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Building Sustainable Communities


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Hanmin Liu is focused on understanding how communities work. With more than thirty years of experience with immigrant and indigenous communities in the United States, China, and Mexico, he has developed an understanding of what it takes to build sustainable communities in contemporary times. This session discusses the lessons to be learned from these diverse societies and the importance of cultivating a sense of belonging, meaning, and place in every community.

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Building Sustainable Communities

  1. 1. building sustainable communities hanmin liu
  2. 2. Community is defined as a group of people with a sense of belonging to one another or who reside in a geographical place.
  3. 3. A Community Lens
  4. 9. Making Visible the Invisible Power
  5. 11. Characteristics of Informal Leaders <ul><li>They have a long track record of dealing successfully with all kinds of pressing issues. </li></ul><ul><li>They are recognized for their good deeds and are trusted and well known by most community members. </li></ul><ul><li>They are invisible to outsiders. </li></ul><ul><li>They are modest and do not seek personal media attention or political positions. </li></ul><ul><li>Their role and authority are created by the community without external mandates. </li></ul><ul><li>They are motivated to help others and not by monetary gain. </li></ul>
  6. 12. Ningbo, China
  7. 14. Structures Making Tangible Results: Lao Iu Mien Community, San Francisco Bay Area
  8. 18. Social Impact of the Iu Mien Structures <ul><li>From 2001 to 2008, Iu Mien youth detention in Alameda County has decreased by 66% (National Council on Crime and Delinquency). </li></ul><ul><li>From 2001 to 2008, the high school graduation rate increased. </li></ul><ul><li>From 2001 to 2008, Iu Mien enrollment in colleges, universities, and graduate schools increased. </li></ul><ul><li>More than 75% of the Iu Mien in the San Francisco Bay Area are homeowners. </li></ul>
  9. 19. A sustainable community has the capacity for individuals, groups, and organizations to take root, grow and endure for the long term. It is the capacities—to be generative and enduring—and to sustain a dynamic balance between them.