Hey, recently I've made a point of reminding people that I haven't been a spokesman for craigslist, or had any role in management since 2000.
My deal is that, as a manager, I kinda suck, but I found my calling in customer service, and every day I saw how we helped people put food on the table and put a roof over that table.
Customer service is a big part of what inspires me; also consider that "the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice."(Martin Luther King Jr.)
For a few years now (time flies!) I've been working on public service and philanthropy under the craigconnects.org umbrella.
In the short term, I have a few causes I believe in and support a number of organizations who are good at getting stuff done for those causes.
In the long term, over a twenty year period say, my goal is to connect people everywhere, to support the stuff *they* believe in.
People often know me as the founder of craigslist, but these days I'm on my own public service mission. So, thoughts I share publicly here (or anywhere else) are my own, and I speak only for myself.
That way craigslist and its users won't (or at least shouldn't) get blamed for anything I say or do.