History of the Wildflowers Institute
The Wildflowers Institute emerges from the United States–China Educational Institute (USCEI), a not-for-profit organization working for over 20 years on building relationships, personal networks, and cultural understanding between American and Chinese leaders and professionals. During that time, we identified the core of our U.S.–China efforts as helping to uncover cultural premises and patterns and using that knowledge to develop new programs and initiatives and to work effectively within and across cultures.

On July 10, 1998, the Board of Directors of USCEI unanimously agreed to establish the Wildflowers Institute and have as its core mission the cultivation of cultural patterns for identity, work, and collaboration. Under the rubric of the Wildflowers Institute, USCEI will continue to use its name in building a binational network and fostering leadership development for the strengthening of families, organizations, and communities in both countries. But this leadership development will be explicitly carried out in a cultural framework, which we believe will help us be even more effective in China, the United States, and other countries.

The Wildflowers Institute will work in all three sectors—not-for-profit, private, and public. Through new initiatives, we will help to make explicit implicit cultural patterns, and apply that understanding to the design of effective policies, programs, and practices. Examples of initiatives on which we are now working are cultural frameworks for leadership, work, and collaboration in corporations and nonprofit institutions; strategic planning and leadership formation; culturally appropriate models of health care and community education; and culturally based youth leadership programs for Native American, Asian American, and African American students.