Design Your Life at 25
Bryan Chiu is a Design Thinking enthusiast who is passionate about empowering teenagers to design their lives at 25. Bryan has been playing chess competitively since the age of 9. Being an award winning FIDE U18 tournament chess player and the founder of the Chinese chess club at CDNIS, he has learnt the importance of planning a few steps ahead through this strategic board game. While he has developed a strong interest in STEM subjects and a newfound interest in behavior economics and game theory, he didn’t know which specific career suits him most, and what kind of future lies ahead of him.
One of his inspirations for more holistic youth development is the “Designing your life” framework by Stanford university Professors Bill Burnett and Dave Evans. Having experienced the epiphany of self-discovery and life design process, he is certain that it could help inspire many teenagers who might be equally stuck and confused about their future, or even haven’t thought about their future yet! He led a team to redesign the framework, originally made for adults, into one more interesting and suitable for teenagers.
Throughout 2022, he has pitched DYL25 in 5 different events: Catalyst 2030’s Catalyzing Change Week, Kids4kids Youth Summit, StartmeUpHK Festival, Global Goals Week, and UNITAR Youth Ambassador Asia Pacific program. He has also won HKD 3,000 sponsorship from the Tsang’s group and the “Imagine” Award plus a tailor made program about metaverse sponsored by Microsoft. Since the establishment of DYL25, we have reached over 300 teenagers from over 6 different countries. We have gone through 2 cohorts with over 25 students from 3 different countries joining and graduating with their own roadmap and blueprint for their future! The data we collected indicates a great impact for individual students and we will continue to improve by receiving more feedback.
Bryan is strongly encouraged by such progress and is committed to amplifying the project’s impact globally, supported by more than 20 like minded peers from the committee team. Ultimately, he hopes to reach 10,000 teenagers in over 10 different countries by 2025, gain the opportunity to present at a global UN-led conference to scale the impact of DYL25, and further set up local chapters across priority countries to tailor make our program locally in order to impact teenagers more effectively.