Living For Tomorrow…
It’s been more than a month now since we settled in at our temporary home, Movers & Shakers in Britomart. Since dropping anchor at these short-term digs, the Curative crew have managed to prove their adaptability by making home with fervour; hot water bottles and blankets, adorning the communal toilets with deluxe lavender-infused toiletries, even setting up home for our resident non-human friends – Jadado, the potato man and Lady Rainicorn, the Gender Neutral Piñata.
In between, we’ve managed to squeeze in several shared lunches, cooked up by a rotating roster of Curative co-conspirators, the gastronomics emerging from the electric frying pan including fish finger sammies, crepes, an assortment of mexican grub and brimming-full bagel sandwiches. Movie nights in Movers & Shakers giant inflatable brain have been a frequent occurrence here too, the most recent being the 80s childhood classic The Land Before Time, which we enjoyed while snuggled up in bean bags in our finest onesies.
With all the shared lunches, movie nights and bounteous Britomart food options we’ve been having a ball with the Movers and Shakers crew, and it would be easy for us to get comfortable and decide to settle here forever. But we need to keep looking to the future and what tomorrow will bring. And most immediately for our small team it’ll be bringing two things.
We’re growing up fast and a big part of growing up is finding a place to call your own, so we’re excited to announce that we have done just that. Our search for a permanent home to house the Curative family is now all but over, and we can’t wait to tell you all about it (and maybe give you an internet tour) next month once we’re there.
Another key part of growing up, surprisingly enough, is “growth” and that covers the second thing tomorrow will be sending our way. We’re looking for a new awesome person to become a part of the Curative crew. Since being welcomed into the Curative fam-bam, it’s been amazing experiencing these past several months, with all of us settling into this wee modern family, complete with siblings teasing and setting up mild pranks on one another. So it’ll be very exciting and a little nerve-wracking to welcome someone new into the fold, ushering in a new chapter for Curative in our permanent home.
Despite popular belief, it’s not all sunshine and rainbows here at Curative. All of the lightness we create with our fun and games, is often a stark (and really necessary) contrast to the subject matter that we’re dealing with in our day-to-day doing. And we hope to bring some of our hope and light to the work that we do.
One project we’ve had the privilege to be a part of is ZEAL's beautiful and incredibly powerful #LiveForTomorrow campaign. An effort to address the alarming rates of youth suicide, depression self harm and alcohol abuse, the online project is a collaboration with ZEAL, prominent R’n’B singer Pieter T and award-winning director Chris Graham, to provide a voice for youth struggling to find their way through dark times, encouraging them to ask for help, look to the future, and #LiveForTomorrow.
Curative worked alongside Zeal’s Social Marketing Collective, an amazing group of 15-18 year olds, to craft an online platform for the project and create a strong, identifiable brand and visual language for #LiveForTomorrow, something that can easily be taken and adapted by youth across social media to express their take on what it means to #LiveForTomorrow.
Words can’t express how deeply moved we were by the bravery of those featured in Pieter T’s Music video/mini documentary, and we’re super proud to have been a part of this initiative. The video (below), launched last week, is well worth a watch, as are the mini-documentaries that accompany it, taking a more in depth look at the stories of Levi and Richie.
Follow #LiveForTomorrow on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and Instagram, share what #LiveForTomorrow means to you and keep an eye out for Phase Two, which will be announced on the 1st of September.
Another exciting piece of work we did this month was a stop-motion video for the Global Citizen Concert to launch this year’s Live Below the Line campaign. Crouching on the ground in a small room with Sam while carefully crafting letters out of rice, then blasting it with a blower in between fits of hysterics, definitely made for an entertaining day at work.
The video was projected during the concert, in between incredible Kiwi acts such as Anika Moa, Tiki Taane, Jamie McDell, Seth Haapu, Ahoribuzz and more. There were also several inspiring advocates against extreme poverty speaking in between musical acts. We all got our boogie shoes on that evening, and it was the perfect way to end my birthday weekend too.
Being able to do meaningful work like this together really makes me feel all warm and gooey inside, knowing that we’re doing our bit of good today to make the world a better place tomorrow. I guess that idea is something that motivates and informs all of our decisions at Curative, especially in this period of movement, change and growth. In fact we have a quote sitting on one of our desks, which acts as a handy reminder.
Every day we’re working towards creating a better tomorrow, and we’re incredibly lucky that we get to do this as our job. That’s what Living For Tomorrow means for us. And we wouldn’t have it any other way.
Peace out Homies
Meghan (& Kaan)
P.S. Jade and Eddy will be running a few workshops on Social Media and Digital Communications over the next few months with North Shore Community and Social Services. The first will be on 24th September at the Waiheke Adult Learning Centre, the second on the 5th November at the Mary Thomas Centre in Takapuna. Check them out if you have a chance!