Cultivating Community Over Competition: Tuesdays Together

January 24, 2017

Finding my tribe in Dunedin was difficult and it took a long time. I was working from home, I didn’t know anyone. And meeting people in this city proved challenging. Fast forward a few years and I feel truly settled. I walk down the street and recognise people. We have different groups of friends. We’ve become locals. As I actively sought community I was surprised by the creative tribes that I came across. It didn’t take long before I joined and found my people. Since my birthday party last July which brought together many creatives I’ve been toying with the idea of hosting events for creatives. For no other reason then helping like-minded people meet each other and exchange ideas, offer support and celebrate triumphs.

I’m excited to share that I’ve finally done it! Under the overall brand of the Rising Tide Society which aims “to educate and empower creatives to thrive in the spirit of community over competition” I raised my hand to lead the first New Zealand “Tuesdays Together” group here in Dunedin. Tuesdays Together is a meeting which occurs on the second Tuesday of every month for small business creative entrepreneurs to meet in the spirit of community-over-competition and to discuss industry-relevant topics. There’s a fabulous collection of #tuesdaystogether posts on Instagram if you search that hashtag.

A few Tuesdays ago was our first Tuesdays Together event which saw 10 Dunedin creative entrepreneurs come together to talk about organisation, workflows and creative things in general. We held our meeting at Dog with Two Tails, enjoying a variety of beverages and nibbles. As a direct result of a conversation at the end/networking part of the meeting, Fi from Senorita Awesumo has put together a beeswax wrap making workshop. You can find the details here.

I’m so excited about what the next few meetings will bring. If you’re a Dunedin based creative entrepreneur and like the idea of community over competition, please get in touch! You can find us on Instagram and on Facebook Groups. We’d love to hear from you. Our next Tuesdays Together meeting is on Tuesday February 14th at 6.30pm.

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