Who We Are

Context Institute was founded in 1979 by Robert and Diane Gilman, who jointly provided the primary leadership for CI until Diane’s untimely death in 1998. Robert continues to provide CI’s primary direction. You can read Diane’s bio here and Robert’s bio here. To see what we’ve accomplished and who has been involved over the past 33 years, please take a look at the CI history timeline.

Now, in CI’s new phase, Robert is devoting full time to this work with the wise council of Ann Medlock, Founder and Executive Director of the Giraffe Heroes Project and Karen Litfin, professor of political science and environmental studies at the University of Washington and author of Ecovillages: Lessons For Sustainable Community. Robert, Ann and Karen make up the CI Board of Trustees.