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 program that researches and designs co- creative processes.
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 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 practitioners handbook titled “The Art of Co-Creation.” Bryan 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.