About John Hardy and Cynthia Hardy
John Hardy is renowned for having unconventional ideas and making them happen. After graduating from the Ontario College of Art & Design, John set off to travel the world and settled in Bali. In 1975, he started a small jewelry business that grew into an international company.
With a rare combination of strong aesthetic vision and shrewd business instincts, Cynthia Hardy began making her own jewelry in her teens. Post-college, she moved to Bali and, after running her own import-export company, got married and became one half of her husband’s eponymous jewelry label, John Hardy Jewelry.
In 2007, John and Cynthia stopped working in the company to dedicate their time advocating for and building a more sustainable world through education and design.
As their first major project, John and Cynthia conceived and created the Green School in Bali, Indonesia to deliver pioneering education for the future with a curriculum based on the Three Frame Day by Alan Wagstaff.
The school commits to providing internationally recognized academic education that prepares the students with the ability to be competitive and successful in the wider world.
The uniqueness of the school lies in the integration of traditional subjects, creative arts and green studies wrapped in rich layers of experiential, environmental, and entrepreneurial learning. John spoke at TED Global about the Green School and the USGBC awarded the school with the 2012 Greenest School on Earth award. New Green Schools are opening in New Zealand, Mexico, and South Africa in 2020 and 2021.
John and Cynthia also co-founded Bambu Indah in Ubud, Bali. Bambu Indah is a radically distinctive boutique hotel. In 2005, eleven antique Javanese bridal homes were brought to Bali, restored, and decorated with the finest details. Since then, the property has expanded to the riverside, pioneering a sustainable future with innovative, bespoke and luxurious bamboo structures for a truly one a kind experience.