Gwendolyn Hallsmith is the Executive Director of Global Community Initiatives, a non-profit organization she founded in 2002. Global Community Initiatives (GCI) helps communities move forward with confidence and enthusiasm to achieve their vision for a healthy environment, a vibrant economy, good governance, and a sense of connection to their neighbors and the world. They assist communities with projects that foster democratic practices, social and economic justice, respect and care for the community of life, and environmental integrity. They work to create a context where people feel inspired to work for positive change.