President of the Wildflowers Institute

President of the Wildflowers Institute

Hanmin Liu

9.30.2009

Hanmin Liu

Hanmin Liu started the Wildflowers Institute in 1997. Wildflowers believes that the best way to address these social problems is to help communities identify and leverage existing social and cultural assets to empower the community to take ownership of a direction and a culture that are aligned with its economy. Wildflowers works with African American, Asian, urban indigenous Indian, and Latino communities, where traditional bonds are unraveling under the stresses of globalization.

The Wildflowers Institute produces innovative programs and tools to advance community sustainability. The institute also identifies self-organizing patterns that hold up the whole of the community, forming its identity and culture. Wildflowers' approach to sustainability is to strengthen social trust and increase financial capital. Its training programs build capacity to unveil social patterns and to form collective leadership among diverse sectors of the community. Wildflowers provides tools to understand and resolve cultural differences and to form a culture of community that helps everyone adapt and grow.

A visiting scholar at the Clinton School’s Center on Community Philanthropy, Hanmin Liu is president of the Wildflowers Institute, a nonprofit that promotes socially and financially stable communities in the United States, China and Mexico. Under Liu’s leadership, Wildflowers empowers communities to take ownership of a direction and a culture that are aligned with its economy by nurturing local business, creating safe public spaces and cultivating shared values. A member of the board of trustees of the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, Liu holds doctorates in philosophy and dental surgery.