Bali Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship (SIE) Immersion:

A Transformative Hero’s Journey


June 9 – 26, 2025

Realize Your Full Potential as an Adaptive Changemaker and Become the Purpose-Driven Leader Our World Needs Today

Spend an amazing 2.5 weeks immersed in Balinese culture and engaged in deep, experiential learning about Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship (SIE). This program will take each participant on a journey through Bali as well as an inner journey towards becoming an empowered leader and adaptive changemaker who is uniquely equipped to address the urgent and complex challenges of the 21st century.

You’ll dig deep into Balinese culture during your first 10 days near Ubud, Bali’s cultural capital and hub for artists and innovators. You’ll visit Hindu temples and Balinese palaces, speak with visionary Balinese leaders, and meet and connect with inspiring social enterprises tackling issues including access to healthcare, food insecurity, food waste, women’s empowerment and education, and environmental sustainability.

Your journey continues to the northeast ocean village of Amed where you will spend 4 nights staying beachside, snorkeling, and visiting a remote social enterprise focused on production of a special variety of palm sugar native to this region. You’ll also have the chance to slow down a bit and digest all that you’ve learned, discussed, and experienced so far in the program.

The final 4 nights of the program will be spent in Sanur, a seaside town in southeast Bali made up of a long stretch of picturesque beach with calm, shallow waters.  On the drive to Sanur you’ll stop for a breathtaking hike that ends in a village that is still home to the indigenous people of Bali. While in Sanur you’ll meet with one more social enterprise as well as an investment group that helps to fund social entrepreneurship endeavors. There will also be time during these final days to process and engage with all of the experiences and knowledge you have taken in throughout the program, as well as to reflect on the transformation that you have gone through in the process. While we will “wrap up” the program, the end of this journey is also your first step towards bringing SIE to life back in your home community.

“This was an incredibly eye-opening experience that will change the course of my life. Bali
cracked my heart wide open and fed my soul hope for the future…. A special thank you to
the SIE CoLab and Bali Institute for being remarkable mentors and guides in this once-in-a
lifetime adventure.”

~ Isabella McLain, 2023 Program Participant, FSU Master’s Student Urban & Regional

“Be prepared for a journey of a transformation of consciousness… In just a short time after
the program, I have begun making monumental shifts on my “Hero's Journey” and have
been following my bliss/calling to pursue my creative and big dreams.”

~ Ally Davis, 2023 Program Participant, FSU Master’s Student Urban & Regional Planning


  • Site visits to social enterprises and high-impact nonprofits. Visit impact-driven enterprises addressing environmental sustainability issues, equitable economic development, women’s empowerment, community and global heath, education access, and more.
  • Expand your understanding in Bali’s “living classrooms.” Witness applied social innovation and entrepreneurship in action in villages around Bali, bringing workshop discussions to life and inspiring future lessons for your students.
  • Explore traditional markets, Hindu temples, and terraced rice fields. Experience the beauty of Bali and dive deep into its history and cultural traditions.
  • Immersive hands-on social innovation experience in a local rural village. Spend a day with a local social enterprise— hear about their goals and participate in a service-learning activity that contributes to their mission.
  • Ideate with change leaders from around the world as you craft a vision and strategy for SIE on your campus and in your community using dynamic group processes, guiding templates, and innovative tools and frameworks.
  • Dinner with Balinese Royal Family Members: Join the members of the Peliatan Royal Family for a private tour & dinner. This offers a special opportunity to ask questions about Bali’s traditional culture as well as modern-day challenges.
  • Snorkel over a coral reef restoration project and learn about one organization’s mission to improve the health of the area’s reefs through the civic engagement and economic empowerment of the local population.

What You’ll Learn

  • How to embody transformation, maximize human potential, and lead as an adaptive changemaker at the individual, organizational, and communal levels.
  • An overview of the SIE CoLab’s leading-edge theoretical framework and practice model and how key elements are cultivated and applied by forward-thinking leaders and organizations in Bali.
  • The SIE CoLab’s Seven Essential Resources for the Hero’s Journey of an Adaptive  Changemaker.
  • An understanding of how mental models (our assumptions, beliefs, values, and
    stories) shape our lives and the world around us and offer powerful leverage points
    to catalyze and adaptively lead change in a system.
  • How to leverage our current areas of study and practice through the lens of SIE to generate greater and more systemic impact.Powerful storytelling frameworks—including the SIE CoLab’s Five Key Elements of Storytelling for Impact, Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey Monomyth, and Ganz’ leadership and storytelling framework (the Story of Self, Story of Us, and Story of Now)—and how to intentionally re-write our own stories.

Pre-Trip Learning:
The program fee includes access to the SIE CoLab’s Foundations of Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship micro-course and two group pre-program online orientation, reflection, and intention-setting sessions with the program leader.

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the detailed program itinerary.

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About the Program Leader, Bruce Manciagli

BruceBruce Manciagli is Co-Founder of the SIE CoLab, a hybrid social enterprise specializing in collaborating with forward-thinking client-partners seeking to achieve “transformation readiness” and become catalysts and facilitators of sustainable impact, providing them with the scaffolding to build SIE Ecosystems that encompass the hardware, software, and operating system for transformative change.

Bruce’s career has focused on developing the capacity of individuals, organizations, and communities to more effectively address social and environmental challenges and catalyze system transformation. His work in Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship (SIE)—spanning local, state, and international contexts—includes co-founding social enterprises (one of them a national award winner); helping to strengthen and scale a statewide network of high- impact nonprofits; facilitating and funding cross-sector/collective impact partnerships; cultivating SIE ecosystems in higher education and in Indonesia; and leading social innovation initiatives across a diversity of issues, from education to trauma and from civic engagement and youth leadership to fair trade and the environment. Bruce has raised millions and granted tens of millions of dollars to engage communities in creating lasting social value. As Social Entrepreneur in Residence in Florida State University’s (FSU) College of Social Sciences & Public Policy (Interdisciplinary Social Science Program), an affiliated faculty member in FSU’s Jim Moran College of Entrepreneurship, and Director of SIE@FSU for seven years, he served as lead architect of FSU’s SIE ecosystem. Based on decades of practice and study in the field of SIE, he articulated and developed the Adaptive SIE Framework for Systems Change, which provides the theoretical framework for the SIE CoLab’s model.

Bruce’s academic training and professional experience are rooted in social innovation & entrepreneurship, international & community development, political theory &
interdisciplinary social sciences, and the social foundations of education. It is the latter that compels him to place as much emphasis on how and why people learn as what they learn. He was awarded an FSU Transformation Through Teaching Award in 2017 and a University Teaching Award in 2019.

Bruce has long-standing ties to Indonesia. He grew up overseas, living 18 years across five continents, and first visited Bali as a young boy in 1975—its people, landscape, and culture captivated him. After graduating from Princeton University in 1988, he lived in Salatiga, Java for one year, teaching at Satya Wacana University and exploring this vast archipelago. It was at Satya Wacana that he met his wife, who is from the island of Sumba, where they were married in a traditional ceremony and where his family makes regular trips. Their daughter, who recently graduated from Duke and currently works with Storycraft Lab based in Washington DC, is very close with all of her cousins in Indonesia. In partnership with the Bali Institute, he developed and led FSU’s Bali Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship Immersion program, which has been included in the Forum for Education Abroad’s Curriculum Toolbox as representative of best practices in education abroad. In 2019, he partnered with the Bali Institute to prototype and launch the Indonesia Changemakers Fellowship, which helped lay the foundation for the Bali Institute’s Makadaya, which trains and supports young emerging leaders in Indonesia who are committed to addressing urgent social and environmental issues in their communities and across the archipelago through an SIE framework. Bruce serves as a Global Advisor to the Bali Institute.

About Bali Institute

Bali Institute is about shifting perspectives, one experience at a time. We believe that Bali is a living classroom with something special to share with the world beyond its shores. That’s why for more than 15 years, Bali Institute has been collaborating with extraordinary leaders, organizations, and communities in Bali to offer premier educational travel programs for all ages.

In the heart of our work is the belief that every unique experience we offer has the power for self-discovery. Bali, as a living classroom, invites you to tap into your deepest curiosities and engages you to explore the world in new ways. Bali reminds us what it means to be human and connects us to the beauty of the world.

At Bali Institute, we believe in the power of deep connections and meaningful experiences. We custom design programs to introduce you to the people, places and experiences in Bali that will excite, challenge and inspire — all while having the time of your life.

Our cross-cultural team has a genuine care for the well-being of the island’s people, culture, and environment. We are excited to share the magic of Bali by harnessing our deep roots in the community to create unique and transformative programs for learners of all ages.

Pricing & Registration

Program Price:

  • Double Occupancy – $3,950 per person
  • Single Supplement – $650

–> If you are not traveling with someone you would like to share a room with, we will pair you with another solo traveler; if no one is available, single room occupancy fee may apply. Each traveler will have their own bed unless you indicate otherwise on your registration.

Payment Schedule:

  • Deposit of $500 is due upon registration.
  • Balance of program fee is due no later than 90 days before the program.


  • 17 nights at beautiful Balinese-owned hotels (double occupancy)
  • All breakfasts, 13 lunches, and 8 dinners
  • All transportation in air-conditioned buses and vans throughout the program for activities listed on the itinerary
  • Airport transfer on the start and end date of the program
  • English speaking tour guide(s) and coordination team
  • All activities listed on final program itinerary are included in the per person ground costs, including entrance fees, lectures and donations
  • Gratuities for local guides and drivers
  • Customized program booklet for all participants with itinerary, program descriptions and other useful information
  • 24/7 medical and emergency staff support for the entire duration of the program
  • Special gifts including sarong, sash and journal
  • MORE!


  • Visa costs (if applicable)
  • Tourist Levy
  • Airfare
  • Trip cancellation, lost baggage, or medical insurance
  • Laundry and personal items
  • Meals not listed on itinerary
  • Optional activities outside of the program itinerary
  • International phone calls

Reserve your Spot Today — Spaces are Limited! 

Register before January 15, 2025, to receive our Early Bird Discount of $250.


–>  A nonrefundable deposit of $500 is due upon registration with the balance due no later than 90 days before your program session’s start date.

–> Register with peace of mind: if the program must be cancelled or postponed for any reason, program fees are refundable less the initial deposit of $500. If the program is postponed to a later date, participants have the option to use deposit and program fees as credit for the rescheduled program.



The great mythologist Joseph Campbell arrived at a thesis that all classic heroes, and all classic hero stories, regardless of time, place, or cultural origin, essentially follow a single basic pattern termed the “Monomyth” or “The Hero’s Journey.” The Hero’s Journey is the Path of Transformation.

Hero´´s Journey Diagram

Throughout the Bali SIE Immersion program, as a community of learners and changemakers, we’ll examine transformation at the individual, organizational, and communal levels through the lens of the Hero’s Journey in order to bring key principles of SIE to life.

We’ll explore key questions about what it means to lead through an adaptive SIE framework, offering participants the understanding, skills, tools, and mindset to realize our full leadership potential as adaptive changemakers. Through immersive experiences, engagement and experimentation, as well as deep learning and reflection, these intensive 2.5 weeks will strengthen key aspects of personal leadership that form the deepest foundation for our effectiveness as changemakers.

Within this context, the program includes—yet goes beyond—imparting an essential understanding of SIE, delving into topics such as:

  • discovering purpose (our Why);
  • nurturing the trust and courage to do what makes us feel most alive;
  • articulating and aligning our values and vision;
  • fostering grit and cultivating creativity;
  • telling powerful stories;
  • developing human potential and facilitating high-performing learning teams;
  • bringing presence to our work & relationships;
  • practicing self-inquiry and gratitude;
  • questioning and releasing limiting beliefs;
  • developing patterns & habits that prioritize our well-being, maximize our fulfillment, and serve our growth and best selves while inspiring & empowering others.

Together, we’ll experience an inner and outer journey that allows us to lead from our best selves, deepening our understanding and mastery of the art & science of leading an extraordinary life of impact.


1. Certificate from the SIE CoLab in Leading as an Adaptive Changemaker.

2. A set of adaptive leadership and changemaking tools and resources.

3. A deeper awareness of—and confidence in—your adaptive leadership potential, a new way of seeing yourself and the world, a freshly-authored story of your journey, and the inspiration to act boldly.

4. Momentum that will continue to drive positive change long after the program ends.

5. A community of diverse changemakers interconnected by a set of shared values and a common purpose.


With its magnificent, forested volcanoes, iconic terraced rice fields, teeming coral reefs, and ubiquitous temples, Bali earns its nickname as the “Island of the Gods.” While its ancient Hindu culture continues to thrive, Bali is also a hotbed of impact entrepreneurship. It is at a critical turning point in its development, trying to balance tradition and modernity, cultural and environmental sustainability with equitable economic advancement. This blend of community and tradition with innovation and adaptation offers profound lessons for addressing today’s global challenges, making Bali a uniquely-fitting location to host this program.

Many inspiring social enterprises have been born out of the need to address these growing pains and to give the island’s people the opportunity to adapt and thrive. Bali Institute has developed strong relationships with many of these organizations, and they serve as excellent real-life case studies for adaptive leadership, changemaking initiatives, and SIE ecosystems.
In and amongst our workshops and discussions, we’ll weave in inspiring site visits, talks with community leaders, case studies, action research, and immersion opportunities. These dynamic experiences will provide participants with an immersive understanding of social innovation and entrepreneurship (SIE) and leading as an adaptive changemaker.


Over the past two decades, the Bali Institute has been a leader in offering cross-cultural educational immersions that promote deep exploration and self-discovery. This SIE Immersion program, which is co-designed and co-led by the Bali Institute and SIE CoLab Adaptive Leadership Institute, integrates the best of their respective learning approaches (see below). Bruce—who has leveraged the power of education over the entire course of his professional career—and the Bali Institute have a long, successful history of collaborative SIE immersion programming in Bali. The original Bali SIE Immersion program they co-designed and co-led has been included in the Forum for Education Abroad’s Curriculum Toolbox as representative of best practices in education abroad. Two young Balinese leaders who are part of the Bali Institute team will join Bruce in co-leading the program.


The SIE CoLab Adaptive Leadership Institute’s approach to teaching and learning:

  • We believe that everyone has limitless human potential, and we aim to cultivate and activate that potential. We see individuals as both learners and teachers and believe that everyone has the potential to be a changemaker. We empower participants to become adaptive changemakers and organizations to become spaces of deep engagement, dynamic experimentation, and adaptive innovation and leadership.
  • We see participants as whole people and engaged, active, creative discoverers who jointly construct knowledge and meaning with others. We promote learning environments that value diversity of culture, perspectives, and life experiences while promoting shared values and self-discovery.
  • We see learning as an active, lifelong process of engaging, facilitating, and designing ideas, experiences, and conversations in order to create new, more effective, mental models of the world.
  • We take a learner-center approach, leveraging high-impact pedagogical approaches to learning such as scaffolding, immersion/experiential-based, applied/inquiry-based, leadership-oriented, and integrative and multi-dimensional learning domains.
  • We help develop both critical (what works and what doesn’t?) and creative (what might be possible?) thinking as well as the knowledge and skills to translate those ideas into effective innovation (measurable, impactful change in service to a defined problem). We emphasize learning over teaching, questions over answers, ways of being over ways of knowing, and challenging our comfort zones as well as established, familiar patterns and mental models over maintaining the comfort and safety of the status quo.
  • We use a case-in-point approach to teaching leadership, in which the class or organization is explored as its own social system that reflects the larger system, demonstrating in real time the theory in practice, treating every moment as a personal and/or group learning opportunity while in the midst of that exploration.


SIE is an emergent, transdisciplinary, adaptive framework for catalyzing, leading, and sustaining systems-level change that links technical and adaptive problem-solving; applies the best thinking, practices, and innovations from across the nonprofit/civic, private, and public sectors; and balances social, environmental, and economic value systems.

The SIE CoLab, co-founded by SIE Immersion Program Leader Bruce Manciagli, has pioneered an approach for achieving transformative change that is informed by its leading edge theoretical construct, the Adaptive SIE Framework for Systems Change. Its model offers new ways of thinking along with powerful tools, strategies, and resources that empower adaptive changemakers and engage them through SIE ecosystems in collaborative, human-centered, values-driven social innovation focused on a common purpose.


As an emergent field that is informed by transdisciplinary theory and the best innovation practices from across the private, public, and nonprofit/civic sectors, social innovation &
entrepreneurship (SIE) serves as an essential problem-solving lens for every discipline, industry, and economic sector. Those who will benefit greatly from this program include:

  • Higher education students from all disciplines
  • Social innovators and entrepreneurs
  • Practicing and aspiring changemakers
  • Trainers and facilitators of changemaking education and practice
  • Leaders of impact-driven organizations and initiatives (including nonprofit, for
    profit, public, hybrid, and collective impact)
  • University faculty, staff, and administrators focused on student leadership, engagement, innovation, entrepreneurship, and impact
  • Those who want to acquire and practice the knowledge, skills, tools, and mindsets that will allow them to effectively address the adaptive challenges of the 21st century
  • Anyone seeking clarity, purpose, and direction in their life


A dynamic new context has emerged from synergies between deepening patterns of interconnectivity and individual empowerment, in which everyone has the potential to engage meaningfully in the process of co-innovation and co-leadership as an adaptive changemaker; this impact is amplified through capacity-development, collaborative networks, and SIE ecosystems.

Adaptive changemakers integrate the mindsets, attributes, skills, and strategies of adaptive leaders and changemakers. Adaptive leadership is about inspiring and empowering people  to leverage their capacity to lead themselves and others through difficult change, question and transform the mental models that shape our systems, collaborate to systemically address complex challenges, and cultivate the conditions for values-driven innovation and adaptation to thrive (Heifetz, Grashow, & Linsky). A changemaker is one who sees the need for change in the world; identifies an opportunity for meaningful change within a complex challenge; and works creatively, collaboratively, and relentlessly to make that change happen (Ashoka).

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“Insights will be deeply significant, and memories will last a lifetime. Do not pass up on
this opportunity to tap into sacred wisdom that will catapult you to new heights in your

~ Isabelle McLain, 2023 Program Participant, FSU Master’s Student Urban & Regional Planning

“The Bali SIE Immersion program helped me let go of an outdated story of myself that I
had been carrying somewhat unconsciously and step into a heroic Story of Self—someone
empowered to serve a larger purpose. The magical culture and people of Bali and the family
we created on the program opened my awareness to a more interconnected world where we
can move beyond our limiting stories of the past, learn from and be inspired by each other`s
newly-authored stories, and collaborate on a revitalized collective Story of Us and Now.”

~ Ally Davis, 2023 Program Participant, FSU Master’s Student Urban & Regional Planning