Melati and her sister aren’t just precocious teens. They are alums of the Green School, the island’s ground zero for solution-oriented learning. People literally move to Bali to enroll their kids here for a year or a few, while joining a community of like-minded parents, many in the creative and tech fields. (This fall the school even unveiled a co-working space for grown-ups.) With 490 students in pre-K through 12, the Green School was cofounded in 2008 by John Hardy, who made his name and fortune manufacturing high-end jewelry on Bali almost 20 years ago (he sold the company in 2014). Scattered across a forested campus between Canggu and Ubud, the open classrooms are built out of sustainably harvested bamboo bent into soaring, cathedral-like spires and designed by the architecture firm Ibuku, founded by Hardy’s daughter Elora. It’s the kind of place where students conduct R&D at an aquaponics station, and fourth-graders use design thinking to run an egg business out of a chicken coop they built.
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