Giving thanks to Jim
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Jim loved Thanksgiving because it was a time to acknowledge, honor, and thank people. We want to create that space for him here. Join us in sharing your thoughts, memories, and stories of Jim in a perpetual thanks giving...
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2018-11-28 19:01:25 -0500
Thank you for everything you did, Jim. You impacted and changed lives during your short time on this earth.
2018-11-28 18:57:48 -0500
Such a wonderful man, a visionary and a huge loss to the world.
2018-11-28 18:56:48 -0500
I was truly saddened to hear the passing of Jim Gilliam. When my son, Brian Tippy, was looking for a job out of college, Jim saw the potential in this hard working individual and gave him the chance to prove himself. Brian was grateful for the opportunity and thought this would be a good entry into the working world. Brian’s thought was a year, maybe two, and he would move on. Well, it has now been over 4 years and he is still there. Brian had the utmost respect for Jim, and Jim respected the team. He let them spread their wings as long as the work ethic and integrity did not suffer. One Christmas, Brian gave me a signed copy of Jim’s book, which provided a great insight into Jim’s life. Jim will be greatly missed, but he has passed on a heartfelt legacy to all who knew him.
2018-11-28 18:55:35 -0500
I did not know Jim. But he was brilliant, and his legacy is intact. The best way we can honor him is by getting the Convention of States movement to the finish line, thereby saving The Constitution Jim loved.
2018-11-28 18:55:30 -0500
I didn’t know Jim well, but all of my interactions with him were illuminating. He was clearly brilliant and was never afraid to share his thoughts with me on a variety of subjects, which I appreciated.
Knowing everything he’d been through made him all the more ridiculously impressive to me. Talk about having the odds stacked against you, and yet he always persevered.
It saddens me that this time he didn’t; that the odds against him never abated.
He deserved a full life. And selfishly, we needed a full life from him. Losing people like Jim too soon hurts us all. He was a disruptor. A world-changer. An iconoclast.
He did so much to contribute and I’m glad I knew him. It may be cliche, but as they say, “The flame that burns twice as bright burns half as long.”
I’m happy to know he’s no longer in pain.
2018-11-28 18:54:30 -0500
His works have made an indelible imprint on the minds of many a Leader.
2018-11-28 18:53:40 -0500
Thank you Jim. Thank you to the NationBuilder team for working so diligently inline with his goals. My condolences to all friends and family. We are sad to have lost a major pillar of the community, but we are hopeful his essence lives on in NationBuilder.
2018-11-28 18:46:28 -0500
Jim Gilliam was instrumental in empowering fascists and white supremacists to conduct psychological operations on voters and propel forward the illegitimate Trump presidency.
He sold his soul for money and never looked back.
The world is better off without him on it.
2018-11-28 18:38:06 -0500
Nationbuilder got my music writing carer going and it is my mainstay. I visited the founding crews early on and was sold. Thank you Jim for the tools you gave all of us.
2018-11-28 18:34:13 -0500
As a grassroots campaigner, community organizer, and events coordinator, I am very saddened to hear of Jim’s passing away. I am very grateful that when I first began as an independent contractor, having Nationbuilder as a free resource was the most groundbreaking innovation to data collection and sharing for any kind of network. Thank you for being caring and for all of the work that you all did to bring people together through technology.
2018-11-28 18:28:12 -0500
I met Jim just once, when I had the privilege of hosting a small group to listen to him and discuss his book. It was a special evening and my heart will never forget him.
2018-11-28 18:27:49 -0500
“To die, to sleep –
To sleep, perchance to dream – ay, there’s the rub,
For in this sleep of death what dreams may come…”
― William Shakespeare, Hamlet
2018-11-28 18:20:09 -0500
I didn’t know Jim but do know that all the people I have ever talked with at Nation Builder concerning my website are lovely people. Ever so helpful, patient and truly cared. I’ve seen you evolve this business to awesomeness over the last 3 years and I’m proud to be a part of it. He must have been something. Sorry for your loss.
2018-11-28 18:00:16 -0500
Sorry to learn of this! You left us all a little better connected.
2018-11-28 17:55:44 -0500
I was one of the first customers of NationBuilder and joined the company as an employee relatively early on, in suite 808. I love NationBuilder and think it is the embodiment of all I wanted the world to understand about community organizing. Yet, I spent my first year at the company convinced Jim hated me and scared to talk to him. Which is pretty hilarious. People claim I’m intimidating, but there will never be anyone as intimidating as Jim.
I had the privilege of wrestling with Jim over issues big and small. From the company’s vision to the placement of buttons in the control panel. I treasure our long, meandering conversations about the world we want to create as much as I do the meetings about future product features. It was such a joy to work with him on paths and goals, and to really try to crystallize through documentation his vision of gathering communities to create change / achieve together what is impossible (or simply takes too long) as an individual. I so respect Jim’s commitment to hearing out dissent and his fierce commitment to creating what you’re meant to create in the world.
I left NationBuilder to focus on studying to become a rabbi. When I learned of his passing, I cried that no one else will have the privilege of building NationBuilder alongside him. I have no doubt Jim will continue to live on through the platform he created and the work it has enabled for generations to come.
I know Jim wrestled with big questions and he created a definition for the Divine that allowed him to honor his mother’s last wish that he believe in God. I deeply regret not talking with Jim after I stopped working for him. I pray his soul is at peace and has made an easy passage from this world to the next.
May Jim Gilliam’s memory forever be a blessing. May we continue to move his vision of interconnected and interdependent humanity forward.
2018-11-28 17:51:48 -0500
Thanks for everything Jim, it was a pleasure to work with you.
2018-11-28 17:51:20 -0500
We built Brexit here.
Jim, a true Nation Builder
2018-11-28 17:49:41 -0500
Sincere condolences to the NationBuilder community on the passing of your innovative founder. NationBuilder staff and technology have strengthened this grassroots organization’s communications, outreach and capacity.
2018-11-28 17:41:51 -0500
Thank you Jim for your love of tech, and music, and shining the light on what we can do to make this world a better place. So much love to your family.
2018-11-28 17:39:28 -0500
I’m sorry to hear that one of the people who devoted their lives to bettering the world has passed. My heart goes out to all who knew and loved him. May we do him proud. <3
2018-11-28 17:38:03 -0500
Thank you for the memories and the opportunity Jim, you were one of a kind. My thoughts are with everyone who knew and cared about him.
2018-11-28 17:31:20 -0500
I didn’t know him, but his tools and his vision helped me contribute my efforts to grass-roots political candidates who believed in helping your fellow human and making the world a better place. For that, I am eternally grateful.
2018-11-28 17:24:16 -0500
goodbye Jim, now you are teaching angels how to build a political movement!
Thanks for everything!!
2018-11-28 17:17:23 -0500
2018-11-28 17:16:36 -0500
I am very saddened to hear of the great loss of Jim. Thank you, Jim, for sharing your passion and knowledge with the world.
2018-11-28 17:10:35 -0500
May the Saints welcome Jim into Heaven. Through Jesus, all things are possible. Let us Pray
2018-11-28 17:02:42 -0500
Thanks for sharing your love for Jim and grief at his loss with the wide NationBuilder community. This “end user” wishes you all peace.
2018-11-28 17:02:01 -0500
Jim is the epitome of courage and be very missed but we must continue to carry his torch.
2018-11-28 17:01:49 -0500
Heartfelt condolences to Jim’s colleagues, family, and friends.
I am grateful for your creation Jim, Nationbuilder transformed my business.
2018-11-28 16:56:00 -0500
Jim’s vision, now a reality, arrived just at the right moment to help “god connect as people”, and democracy and justice be born. You are a warrior and we on the trail salute you, will not falter, and will raise our glasses to toast you along the way and always.