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How can I be of best use to the world?

I'm looking to change careers and my goal is to be doing "that what is most effective towards helping the world". I asked in a previous question "What is the cause with the most leverage" and since then effective altruism seemed to be the best solution for making a difference on the biggest scale. But if I wanted to help that cause it seems like there's no better way to do it than to make a ton of money. Other than earn a ton of money, I suppose I could try to work for an organization like LifeYouCanSave. But would I be necessarily of greatest help doing that i.e suppose they have all the help they need other than people to donate. I'm not looking for importance or anything. If somehow standing on a corner counting how many red cars go by is the best thing I can be doing for the world, then so be it. I just want to know that I'm being useful.
posted by defmute on Jan 30, 2014 - 19 answers

Non-Obvious Everyday Bag Items.

My daily/everyday bag is a canvas haversack - about as large as a small messenger bag. I already know to carry things like breath strips and a small umbrella and a paperback around, but recently I've been looking to expand on the everyday items. For example: there was an awkward lull in conversation during a train ride. I happened to be carrying a pack of cards and taught everyone to play German Whist - wonderful ice breaker, great way to spend the trip. I'm looking for things like that, small, non-obvious essentials to put in your bag that can be used in many different situations.
posted by The Whelk on Sep 5, 2013 - 53 answers

Looking for "useful" sites such as Instructables, Lifehacker, CoolTools

I am preparing a blog post for my library's in which I am going to review several websites that I consider "useful" for our patrons in improving the quality of their lives or help them keep a little more money in their pocketbooks. [more inside]
posted by cinemafiend on Feb 22, 2013 - 20 answers

Holiday Project Time!

Hello crafty-folks! It's 2012 & once again I have realized that I have not learned to knit in time to give everyone handmade scarves for the holidays. So what new awesome projects can you suggest for holiday gift-giving? [more inside]
posted by Ys on Nov 7, 2012 - 17 answers

What beautiful fragrance? How to use it?

I bought bottles of orange blossom water and rose water at the grocery store. What can I do with them? [more inside]
posted by lizbunny on Sep 9, 2012 - 36 answers

Give me your clothes, your boots and your mathematical proofs.

I am trying to come up with the "ultimate utility tattoo" and I need some help with what would be on it. You've a full sleeve (an adult male's arm and shoulder) to work with so what important information do you think would be useful? [more inside]
posted by longbaugh on Apr 28, 2011 - 38 answers

Kitchen tools

Your kitchen implements that aren't meant for kitchen: tell me of them. [more inside]
posted by Brent Parker on Jan 21, 2011 - 39 answers

The UK web for a new arrival

A non-English colleague's non-English son is off to the University of Warwick in England tomorrow! What not-obvious but super-useful UK websites will help him take full advantage of his new-found freedom (and maybe even save him some money)? [more inside]
posted by mdonley on Sep 30, 2010 - 20 answers

And no, not a Snuggy...

What's the most useful item you own that would easily fit into a backpack? [more inside]
posted by karminai on Aug 30, 2010 - 40 answers

It's a series of tubes, right?

What is something useful that I can do through the internet that I'm probably not already doing? [more inside]
posted by karminai on Aug 20, 2010 - 26 answers

After the peppermint soap buzz wears off..

My roommate is going to be in Tanzania for 6 months to work with a local NGO. I would like to give him something small he can take with him before he leaves in January. What useful item will he be without access to then that I can give to him now? [more inside]
posted by bradly on Dec 25, 2009 - 11 answers

Simple, useful skills.

What are some useful skills or abilities that can be learned in a short amount of time, and are never forgotten? [more inside]
posted by Orange Pamplemousse on Jun 26, 2009 - 43 answers

iPhone couple apps?

What are some great iPhone apps for couples? [more inside]
posted by k7lim on Jun 20, 2009 - 6 answers

What useful trade can I learn to survive a collapsed economy?

What's a trade I can learn now, as a hobby, that will be useful if/when the economy collapses? [more inside]
posted by sportbucket on Sep 17, 2008 - 41 answers

Great new family products?

Parents: what are your favorite newish tools of the trade? I'm helping to research a magazine article, trying to identify really great products new to the market in the past 18 months or so that make parents' lives easier. What recent discoveries have you made? [more inside]
posted by Camofrog on Jul 29, 2008 - 12 answers

Useful Books

What is the most useful book you own? [more inside]
posted by shotgunbooty on Feb 16, 2008 - 104 answers

Eternally useful info

Say you wanted to print a small chart of eternally and universally useful reference information on the back of your business card, so recipients would have a good incentive to carry it with them and refer to it often. What information would you choose? [more inside]
posted by mthomps00 on Feb 15, 2008 - 38 answers

Best pocket-sized books to carry in your bag or purse?

What are good "pocket-sized" reference books to carry in your bag/pack/purse, with the best ratio of useful information to page count and size? [more inside]
posted by mrbill on Jan 1, 2008 - 29 answers

Generating Hyperlinks Automatically?

I would like to automatically generate hypertext links from a list of text. Ideally this would mean pasting a series of comma separated words into some online tool and having the system turn each word into a relevant google/wikipedia link... Does anyone know any sites/tools that will do this? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on May 4, 2007 - 8 answers

Well designed objects

Where can I find other webpages like this one ? What blogs present other nice items (in terms of usability).
posted by vincentm on Jan 20, 2006 - 9 answers

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