To venture causes anxiety, but not to venture is to lose one’s self. … Andto venture in the highest is precisely to be conscious of one’s self.

—Søren Kierkegaard

By early 1982 we had raised sufficient capital for the start-up phase; we had our trustees, advisors, and staff all in place; and we had designed the organizational structure for the delivery of the program. The plan was to bring together twenty to twenty-five leaders from each of several communities nationwide, including corporate executives, public officials, and leaders in education, labor, religion, art, the media, and the professions. These individuals would constitute a class, which would be administered and supported by a local ...

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