My favorite line in Micah Sifry's post on the sudden passing of Jake Brewerwas a reference to Jake's statement that he and Micah were part of the "Rebel Alliance." This seems to have resonated with a number of other folks who paved the way for civic tech as well.
A conversation with Jake about our collective vision for the future of democracy made you feel like you were in an x-wing built on engagement, access and transparency headed at a death star built on apathy, silos and opacity. Saturday the x-wing that Jake was flying was shot out of the sky. I feel an increased sense of urgency and responsibility to stay on target knowing that we are a human down.
Here's to the Rebel Alliance and one if it's many fearless leaders.
Micah's wonderful post here.