Brain Trust Member
John Hardy is renown 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. In 2007, John stopped working in the company to dedicate his time on advocating for and building a more sustainable world through education and design.
As his first major project, he and his wife 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. Today, the school has a student body of approximately 275 from over 40 countries.
In addition to the Green School, in 2009, John teamed up with his daughter Elora to create award winning Green Village and Ibuku. Collaborating on their combined 45 years experience in art and design, long interest in architecture and focus on working with regenerative and adaptable materials, the companies are setting out to establish new design vocabulary, construction techniques and engineering standards for bamboo residences, hotels, public buildings, interiors and furnishings.