Five Pillar Foundation was founded by Alan Yu - then a Ph.D. student conducting his dissertation research on prominent leaders in Bali - and Wira Guna - a villager from rural West Bali who moved to South Bali to work in tourism - decided to come together to create a social movement for a better Bali. As the two travelled around the island, they could see the devastating impact of mass tourism and realized they could offer travelers and communities a better way.
Alan and Wira strongly believed that Bali and Balinese culture are beautiful and worth protecting and preserving. The name of the organization is based on the Five Pillar Model for community development, an integrated community-based approach for community development and social change developed by Alan and Wira. Encouraging local communities to think holistically, we teach rural communities to recognize and utilize all of their available resources - financial, social, natural, human, and cultural - so that they can revitalize their villages.