Six days ago, I figuratively set sail on a new adventure along a course previously travelled. I sold all of my furniture, packed essentials into boxes, tossed them into a 2011 Chevy Traverse and hit the road for Washington, DC. I say this was a course previously travelled because this is the third move I made to DC in twice as many years.
I was first driven to move to DC by a rather large chip on my shoulder. I had watched all the hard work put into a civic engagement campaign I helped run at a Boston nonprofit result in more undelivered results from elected officials and more “I told you so’s” from disenfranchised Roxbury residents who long ago lost hope in the political system. I was fueled by a curiosity for how technology can empower the ignored voices of many to have a greater influence over power structures than the dollars of a privileged few.