This week brings the sad news that Public/Private Ventures is closing its doors after 35 years of operation. To be honest, there hasn't been a lot of formal interaction between the Center for Court Innovation and P/PV, although at various points in our history we have tapped staff at P/PV to serve on roundtables, editorial boards and the like. While P/PV didn't have a direct influence on our development, I have long been aware of the organization and its work. In some ways, P/PV was a precursor of the Center for Court Innovation. As a non-profit dedicated to researching social programs (including criminal justice innovations) and creating demonstration projects, P/PV was mining similar territory to the Center. I don't know the back story about how or why they fell apart, but it is sobering to see them go. It certainly makes me want to redouble my efforts to ensure that the Center's roots are strong.