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Bryan Rill


Dr. Bryan Rill helps people tap into their creative potential and cultivate the leadership capacities needed for the 21st century. A specialty is cultivating presence and social emotional intelligence, capacities that enhance creativity, communication, and organizational well-being.

Bryan is interested in helping people create more conscious and sustainable cultural practices fit for the challenges of our time.

A favorite quote, “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.”

Bryan was originally trained as an anthropologist. He is a Fulbright-Hayes scholar with a doctoral degree from Florida State University. Emphasizing the importance of culture to design, he moved on to teach design psychology at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, the top design school in Asia. He founded and directs the Co-Creation Initiative, a community of practice that designs co-creative processes to transform education and organizational culture (

In 2015 he brought a team of Chinese graduate students to participate in GreenLeap, a co-creative design education program at the Green School in Bali, Indonesia. From this experience Bryan realized the potential of co-creation to transform education, imparting key social and entrepreneurial skills while simultaneously empowering youth by working on real world challenges. He now helps design and deliver co-creative learning programs, as well as “train the trainer” programs in which teachers can learn how to facilitate this art.

He seeks to deepen these experiences by cultivating core capacities such as mindfulness, dialogue, and insight—which together facilitate collective breakthroughs.

Bryan’s work stems from over two decades of inquiry into human consciousness, a journey that has taken him from exploring transformative media environments to training with monks in the mountains of Japan. As President of the Society for the Anthropology of Consciousness, Bryan is constantly exploring new ways of knowing and being. He is author of a book on self-mastery and empowerment in Japan (in press), and is currently writing a practitioner’s handbook titled “The Art of Co-Creation.” His scholarship and firsthand experiences serve as a foundation for the design of transformative leadership and creative programs.