Tate Williams



The Promise and Limits of Cities and Billionaires in Trump’s America

There’s a certain amount of comfort to be taken from living in an American city during the Trump era—that is, if you’re not thrilled with where the nation at large has lately been headed. I suspect a lot of people [...]

September 22, 2017 Science & Environment

In Diller Island’s Demise, a Cautionary Tale of Donor Influence

Just like that, Pier 55, a $250 million floating park (cultural island? entertainment center? performing arts pier?) to be built over a dilapidated pier on the Hudson River, is no more. A lot of people are very upset about its [...]

September 22, 2017 Science & Environment, Uncategorized

It’s Time for Funders to Bankroll Climate Movement Building

The response to Donald Trump’s announcement that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris Agreement was swift and encouraging. Hundreds of mayors, at least 10 states, and scores of businesses and universities issued statements or signed pledges to continue progress [...]

September 22, 2017 Science & Environment

A Funding Effort to Build a Stronger, More Diverse Climate Movement

Getting the United States to take meaningful action on climate change means building a lot more power, starting in communities where people are most vulnerable, and then building local momentum into state and national solutions. That’s the philosophy of Roger [...]

September 22, 2017 Science & Environment

‘You Get Ideas.’ The Flatiron Institute is Bringing Together Computer Scientists, Biologists, and Astrophysicists

Bring leading computer scientists together with leading astrophysicists, and exciting stuff happens—complex computer simulations of galaxy formation, algorithms churning through terabytes of data collected by telescope arrays. Same thing goes for biologists, as they work with programmers to bring order [...]

September 22, 2017 Portfolio, Science & Environment

Best Music of 2016!

What a year, what a year of music. There were drone attacks, midnight surprise drops, the 1990s, earthquakes, tsunamis, low-flying panic attacks. [...]

December 30, 2016 Arts & Culture, Uncategorized

The Troubling Oil Money Behind Dartmouth’s New Energy Institute

To create a new institute focused on society’s pressing energy problems, Dartmouth has accepted $80 million from a powerful oil family surrounded by controversy. Such a gift seriously undermines the credibility of such an institute. [...]

September 23, 2016 Science & Environment
Ocular prostheses are made for a social programme benefiting those unable to afford one, in Cancun March 6, 2015. Specialist Doctors for Maxillofacial Prosthetics at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and the Autonomous University of Campeche in conjunction with the System for Integral Family Development Cancun, as part of the programme, treated more than 100 people with various visual impairments. REUTERS/Victor Ruiz Garcia (MEXICO - Tags: SOCIETY POVERTY) - RTR4SDZB

The Prosthetic Eyeball Is a Work of Art

Originally published at TheAtlantic.com. Making a realistic eye takes more than technical skill: an Object Lesson. The eye is about the size of a quarter, resting gently in Kurt Jahrling’s hand as he adds faint washes of yellow and blue to [...]

July 16, 2016 Arts & Culture, Portfolio

Can Philanthropy Spur the Massive Climate Finance the Developing World Needs?

There’s perhaps no bigger climate-related challenge than the trillions in clean energy and sustainability investments needed in developing countries. How can private philanthropy possibly make a dent? [...]

June 10, 2016 Science & Environment

‘Extremes Are Becoming the Norm.’ Why Water is the Next Big Issue For Philanthropy

There’s perhaps no bigger climate-related challenge than the trillions in clean energy and sustainability investments needed in developing countries. How can private philanthropy possibly make a dent?  [...]

May 9, 2016 Science & Environment