ord.Read John's latest blog about how we can compare the health costs and economic costs of lockdown.Contact us: podcasts@founderspledge.comTranscript

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