Members of the Consortium

Fetzer Institute

The Fetzer Institute, based in Kalamazoo, Michigan, was founded by broadcast pioneer and Detroit Tigers baseball team owner John E. Fetzer (1901–1991). He formed the institute to support work “designed to discover and enhance the integral relationships of the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual dimensions of experience which foster human growth, action, and responsible improvement of the human and cosmic condition.”

The Institute’s current mission is helping build the spiritual foundation for a loving world. Fetzer’s worldview centers around the sacredness of reality, which includes the “centrality of Spirit,” integration of science and spirituality, and the sacredness of all people and the planet. It supports this mission by working with thought leaders to develop programs and research projects, and issues grants in sectors including faith and spirituality, democracy, education, and organizational culture.

Dr. Xiaoan Li
Fetzer Institute
Senior Program Officer

“As an old saying goes, it takes a village to raise a child. I love the Toolkit very much because it emphasizes the need of having an eco-systemic approach with its clear focus on how to best influence and support parents, caregivers, educators, and community members to foster children’s holistic development by nurturing their spiritual development in the early years and contributing to the prevention of violence.”

Dr. Xiaoan Li

Xiaoan Li, Ph.D. in Higher Education and Organizational Change, is currently a Senior Program Officer at the Fetzer Institute, a private foundation in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Since 2011, Xiaoan has actively participated in the exploration of building the spiritual foundation for a loving world, being responsible for the development of new project initiatives and the management of the full life cycle of the project process within the areas of K-12 and higher education.

For Xiaoan, the purpose of education is to develop the whole person and that the primary role of parents, educators, and society is to create an environment and conditions for young people to develop and explore spiritual awareness, personal character, and social and emotional skills. Besides that, Xiaoan has also grown his interest and expertise in global consciousness and the shared sacred movement.


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