Kasper Wimberley

I don’t know if I have a typical day! It might involve serving our lovely customers at SCOOP, running a school workshop, attending meetings with project partners, writing funding applications, preparing an exhibition, building some shelves, roasting some nuts for the SCOOP nut butter machine, doing some customs clearances and reading my daughter a bedtime story.

How did you get your job?
I usually create my own work. I build communities and develop systemic infrastructures. This keeps me pretty busy! Most recently this has involved setting up an organic food cooperative and a socially engaged Public Art programme. A lot of work is done in collaboration with my partner Susanne Kudielka. Sometimes we are commissioned to develop work at festivals and organisations or institutions around Europe.

What motivates you in this role?
I aim to have the biggest positive impact I possibly can – in particular in relation to conservation issues and social cohesion. So it’s quite strategic. I am not motivated by money or recognition. Most people would say that they find love more important than money, yet we have created a system in which we spend the majority of our time making money.

Are there any future skills you will need to learn for your role?
There are always new things to learn. I didn’t envisage spending much of my time as a grocer five years ago! I have been a Jack of all trades and master of none. I am currently learning about Governance and the obligations that come with being a director of a company or charity.

What are the three most important skills required for your role?
To try and be persuasive and inspirational, but always with sincerity and humility. High energy levels. To find a way of taking a break. To understand systems.

What advice would you give someone interested in a career in your profession?
There’s no time to waste. Invest your time and energy into positive change and make the most of whatever privilege you may have. Make love.

FUN FACT

The Dutch are responsible for us all eating orange carrots.

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