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How To: Social Lean Canvas

By Toni Reid | October 20, 2017

So you want to start something that matters…?

The Social Lean Canvas is one of the key resources the Lifehack team uses and refers to in all of our work. If you’re not already using it we suggest you take …

School Wellbeing Collaboration Resource Pack 2

School Wellbeing Collaboration: Resource Pack 2

By Toni Reid | October 20, 2017

If you’re involved in a school in some way – whether as a parent, teacher or student – this resource pack from our School Wellbeing Collaboration is for you! Resource Pack Two focuses on broader community wellbeing, while Resource Pack …

School Wellbeing Collaboration Resource Pack 1

School Wellbeing Collaboration: Resource Pack 1

By Toni Reid | October 20, 2017

If you’re involved in a school in some way – whether as a parent, teacher or student – this resource pack from our School Wellbeing Collaboration is for you! Resource Pack One reflects our first portion of work, focussed on …

Theory of Change Worksheet

By Toni Reid | October 20, 2017

 

What is a Theory of Change?

A Theory of Change is your best guess about how your work impacts the issue you care about. This worksheet provides a simple starting point for thinking about the causes that contribute to …

Image of people using craft materials to make a first prototype, for a wellbeing design challenge

Wellbeing Design Challenge: Milk at the Supermarket

By Toni Reid | October 20, 2017

A wellbeing design challenge based around milk – it sounds strange, right! But this is one of our favourite sessions that we’ve run time and time again.

We’ve based the wellbeing design challenge on something everybody can understand. How might …

Applying Ethics in Codesign

By Toni Reid | October 18, 2017

Okay, so you’re committed to doing some youth co-design. Great! Of course, this means working alongside young people and bringing their voices into your work.

How do you do this in an ethical way? How do you do this in …

Relationship Building Sort Cards Set Two

By Toni Reid | October 13, 2017

Facilitation is all about bringing a group together around a shared purpose. Relationship-building is one of the foundations of effective facilitation, so it’s always handy to have a toolkit of different processes to allow people to build meaningful relationships.

Stuck …

Picture Sort Cards - Set One

Picture Cards – Set Two

By Toni Reid | October 13, 2017

In this pack we’ve included another 30 royalty free images, ranging from mountain tops to pen & paper. We’ve used these images in check in & out circles, de-briefs and reflective sessions.

We’ve asked questions like:

“select a card which …

Youth Civics Report 2015

Youth Civics

By Gina Rembe | October 13, 2017

Investigating youth civic engagement in Aotearoa New Zealand – voices of young people

 

Over the course of June 2015, the Lifehack team undertook a participatory approach to investigating the status of youth civic engagement in Aotearoa New Zealand from …

Picture Sort Cards - Set One

Picture Cards Set One

By Toni Reid | September 25, 2017

In this pack we’ve included 30 royalty free images, ranging from mountain tops to pen & paper. We’ve used these images in check in & out circles, de-briefs and reflective sessions.

We’ve asked questions like:

“select a card which speaks …

Relationship Building Facilitation Sort Cards (Set One)

By Toni Reid | September 22, 2017

Facilitation is all about bringing a group together around a shared purpose. Relationship-building is one of the foundations of effective facilitation, so it’s always handy to have a toolkit of different processes to allow people to build meaningful relationships.

Stuck …

Reflection sort cards

By Toni Reid | September 13, 2017

This pack includes 21 questions can be printed on photo stock or plain paper and are a great reflective prompt. We’ve used these cards to structure project de-briefs and reflective-oriented sessions.

Thanks to our friends at Ormiston Junior College for …

Enabling participation in co-design

By Toni Reid | August 9, 2017

Enabling participation in codesign a quick guide

It’s time to go full circle and share with you our learnings on youth participation over the past three years. If you’re working in youth development or you’re part of a start-up that’s …

How to run a codesign workshop in your town

By Paul McGregor | May 12, 2017

 

Late last month, Gina and Paul travelled up to Palmerston North to facilitate the Palmy North Youth Codesign Summit. It was a two day event to practise codesign with other youth practitioners in Palmy North.

 

In this post, …

Top 5 Reasons to Support Your People To Attend Lifehack Flourishing Fellowship

Top 5 reasons to support your people to attend the Flourishing Fellowship

By Paul McGregor | February 24, 2017

Are you a manager or decision-maker trying to decide whether to “sign off” on somebody’s participation in this year’s Flourishing Fellowship? Well – this blog post is for you.

Paul McGregor was one of our original Flourishing Fellows. Now, as …

The Lifehack Community: successes, failures and futures

By Paul McGregor | January 27, 2017

In the last three years Lifehack has directly engaged with over 1500 people in kanohi ki te kanohi (face-to-face) programmes and events.

We’ve put lots of time and effort into creating safe spaces for people to connect and learn. Which …

Working with our young people: reflections on Oro from Mike Ryan, Director Community Services, Upper Hutt City Council

By Penny Hagen | January 19, 2017

Mike Ryan, Director Community Services at Upper Hutt City Council has written this guest post on Oro, Lifehack’s most recent place-based collaboration based in Upper Hutt. In it Mike shares his reflections on the development and benefits of the programme, …

Straight from the horse’s mouth: Youth workers and their lessons on youth engagement

By Gina Rembe | December 14, 2016

This is a guest post from Paul Thompson and Cat Gooding, who are youth workers at the Upper Hutt Community Youth Trust. During our Upper Hutt programme Oro, those two ran a great session on meaningfully youth engagement – as …

Co-designing learning sessions

By Dayna Carter | December 14, 2016

Earlier this year, Toni and Dayna from Lifehack had been working with a bunch of Lifehack community members to co-design a series of opportunities for people to upskill in a variety of tools that Lifehack has developed in partnership with …

Designing Oro–Upper Hutt

By Gina Rembe | October 27, 2016

Below are some five lessons from working at the intersection—and how we integrated those in our newest programme Oro.

Lifehack has been experimenting with different programme shapes and intensities since early in 2014. This has resulted in us running online …