JADE
TANG-TAYLOR
 

Designer... Dreamer... Doer
ABOUT

Kia Ora, Ni Hao & Hello!
My name is Jade Tang-Taylor,
And I’m a Designer... a Dreamer... and a Doer.

But what does that mean, exactly?

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As a Designer: I’m professionally trained in the field of visual communication design; graphic, web & digital design. More recently I've also been exploring the realm of UX, Human-Centred Design, Community-Centred Design, Co-Design and utilising Design Thinking methods to bring about positive social impact.

 

As a Dreamer: I’m a purpose-driven, design-led, somewhat idealistic creative social entrepreneur. Always dreaming and endeavouring to connect multi-sector, multi-disciplinary, and
multi-cultural communities to collaborate and find ways to create collective impact.

 

As a Doer: I’m someone who loves to make sh*t happen, not just dream, design or have too much dialogue about it, with no action ;)

 

A BIT ABOUT MY
PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND:

 

My professional background is more of a squiggly line than a straight one... However, regardless of what hat I'm wearing, I’ve always had a strong passion in ‘Design for Social Change’ as reflected in these various projects & roles below.
 

Fortunate enough to receive an AUT Vice-Chancellor's scholarship, I was then able to study a Bachelor of Design (in 2005) and Masters of Arts Management (in 2010) where I focussed a lot of reading/research on creative and social entrepreneurship, and more recently return from a "Designing for Social Systems" workshop at Stanford D.School.

I’ve immersed myself in professional life over the past decade and loved every minute of it! Over the next decade, I intend to shift my focus & energy in creating more long-term social impact and system change. However, starting with myself, my family and my personal background.

A BIT ABOUT MY
PERSONAL BACKGROUND:

 

My personal background is something I’m learning to embrace a little more, especially with this phase of life I'm and the networks of influence & communities I’ve been lucky to have been a part of thus far.


Born in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, my family migrated to Aotearoa, New Zealand when I was two, and settled in West Auckland. Exposure to these Eastern traditions mixed with Western mentality has made me a proud “Chiwi” - someone of Malaysian/Chinese ethnicity and Kiwi/New Zealand nationality.

 

I believe that growing up in a low socio-economic environment within a diverse community and various international travel experiences has given me different perspective and approach to everything I do and everyone I meet; regardless of age, stage, gender, culture, etc.

 

I have recently moved back to the foothills of the Waitakere Ranges with my husband (Adam Taylor), our terrible/terrific toddler (Phoenix Grace Tang Taylor) and cat (Queenie).

Overall, I'm deeply passionate about Design for Social Impact,
with a focus on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.

Currently, I'm super curious about we move from design thinking, social innovation & strategy to create systems-level change. Whether it be at a:

  • governance-level - serving on ministerial advisory groups 
    (NACEW & MECAG)

  • professional-level - working at a global design & social innovation consultancy (Innovation Unit)

  • personal-level - volunteering time & creative energy into local community-led collaborations (Haere Mai & Welcome) 

However, I'm always learning, I always love to connect with other people and hear about their stories & experiences. If you would like to meet-up and learn a little more about me, the projects or the communities I'm involved in, I would love to hear from you. So, feel free to please get in touch

Kia ora, Xie Xie &
Thanks for stopping by

JTT


 

 
 

" Life is one
BIG project"

- Angie Fleming

PROJECTS

I've been fortunate enough to have been involved in, co-founded, co-hosted and lead a wide range of projects & roles over the years. From local design initiatives, to global creative events and a few start-up social enteprises.

 

Interested in getting involved with any of my current projects, learning more about my previous projects, or have an idea for an upcoming project? Please get in touch »

Current 
Projects & Roles
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Innovation Unit
Director of Innovation & Partnerships

Innovation Unit is a social enterprise based in the UK, Australia and New Zealand.

We work internationally, applying disciplined approaches to develop new solutions and create impact at scale.

I am currently one of the Director of Innovation & Partnerships.

Edmund Hillary Fellowship
EHF Fellow 


The Edmund Hillary Fellowship brings visionary entrepreneurs, investors and startup teams together in NZ to create global impact.

I am currently selected to be a EHF fellow as part of their final cohort 8.

SheEO
Activator

SheEO is a radically generous community supporting women + non-binary people working on the World’s To-Do List.

I am currently a SheEO activator in Aotearoa, New Zealand.

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Co Jam
Co-Founder & Convenor

CoJam is similar to a weekend hackathon, but with a focus on designing with the community.


Connecting with young changemakers, learn about creative problem-solving skills and collaborate with our former refugee & resettlement communities

I am currently one of the catalysts as part of the co-design colab.

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Haere Mai & Welcome
Co-Founder & Community Catalyst

 

'Haere Mai & Welcome' to Glen Eden is a creative initiative that provides new residents with all the information they need to find their feet in their new neighbourhood.

I am currently catalysing and co-designing this creative collaboration with the wider community.

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Phoenix & Friends
Co-Founder &
Community Catalyst

 

Phoenix & Friends is a creative little family, based at the foothills of the Waitakere Ranges, West Auckland, New Zealand. And we spend quality time on community-minded passion projects.

 

I am currently one part of a family of three, and we are currently in the process of exploring creative collaborations in our local community.

 
 
Previous
Projects & Roles

 
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Centre for Social Impact
Associate

 

The Centre for Social Impact is an initiative of Foundation North and helps grant-makers and funders invest for impact, and enables their community partners to turn that investment into inspiring and sustainable social change.

I was previously an associate of the Centre for Social Impact.

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Foundation North
Ethnic Diversity Activator

 

Foundation North is holds in trust for the Auckland and Northland communities an endowment, or putea, of over a billion dollars.

I was previously the Ethnic Diversity Strategy Activator as part of the Leadership Team.

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Cheese Cartel
Co-Founder &
Design Director


Cheese Cartel is a monthly subscription box of local artisan cheeses from across Aotearoa, NZ

I was previously one part of five fabulous socially conscious and entrepreneurial founders.

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AUT | The Draft

Catalyst & Board Member
 

AUT | The Draft is a student-led agency for social impact.

This is a prototype that evolved out of a Strategic Design course I design, developed and delivered whilst I was lecturing at AUT. As well as a few follow-up design thinking workshop around staff and students.

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AUT University
Design Thinking &
Business Lecturer

 

Auckland University of Technology (AUT) is the fastest growing and second largest university in New Zealand. 

I was previously part-time lecturing papers in the Faculty of Design and Creative Technologies (DCT) that are also available for Faculty of Business students:
- Design for Business
- Design Thinking/Co-Design
- Design Management

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University of Auckland (CAI)
Creative Arts & Industries
Project Catalyst & Consultant


Faculty of Creative Arts and Industries (CAI), the University of Auckland's creative centre, the faculty promotes artistic and professional innovation and collaboration.

I was previously co-leading a design-thinking process to understand and prototype the Creative Ecology of Auckland/Aotearoa for CAI students, graduates and emerging creative professionals.

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CreativeMornings /AKL
Chapter Founder & Co-Host

 

CreativeMornings is a global monthly breakfast lecture series for creative types.

 

I founded the Auckland Chapter in 2011 and currently in the process of officially handing over to my co-host Kaan Hiini, and setting up the advisory board.

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On The Grid /AKL
Chapter Founder & Curator

 

On the Grid is a series of neighbourhood guides by local creatives. Created by Hyperakt and curated by amazing designers around the world.

In a recent social design research trip to Brooklyn, NYC I met up with the friendly guys at Hyperakt and have been appointed the Auckland ambassador and West Auckland curator.

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100 Days /100 Mums Project

Co-Founder & Creative

The 100 Days Project is a simple creativity project that requires one thing, every day for 100 days.

 

During my maternity leave, I took the opportunity to adapt this concept to embark on a creative challenge to do 100 empathy interviews with 100 inspiring mums.

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Curative NZ Ltd

Co-Founder & Director
 

Curative is a creative agency committed to making the world a little bit better.

Co-founded in 2012 along with Eddy Royal, I have recently resigned from my role as director to focus on other upcoming projects.

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Fail Club
Founding Member
 

Fail Club is a bi-monthly breakfast founded by a small group of creative entrepreneurs, service designers, social innovators. 

We first came together in
2013 for a HCD for social innovation course and have continued to meet after developing & prototyping
our initial idea.

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The Feast /AKL
Chapter Founder & Host
 

The Feast is about bringing together inspired people from across disciplines to connect, create, and celebrate social innovation and the power of human potential. 

 

We hosted a satellite event 'Feast on Good' Worldwide Auckland Hub in collaboration with other changemakers.

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The Big Idea

Community Manager
 

The Big Idea is an online community for creatives in NZ, all about valuing creativity and accelerating success.

I was the Community Manager in 2011, where I lived by the mantra "work on projects that inspire you with people you aspire to" and worked with an incredible team.

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We Can Create
Comms/Media Manager

We Can Create is New Zealand’s alternative art and creative industries showcase.

I was the Marketing / Media liaison and worked closely with the Creative Director to help realise this event in its inaugural year in 2011.

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yMedia
Art Director & Connector 
 

yMedia connects students, industry and not-for-profit organisations to develop and implement new media initiatives for collective growth.

Founded in 2008, I became involved in this youth driven social enterprise as Art Director & Connector and managed the yMedia Challenge in 2010.

Upcoming
Projects

Have an interesting idea?
 

If you have an upcoming project/interesting idea related to design/creative/social change you would like to discuss
and explore with me, don't hesitate to get in touch » 

 

""
He aha te mea nui o te ao
What is the most important thing in the world?

He tangata, he tangata, he tangata
It is the people, it is the people, it is the people
 

– Māori  Proverb

 

COMMUNITY

I love people and a self-confessed "networkaholic" and believe in both the strength of grassroots communities & leadership networks to connect, collaborate and create change for a better Aotearoa/New Zealand/ World.

 

Most of the membership networks I belong to relate to either design, diversity, creativity and women. Interested in joining any of these networks or connecting with one of these communities? Please get in touch »

Community & Networks
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CreativeMornings
Auckland.

Chapter founder & Host 2011 - 2017 

 

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The Designers Institute of NZ 
Best Awards Judge - Public Good 2015

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Design Assembly
friend & contributor

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Leadership NZ
Alumni 2015

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Asia NZ foundation leadership network
2011 - present

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NZ Asian Leaders network member
2016 - present

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Super Diverse Women network member
2017 - present

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Auckland Council
Ethnic Peoples Advisory Panel, Deputy Chair
2017.- 2020

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Community Waitakere

Board of Trustees
2018 - 2020

 

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Healthy Families Waitakere: Strategic Leaders Group
2018 - present

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Ministry for Women | (NACEW) National Advisory Council for the Employment of Women.
2019 - present

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Office of Ethnic Communities | (MECAG) Ministerial Ethnic Communities Advisory Group
2020 - present

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Institute of Directors NZ network member 2020 - present

 
CONTACT
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BLOG

Honestly speaking, I'm not much of a writer, however I do find myself from time to time, feeling compelled and passionate enough about a topic or issue that I'll cobble together some thoughts and share my opinion.

Fortunately, I've been lucky enough to have a few pieces written about me / my work too. Here's the most recent posts on my blog below, however if you're keen to read more, view the full blog »