Questions about work and my time in 2022

I think it will take me some time to work out what I want to do longer-term for work. I’m still recovering, reflecting and like many others, figuring out how to make sense of these times and where I can be most useful. One thing I am sure of though, is that I don’t want to go back to a ‘portfolio career.’ I did that for 15 years, from when I left working in fashion, to when I was on PAYE for the first time ever at the age of 39 as Doteveryone’s Strategic Design Director. After my 3 years at Doteveryone, I did my 3 years at TNLCF.

And whilst I earned more in my ‘portfolio career’ than I ever did in both of my salaried roles, there are quite a few reasons why I don’t want to go back to working in that way. Firstly, I really want to work with more infrastructure and team around me. It’s also far too fragmenting. And one of my greatest fears is getting to my mid 50’s and being a consultant who charges extortionate day rates, becomes complacent and is somehow being extractive towards the wider ecosystem. No offence meant to anyone who does work in this way — I just know it isn’t for me as it feels very individualistic.

Some of the questions I am asking myself in relation to work — and I’m sharing here in case there are fellow travellers who are interested in exploring together — are:

  • If a mission is more important to you than a ‘job’ where do you root yourself? Where do you belong?

And whilst I’m considering these questions and in a period of transition, I’m also doing a ‘portfolio’ of things. Maybe one or two of them will become more permanent, maybe something else will come up! I do eventually want to work, at least some of the week, more ‘inside’ somewhere again. Maybe I’ll find the perfect job share. In the meantime, I’m feeling lucky to be working with so many brilliant and different people, to be learning new things and to feel valued for what I bring.

Funding Strategy and Innovation

I’m currently supporting several foundations to either get started with new areas of work or with bringing in new approaches to their work — they want to be bolder, more imaginative and opened up to the latest thinking because they are not shying away from the enormity of what’s at stake.

  • EarthPercent — a new initiative by Brian Eno that’s asking how to put the power of music in service of the planet. I’m working with the Executive Director to support the design and set up of their grantmaking function. It’s amazing to be working with people who are rooted in culture and creativity.

Field-building Work

The focus of field-building work is on shared missions, shifting systems and making progress together, not simply on scaling up an organisation or intervention. This is a practice that builds out networks, relationships, spheres of influence and collective power around a theme, mission, practice or place. It involves working with many moving parts, supporting those involved to find a shared compass, greater alignment and deepening interdependence.

The work itself involves engagement, coordination, bringing in new opportunities and partnerships, facilitating collective sense-making, assembling and sharing knowledge, shaping narratives and advancing policy. It also means directing funding to the field, unlocking its potential and building capacity across the ecosystem to ensure momentum and collective power. I am currently doing this work with -

  • Partners For A New Economy — my role in the team is to use convening and communications to help build the field of “change catalysts” who are repurposing our economic system, so that it benefits people and nature, and is fit for the challenges of the 21st Century. This is a funder collaborative of (so far) 7 funders working across the globe and the content of the work is brilliantly mind-stretching.

All of this is detailed more on my updated website, alongside some of the advisory roles and Board roles I have. I’m of course also exploring a few new ideas and creative projects too.



Working with Joseph Rowntree Foundation, EarthPercent, P4NE, Policy Fellow IIPP, Co-founder Point People, Founder Stewarding Loss, International Futures Forum.

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Cassie Robinson.

Working with Joseph Rowntree Foundation, EarthPercent, P4NE, Policy Fellow IIPP, Co-founder Point People, Founder Stewarding Loss, International Futures Forum.