With all the changes and upheaval that Team Curative have undergone over the last couple of months, David Bowie would have been telling us to ‘turn and face the strain’. And we’d be fibbing if we didn’t concede that there has been extra pressure on us all. But, for the most part, it’s been an amazingly unifying and uplifting time as we’ve moved into our new home, and grown our family.
Moving into the new Curative HQ studio was a pretty natural change. After 18 months of co-working, first at The Kitchen, then a brief stint at Movers & Shakers, it was definitely time for us to cultivate the Curative culture, and find our own space.
So on Friday 30 August, we once again loaded up the cars with all of our belongings, and this time trekked off to our new and permanent home at the foot of Mt Eden.
The chaos and elation of unloading boxes, unwrapping all of our new goodies, and placing all of our furniture in just the right spot, was all consuming on moving day. But as we arrived for our first working day, and settled in our new desks, it finally dawned on us - we were all alone.
While we’re now sharing our new spot with with our pals at Innovate Change and Core Education, for the first few days, it was just us. It was a strange realisation. And we felt a bit lonely. Having cohabited with dozens of others in our previous homes, we found ourselves missing the unpredictable comings and goings that we’d become so accustomed to.
Turns out, we are people people. We thrive when we’re surrounded by others. We like noise. We like the energy of new ideas, and interesting conversations. But, we also really, really need some quiet and some focus to be able to get things done and invest in supporting our own team.
Thankfully, we have the best of both worlds now that we have a few extra bodies from Innovate Change and Core Education sharing the space with us. It’s a pretty harmonious collective, each with different organisational strengths, but with similar values.
We all value people first. We like to learn something new each day.
We believe in growing young people.
And we like to have fun while we change the world.
It was the most humbling moment as the Karanga echoed to call us into our new home. As Core-Education’s Kaumatua walked us through our sun-kissed space, blessing each nook. As we shared a cup of tea and our hopes for our new shared office.
Yes, there were a few tears. Happy little droplets trickled down my cheeks as I reflected on on where we’d been to get to this place - our own studio. Months of Jade and I working from our homes when we first began, to our team bringing in their own equipment at The Kitchen, to us all dossing in an unheated office at Movers & Shakers through the coldest months of winter. We were finally here. In our new spot. With hot water, a dishwasher and our own things. It was pretty special. And I can promise that we won’t be taking our new home for granted. We’ve worked hard to get here. And we’re loving furnishing and filling it with all the comforts, fittings and fixtures that make it us.
And it’s not just new things in our new home. We have a new person too!
We were pretty overwhelmed with the response to the ad that we put out in August, which started our hunt for some awesome person to join the team. For some reason, we had thought that we would know everyone who would apply. But we were flooded with interesting, creative, caring individuals, who found us in lots of different ways.
And after an interview process, which of course involved preparing a meal with our team, we’re thrilled to welcome ‘the other Eddy’ into our little family. One week new, and he’s already fitting right in. Alternate suggestions for what we should call him around the office are appreciated. Jade suggested we just call him ‘Sue’ - but that doesn’t seem to be catching on. So Edward it is for now.
Someone really wise once said that ‘change is the only constant in your life’. A new person, and a new place were our big changes this month. But the change we’re most excited to be part of is taking the Complex Care Group online for the first time.
This group of amazing parents and families of young people with highly complex needs have been supporting one-another without any digital presence, aside from email, for the last 10 years.
So we are thrilled to have worked with them to produce an online resource that will help support, connect and give a voice to this incredible group, who are so selfless and tireless with the energy and love that they give. It was our absolute pleasure to launch the site together, just today, and we hope that it makes their lives just a little bit easier, and helps others understand just how much they do.
They say that change is as good as a holiday. But we think it’s even better. Change is full of energy, invigoration and a revived sense of direction. If things aren’t changing, then you’re just standing still. And we’re not the sort of people who like to stand still for very long.
Jade & Eddy.
P.S - If you’d like to hear from and hang out with some other interesting change-makers, you can register to join us at the Tall Poppy event, which is being hosted by ZEAL on Saturday 19 October 2013.
P.S.S - And, if you love a bit of exercise to start your day, we have a wonderful Yoga teacher that comes into Curative HQ to take a class every Thursday morning, 7:30am ($12 per class) - Tweet @Curative_NZ if you’re keen to join us for #Yoga!