Tate Williams

Science & Environment


Interstellar Philanthropy: A $100M Mission to Alpha Centauri

Firing thousands of tiny spacecraft traveling 20 percent of the speed of light to Alpha Centauri using a massive laser beam is an astounding mission proposal. But Yuri Milner’s latest privately funded science initiative also ventures into some new frontiers [...]

April 13, 2016 Science & Environment

Harnessing the Knowledge of Plants, Online

Originally published in American Forests Magazine Winter/Spring 2016 issue.  [...]

March 4, 2016 Science & Environment

After Paris Climate Summit, it’s Time for the Wealthy to Step Up

Climate negotiations wrapping up this week in Paris mark an unprecedented moment of global action and momentum on climate change. They also reveal our utter, collective failure on the issue. That combination only reaffirms that now is the time for [...]

December 10, 2015 Science & Environment
People's Climate March New York

Sorry Bill Gates, But Billions for Energy Research Is Not How to Win the Climate Battle

Originally published in Inside Philanthropy, December 4, 2015. [...]

December 4, 2015 Science & Environment

A New Program Is Using Yoga to Enhance Social Work

Originally published at Boston Magazine online, September 3, 2015. [...]

October 31, 2015 Arts & Culture, Science & Environment

A Pitch to Billionaire Climate Donors: You Made the Pledge; Let’s Get To It

Originally published in Inside Philanthropy on October 12, 2015. [...]

October 12, 2015 Science & Environment
Barry Diller, Diane von Furstenberg

NY Parks Lawsuit Challenges Privatization of Public Spaces

Originally published July 2, 2015 on Inside Philanthropy.  When news broke about Barry Diller’s plan for a new park and entertainment venue to hover over the Hudson River, we were among the voices saying that it goes too far. Now [...]

July 2, 2015 Science & Environment

A Call for Diversity Data Is Met With Silence by Many Green Funders

Originally published July 1, 2015 on Inside Philanthropy. An initiative to get nonprofits and foundations to publicize diversity stats is building momentum. But green funders are lagging, prompting some of the biggest players in the sector to urge others to [...]

July 1, 2015 Science & Environment

For Surdna, Infrastructure is Where Sustainability and Justice Cross Paths

Originally published June 26, 2015 on Inside Philanthropy. Infrastructure. It’s not exactly the first word that comes to mind when you think of environmental grantmaking. [...]

June 26, 2015 Science & Environment

Free the 990! Why Searchable Tax Forms Are Way More Important Than They Sound

Originally published on Inside Philanthropy on June 22, 2015. Named one of the Five Best Ideas of the Day by The Aspen Institute, cross-posted on Time.  One rabble rouser has been trying to get the IRS to make individual nonprofit [...]

June 22, 2015 Science & Environment