You can have it all, just not all at once...

You can have it all, just not all at once...

"You can have it all, just not all at once..."
- OPRAH WINFREY

It's been a while since I've referenced this quote, but felt it was appropriate at this time and has been one of the multitude of '#LilLearnings for Big Thinkers' (link to our very first blogpost) over the past 5 years since starting Curative in early 2012.

There are some big changes ahead for both myself & Curative. If you missed it, Eddy sent out an announcement regarding 'Change at Curative' a few weeks ago to a few of our clients & creative collaborators. 


I am immensely grateful for all the opportunities, all the relationships, not to mention all the memories formed over the past 5 years. And just thinking about writing my 'final' blog brings about a lot of profound emotions.

*DEEP BREATH*
I have some news...

A few months ago, I found out I was pregnant, the pleasant surprise has come a lil bit sooner than expected but was also part of the dorky 15yr plan (5 years travel, 5 years work, 5 years+ family) I believe as an ambitious young woman that "you can have it all, just not all at once."

While change is inevitable, sometimes a change in one area brings about change in another. Future hopes & dreams for both myself, Eddy and the future of Curative have shifted course. So I'm leaving Curative, with my final day being 23 December 2016.

As the announcement stated, "this decision has not come lightly..." And in all honesty, it feels like I'm leaving one baby ‘Curative’ to have another. It also feels like I'm leaving not just my job, but a big part of my identity, as well as my work family who I love dearly. 

Truth is, you've all been part of my extended work family; not just the Curative crew, but also the clients, the collaborators and the wider community of changemakers. And I am truly grateful for the opportunity to get to work with you, to collaborate with you and to know you. So... thank you, thank you, thank you.

 


Please indulge me, as I reflect back on the past few years of my time co-designing & co-creating at Curative.

FROM YEAR 1 (2012) Where Eddy & I were working out of our respective living rooms to co-working from The Kitchen; a shared-space for social entrepreneurs cooking up social change. And working 80-100hr weeks on average to focus on building our initial portfolio of projects.

TOP: Curative's First Birthday Party - 'What did you want to be when you grew up?'  BOTTOM-LEFT: Launch of LIFEHACK; a youth mental health project (L-R: Aria Taylor, Jade Tang, Kaan Hiini, Eddy Royal, Rebecca Savory) BOTTOM-RIGHT: One of many shared lunches at The Kitchen (L-R: Guy Ryan, Shona McElroy, Eddy Royal, Murray Sheard, Sarvnaz Taherian)  

TOP: Curative's First Birthday Party
- 'What did you want to be when you grew up?' 

BOTTOM-LEFT: Launch of LIFEHACK; a youth mental health project
(L-R: Aria Taylor, Jade Tang, Kaan Hiini, Eddy Royal, Rebecca Savory)

BOTTOM-RIGHT: One of many shared lunches at The Kitchen
(L-R: Guy Ryan, Shona McElroy, Eddy Royal, Murray Sheard, Sarvnaz Taherian)

 

TO YEAR 2 (2013) Where it became clear that the amount of work we had on couldn't be sustained with just Jade & Eddy and the focus shifted to growing the team. There were also quite a few physical changes here, where we moved out of The Kitchen, moved down to Movers & Shakers and then finally found our new home with fellow Kitcheneers; innovate change & CORE Ed at Studio 112. 

TOP: Curative's 2nd Birthday Party - 'Creative cardboard theme'  MIDDLE-LEFT: Curative crew outside parliament building during our strategy away weekend in Wellington. (L-R: Kaan Hiini, Eddy Royal, Jade Tang, Meghan Geliza, Aria Taylor, Eddy Dever) BOTTOM-LEFT: Red Socks Day during leadership week at our temporary co-working space Movers & Shakers. (L-R: Shona McElroy, Jade Tang, Kaan Hiini, Kagwa Kironde, Eddy Royal, Sam Shore, Aria Taylor, Simon Harger-Forder) BOTTOM-RIGHT: Group photo at The Feast 2013 in collaboration with innovate change and Sustainable Business Network at The Cloud. (L-R: Eddy Dever, Eddy Royal, Jade Tang, Aria Taylor, Kaan Hiini)  

TOP: Curative's 2nd Birthday Party
- 'Creative cardboard theme' 

MIDDLE-LEFT: Curative crew outside parliament building during our strategy away weekend in Wellington. (L-R: Kaan Hiini, Eddy Royal, Jade Tang, Meghan Geliza, Aria Taylor, Eddy Dever)

BOTTOM-LEFT: Red Socks Day during leadership week at our temporary co-working space Movers & Shakers. (L-R: Shona McElroy, Jade Tang, Kaan Hiini, Kagwa Kironde, Eddy Royal, Sam Shore, Aria Taylor, Simon Harger-Forder)

BOTTOM-RIGHT: Group photo at The Feast 2013 in collaboration with innovate change and Sustainable Business Network at The Cloud. (L-R: Eddy Dever, Eddy Royal, Jade Tang, Aria Taylor, Kaan Hiini)

 

YEAR 3 (2014) Where the focus was more on process and developing a framework for our Curative Approach (which is constantly being iterated upon & refined). Our team continued to grow, as did our portfolio of projects, refining the brand and a much needed update to our website too! 

TOP: Curative's 3rd Birthday Party - 'Bibliobash' BOTTOM: Curative away-day over in Waiheke (L-R: Eddy Dever, Meghan Geliza, Jemma Field, Aria Taylor, Jade Tang-Taylor, Kaan Hiini, Eddy Royal)  

TOP: Curative's 3rd Birthday Party
- 'Bibliobash'

BOTTOM: Curative away-day over in Waiheke (L-R: Eddy Dever, Meghan Geliza, Jemma Field, Aria Taylor, Jade Tang-Taylor, Kaan Hiini, Eddy Royal)

 

YEAR 4 (2015) Where the Curative processes continued evolving and iterating... From our awesome business coach; Mark Robotham (who we highly recommend) to an advisory board; Marisa Fong, Louise Marra & James Hurman (who we all admire, love and respect). There were also a number of changes with the crew, changes with projects, changes (or rather clarity) to the strategic vision for Curative and where (as cheesy as it sounds) change seemed to be the only constant.

TOP: Curative's 4th Birthday Party - 'Changemakers'  BOTTOM-LEFT: Launch of Em, in partnership with HELP Auckland (L-R: Anna Starr, Jess Holdaway, Jo Mitchell, Jade Tang-Taylor, Kaan Hiini, Janelle Collins, Eddy Royal & Meghan Geliza) BOTTOM-RIGHT: #Winning at the Best Awards 2016 (L-R: Meghan Geliza, Anna Starr, Eddy Royal, Jess Holdaway, Kaan Hiini, Jo Mitchell, Eddy Dever, Jade Tang-Taylor)  

TOP: Curative's 4th Birthday Party
- 'Changemakers' 

BOTTOM-LEFT: Launch of Em, in partnership with HELP Auckland (L-R: Anna Starr, Jess Holdaway, Jo Mitchell, Jade Tang-Taylor, Kaan Hiini, Janelle Collins, Eddy Royal & Meghan Geliza)

BOTTOM-RIGHT: #Winning at the Best Awards 2016 (L-R: Meghan Geliza, Anna Starr, Eddy Royal, Jess Holdaway, Kaan Hiini, Jo Mitchell, Eddy Dever, Jade Tang-Taylor)

 

YEAR 5 (2016) This year seems to have flown by, for various reasons... My intention for this year was very much to step back a bit to create room, to enable & empower the team to step up & step forward (quite the challenge for a control freak like me ;)) 

I'm sure we've all been at that crossroads in life, where you shift and pivot your priorities, as challenging as that may be. 

Upon reflection and writing this blog, there's been a lot of hard work (trust me), a lot of joyful play (as you can see) and plenty of personal & professional priceless memories created over the years, all of which I'm immensely lucky to have experienced and proud to have been part of helping curate & create at Curative.

I 110% believe in the work that Curative does, the ambitious strategic vision, the awesomely talented team and of course believe that Eddy will be amazing at leading the charge taking it forward to the next level. Me on the other hand, I'll continue to be a champion of all that Curative does, and will remain an important part of the wider creative community, the social enterprise and social innovation sector.

A lot of people have asked "what's next for me?" and in all honesty, for once this dorky life planner is without a plan, but they say “when one door closes, another one opens” and I'm very open to what's next. But first things first – I have a lil 'project deadline' due in March, and hear that they may require a bit of... let's say 'ongoing maintenance' ;)

Last but not least, thinking ahead to the future - I've always wanted to be a career mum, and that still hasn't changed. I still believe it's important to find your purpose, to follow your passions and if you're fortunate enough to be able to integrate that with professional pursuits then count yourself lucky! My passion in ‘Design for Social Change’ still remains strong.... However, in what capacity that might look like moving forward is still unknown and yet to be explored. 

So hopefully this is just a see-ya later, rather than a good-bye and either way, I would love to keep in touch via:

In the meantime, thank you once again for being a part of this creative journey so far... 
Have a wonderful well-deserved break and all the very best for 2017 & beyond...
Happy Holidays!

Arohanui,
Jade Tang-Taylor :)xo


P.s Also, if you have any first-time parenting advice... Please do let me know! I'm hoping to do a bunch of empathy interviews early next year with inspiring Mums (& Dads) asking the question "How might we, balance a career that you love, as well as a family that you love" - Any ideas? Email me »

Change at Curative

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This is a decision that has not come lightly; Jade’s energy and passion for social design have been a driving force for Curative. However the business has grown and changed shape, and with the hugely exciting news that Jade is pregnant, there are now new adventures in store for her that require her time, attention and energy. 

Jade will continue to be a champion of all that we do here at Curative, and will remain an important part of our community and the social innovation sector. Jade will also continue to manage CreativeMornings, building on her passion for connecting and nurturing our creative industry. 

Jade’s departure is significant for everyone, and there are likely to be more changes and new faces as we move into the next life-stage of Curative, but we’re all excited and hopeful about what the future will bring.

Myself and the team will continue in our commitment to making the world a little bit better using our tools of creativity, connection and collaboration. In this current social climate we recognise that there is an important job to be done to help challenge unhelpful social norms, and support our clients, the visionary and the brave, in their work to make real, lasting and positive change. 


For now though, we look forward to supporting Jade
in her new endeavours.


Eddy Royal
Co-Founder and Director


Jade will still be contactable via jade@curative.co.nz until 23 December, but if you’d like to stay connected you can follow her on Twitter or connect via LinkedIn

Sir Paul Reeves Memorial Lecture 2016 – Tame Iti

Sir Paul Reeves Memorial Lecture 2016 – Tame Iti

Earlier this month Kaan and I had the privilege to hear Tame Iti speak at this year’s Leadership NZ’s Sir Paul Reeves Memorial Lecture. On a day when there was more pronounced collective doubt and despair around us about world leadership (due to the US election results), it was really nice to hear about someone else’s perspective on a different kind of leadership – one that is rooted in one’s identity, mana and integrity.

"Just because someone has authority,
does not mean they have more mana." –
Tame Iti


Tame discussed the importance of mana in leadership, and how this concept can help people transcend concepts of authority, especially when people in places of authority abuse their perceived power over others. To recognise this mana in yourself and in others, so you can speak your truth to them; recognising you’re on the same level as them, eye to eye. To know that people have the power to question authority when that authority no longer have the people at its heart. He gives a powerful example in the methods employed by Tuhoe, and how decisions by the iwi start with the whanau and can push its way out onto the bigger picture, just as a raindrop travels to the river and to the sea.

 

You can watch a video of the full lecture produced by webfilms above, as well as see more pictures from the night via Leadership NZ’s Facebook page. Massive gratitude to Sina, Tania and Judy of Leadership NZ for letting us be a part of this incredible event. 

 

I’ll leave you with this quote from Tame Iti on the night, especially when thinking about Aotearoa and the world at this point in time:

“History has woven us together, we are the kete.
We are the knowledge. Eye to eye.” –
Tame Iti

Best Awards 2016

Best Awards 2016

We’re extremely excited and humbled to have won two Silvers for Behind The Wheel Māngere and Inside Out, as well as one Bronze for Em on this year’s Best Awards

Preparing these entries gave us time to pause and think about all the people, insights, ideas, time, energy & learnings we're exposed to through our work.

These awards belong to everyone who help drive our work – our project partners ACC, Rainbow Youth and HELP, our co-design partners, our creative collaborators and especially, the communities we feel privileged to work with and for, so we thank you.

 

The Curio Ed.18 | Defining and Redefining Culture

Culture is usually defined as the ways of doing and ways of being of a particular group of people or society. There's culture you curate and define, based on a shared vision and intent. There's culture that's been around for a long time, that deserve care and respect. And then, there's the wider societal culture perpetually being redefined, based on people's evolution in values. Once people clarify and voice out what no longer works for them or what could be better, the beginnings of a cultural shift usually takes place.

These are the spheres of culture that we usually engage with and have been thinking about here at Curative. How workplace culture matters; how understanding and respecting cultures matter; how listening to people who want to shift culture, matters. Culture has the power to shape its people, and at the same time, people are the force that shape culture. 

Check out the full version of The Curio Ed.18 »

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