I support national efforts to bridge divides and foster healing.
Scott Keoni Shigeoka (they/he) is the Chief Creative Officer (CCO) of SHU, an agency that produces creative content to help us heal. For the past fifteen years, Scott has worked with creative firms, social enterprises, nonprofits, philanthropic funders, popular artists, and community leaders. Their work has been featured in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Variety, and other outlets. Prior to running their own agency, Scott held leadership positions at the design firm IDEO, at a philanthropic foundation, and at an ed-tech startup that was acquired in 2012.
Scott started their storytelling career as a music writer for The Washington Post. Their forthcoming book, Seek: How Curiosity Transforms Your Life and Changes the World, highlights the lessons learned from Scott's recent journey across the country meeting religious leaders, going to Trump rallies, and living in rural Appalachia as a queer and progressive Asian-American. Scott is a sought-after speaker and the Host of several series including the award-winning show Made in America.
For the past 10 years, they’ve funded and led projects in the arts and culture space—such as writing and directing “Second Chance,” an immersive experience that sold out 41 shows in San Francisco. Scott worked in the music festival industry in the USA and Europe and started his own in Iceland as a Fulbright and MTV Networks fellow. Scott also advises social impact efforts in the media and entertainment industry, such as the first-ever climate storytelling initiative for TV and Film writers in Hollywood.
Scott has a passion for teaching and is currently the designer-in-residence and a visiting instructor at the University of Texas at Austin teaching within the School of Design and Creative Technologies. They have also taught undergraduate and graduate courses at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of California Berkeley.
Born/raised in Hawai‘i, Scott currently lives in California. Their favorite word is ‘komorebi’ (木漏れ日) which means the sunlight that washes between the leaves of a tree.
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