Three Bruneians take part in Borneo leadership conference

National 1 minute, 32 seconds


THREE youths from Brunei recently participated in the Borneo Youth Leadership Conference (BYLC) 2016 that took place in Miri from September 29 to October 2.

Delwin Keasberry, who is a three-time TEDx speaker from Brunei, was also invited to speak at the conference.

Keasberry said one of the conference goals was to empower the youth participants with the knowledge and skills to prepare them as future leaders who will soon enter the workforce.

The delegates, who came from Brunei, Malaysia, India, Pakistan, Australia and Indonesia, were mostly undergraduates in the 20 to 25 year age group, he said.

“The central theme of my talk was about leadership and taking responsibility for things which matter to us.

“I shared lessons about how we can use social media to build communities both online and offline (and) how social media is a tool that can be used for the right and wrong reasons such as building communities versus cyber-bullying and harassment,” Keasberry said.

As part of his talk, Keasberry drew on case studies of how social media can be used to support good causes, such as through global crowdfunding campaigns.

This year’s four-day BYLC, which is in its third instalment, was themed ‘Igniting the Millennial Mind’.

Other speakers at the conference were Malaysian singer and songwriter Resh, founder and president of environmental non-governmental organisation EcoKnights Yasmin Rasyid, entrepreneur cum co-founder of Pott Glasses Aw Tai Hui and Edan Syah, the youngest and fastest Malaysian to complete the 119th Boston Marathon in 2015.

During the conference, the participants engaged in leadership simulations and workshops that dealt with topics such as entrepreneurship, soft skills development, website design, using social media to build a brand, stress management and inner well-being.

According to BYLC organisers, Brunei is one of the 19 countries which the conference has extended its reach to since it was founded in 2014.

The Brunei Times