Author: John Hardy

John Hardy at HATCH 2015 with Will Travers

Becoming a HATCHer in Montana

“Yarrow Kraner, Will Travers and bears. What more could you want? The conference was intimate, loving- more loving that any conference I’ve ever been at. Full of mentoring, knowledge. I did a wonderful interview with Will Travers about life and times. If you haven’t been to HATCH, apply. It is magical. We didn’t see any bears, but we did see footprints and scat, though. Apparently you can track animals using that.” HATCH is the creation of Yarrow Kraner.  The annual HATCH experience is an invite-only 3.5 day summit for 100 carefully selected thought leaders from around the world brought together in the mountains of Montana. The carefully curated group of innovators is comprised of disruptors, inventors, grammy-winning musicians, filmmakers, technologists, CEOs, social impact change makers, educators, designers, and more. HATCH is a peer-to-peer mentorship mash-up summit where ideas, insights and inspiration are exchanged and activated from diverse disciplines and industries. Programming includes interactive prototype workshops, talks, live music, short film screenings, and think tanks, where guests apply their insights to real world problems and rapid …

Bye Bye Plastic Bags at TEDGlobal

Bye Bye Plastic Bags founders speak at TEDGlobal

“Standing ovation. No longer a secret, the Bye Bye Plastic Bags team spoke at TED Global 2015. They were the final act of the day and made an incredible presentation.” An incredible day, from Green School Bali to London! Isabella and Melati shared their story of working to make Bali plastic bag free with a room full of TED attendees at a TEDGlobal Salon. These girls and the team behind Bye Bye Plastic Bags need our support to make their vision a reality.  Stay tuned for ways to help them make this happen.  Check out the the TEDGlobal blog post here– the girls are in the last paragraph.

John Hardy at TEDxBlackRockCity

Speaking at TEDxBlackRockCity

John on his TEDxBlackRockCity experience at Burning Man: I spoke at  TEDxBlackRockCity. It was amazing and really a shock to speak without big, beautiful pictures. I had two pictures printed and Carina [John’s daughter] held the pictures up at the appropriate time as my assistant, but the rest was storytelling. And it’s really changed my understanding of speaking. Always relying on the pictures and speaking about the pictures makes things quite linear. Now I’m speaking somewhere between pictures and no pictures. Here’s a TEDxBlackRockCity wrap up from the TEDx site. Try and spot John, Carina and the bamboo hat!

Burning Man 2015

Thoughts of Burning Man

My first thought- if someone made a proposal for a festival of 85,000 people in the desert, no one in their right mind would fund it. Burning Man has a few rules- bring your own water, bring your own food, bring your own accommodation; there will be nothing for sale there, except for one shop, which sells coffee. And ice. How is this possible? I left the continent in 1975 and there was a lot of diversity and creativity going on, but I thought in the 80s everyone took white powder and got jobs in suits. Clearly that didn’t happen; I’ve completely missed it. I’ve had 10,000 people tell me to go Burning Man, but it wasn’t until Leo, a friend from Tulum and from Ibiza camp, invited me that I took it seriously. The Ibiza camp was beautiful, staying in a Moroccan tent…Wow. A totally amazing experience. No money changed hands and everyone gave everything away. (Oh, and you can add that to the list of things to pack- a fork, a spoon, a cup …

Coconut sugar from Green Camp

Coconut tales

Coconut trees are famous for making coconuts. I was once hit by a coconut, almost died. Around Bali, in all of the hotels and all the public spaces, they cut the flowers off, which means the coconuts never get born. You get the best oil in the world from coconuts. We have an amazing gardener at Green School and he did two things. If you look up and around at coconut trees around you, you’ll see a lot of damage. This is because of the rhinoceros beetle. It goes into the coconut and eats down into the heart of the leaf. The coconut trees die when their leaves are gone. At Green Camp, the gardeners put together a bio-agent to fight it. In the test trees, they’ve sprayed it twice and the trees are starting to come back. The other thing happening at Green Camp is the coconut sugar. It’s amazing- you’ve got to try it. -John A few words from Johannes, a member of the Green Camp and Green School landscape team: We had …

New buildings at Green School

A praying mantis, a grasshopper and an ant walk into a school

Today I walked through the primary school and went to every place I could. It’s just insane- it’s a new dimension in school, it’s a new dimension in classrooms, it’s beyond beautiful. We’re going to make bridges between them and slides. Orin is making an amazing garden, floating down the hill. Such fun to have at school, usually fun is not allowed at school. On the ridge of each classroom will be a wayang kulit (Indonesian shadow puppet) figure made out of bamboo and every year it will be changed by the new class that moves into the building. –John We asked the architects at Ibuku to tell us a little bit more about the design they chose: The inspiration of the building shape for the new Green School Elementary Classrooms came from a leaf shape found on the site; it’s a simple shape,  yet functional when it implemented as a building roof. The project consists of 3 buildings each with classrooms on two levels and designed to fit onto a sloping site. The classrooms have been configured …

Spearing Garbage and Trash Walks

Spearing garbage, talking trash

A parent, Peter Barge, walking from his bamboo house in Green Village to Green School, became frustrated at the amount of garbage on the path. He had PT Bamboo Pure make him the first trash spear. He is the founder of the Trash Walk. We found as we walked we were having a meeting, so we developed this Spearing Garbage and Talking Trash; although we met about many things, we were spending a lot of time meeting about finding scalable solutions to the trash problem. It’s a very beautiful experience to walk with someone and meet with them on any subject. The walking meeting is exceptional. The rule of the trash walk is simple, you have to keep walking, keep spearing and keep talking.   Have a look at this video of the Trash Walkers that Dave Cornthwaite made of his walk. If you’d like to join John one morning, send us an email. Spearing garbage and talking trash.

Vortex at Green School Bali

Never give up: the 7 year vortex saga

At Green School we believed that micro hydro was off the table because we didn’t have more than a two meter drop in the river which runs through the school grounds. Then we read about the miraculous achievements of Franz Zotlöterer, a mad Austrian who made a vortex in a swimming pool. We saw that we could get hydro in the two meter drop we had, so we proceeded. And things were looking good until we had a little problem. Village politics played up and the dam we had built to send water through our vortex ended up with a two meter hole in it. So we then ended up spending about two years rebuilding relationships as well as the dam. Just when we thought we were back in the game and well on the road to having the vortex become a reality we got side-tracked with some unorthodox engineering ideas and this ate up a good part of another year. Finally, we went back to Mr. Zotlöterer who was, needless to say, not very …

Enviropallet Bali

MEET: Enviropallets cleaning up Bali

“A huge number of trees are cut down to make these stupid things, these pallets. And all they are for is so that the forklift can pick up the goods. Enviropallets cost the same amount, you can use them up to seven times each, and the great thing is that they are sucking up 4 tons of plastic bags a week in Bali and we need to get rid of those bags. The next step is to convince the Balinese that this stuff is valuable; right now plastic sells for Rp 1,500 a kilo.” Enviropallets Bali recycles the plastic waste in Bali to make low cost, high quality nestable export pallets.