EcoBricks workshop with Yayasan Anak in Singaraja, Bali, August 2016

Back in August, then-new GEA EcoBricks trainers Carly and Bebe hosted a workshop with about 30 youth and 10 staff at Yayasan Anak Bali’s center in Singaraja, on the north coast of Bali.

Yayasan Anak, founded in 2002, has a mission to empower talented children by covering their school fees, offering cultural activities working with medical checkups, and providing a place to live when needed.

In addition, at its many centers throughout Bali, the organization invites guest presenters to empower the kids in understanding global issues to become leaders of tomorrow. The EcoBricks workshop followed a talk by education specialist Dr. Made Hery on the importance of integrity and grit in leadership. Throughout the process of learning about plastic and packing ecobricks, the Yayasan Anak staff reinforced the idea that leadership and integrity in today’s world involves taking responsibility for not only our own waste, but in pioneering ideas and models of stewardship throughout the community.

After the fun 4-hour workshop, kids, staff, and presenters all took turns singing and playing guitar. The singing continued in a packed car on the three-hour ride home to Ubud.

For Carly, the EcoBricks workshop really underscored the importance of building community through enjoying the process of working together. “I’ve been involved in the EcoBricks movement for more than a year now, and have often focused on exploring EcoBricks as a medium of connecting with our individual and collective consumer shadow side. This was the first time I had worked with EcoBricks and kids. I loved the opportunity to reconnect with EcoBricks as a medium of play, as a lighthearted way of addressing these huge global issues. And I loved becoming a part of the joyful Yayasan Anak community!”

Even though Bebe had never heard of the practice in the Philippines of writing a vision for the future on each bottle, he observed after the workshop, “Each bottle represents a hope. When we bring all of these bottles together into one project, all of these hopes together into one place, all these pieces of a vision for a regenerative future, that’s building community.”




Announcing the Ecobrick Convergence 2017!

Its official!  After months of laying the ground work, we are excited to announce the first ever Ecobrick Convergence. The grand opening of this month long exhibition will be held on January 6th, 2017 at the Sankring Art Space in Jogjakarta, Indonesia.  The exhibition will be up until January 14th.

The exhibition will energize and showcase the phenomenal adoption of Ecobricks in Jogja– and around the world.  The exhibition will be a massive collaboration among the over 500 community groups who are ecobricking in the city. Each group is expect to participate and help cocreate a showcase of ecobricking innovation. The collaboration is also open globally. Groups around the world will also be able to contribute to the exhibition.

The Global Ecobrick Alliance, The Global Ecovillage Network, the City of Jogja and Sankring Art Space (the biggest and coolest space we could find in the city!) are making this happen. Artists Russell Maier and Ani Himawati are orchestrating the collaboration.

View the Ecobrick Convergence Page and Register

Register that you are going on the Facebook event!

Learning from the Children

The kids at the Spring School, in Bali Indonesia have been ecobricking for the last year. Their stools are all made from Ecobricks, and they use ecobrick modules in their playground. The other day, they had a school ecobrick party and taught their parents how to Ecobrick. Here’s their instructions on how to make Ecobricks!