Anyone who has met Katherine Field comes away smiling. She has an innate ability to listen, share and connect people with like-minded others. It’s a skill that comes in handy in her roles as the community manager of BizDojo Wellington and as curator of the Auckland + NZ chapter of The Fetch. Her boundless energy is put to great use organising meetups, events and parties, and getting involved with the local startup, creative and business community. She believes we can all learn a little more from the canine; including loyalty, social skills and openness, and that time and energy are the most generous gifts humans can give one other.
What’s rocking in the world of Katherine Field at present?
I am loving summer in Wellington! Heaps of events, and just a general good buzz around the city! Life at the Biz Dojo is keeping me super busy, with some awesome new residents, redesigning our space, a new event programme, DojoPRO, and some exciting new projects on the horizon (watch this space!). I've just been involved in organising another Startup Weekend Wellington, which was a great success. The Fetch is powering along and I’m loving getting out there and discovering the best jobs and events for WLG and AKL folk to get into. More recently, I’ve got involved with HootSuite as a Community Ambassador, and am back at University part-time! Life is busy, life is good!
Describe the most generous person you know and how they influenced you.
I think I measure generosity by the way people choose to spend their time and energy on others.
I have been lucky to have many people in my life – at work and personally – who have generously given their time and energy to me. Colleagues, managers, friends and strangers.
But I’d have to say that my mother, Deslie, was a true influence in how to give time and energy to others. She has always had a true sense of charity, and generously gives her time every week to various volunteer projects, or people in her life that need an extra pair of hands.
The thing about time is that unlike money, everyone starts the day with 1,440 minutes, and everyone generally has the power to decide how they use it. Sure, most of us have to work, but we have the power to decide whether to give that person on the street directions or to walk straight past, whether to pick up the call from a grandparent wanting to chat, or to let it go to message, to take the time explaining a new concept to a junior at work, or fob them off...
In a time when so many people and objects demand our attention, people are very protective of their energy. My mum is generous with her time, her attention and her friendship, which is something that I try really hard to do now.
Name an everyday action that makes the world a better place but that is underrated.
Smiling. A bit obvious and a bit of a cliché, but smiling at people – even strangers … especially strangers! – has the power to break down barriers you didn’t even know existed.
Tell us three things that inspire you and why.
Community in/as business: Businesses are just starting to realise how they can really leverage their community. It’s not a wishy-washy, feel-good thing anymore. Getting authentically engaged with your community is good for the bottom-line. I love what these ladies have to say about it:
Dogs: Anyone who knows me is well aware of my adoration for animals of the canine variety. Dogs inspire me. Unconditional loyalty, elaborate social skills, and general openness. Plus dogs have this amazing way of lifting your spirits, purely by being around them. I want to have that amazing ability to put people at ease the way that dogs do…
Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton: First plus, it’s a picture book! Such a gorgeous compilation of people. Flipping through it makes me want to travel, makes me want to talk to people and hear their stories, and it makes me want to take photographs!
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