Week 119: Aaron Swartz

This week, we say goodbye to Aaron Swartz, young activist, builder and great source of inspiration.

As the weekend was unfolding, so was the story about the tragic death of Aaron Swartz. Co-author of the RSS protocol, co-founder of Reddit, major force behind Creative Commons, one of the heroes of the free movement, a hacker and a builder. In his too short life, Aaron brought more people together, accomplished more than one can hope for in a life-time. Him being gone at the young age of 26 is a tragedy to his family and friends, but also to everyone who has used and will use the internet.

Many things have been written about his death, about the unjust prosecution that he had to endure and about his accomplishments. If anything, I encourage you to honor his life by reading about him, about his work, his life. Here are a few links where you can start.

Lawrence Lessig #1, Lawrence Lessig #2, Parker Higgins, Cory Doctorow, Tim Berners-Lee, Guerilla Open Access Manifesto, Remember Aaron Schwartz

Be curious. Read widely. Try new things. I think a lot of what people call intelligence just boils down to curiosity.

– Aaron Swartz, at the age of 21.

Rest in peace, Aaron.

Author: Igor

Igor likes to connect the dots. As a strategic consultant in an increasingly complex world, he favours broad knowledge over specialisation. In the last five years, he helped shape strategic decisions at large corporations like Deutsche Postbank AG and Deutsche Telekom AG as well as at startups like Amen and refund.me. In his work he is focusing always on finding the appropriate solutions as well as the people who will be executing upon his advice. Beside the consulting work, Igor speaks at international conferences on variety of topics (SXSW, PICNIC, re:publica, etc.).