I never thought Green by John would take off like this. Thank you to all the readers and have a happy 2017. Here are the top 16 most-read posts of 2016 on Green by John. From the bottom up: NO 16: MEET: The NALU Team They saw something that wasn’t right, so they started a business to sell t-shirts to make it right. The story of the student-run social enterprise that is NALU made it to the 16 most read articles on Green by John for 2016. NO 15: Spearing garbage, talking trash The rule of the trash walk is simple, you have to keep walking, keep spearing and keep talking. NO 14: Back to school with the new Green School classrooms IBUKU designed and built new classrooms for Green School. Take a look at the end result as the kids start using the spaces. NO 13: IBUKU goes to Hong Kong The end result of IBUKU’s design for TRi Restaurant came it at number 13 on the list. TRi is IBUKU’s first overseas project. NO 12: What if kids …
Proud to be featured with Sampah Jujur and the trash economy on this great series of videos from Gary Bencheghib for Make a Change Bali. The project consists of 30 videos about people leading the way to a more sustainable world in Bali. The videos have been going viral and if you haven’t see Kevin, founder of Avani, drinking one of his bio plastic bags, you’re seriously missing out.
This t-shirt supports women at risk (many of the women who make them are on work release at the Metawear Factory), organic cotton farmers and spinners, and organic dye. We’re selling Sampah Jujur t-shirts for $18, which is what they cost to make. When you buy this t-shirt for more than $18, you are contributing to Sampah Jujur and everything else this t-shirt stands for. It’s 100% for good and made without harm. So, how much do you think this t-shirt is really worth? Grab yours in the Green by John Shop.
Activist and Green School graduate Heather Blair speaks powerfully on how to eradicate the ‘silence’ surrounding the topic of sexual assault and the need to use the power of social media to foster an environment that encourages people to share. About Heather: Heather Blair is 17 years old and a recent graduate of The Green School in Bali, Indonesia. She lives between Canada, California, Bali and the Caribbean. Having studied musical theatre, acting and improv since she was five, Heather has taken these skills and put them towards speaking about sexual assault. She prides herself on being a human rights activist, actress, screenwriter and feminist. Her objectives going forward include completing a short film and attending University in New York. She is plant based, enjoys football, film, fashion, photography and Krav Maga.
NALU has just launched their line of organic sweatshirts in L.A. “It’s been so amazing to moving to producing organic streetwear so we can support the planet and people’s health. It’s all being produced in an organic factory in India,” says Dali Schonfelder, co-founder of NALU. Listen to them tell their story of how they founded their enterprise, starting from a simple desire to help their friends in rural Indian schools get school uniforms. Recorded at INKTalks in Goa.
I recently went on a trip to Bhutan on the invitation of the Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay. I met him when he spoke at TED and he expressed interest in Green School. I went with two friends, George and Craig. Craig has written a guest post below about our experience in the kingdom. —JH Words by Craig Tindale, a Green Entrepreneur, Hacker and Inventor based in Vaucluse, Sydney with 35 years experience in executive leadership roles in the technology industry across Asia. Background in green health projects across Asia including dengue (Philippines) and tick (Sydney) eradication. Father of 4 students starting at Green School in April 2017. “Flying in from Calcutta I first started catching glimpses of the Himalayas about 40 minutes away from landing in Pero. As we drew closer the mountains began to rise up to meet the plane and then almost without noticing it the mountains were higher than us. I filmed the arrival but the video doesn’t catch how close those mountains were to the plane and how high they were above …
Renee Martyna writes about the Green School in her article on Momentum: Teachers are given leeway to plan activities that foster real-life learning, but also to have fun and inspire. The environment is tolerant, and even encouraging, of differences, allowing students to do their their best without being pitted against one another. At fifth-, eighth-, and 12th-grade graduations, for example, students are asked to give a TED-style presentation on a cause or idea that they truly care about. The school community attends in great numbers to support these kids, with tears, and deep shifts in community consciousness, not uncommon. Read the full article here.
Part of a series of stories created by ARTE France for TED Stories. This 50 minute documentary features interviews from John Hardy, Orin Hardy, and staff and students from Green School Bali as they explore how children can change the world. At 11 and 13 years-old, Melati and Isabel Wijsen started an enormous fight to force their government to ban plastic bags in Bali. Their island crumbles under mass tourism and consumption. An army of little hands strives to hide it all. Stakes are high. 67% of GDP depends on tourism. And the plastic crisis only makes climate change worse. We went to meet the two sisters in their home in Bali, a paradise at the forefront of climate change. They share their experience on activism and kids empowerment and their secret : Melati and Isabel attend Green School, in the heart of Bali. Founded by John Hardy, this experimental school immerses kids with their reality : a world about to end, and another one to invent.
The Bamboo U camp held in 2016 was incredible. Take a look at the video below and then join us for the 2017 version. Bamboo U is a design and bamboo building workshop in Bali hosted by the Kul Kul Farm at the Green School; facilitated in collaboration with the bamboo design firm, IBUKU. Bamboo U is an opportunity to design and build with bamboo alongside some of the architects, designers and craftsmen who built Green School. The group will investigate the available sites and hear from Elora Hardy and her team at IBUKU, the design firm that designed many of the classrooms at Green School and all the houses at Green Village.
Kenta is a force of nature. He’s changing education. He brought his Gakko Camp to Green Camp this summer and looks like he is bringing it back again next year. So please watch the talk and find out more about his vision. -JH