Scott Keoni Shigeoka is a storyteller, artist and entrepreneur.
I’m influenced by my experiences as a queer, Hawai’i-born, and creative yonsei (fourth-generation Japanese-American). I'm based in the San Francisco Bay Area.
In 2019, I went on a road trip to rural Appalachia, Trump rallies in the Midwest and evangelical Christian churches to meet people with different perspectives and beliefs. I learned that to heal our country's divides, we need to leverage an underutilized resource: our curiosity. This journey is being developed into a forthcoming book.
As the founder of a small, independent creative agency, we develop stories and narratives that bridge differences in our country. In addition to this work, I'm also a coach for emerging leaders, and a columnist for publications like Inc Magazine and Grist. I'm the host of various shows/series including Made in America, which focuses on everyday entrepreneurs and the racist/systemic barriers they've overcome.
I’m obsessed with fungi—you can ask me about how to ‘embrace our inner mushroom’—and my favorite word is ‘komorebi’ (木漏れ日), which means the sunlight that shines between the leaves of a tree.
Previously, I was a social impact leader at the design firm IDEO, a writer for outlets like The Washington Post, a music festival founder, immersive art creator, and the founder of two social enterprises in Europe and the United States. I've previously worked with organizations like the Rockefeller Foundation, AARP, National Geographic, the Hewlett Foundation, Dream Corps, Mozilla and the University of Pennsylvania.
Please reach out using the form below if you have questions or would like to collaborate! I try to respond to everyone that messages me!