California Civic Engagement Project (CCEP) is a non-partisan civic engagement research and outreach initiative for the state of California and the U.S. It is housed at the UC Davis Center for Regional Change. The CCEP provides data and analysis to inform public dialogue about representative governance.


Common Knowledge develops breakthrough community education and engagement programs that activate and align both expected and unexpected allies for sustainable social change.


Community Democracy Worshop a project of Philanthropy Northwest, seeks to advance the practice and institutional support for “community democracy”— a process where communities themselves have the capacity and power to take responsibility for the change they want.


Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership promotes citizen participation in California through training, consulting, and grant making.


Equinoss Consulting provides top notch services in project management; meeting design, facilitation and graphic recording; and community, client and customer engagement. Gelinas James, Inc. frequently partners with Equinoss Consulting.


Greater Good Science Center studies the psychology, sociology, and neuroscience of well being, and teaches skills that foster a thriving, resilient, and compassionate society.


The Institute for Local Government promotes good government at the local level with practical, impartial, and easy to use resources for California communities.


National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation is a network of thousands of innovators who bring people together across divides to tackle today’s toughest challenges. NCDD serves as a gathering place, a resource clearinghouse, a news source, and a facilitative leader for this extraordinary community.


National Institute for Civil Discourse
Established in May of 2011 after the tragic Tucson shooting that killed six people and wounded thirteen others including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, NICD is a nonpartisan center whose mission is to integrate research, practice, and policy to support and engage:

  • Elected officials who are capable of working to solve the big issues facing our country.
  • A public that demands civil discourse as well as government that works in the best interests of the country as a whole.
  • A media that informs citizens in a fair and responsible way.
    It has a citizen tool kit you can download for free.


Pacific Mindfulness provides classes, facilitation and consultation for individuals and groups both privately and in professional settings with a special emphasis in programs for well-being in the workplace.


Russell Delman and the Embodied Life™ School offers seminars, retreats, training programs and consultation dedicated to human transformation through the unfolding of awareness at all levels: physical, mental, relational and spiritual.


Science of Excellence Dr. Robert Maurer believes that the challenge of life is to create and sustain excellence in health, relationships, and work. Maurer is a dear friend and colleague of Gelinas James and an important part of the faculty for Cascadia Center for Leadership ( He is an astute translator of a new psychology of happiness and success based in scientific research.