The Olympics creates such a whirlwind of emotions for so many. For some, they set new personal bests and beat Olympic or world records. For others, they underperformed or had to withdraw. The years of a sports career at its peak perhaps amount to a decade or two before the body can no longer outperform younger competitors. Any mistake in a match and there goes your chance. It's skills, talent, endurance but also a game of nerves.

I've been reflecting on the idea of a career as one's service to the world. How could you best contribute in the working…


In finding financially sustainable ways to continue impact work, are we pushed to capitalise and monetise to the point that relationships ultimately and inevitably will become transactional too?

Photos: Andy Paradise. Participatory installation at Royal Albert Hall opening up conversations around social issues with the public

I've been on a social entrepreneurship journey, finding ways to sustainably continue the work that I do. A little bit of context on what I do: I founded INSEP (International Network For Socially Engaged Practitioners) back in 2017 to bring together socially engaged artists to share resources, learning and support one another in the participatory and community driven work that we do. As an artist myself finding my way in this practice…


Those who know me will know that I’m a very curious person. I love hearing people’s stories. I’m an artist and my art is essentially one big inquiry on humanity.

My work intersects art, social change and conversations. I’m currently trying to understand the inertia to systems change by listening to people and hearing what stops them from living a purpose driven life or quitting a job that doesn’t serve them. I assumed that people hated their 9 to 6 jobs (often plus overtime) and that many businesses are exploitative of people and environment.

I figured I needed to challenge…


Introduction to this project:

My name is Fié, I’m an artist. At the end of 2020, I enrolled in a business course to try and understand why we are stuck in a financial system that’s broken. My assumption was that corporate cultures are toxic, people hate their 9 to 6 jobs, it’s a power game that cares for one’s own self interest first and foremost without much consideration of ethics, fair treatment of staff, environmental consequences and the inequalities in the world. I looked at the business world from the outside as this greedy machine that exploits natural resources and…


Immersive installation at Royal Albert Hall, designed by artist Fié Neo, that invites the audience to sit and discuss current socio-political issues. This was back in 2017, in between International Women's March and March Against Racism.

The systemic change that we need on so many levels of social and economic structures require a connection back to basic. Connecting with our feelings and emotions, sensing and feeling the world, learning to listen and learning in processes.

We live in a very data driven world that unfortunately doesn’t have much space for right brain thinking (the intuitive and imaginative dreamers). If we look at indigenous cultures, there’s always a storyteller, a healer, someone who connects the community and hold space to listen and for stories to be told. In change making work, that’s so integral and key to…


I recently recorded a podcast episode on Onions Talk with American artist Andrew Simonet. The conversation was about art, systemic change, care and the questions we ask ourselves and the world.

How can artists adapt to Covid-19? How do you sustain yourself as an artist? What does it mean to be an artist? How are my skills as an artist relevant right now? What better questions does the world need? How do we support each other?

The conversation with Andrew was emotionally profound. It reminded me of many things, including the fundamentals and essence of creating art. It was an…


We are at a crossroad, in a climate emergency. Earth is burning and it seems like the only solutions we have are in tech and renewable energy. Are they really sustainable for people and environment? We don’t talk enough about the impact of renewable energy on the ecosystem, like dams constructed for harnessing hydropower that greatly influence the flow of rivers, which can alter ecosystems and negatively impact wildlife and people, through flooding or other ways.

Have we not realised that the climate crisis, the pandemic, the inequalities are all symptoms of a broken system? This system is falling apart…

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Fié Neo is an interdisciplinary artist and intersectional thinker. Instagram @feeyeh_neo | Podcast: OnionsTalk

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