Month: November 2016

John Hardy in TED Stories film

TED Stories: What if kids could change the world?

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.

Bamboo building course Bamboo U 2017

Join us for Bamboo U 2017

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.   

An Andy Goldsworthy sculpture in New York

In the presence of Andy Goldsworthy

We went to the Storm King art park in New York. It was the first time I’ve ever been physically in the presence of Andy Goldsworthy pieces. I’ve been a fan of his forever but had never been with an actual Andy Goldsworthy sculpture before. Completely insane. -JH From Wikipedia: Andy Goldsworthy OBE (born 26 July 1956) is a British sculptor, photographer and environmentalist producing site-specific sculpture and land art situated in natural and urban settings. The materials used in Andy Goldsworthy’s art often include brightly coloured flowers, icicles, leaves, mud, pinecones, snow, stone, twigs, and thorns. He has been quoted as saying, “I think it’s incredibly brave to be working with flowers and leaves and petals. But I have to: I can’t edit the materials I work with. My remit is to work with nature as a whole.” Goldsworthy is generally considered the founder of modern rock balancing. For his ephemeral works, Goldsworthy often uses only his bare hands, teeth, and found tools to prepare and arrange the materials; however, for his permanent sculptures …

TED Talk

WATCH: Two great talks… Plus an instructional video

The first talk is about parenting—I think it’s really important to put this out and call it ‘kidding’ because parenting is only possible with kids involved.  And the second one is Helen Fisher talking about love and she’s just a dream. I believe I met the love of my life and I’m still with her. It’s a great talk. – JH

First biodiesel pump in Indonesia

The first biodiesel pump station for public use in Indonesia

Incredibly excited to hear that the Green School Bio Bus team is launching its biodiesel public pump on campus! The Green School Bio Bus is student-led initiative that collects spent cooking oil from Bali restaurants to power the school bus. They are taking a huge step forward this year by opening a public pump where anyone with a diesel engine can fill up with biodiesel!  On November 11 there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of possibly Indonesia’s first 100% Biodiesel (B100) Station. Built by one of the Green School parents, Rodney Parish, in cooperation with the Green School Bio Bus team and Lengis Hijau,  this 100% biodiesel pump station is even powered by solar. Leeland Gentry, one of the Green School grade 12 students,  has been using his car to test the biodiesel for the last month. “The aim of setting up the pump is to make B100 available to the Green School community and eventually expand to people outside the community,” said Leeland.  He added that it has been an a good experience for his car …

Innovative School Design

Innovative school design and Green School

Honored to have Green School make this list of innovative school design. This is exactly why and how we and IBUKU designed Green School to be the way it is. Educators now understand that the environment where a child spends upwards of six hours a day is an important component of learning. A 2015 study, titled Clever Classrooms, found that the physical characteristics of classrooms account for as much as 16 percent of what matters to student achievement. In other words, students need the right classrooms to thrive. “The classroom design should, whenever possible, feel like their space, like they have some ownership to it,” said Peter Barrett, a professor of management in property and construction at the University of Salford at Manchester and lead researcher on the study. “Learning zones—like reading areas, play areas, an area where students can sit and discuss—are effective. A whole set of different learning opportunities for young children to learn in a flexible way…allow for a whole variety of learning styles.” Explore the whole list here at Take Part.

TOMRA Recycling machine

WATCH: The incredible trash sorting machines of Poland

This TOMRA Autosort machine is incredible. It can detect color, shape, material and so much more to get the last tiny piece of trash to right recycling pile. The video shows the Autosort machine in action in Warsaw, Poland. In TOMRA’s rather opaque jargon, this is how they describe their machine: As the most flexible sorting system within TOMRA Sorting Recycling’s product family, the AUTOSORT combines detection of color and enhanced material information resulting in a multifunctional system that optimizes effectiveness across a broad variety of applications.