Superhero: Patrick Sullivan

Patrick Sullivan inducted into the Love Superhero Hall of Gratitude in December 2017 for his phenomenal contributions to making data come to life through AIDSVu and HEPvu. Patrick loves big data – and he is one of the fortunate humans for whom a massive spreadsheet or table makes sense. Yet, he understood that data in this format was not useful for all of us. He first created AIDSvu in 2010 based on available data at the time and has since worked with epidemiologists to assure the most useful and relevant data is available via AIDSvu and HEPvu.  The websites were created as open source – allowing thousands of people to capitalize on his genius and work – bringing their own work to life. I’ve used AIDSvu myself, to map the number of CA providers on with HIV incidence data on AIDSvu.  Patrick is, at his core, an generous and kind human being.  He is also ridiculously smart in the sense of both big numbers and expansive, visionary perspective. Patrick, thank you for mapping the world in a way that makes sense for the rest of us.  Love.


About the Love Superhero Hall of Gratitude

“The plain fact is that the world does not need more successful people, but it does desperately need more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, and lovers of every kind. It needs people who live well in their places. It needs people of moral courage willing to join the fight to make the world habitable and humane.” David Orr

I deeply admire those who “live well in their places.” The ordinary and the unsung who offer to the world the very best parts of themselves without expectation.

This is a beautiful expression of love in her calm, persistent, generous manner – offering a ripple of change (a metamorphosis) to the world.

Inductees to the Love Superhero Hall of Gratitude are caped in recognition of their contributions to a love-filled world.

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