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.