1Future creates content to drive social change

1Future is deeply committed to enacting social progress, addressing our citizens’ basic needs and improving social conditions within communities. Our focus is to drive social change through art, music, education, digital media and advanced technology; positively changing the way we perceive and interact with one another. 1Future will engage communities on both a local and global level while providing a platform that will uplift the human spirit and enhance the quality of life for those in need

Our work takes the form of live performances, interactive art and projections, video and editorial content, workshops and dialogues, and technological advancements that engage global communities on issues of social progress. We are based in New York City but we incorporate a multi-disciplinary, international team of visionaries and professionals from all over the world. Our current members hail from South Africa, Japan, and the USA. We will continue to fortify partnerships and expand our global team.


1Future is a non-profit, social justice organization that creates content to highlight media-makers, politicians, activists, organizers, filmmakers, musicians, visual artists, business people, and social entrepreneurs from around the world through events and programs to share with large, international audiences.  Founded in 2015, 1Future™ has impacted 265 million people in Japan, South Africa, Mexico and the U.S., giving context around complex issues and insight into solutions for a better future.


We Promote:

  • Changes in attitude
  • Changes in behavior
  • Increased participation and motivation
  • Changes in conversation
  • Changes in systems and policies

We believe art & media layered with compassion will shine a light on injustice and oppression; making it a safer, freer world for all.


Cannon Hersey  Project Director

Cannon Hersey is a photographer, fine artist and organizer of large-scale cultural efforts.

Hersey believes that as an artist, he has a role beyond the studio, working as an educator and organizer to address social change through art, media and education. Hersey has exhibited at numerous institutions and galleries including Lincoln Center’s Frieda and Roy Furman Gallery, the opening event of the 2008 Sao Paulo Bienale at the private collection of Kim Esteve, the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporic Arts (MoCADA), the New York Open Center, the Johannesburg Art Foundation, and the presidential award ceremony for Nelson Mandela at NYU.

Taku Nishimae Media Director

Taku Nishimae is a Peabody Award winning journalist and a filmmaker, with work spanning nearly 30 years. He covers a wide range of business, economy and culture topics as a news producer and interviewer based in New York and Tokyo. Nishimae is a founder of ZENGO, Inc., which produces feature films, documentary films, television programs, multimedia digital contents and educational contents and workshops. His films have screened at international film festivals, and have garnered a Peabody Award, the Galaxy Award (Japanese Emmy) Grand Prix and the ATP (Association of TV Producers) Award in Japan. For PIKADON Project, he produced live music/art shows in 16 international cities around the world including NY, London, Berlin, Tokyo, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and Shanghai.

Bahiyah Robinson Business Director

Bahiyah Yasmeen Robinson started her first business importing textiles from Tanzania to the United States. Since then, she has worked largely as a consultant and advisor, engaging public-private sector stakeholders and building partnerships to drive ecosystems with demonstrated social and economic impact.  She has worked with organizations including Ashoka, News Deeply, Global Citizen, the Rockefeller Foundation, the U.S. Department of State, The Paul Allen Foundation, the ONE Campaign, UNICEF, and the U.N. Foundation. Robinson is also the Founder of Young Art Collector, an initiative that convenes and engages young contemporary art collectors to build, grow and internationally showcase their collections around African Diasporan art.

Shannon Shird Education Director

Shannon Shird is a producer, writer and filmmaker whose work centers around art and social activism. She serves as producer and conducts marketing, outreach and distribution efforts for award-winning documentary film Black and Cuba. Since June 2013, she has organized campaigns and projects with Black Alliance for Just Immigration that work to address racial equality, economic justice and immigrant rights including, ICE-FREE NYC, Safety Beyond Policing, and more.  She is co-founder and creative director of ARTrepreneurship art collective and is currently producing her first short film, BodyMoreset to be released in 2017.

Zanele Mazibuko 1Future South Africa Director

Zanele Mazibuko has over a decade of combined experience in journalism, research, communication, media strategy, and marketing in both mainstream and alternative media. She worked as a full-time journalist for Sowetan-Sunday World, City Press and Daily Sun before she was promoted to Gauteng editor of City Vision, a Media 24 Community publication. Mazibuko has worked for projects such as Crosspathculture and the International Arts Alive Festival, among many others.

Todd Sines  Art Director

Ken Hirama  Production Director + Filmmaker (Tokyo)

Ken Hirama (kenhirama) is an award winning director, photographer and a visual artist based in Tokyo, Japan. His first project to garner attention was hi test video “D90 Short Film,” which was chosen as the “Best video done by the Nikon D90 on d90plus.” His work has been shown at Huis Marseille Museum, Amsterdam with Japanese leading photographers Mika Ninagawa, Rinko Kawauchi, Risaku Suzuki and other photographers around the globe. Hirama’s collaborations include shotahirama, pleq, Anna Rose Carter, Natalia Noelia and Japanese art label mAtter and SIGNALDADA.

Peter Bill Educational development, Media creation

Peter Bill is an Artist, Activist and Educator. He has, since learning photoshop v. 1.5 been interested in connecting under-represented communities with digital tools so their voices may be broadcast. He has been involved with large scale video projections, guerrilla art actions, and community building since the 90s.

Peter Bill’s award winning paint and video landscapes have shown in such diverse venues as The Kitchen(NYC), the Henry Art Gallery(Seattle), FILE Festival(São Paulo, Brazil), and other international venues. He continues in his Oil paintings and video work to weave the painterly with the digital, pixels and paint, indigo and 191970 blue. He envisioned and realized the first time-lapse film festival in North America, the Gila Timelapse Film Festival and has curated and directed shows on three continents. “Art must be realized on the streets, as an agent of change and progress.”

Walter Puryear   Co-Curator, Strategic Partner, Director of Andrew Freedman Home

Regina Viqueira  Development and Social Media

Regina Viqueira is a visual artist with a background in non-profit development and community engagement. She reimagines environment, experience, and identity through a multi-disciplinary art and social practice.  Her work has been shown at El Museo del Barrio in NYC and the Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C., among other spaces.