We’re delighted to have brought Aotearoa New Zealand’s first social innovation lab to life in 2014.
Over the coming months, we’ll be sharing more about their journey – you can read more about the Lab here.
You can watch our short documentary about Lifehack Labs here:
You can also download the Lifehack Labs Report here.
The Lab focused on improving youth wellbeing by supporting 20 young people from around the country to delve deep into complex problems, up their skills in entrepreneurship, social innovation and technology, invent new responses and lead the projects into the future.
Social Labs are emerging around the world in response to our growing need to find new processes to support people in the public sector, NGO’s, private sector, and the social enterprise space as they search for step-change solutions to complex social, economic and environmental problems. Our lab brings together entrepreneurs, psychologists, designers and techies, with leading academics and researchers, industry mentors, and social impact investors and funders to build the next generation of social ventures to improve youth wellbeing.
Lifehack Labs isn’t an business accelerator or incubator program, it is a catalyst – a place for people to collaborate on complex problems, and work together to work out new paths forward. This Lab combines a deep whanaunatanga process with leading-edge wellbeing research from around the world, and a learning environment where participants can upskill in design thinking, lean startup, and social innovation. The ventures which emerge will be led by teams of young Kiwis who have a broad spectrum understanding and capability of how to develop their ideas into working prototypes and beyond.
We don’t measure success by how many apps we have in the app store, or how much investment a project gets. We know that the kind of social change necessary to tackle the youth mental health challenges we have in Aotearoa will only come from cross-disciplinary teams with a deep commitment to collaboration and social entrepreneurship over an extended period of time.
We also recognise that the kind of challenges we face in New Zealand will not be solved by this cohort of Labs participants alone – which is why we’re committed to capturing as much of the learning from the teams as possible and making it available to access after this Lab finishes. We are also looking to share some of our insights about how to run these sorts of Social Labs – so that more people around the country are able to build on this pilot and tackle a variety of the complex problems we face as a Nation.
We couldn’t have done this without the amazing people and supporters behind it – find out more about them below and read over some of the stories from the Lab, and keep in touch with their journey forward.
These are the people putting in the hard yards to make Lifehack Labs 2014 a success, but there’s many others who we can’t acknowledge on this site who have helped us along the way with advice and guidance, pro bono support, and the kind of camaraderie which ensures we keep turning up for more day after day. Thank you to you all.
We’ll be bringing you updates from behind the scenes with stories from our Participants, as well as updates on the kind of content and activities the cohort have been involved with week to week.
If you’d like to learn more about the story of Lifehack Labs – check out the full story about the thinking behind New Zealand’s first social lab focused on youth wellbeing here.
You can also follow the experience on social networks with #LifehackLabs – for example check out our curated tagboard.
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