Empowering Sustainability: A Deep Dive into Green School Foundation’s Vision with Kania Maniasa

img Jey Bukitvista | November 21, 2023

Hello, I’m Jey, currently interning with the Human Resource team at Bukit Vista. You might have come across my previous blog posts and articles, where I’ve shared insights about our company culture and stories from our dedicated employees. Today, I’m excited to introduce you to one of the inspiring speakers from our recents All Hands meeting on November 21st, 2023 –Kania Maniasa, Executive Director of the Green School Foundation.

Kania as our Inspirational Speaker at our recent All Hands.

Source: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kaniamaniasa2019/overlay/photo/

In a world where sustainability and community development are more than just buzzwords, Bukit Vista had the privilege of hosting an inspirational figure at our latest All Hands Meeting – Kania Maniasa, the Executive Director of the Green School Foundation. Her story isn’t just about career progression; it’s a narrative rich with lessons on innovation, adaptability, and purpose-driven leadership. These themes resonate with Bukit Vista’s commitment to hospitality and community-centric development. In this detailed coverage, exploring the transformative power of sustainability and community empowerment.

A Tapestry of Experiences: Kania’s Inspirational Journey

Kania explains her career journey.

From the airwaves of Voice of America to the strategic helm of the Green School Foundation, Kania’s journey epitomizes a tapestry woven from diverse threads of experiences. Her transition from a radio broadcaster to an executive in education embodies growth and adaptability – traits we at Bukit Vista find essential in our journey. This section is not just a recount of her career milestones; it’s an exploration into how each role shaped her understanding and approach towards sustainability and community engagement. We draw parallels to Bukit Vista’s growth story, where every phase of development has been a stepping stone towards realizing our vision in the hospitality industry.

Envisioning a Sustainable Future: Leadership at Green School Foundation

Green School Bali. Source: https://www.greenschool.org/bali/
Green School Bali. Source: https://www.greenschool.org/bali/

Leading an organization like the Green School Foundation requires a vision that transcends traditional educational models. Kania’s approach to integrating Balinese culture with global education standards is not just innovative but also reflective of a deeper understanding of cultural nuances. In this section, we delve into how her leadership style and strategic vision are shaping a sustainable future. Bukit Vista, in its domain, shares a similar approach – merging local hospitality charms with global standards. We reflect on how such leadership principles can be applied across industries, drawing lessons for our own teams in creating experiences that are both authentic and globally appealing.

Building Community Ties: A Strategy for Impact

Kayla, our Assistant Manager of Operations, asked a question about building a strong community.

At the core of Kania’s impactful leadership at the Green School Foundation is her unwavering focus on community engagement. This approach isn’t just about reaching out; it’s about embedding the community’s essence into the organization’s heart. Understanding stakeholders and forging meaningful collaborations are more than strategic objectives; they are the lifeblood of their work. This section delves into the depths of these strategies, unraveling how they have become instrumental in creating lasting impact.

Kania’s approach to community engagement is holistic. It begins with listening – an aspect often overshadowed in conventional leadership models. By actively listening to the community, be it students, parents, local leaders, or partner organizations, she gains invaluable insights. These insights inform the Foundation’s strategies, ensuring they are not only effective but also resonate with the community’s needs and aspirations. This approach echoes the essence of hospitality at Bukit Vista, where understanding our guests’ and partners’ needs is paramount. We believe, as does Kania, that true engagement is rooted in empathy and understanding, fostering a connection that transcends transactional relationships.

Forging meaningful collaborations is another key aspect of her strategy. Kania recognizes that sustainable change is not a solitary pursuit. It requires alliances, be it with local educational institutions, government bodies, or international organizations. By aligning with various stakeholders, the Green School Foundation amplifies its impact, weaving a network of support and mutual growth. This collaboration extends beyond formal agreements; it’s about building a community of shared values and visions for the future. Similarly, at Bukit Vista, our collaborations with local communities, property owners, and industry partners are not just business engagements; they are partnerships driven by a shared goal of enhancing the hospitality experience and contributing to the community’s welfare.

Education as a Pillar of Sustainability

Source: https://www.tatlerasia.com/lifestyle/entertainment/8-pemuda-indonesia-berprestasi-dan-inspiratif

Education is the cornerstone upon which the edifice of sustainability is built, a tenet ardently embraced by the Green School Foundation. Their pioneering initiatives, encompassing local school programs and scholarships for farmers’ children, represent more than just philanthropy; they are strategic interventions aimed at cultivating a sustainable future. This segment delves into the profound impact of these educational initiatives, not only on the immediate community but also in molding a new cadre of leaders equipped to champion sustainability.

The Green School Foundation’s educational endeavors are far-reaching in their scope and impact. By integrating sustainability into the curriculum, they are not merely imparting knowledge but are instilling a mindset. This education goes beyond the traditional subjects; it encompasses lessons on environmental stewardship, social responsibility, and the importance of sustainable living practices. In this way, students are not just learning about sustainability; they are living it. This immersive learning experience is akin to Bukit Vista’s approach to talent development. We believe in providing real-world experiences, where learning is interwoven with day-to-day operations, ensuring our team members not only understand the theory behind our practices but also see their tangible impacts.


Moreover, these educational initiatives by the Green School Foundation are creating a ripple effect in the community. Educated youths become ambassadors of sustainability, spreading awareness and practices in their communities. They become the drivers of change, advocating for sustainable practices in agriculture, tourism, and other sectors. This grassroots level impact is significant, as it leads to a collective shift towards more sustainable ways of living and working. In parallel, Bukit Vista’s commitment to nurturing talent and fostering a culture of continuous learning and development is aimed at creating a team that not only excels in hospitality but also champions sustainable practices in their personal and professional lives.

The conversation with Kania at our All Hands Meeting was not merely an exchange of ideas but a masterclass in sustainability, leadership, and community engagement. Her story and the work of the Green School Foundation are a beacon for organizations like Bukit Vista, striving to make a positive impact in their communities. If you’re inspired by Kania’s journey and interested in reading more about inspirational figures, visit our All Hands page.

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