Category Archives: Tactical Philanthropy Forum

Tactical Philanthropy Forum Video

For those of you who were unable to attend the Tactical Philanthropy Forum featuring Paul Shoemaker, Bill Somerville and Bill Schambra in January, we’re happy to now have video of the full event. Above you’ll find Part I of the debate. You can find video of the full event via the links below: Part I […]

Tactical Philanthropy Forum Wrap Up

Thanks to everyone who braved the crazy Bay Area weather to make it out to the Tactical Philanthropy Forum last night. The room was packed and we got excellent audience questions. Bill Schambra, Paul Shoemaker and Bill Somerville unsurprisingly pulled no punches as they debated the potential of philanthropy to solve truly “unconstrained” problems. You […]

Live Stream of Tactical Philanthropy Forum

The Tactical Philanthropy Forum is completely sold out with a waitlist of 23 people. So we’re pleased to be able to offer a live stream of the event today. Come back here at 7pm pacific time tonight to catch, William Schambra, Paul Shoemaker, Bill Somerville and myself debate the merits, or lack thereof, of Unconstrained […]

Tactical Philanthropy Forum Sold Out

The Tactical Philanthropy Forum is now sold out. Thanks to everyone for the enthusiastic response. If you were hoping to attend, you can still add yourself to the waitlist. See everyone next Wednesday. I think we’re going to have a vibrant discussion!

Tactical Philanthropy Forum Update

Just a quick notice that there are only nine tickets left for the Tactical Philanthropy Forum event on January 20 in San Francisco. In this session of the Tactical Philanthropy Forum we will introduce the concept of Unconstrained Philanthropy. Should donors and funders see their role as one of correcting and optimizing existing social systems […]

Flashback: Tactical Philanthropy Forum 2008

We sold over 20% of the tickets to the coming Tactical Philanthropy Forum in the last 24 hours. The 2008 event sold out in seven days, so if you are interested in attending I encourage you to register now. For a little taste of what the event is all about, check out the video from […]

Tactical Philanthropy Forum

I’m happy to announce the return of the Tactical Philanthropy Forum. Last year’s very successful event featuring Paul Brest and Bill Somerville sold out in just seven days and drew over a hundred people to the lively debate in San Francisco. You can see the video of that debate here. Today we’re announcing a new […]

Bill Somerville & Paul Brest Debate Highlights

It just came to my attention that the editorial team at, who filmed the Tactical Philanthropy Forum, have created “highlights” of the event. Since the full video was over an hour long, I thought I’d post this two minute clip of Bill Somerville arguing that foundations don’t take risks, that they suffer from the […]

Tactical Philanthropy Forum Video

The video of the Tactical Philanthropy Forum is now available on You can watch the first 15 minutes of the event via the embedded video or jump below to read about viewing the full hour long program and accessing specific segments. You can watch the full video here. If you want to jump around, […]

Paul Brest & Bill Somerville Mix It Up

Well, boy that was a lot of fun! The Forum went over great last night. The turn out was strong, Somerville & Brest responded to my request that they actually explore their differences and not just agree that both appraoches are needed. covered the Forum, so as soon as the video is edited I’ll […]