My first month at Curative

My first month at Curative

This first month I got waayyy more than I expected - in a really awesome way. There is so much love, passion and dedication that goes into everything. I believe when people genuinely care and have an open heart and mind it effects everything they do, the team at Curative have this in spades.

I've really enjoyed watching the way everyone works together and how each team member works individually. Not in a stalkery way but in an 'omg that's amazing how do they do that' kind of way. In a country where we have access and excess it doesn't guarantee voices are heard and Curative provides that. Taking the time to listen and understand, and then unleash a kickass solution that is inclusive and more importantly solves a pressing problem.

Being a part of something bigger than yourself and being in service to your neighbour is not something everyone experiences daily but in my first several weeks here I've definitely felt like I have. I've learned that passion is infectious and that I'm a lot stronger/braver/smarter than I give myself credit for. Having the opportunity to work alongside this insanely talented team has broadened my horizons and allowed me to make conscious decisions about the kind of designer and person I want to be.

My first brief at Curative was creating stickers for the VOYCE - Whakarongo Mai collateral which was an awesome brief and to have it up first I felt extremely lucky. Now I'm working on the Curative rebrand and at first it was a bit daunting but now it's an exciting learning experience. I've really enjoyed being guided by Karla in every brief I've received and she's helped me push my design skills in these few short weeks. I want to continue learning about what we do here and about myself as a person and as a designer. I'm really excited to see where this new journey with Curative will go and I'm ready to step into my new role as the Junior Designer.

I'd like to thank everyone at Curative for welcoming me into the family. Thanks!

Belonging

Belonging

I had a burning desire for a long time to see more humanity in the workplace, and I stepped sideways from the advertising industry a few years ago, in search of a new way.  I went on to study social entrepreneurship at AUT and found myself to be the biggest geek in the class.  Up the front, asking all the questions and talking to the lecturer afterwards.  I was in.

I wanted to be working in a world where organisations and businesses were solving real human problems, everyday.  And after a series of serendipitous events I found myself on the couch with Eddy, Director of Curative, enjoying a cup of tea and discussing our parallel working experiences in big advertising agencies. By chance, that casual cup of tea then turned into a job offer and here I am four months later, feeling part of a whānau who truly live what they believe in their work.  It’s been extremely grounding. 

The morning I started at Curative there was a powhiri to welcome me in.  I was encouraged to bring a support crew so my husband Bill, best friend Aimee, and her 9 month old boy Charlie, joined me.  This in itself was huge for me. In nearly 15 years my family had never been formally invited into my place of work so this gesture on day one was particularly welcoming. Singing waiata with my new work mates took me back to my true home, in the Hokianga, where Māori culture had been such an integral part of community life when I was growing up.  The pōwhiri instantly broke down the work/home barrier and made us all equals.  There were no Chiefs or Top Dogs.  Only smart and brave people, living what they believe in their work.  It truly was the most heart-warming introduction into a working community that I have ever experienced. There were tears but they were tears of hope and commitment. Happy tears. 

But what I didn’t realise when I took the job is that I was actually going to find a new sense of personal belonging in the world, which has had a big impact on me and I get a lump in my throat just thinking about it.  This came about at the ‘Design for Social Impact’ (DSI) symposium in Christchurch last month.  

The kaupapa of the symposium was an extension of the experience I’d been having in our office with Curative and innovate change.  A welcoming place where everybody respected and honoured the land and the people of the land, before they spoke about social innovation. And every person at DSI there was on their own journey to solving a human problem.  There I was in a room full of real life innovators and problems solvers, who were bringing about positive and tangible change in New Zealand. I gotta say it was pretty humbling to witness.    

The new sense of personal belonging came during a workshop I attended, on diversity and Māori culture in the workplace. I found myself entwined in a discussion around heritage, belonging and identity. Being Pākeha, I haven't ever felt a real physical connection to my British heritage. And I have always swayed between feeling incredibly connected to the land and the people in New Zealand, to feeling somewhat like an invader. I always accepted this mild inner conflict as simply part of colonisation, and continued to live with my connection to family and place being grounded in Aotearoa.  

This was when I learned about a whole new concept: Tangata Tiriti.  That we are the people of the Treaty, the people of Aotearoa who honour this agreement and feel that connection to Aotearoa.  The concept of Tangata Tiriti was a mind blowing shift for me. It makes me emotional and wish I’d known earlier, but mostly it finally gives me a concept connected to the feelings I’ve always had.  I don’t know too much about the concept yet, and I intend to investigate it further, but I do know that it feels right, just like working at Curative. 

When I first met Eddy she said that at Curative we bring our whole selves to work.  I definitely understand that more now, and I know that when you have the permission to bring your whole self to your work, whatever that might be, you can develop in ways that you hadn’t imagined.

 

Rachel Turner
 

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