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 16:51:28 -0500
Jim was a force. Not only in his prodigious work output, but in always examining the purpose of his work. I am grateful to have had the chance to puzzle these questions with him, a man who cared so deeply.
2018-11-28 16:50:43 -0500
Having a vision and being able to share it with others to make the world a better place is a wonderful thing. Thank you Jim for everything you have accomplished and started now let’s finish it.
2018-11-28 16:50:01 -0500
his work will always be remembered
2018-11-28 16:46:25 -0500
We will miss Jim! I will miss hugging his enormously tall and skinny frame – as he awkwardly put up with me demanding a hug to show my caring. My prayers and gratitude will continue to go to Jim, his family, Lea and those closest to him.
While his life was too short, his was a life well lived. Rarely are people so gifted with the clarity of purpose and the passion, integrity and grit to bring that purpose to life. The world is a different place, and will continue to be – as the seeds of empowered leadership he helped to sow are only just beginning to bloom. I am grateful to have known Jim and have had the opportunity to share my hugs of gratitude with him. Thank you Jim! Xoxo
2018-11-28 16:35:31 -0500
I am so appreciative of what Nationbuilder has been to our community of change. May we all take a moment to acknowledge this tool that Jim brought to us for the benefit of our organizations. Let’s all reaffirm our commitment to making a positive impact for the world, our world, as we unite for causes to bring about a better future. Jim, you will be dearly missed.
2018-11-28 16:35:26 -0500
My thoughts are with Jim’s family and all his friends who knew and loved him. Bless you all. My special warm hug is for his mother. I too know what it is like to lose your child. Nothing is worse. I hope all of you will give comfort to his parents.
As a fellow radiation and chemo survivor myself, I hope our barbaric system of treating cancer will be changed. Infections come from weakened immune systems. We need strong immune systems to fight cancer. Prevention is everything. Please do your part to push for a) Health care for all Americans b) that research isn’t put into more toxic drugs, but in actual logical recovery from cancer which entails making the person so healthy they can battle this devastating disease.Knocking our immune systems is so very counter intuitive. c) Preventing cancer in the first place is everything.(Netflix has a number of good documentaries).
May Jim be loved and remembered always. Mom and dad might want to inquire into The Compassionate Friends in their area. There are chapters throughout the U.S. and Canada. A by and for bereaved parent’s support group. Better than anything else I’ve found. To his friends, please don’t tell the parents “It was his time” or other sorts of platitudes. It wasn’t. He should be here still, doing great things and being loved by all of you. Young people should not have to die. God bless Jim and God bless you all. Be good to yourselves and allow grieving to take place. It takes a long time and it isn’t a mental illness. Remember that when people say you should “move on.” You are still here so you have. Love is good.
2018-11-28 16:33:54 -0500
I’m so sorry for your loss—you will be in our thoughts and prayers!
2018-11-28 16:23:06 -0500
Thanks Jim for all your hard work and inspiration.
2018-11-28 16:20:31 -0500
So sorry for all of you. Cancer keeps taking the best and the brightest, and always entirely too soon. It sounds as if you were all mutually blessed to work together, and I wish you well as your community begins the journey of remembrance and healing.
2018-11-28 16:20:18 -0500
Lost a great warrior for regular people.
His energy is still burning bright and mingling with best of the universe.
2018-11-28 16:17:00 -0500
I didn’t know Jim. Now I feel like I did. As a Nationbuider user and a human who can appreciate another good human being, I am deeply saddened by Jim’s passing. I am thankful and empowered to learn about how tenacious he was and have the access to share his influence and energy with folks in my circle.
2018-11-28 16:16:08 -0500
Jim you helped create an amazing tool that worked so well for managing huge data sets and sure made my job as outreach coordinator so much easier. I wish nothing but the best of care for you and that you and your loved ones share grace and support.
2018-11-28 16:14:13 -0500
I gave Jim his first job when he was 16. I was the Director of Computing at Liberty University, and the librarian called me to say that some super tall punk kid with shocking red hair was hacking into my network. Peering through the librarian’s office window, I could see what he was doing. Everyone expected I was going to turn him in and get him in trouble. Instead, I hired Jim Gilliam on the spot, maybe the best hiring decision I’ve made in my career.
The small role I played in Jim’s amazing life was to provide him opportunities and get out of his way. In the two short years he worked in my department, Jim was a transformative force, pulling together the first major website for the university, automating many of our support services, and (most importantly) turning our main academic lab into an awesome after-hours gaming platform (Quake was big at the time). Jim found joy in taking the most mundane task or process and making it better. He was one of the most naturally driven and curious people I’ve ever known.
Sadly, Jim was still working for me when he began his first bout with cancer. It was such a contrast to see health struggles hold down someone with such a natural zeal for life, people and making the world a better place. I visited him over the first few years of his treatment, including a memorable trip to the South End of Boston. Over time I lost regular contact with Jim, but he remained an inspiration to me throughout the years. During the few times we saw each other, including a dinner together in Pasadena a few years back, it was clear that we remained close in spirit, even though we were no longer close in person.
Jim’s person will be missed, but his spirit lives on in all who were blessed to spend time with him. His spirit will live on in those who find inspiration in his story. And his spirit will live on in the people seeking to make the world better using tools Jim built.
2018-11-28 16:12:00 -0500
Truly saddened to hear about Jim Gilliam’s passing. My heart goes out to all the team at Nationbuilder in this difficult period. May his legacy continue to live on through your work!
Rev. John Odden
2018-11-28 16:11:14 -0500
My heart goes out to Jim’s loved ones and colleagues. His vision to help anyone use the internet and information for good in a transparent way, divinely inspired, broke me open. Achieving the opportunities opened by NationBuilder for sacred service and more is huge – much more than a life’s journey. I’m grateful this came to me while Jim was among us, creating works of integrity, value and beauty. Only a world with a divine power could have brought me as bright a light and as big a heart as Jim!
2018-11-28 16:06:16 -0500
Jim you left this world too soon but thanks for changing lives!!
Michelle Engelman Berns
2018-11-28 16:02:07 -0500
I am so sorry to his family and friends, and the NationBuilder for the loss of the community and the lives of everyone he and his work touched. What a genuine Pioneer.
2018-11-28 15:58:46 -0500
Sorry for you loss. Sounds like Jim was one of the best. Far too young. Certainly a tough battle for him and everyone close.
All the best.
2018-11-28 15:57:26 -0500
Jim was an amazing, gifted person, who was stubborn in all the right ways. I met him in Washington DC and he gave me great advice on a project I was working on, no less influenced by his work on the earliest versions of Nation Builder. He will be missed, and shall remain an inspiration to us all.
2018-11-28 15:55:53 -0500
Very sad to hear about Jim’s passing. I had the pleasure of working at NationBuilder for about a year, right after I graduated from nearby
. He created a work environment that made me feel at home, surrounded by so many other dedicated, exciting, and loving folks. Though I moved away, I still feel like a small part of the growing NB community, and I know that’s because of the love for community that Jim and Lea helped foster in all of us. He was fiercely smart, kind, and deeply passionate in his belief that everyone was meant to create something. His loss is a great one. Sending love and light to his family, the NationBuilder staff, and the NB community as a whole.
2018-11-28 15:53:46 -0500
NationBuilder is a wonderful legacy, it helps make the world a better place – than you Jim
2018-11-28 15:53:43 -0500
I first got involved with this platform after getting in too the political process , my grandparents was a part of the civil rights movement if they had this platform it would have been even Moore successful in organizing people…”RIP Jim My You Wing Spead Wider Now’’’
2018-11-28 15:48:37 -0500
Thank you so much Jim for creating an online platform for political parties worldwide, it’s awesome, thank you so much. Much love to your family at this truly difficult time – God bless Cllr Vix xxx Cheltenham Liberal Democrat’s UK
2018-11-28 15:47:30 -0500
I did not know Jim but knew the system he created. I could not have run a campaign without Nationbuilder. My first time running for office and Nationbuilder was instrumental throughout the campaign.
Rest in peace Jim. Job well done.
Former Candidate for Cook County Board of Commissioners, 4th District
2018-11-28 15:45:53 -0500
Although I only met Jim once, his generosity was felt by me, and the men and women of Homeboy Industries in a profound way. You see, he gave us your beautiful office space to hold the Homeboy Industries staff Christmas party. Your offices were filled with dozens of men and women who after surviving poverty, violence, gangs and incarceration had the courage to not to just change their lives through the programs at Homeboy Industries,but to share their experience and wisdom with the thousands who walk through the doors annually. There are no cash and prizes for this dedication, only a lean non-profit salary.
There’s no precendent for a
staff christmas party overlooking Pershing Square with twinkly lights, exposed brick, Biltmore proximity and ping pong tables. We held the party for 3 years running and have incredible memories, like the sight of former gang enemies decorating our founder Fr. Greg Boyle as a Christmas tree, dancing and dining on Homegirl Cafe delicasies,and doing normal stuff like photo booths and ugly sweater contests.
NationBuilder stood with Homeboy and enabled us to create an experience taken for granted by many, but unfathomable to those on the margins, often demonized, and usually excluded. We thank you for the gift of your space, support for the men and women of reentry, and and the opportunity to share the goodwill of NationBuilder with Homeboy Industries.
2018-11-28 15:45:10 -0500
Sorry to read the news. Nation Builder, although way too complex for me to learn, was a system that many I know used to further progressive causes.
2018-11-28 15:44:27 -0500
Thank you for leading and creating a powerful tool for passion and good. Your company culture is a lasting legacy.
2018-11-28 15:43:58 -0500
In many ways, Jim was a really inspiring man. It wasn’t just his inspiring previous fights with cancer, which he wrote and talked about extensively. It was manifest in the technical work that Jim led that he had a deep commitment to professional best practices and he inspired/required a similar commitment from those he worked with. Surprising (extremely surprising) to many, but not to me was the fact that Jim placed the growth of his business and the personal growth of those around him above (far above) his personal politics.
When I interviewed for a job at Nationbuilder many years ago with Jim and Adriel Hampton, we quickly established that I couldn’t work at Nationbuilder because I was a minor party official at the time – but the manifest respect that Jim held for me stuck in my mind for years and that’s what made me so certain (as I had to explain at length to so many conservative campaigns) that 3DNA and Nationbuilder would (and did) treat conservative campaigns fairly and even-handedly (they always did and never wavered in that). That conversation quickly evolved from a job interview into a conversation about how we could work together to make Nationbuilder prosper (it was the very early years for NB) and about issues that people from disparate ends of the political spectrum could work together on – with joy and respect.
Jim, you brilliantly led a startup into becoming a major force in the online influence market, you inspired the personal growth of hundreds of thousands of people with whom you worked.
You were a positive force in my life, Jim and I’m very glad that we got to walk a few miles together.
2018-11-28 15:43:45 -0500
I had the pleasure of working with Jim at Lycos where it became clear to me that Jim was an incredibly special individual. Even at this early stage in the Internet, Jim’s belief that the “Internet is my religion” was clear. Jim created a taxonomy management tool called Link that suck in the
open directory and allowed us to have our way with it. Jim made it clear that it was not a tool named after me. Jim was awesome and I will miss him.
2018-11-28 15:42:58 -0500
Jim was one of the most inspirational people I have ever met. I loved having him on my show to talk about elections and “The Internet is My Religion”. He truly changed the world for the better and I treasure each and every conversation we had.