As the new guy on the Curative team of awesomeness and social splendour, one of the things I’ve noticed is that you get given all sorts of interesting tasks and challenges to help prove your salt. Last week included the purchasing of a toaster (we eat a lot of muffin splits); building from scratch eight new office chairs and now I am attempting to deliver the Curative blog to fill everyone in on what’s been going on. But as always, at Curative… there’s a lot to say.
It’s been a time of change here at Curative. The thing we discovered about growing a team is that quite quickly, surprisingly and alarmingly, you no longer fit the old mould and the office fridge you have been so harmoniously using for the past two years, no longer holds everyone’s lunch box. Thursday 27th June saw our last day working out of the shared co-op space ‘The Kitchen’, which has been Curative’s home for the past eighteen months.
Embracing the new means releasing the old, and the Kitchen, like any good parent, has been with Curative since day one. On my mission to find good content for ye blog, I asked both Eddy and Jade what their favourite moment in The Kitchen was since they moved in back in January 2012. Jade’s was ‘camping chairs’. Apparently before they had any furniture everyone brought camping equipment in and went rookie on it until the permanent fixtures arrived. It must have been a good memory; as it’s hard not to know when Jade is happy - she’s one of those rare people who seem to smile with their whole body. Eddy’s favourite moment was the opening night party and the many shared lunches. I have known Eddy since we were kids, and she was always the first to scream ‘yes’ to the prospect of a good party – most of which she threw, suggested and catered herself. It makes me feel all warm inside to think that after all that time we’re still just big kids. My favourite memory of The Kitchen was long before I started working with Curative. One night Eddy took me and a couple of old friends up and we sat and played board games late into the night, drank red wine and looked out over the city. It was a nice time and even though I only got to spend a couple of weeks there as a worker, I knew it was a pretty special place.
So where are we now? Well, with six creative-energetics under its belt, Curative has embarked on a journey of self-discovery in its quest for a new and bigger fridge. As a temporary port we are now stationed at Movers & Shakers (down at Britomart). This place is awesome and much like the late Kitchen, is bustling with creative entrepreneurs from all walks of life. It’s a great place to tide us over. The people are nice and they play good music. There’s also a giant, inflatable brain in the middle of the space which forms the best meeting room ever.
We love it here, but the quest for Curatives new bomb-diggity digs will continue and I’m sure there will be lots of new exciting updates to follow in the coming months. The only downside to Movers & Shakers is that we sit almost directly atop the best French bakery this side of Toulouse, and if we don’t move soon they will be rolling me down the stairs and out the door.
So what have we been doing besides carrying our office from one side of town to the other? If you’re reading this blog, I’ll expect you’re not a stranger to social change and the idea of business for good? Well I can tell you right now that I’ve never seen these principles more alive and kicking than in the past month. We have snuggled up with some pretty amazing projects and last week helped Leadership New Zealand organize and celebrate its most successful event to date; Dinner with a Difference.
The Curative crew had the fabulous opportunity to help craft Dinner with a Difference; and as a fresh design grad, Aria was especially stoked to see her work come to life for the event. To put it simply the team behind this event wanted to shake things up a notch. Out went the formal invitations, orderly conduct and polite conversation of yesterday, and in came a brand new approach to leadership; and it was all about causing disruption.
It was a pretty unique experience, and most significantly the diversity of speakers is what really made the event different for most of us. It was exciting to hear insights from leaders who were just starting out like Barnaby Marshall from I Love Ugly to proven change makers like John Mccarthy from Lifewise. And at the end of the night Sir Bob Harvey reassured us all that you can often be onto a good thing when you’re “..terrified and having the most amazing time”.
So, I guess the word of the month for us was ‘disruption’. A quick move to new digs, and an evening of Disruptive Leadership. We could have felt displaced and and chaotic, but it’s been comforting to prove the strength of our team, and know that no matter where we are, or who we’re working with, we’ll stick together, and create beautiful and meaningful work.