“Bamboo Now! Discover multiple tools for a better planet.”
A passionate activist, who committed to learn and share inspirational stories. Believes that we make the world we live by the love we share. And we are all responsible to make the world better by what we gather and what we share.
A storyteller, has been reaching out to people of all ages in Taiwan, as well as in U.S.A, Malaysia, Bhutan, Canada, Mexico, China, Spain, Italy, Vienna, Israel, Australia, Colombia and many countries around the world.
˙Founder and president of Yunlin Storyteller Association in Taiwan (2005)
˙Founder of Yunlin Storyhouse in Taiwan (2007)
˙Founder and President of Taiwan Bamboo Society in Taiwan (2013)
˙Co- founder of Erlun Storyhouse in Yunlin, Taiwan (2014)
˙World Bamboo Ambassador (2015~)
˙International Committee for the 12th World Bamboo Congress (2019~)
When I was asked how I relate to bamboo, I would say that not only bamboo is nice to look at, it also is very important to our daily living. And to me, bamboo is like an old friend who gives great inspirations to the world’s future.
I remembered the bamboo that grew by my house as a child in Taiwan. Bamboo give everything they have to people: shoots to eat, leaves for wrapping food, shades to rest, beds to sleep in, toys to play with, and baskets to use in the household as well as weaving art crafts for viewing, and fencing the yard and sheltering homes for many to live in. I have so many wonderful memories with bamboo, and it has been one of my favorite childhood memories. And the most impressive of all is the nature of bamboo, it’s flexibility and the hallowed center which has a connotation with humble humanity in Chinese culture.
With my family, I returned to Taiwan in 1997 and started the Yunlin Storytellers’ Association in 2005. That led to my starting the Yunlin Storyhouse in Yunlin in 2007. Today Yunlin Storyhouse is a gathering center for all– local residents, school children, Taiwanese citizens, as well as friends from abroad. And it is one of the most successful story houses in Taiwan.
The Yunlin Storyhouse is a traditional Japanese-style house that was built with bamboo and dirt and wooden structure, and it has been renovated and serves as a learning platform for all to hear stories, to share stories, and to learn about local culture.
Through storytelling, operating the Yunlin Storyhouse, and organizing bamboo events, I have been inviting by many people around the world and attended many conferences and workshops in Central America, North America, Europe and Asia.
In 2011 I was trained by Dr. Gunter Pauli for Gunter’s Fables stories in Taiwan. And I was so inspired by his ideas and works on sustainability. And through Dr. Gunter Pauli’s inspiration, in 2012 I invited many friends to attend the World Bamboo Congress in Belgium where I was very much inspired by the bamboo pavilion and bamboo’s capacity to be one of the sustainable amazing nature resources. And in 2013, Taiwan Bamboo Society was founded and I began working with bamboo on a daily living culture into the future.
For the past few years, I have served as the president for Yunlin Storyteller Association (2005~09) and of Taiwan Bamboo Society (2013~16). And I have attended World Bamboo Congress in Belgium, Korea, and Mexico and Bamboo conferences in Vietnam, China, America and Colombia. I look forward to be part of this world changing force. I believe that story is like an invisible line which connects people’s past, present and future together and bamboo is like a great source of positive energy which is a sustainable resource for all beings in the universe.
“Carbon Farming with Timber Bamboo”
Born a tree-hugger who loves to build businesses, Hal is the driving force behind the commercialization of BamCore and its holding company Global Bamboo Technolgies. During his 22 years at Goldman Sachs he was key in building several successful businesses. After leaving Goldman Sachs, he started, ran and sold BrokerTec Global in four years. Today, BrokerTec is the largest fully electronic financial trading platform in the world and was recently acquired by the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Today, as the leader of BamCore, he believes that BamCore can drive a paradigm shift in Western construction to make it stronger, faster, and greener through adoption of BamCore’s technology for converting quickly regenerating timber bamboo into western building products.
Hal has earned several university degrees ranging from BS in Biochemistry (UC Irvine) to an MBA (Columbia University Graduate School of Business), and to an MS, MPhil, and PhD (Columbia University Medical Center). Hal also oversees his organic/climate friendly ranch and vineyards and serves on the advisory boards for the (UC) Berkeley Food Institute and the Regional Climate Protection Agency.
“Dasso, Engineering the Future of Bamboo”
Lin Hai is Chairman of Dasso Industrial Group Co., Ltd.; Visiting Professor of Nanjing Forestry University; Vice Chairman of China National Forest Products Industry Association; Rotating Chairman of the Bamboo and Rattan Resources Utilization Branch of the Chinese Society of Forestry; Rotating Chairman of the Bamboo Engineering Materials Branch of the China Bamboo Industry Association.
As the chairman of Dasso Industrial Group Co., Ltd., he has been committed to the research and promotion of bamboo industrialization for a long time. He has won more than 20 awards such as the Lifetime Honor Award of the Chinese Forest Products Industry, the Second Prize of National Invention Technology, the Chinese Patent Excellence Award, the National Key New Product Award, the China Forestry Feature Industry Contribution Award, the Chinese Flooring Industry’s Brilliant Fifteen Years Most Influential Person Award, etc. item. Mr. Lin Hai has always practiced the concept of green industry and low-carbon development. He followed the Chinese government delegation to participate in the Lima UN Climate Change Conference and the U.S.-China Economic Summit.
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Arief Rabik is the director of Indonesia’s Environmental Bamboo Foundation and the founder of the 1000 Bamboo Villages project, which aims to create economic viability for the use of bamboo agroforestry to sequester CO2 and restore degraded tropical forestlands in dozens of countries. Arief is an expert in bamboo cultivation, value added processing, and brokering public and private support and investment in village-level bamboo production.
Bamboo has exceptional climate benefits and in Indonesia alone the creation of nationwide “bamboo villages” would result in more than 100 million tons of CO2 emission reductions annually. This provides governments seeking a pathway to meet their emissions targets with an efficient model that has significant co-benefits, including economic development for rural communities and improved soil and forest health. Around the world, there are hundreds of timber bamboo species—timber bamboos have adapted to almost every ecological niche in the tropics and have been utilized by different communities around the globe.
Arief’s breakthrough strategy is to restore degraded lands around the world with bamboo agroforestry while creating large markets for bamboo to be used in building material (which would also help displace carbon-intensive concrete), clothing, furniture, and more.
Arief is a second-generation bamboo specialist who is as capable and comfortable getting his hands dirty helping local producers on the ground as he is working with corporate leaders in the boardroom and politicians in national capitals to bargain for scalable policy and financial support to turn his vision into reality. Arief has already piloted his model and the first group of villages in Indonesia are already producing bamboo with purchasing agreements in place to sell value-added products to large global brands.
“Bryan Benitez McClelland
Founder, Bambike Revolution”
Bryan Benitez McClelland is a Filipino-American environmental consultant, ecotourism developer, social entrepreneur, and educator. While working on his Masters degree in Environmental Resource Management at the University of Pennsylvania, he became involved with Gawad Kalinga (GK), a community development program based in the Philippines. After helping GK kickstart their green building program, called Green Kalinga, he founded Bamb EcoLogical Technology, Inc. in order to have a platform for his socio-ecological enterprise projects. He works with community members of a GK village in Victoria, Tarlac called Bambuilders. Bambike, a premium bamboo bicycle line is the flagship product of the company. Bambike Ecotours leads guided bamboo bicycle tours that share the ecological significance and cultural heritage of the Philippines. McClelland also worked as the Director of Sustainability at Enderun Colleges. His team establishing a pioneer and award-winning undergraduate program in sustainability focused on social entrepreneurship, food systems and ecotourism development. Most recently, he launched Philippine Artisan Trade and Batala Bar which serve as a platform for social enterprises and local handcrafted products.
After 12 years of living and working in the Philippines he is still fueled with an obsession for bamboo and social enterprise development. Bryan’s goals are to promote new green economies with appropriate environmental technologies and to create jobs for the people the need them the most.
“Bamboo and bamboo charcoal innovation – sustainable consumption and production”
Dr. Shi-Ming Huang received his PhD degree at the School of Computing and Information Systems, University of Sunderland, U.K. He received the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Australia in 2016. He is currently a joined professor in the Department of Accounting and Information Technology and the Department of Information Management, the Director for the Center of e-Manufacturing and e-Commerce and Dean for R&D at National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan. He has published six books, three business software, over 100 articles in refereed information system journals and over 150 articles in the international conference. He has received over 10 achievement awards in information system area. He also serves as editorial board in several international journals.
Dr. Huang acting as Bamboo and Bamboo Charcoal Innovation－Sustainable Consumption and Production the moderator and main facilitator. This University Social Responsibility, USR project of Ministry of Education incorporates local bamboo-related industries, including the traditional bamboo industry and bamboo charcoal and vinegar for a successful industry alliance that would optimize existing products and cultural creative marketing, improve the efficacy of products and industrial value. It combines with SDGs philosophy to promote academic and industrial cooperation. Cultivate professionals and a collaborative platform for industry-academia partnership, provide local community with experienced talents, and fulfill the university’s social responsibility.
Nici Long has been an architectural designer for 25 years and is the founder of Cave Urban, a collective dedicated to the study, design and practical application of passive sustainable systems for living. Key areas of interest include sustainable house design, renewable energy systems, resource recycling and the use of bamboo as a low-energy, renewable structural building material.
“We are an international collective formed in 2010 to investigate vernacular lightweight structures and their relevance to contemporary design. What began as a means for research has developed into a practice that explores the intersection between art and architecture through the use of natural and recycled materials.
Our projects involve the participation of the local community, universities and artists. We also foster cross cultural exchange and collaboration with international artists like Wang Wen-Chih (Taiwan), Georges Cuvillier (Belgium), Amir Rabik (Indonesia), Carolina Pinto (Chile) and Markus Tatton (Australia). Partnerships have included: Opera Australia, MONA, Clemenger, University of Tasmania, UNSW, Sydney City Council, Royal Botanical Gardens, Australian National Botanical Gardens, Brisbane City Council and the Woodford Folk Festival”
“Soul of Kalinga Music: Connecting Past, Present, and Future”
Edgar B. Banasan is a home-grown artist specializing in bamboo musical instrument making and playing. He has an impeccable track record when it comes to performing Indigenous crafts and music, and executing Indigenous talents. He is recognized as one of the only three remaining Kalinga (a land-lock province in the Cordillera region, north of the Philippines, and is the home of diverse Indigenous cultures and people called the Kalingas) Bamboo musical instruments maker and player.
He has been making and playing these traditional bamboo musical instruments for a long time. He even played with the Ramon Ubusan Folkloric Group (which was founded in 1972 and started as a fledgling folk dance and music company and is now one of the leading groups in the country). Also, he became a back-up instrumentalist for Grace Nono in her concert and her album. However, he realized that doing these are not enough to inspire the young people who are losing interest in culture.
This is one of the reasons why a more holistic approach for transmitting cultures started, which is EDAYA. Together with the making, introducing, and the playing of bamboo musical instruments, he began to devote more time documenting, teaching, and trying innovative ways, which he thought will interest the young people.
His jew’s harp is exhibited at the Museum and Centre of Khomus of the World’s Peoples in the Sakha Republic. He released three albums so far; “Ode to Mother Earth”(2005), “Fugga”(2008), and “Pongoch”(2018). He was a Training Fellow at Kanazawa College of Art at Kanazawa, Japan, in 2016. He was also a visiting faculty of the “Healing Through Bamboo Music” course (Under “Gandhi & Design” Initiative) at the National Institute of Design, India, in 2019.
“Soul of Kalinga Music: Connecting Past, Present, and Future”
In 2012, Ayaka co-founded EDAYA, a design/art project with bamboo in the Asian region for accelerating social innovation, including the rediscovery of local traditions in the global context. She is engaged in running, managing, and administering operations, supervising the overall strategic vision, shaping and guiding creative paths, and designing both products and projects.
EDAYA has been introducing innovative ideas to revitalize and conserve culture, utilizing bamboo as a medium. Based in Tokyo, Kalinga, and Baguio, a newly-recognized UNESCO creative city in crafts and folk arts, EDAYA creates culturally-inspired contemporary bamboo art such as jewelry, musical instruments, and installations and develops socially-engaged art in which bamboo has a significant role. EDAYA’s bamboo jewelry received the “Social Products Award 2016” in Japan. EDAYA has also been doing on-site research related to the local bamboo culture and developing a multi-cultural bamboo art educational module called “Bamboo Glocal Village” with people from Japan, the Philippines, and Myanmar.
She holds Bachelor of Agriculture (Major in International Sustainable Agriculture Development) and Master of Health Science (Major in International Health, Department of Human Ecology) from the University of Tokyo. She was chosen by AERA, a Japanese magazine, as “an upcoming Japanese woman contributing to the 21st century” in 2015. In 2017, she published her first art book about EDAYA. She was also chosen as a delegate/ panelist for the program “Connecting The Bridges “Women Entrepreneurs in Asia-Pacific Countries 2018” organized by Cabinet Office, Government of Japan 》The Japan Foundation Asia Center Fellow in 2019. From 2019 Summer, Ayaka is studying at Harvard Graduate School of Design as a Fulbright graduate student.
“The Way of Bamboo”
Gerard Minakawa was born in New York City to Argentinian and Bolivian-Japanese parents and studied industrial design at the Rhode Island School of Design. After working for various prominent design studios in the USA, he fell in love with bamboo while visiting his little sister in Japan during the spring of 2000 and subsequently dedicated himself to learning all he could about the world’s most gigantic grass. His journeys eventually led him to Bolivia, where he successfully ran a bamboo workshop with local artisans and also partnered with Aid to Artisans, a nonprofit agency dedicated to developing the handicraft industry worldwide. In 2007, Minakawa founded Bamboo DNA, a design/build company specializing in the creation and installation of large-scale bamboo environments that have since been appreciated by millions of people at music & art festivals all over the world. Minakawa was named one of the Top 20 Innovative U.S. designers by I.D. Magazine and his works have been featured in numerous international books and publications including the Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and the New York Times. He has taught at the Rhode Island School of Design as well as the University of California and is currently president of the nonprofit SoCal Chapter of the American Bamboo Society and an Ambassador with the World Bamboo Organization.
“Construction processes and techniques for roofs and structures for social, economic and environmental development”
Ceo of Bamboo Architecture Company. Architect, designer and activist graduated from the Benemerita Autonomous University of Puebla, his university education was carried out between Mexico, Colombia, Cuba and Brasil. His work has focused on the construction with bamboo and sustainable architecture since the last 10 years, as well as the consulting of these materials to private companies, NGOs and government. He has represented Mexico as a lecturer and trainer in different countries such as India,Colombia, Brazil, Peru, the United States, South Korea, Chile and Cuba.
Over the past 25 years James has established manufacturing capabilities, brands, and product lines in bamboo for clients all around the world, as well as managing B2B and e-commerce fulfillment of bamboo goods.
He has produced countless products for home and garden, pre-fabricated bamboo architecture, championship winning race bikes, award winning children’s toys, skateboards and the list goes on and on.
He currently owns and operates his own bamboo plantation and manufacturing facility in Vietnam. When he’s not running his bamboo business, he can be found riding his bamboo bicycles for health and adventure.
“Bamboo for rehabilitating degraded land”
Dr. Lou Yiping, a former Programme Director at International Bamboo and Rattan Organization (INBAR) and currently Director of China-Africa Agriculture and Forestry Research (CAFOR), Zhejiang A&F University of China, and the World Bamboo Ambassador of the World Bamboo Organization (WBO).
He has been working as a bamboo researcher on bamboo biology, ecology and management in the Chinese Academy of Forestry for about 15 years (1984-1998) and with INBAR for 15 years (1999-2014) as a researcher and program director on bamboo plantation, bamboo biodiversity conservation and bamboo forest management for mitigation and adaptation to climate change.
In recent 10 years, he has been focusing technology innovation and dissemination on sustainable bamboo value chain development for livelihood security for rural poor communities in China, Africa and Asia countries with the projects funded by EU, UN agencies and various governments, especially on green bamboo shoot technology. Dr. Lou has been working as project manager and researcher for more than 20 bamboo projects in more than 30 countries and he has been leading the development of the national and regional bamboo development strategies and national action plans for Cameroon, Kenya, Rwanda, Timor Leste, Vietnam (Thanh Hua Province), etc.
He has published more than 50 research papers and 5 books on bamboo for development, biodiversity conservation and combating climate change.