In writing this book I have accumulated a vast intellectual and emotional debt, one that I will never be able to repay. I am grateful, at least, to be able to acknowledge the support I received from many individuals.
First, I wish to thank the two brilliant documentary photographers I was privileged to work with on this project, Alex Harris and Thomas Roma, whom I can now count as friends. Their photographs are so beautiful that I think the great contribution of this book may be as a vehicle for showing their pictures. Anna Roma also deserves thanks for her advice in selecting the photographs.
Second, I would like to recognize my colleagues present and past at Civic Ventures, who not only picked up the slack while I was struggling to finish the manuscript, but also contributed in a variety of important, substantive ways to this project: Christa Scharfenberg, Beth Allison, Monica Regan, Cara Rice, Andrew Robinson, Martha Diepenbrock, and Trudy Patch. Jennifer Seltz and Sarah Bailin contributed additional research assistance, and Sue Halpern, Jane Staw, and Martin Kramer provided skilled editorial advice.
I am equally grateful for unwavering support from Civic Ventures' distinguished Board of Directors, who encouraged me to pursue this project and see it through to completion -- and who sparked many of the ideas in Prime Time: Bill Berkeley, Phyllis Moen, Lisbeth Schorr, Gary Walker, John Rother, Jim Gibbs, and John Gardner.
Gary Walker deserves special thanks. As President of Public/Private Ventures during many of my fourteen years working at that organization, he did everything imaginable to help give birth to this book, from introducing me to The Work Connection, to putting Public/Private Ventures' resources behind the creation of Experience Corps and Civic Ventures, to enabling me to take a sabbatical to begin the writing that culminated in this manuscript. . . . The list could go on for many more pages, but the message is the same: This book would not have ever been written without Gary Walker.
Or for that matter Mike Bailin, Garyn's predecessor as President of Pub-