Donna Tsufura is the Dayako for the Vigil for Peace and Ecology, expanding participation and influence globally through technology, imagination and audacity. These include the Vigil’s Animodule statues transforming Central Park and Call for 1000 Ukuleles.
As a Dayako Entelechy Agent, she accelerates and amplifies the impact of individuals, organizations and companies in fulfilling their higher purpose and legacy for humanity. She connects and internetworks diverse entities including artists, entrepreneurs, investor groups, and government agencies. She launches new ventures, leverages trends, galvanizes gamechanging initiatives and synergizes inter-generational, multicultural, transnational collaboration for the conscious well-being of our planet.
The Dayako is a grandaughter of Japanese immigrants unjustly incarcerated by the US government during World War II, which made her aware we are all responsible for human rights and civil rights. She began her career as a photo editor at Sports Illustrated and worked for many national magazines. She has been on staff at the Sundance Filmmakers Lab and Theatre Lab. She is a founding member of Asian American Film Lab, initiating its 72 Hour Film Shootout competition to impact diversity and inclusion in media. She is a playwright (Origami) and filmmaker who wrote, directed and produced several short films. She is developing MacKenzie’s Cafe, a dramatic feature about an accidental social entrepreneur who awakens people and communities to their higher calling and purpose.
The Dayako cofounded JAJA (Japanese Americans and Japanese in America) and is a member of several activist and international organizations, among them the U.S.-Japan Council. As a Global Citizen, she represents civil society at United Nations sessions and other international forums. Among the influential, future-focused entities she advises are 1M1B – One Million for One Billion, Washington DC ArchAngels and Emerging Markets Investors Alliance.
She earned her undergraduate degree at Barnard College, Columbia University. She continues her education and exploration in many disciplines and domains including ontology, communication and inquiry at Landmark Worldwide, where her training includes the Team Management and Leadership Program, Wisdom, Partnership, and Power and Contribution.
The Dayako once spent a year traveling around the world through South America, Asia and Africa to expand her awareness and appreciation of her fellow human beings. Her commitment is that everyone live their Passion, Purpose and Promise for the World, and together we create a new era of
consciousness and Universal Humanity.
Her current goal is to have the 2020 Tokyo Olympics Closing Ceremonies include a global Japanese folk dance (Tanko Bushi) performed by athletes on the field, fans in the stands and people around the world dancing simultaneously, in synchronicity and Global Unity. And for the Opening C to include the participation of people in all countries playing Singing Bowls and experiencing Global ‘Wa’ – Harmony.