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It’s Youth Week!

  This week we are celebrating Youth Week! Our focus is around how we can improve the systems that influence youth wellbeing. We’ll be releasing videos that demonstrate how people across Aotearoa New Zealand have been influencing change from their unique vantage point. (If you can’t wait for us to drip-feed them via Facebook and Twitter, you can…

Lifehack 2017 Programmes and Funding Update

It’s time for the next Lifehack update for 2017 and we have lots to share. We also have an update on the future of Lifehack. What’s been going on:  We’ve got two cracking programmes running at the moment. We’re working with teachers, students and community collaborators at an Auckland school exploring wellbeing in their school and…

How to run a codesign workshop in your town

  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, Gina reflects on how you might be able to run a similar workshop in your…

Shuttleworth Foundation Flash Grant

Some emails just seem too good to be true. Often, they involve suggestions of no-strings-attached offers of monetary support. One such email landed in our inbox just a couple of weeks ago. We sent it around the team and I had a look online to work out whether it was legitimate. After some research it…

Helping LGBTIQ youth to flourish

How to create an environment for LGBTIQ youth to flourish

Helping LGBTIQ youth to flourish Earlier this year, a few awesome humans came together to discuss a pretty important topic – ‘How do we create an environment for LGBTIQ youth wellbeing?’ LGBTIQ stands for: lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex or queer. This korero was co-hosted by Olivia and Kieran, two members of the 2016 Flourishing…

Working with Thicket to evaluate the impact of 2016’s Flourishing Fellowship

We are excited to share our newly released report into the 2016 Lifehack Flourishing Fellowship evaluation by Thicket.   This is a co-written blog post by Lifehack & Thicket, providing some background and context to the report, and our learnings from working together.   Lifehack on meeting Thicket Thicket Labs specialise in ways to quantitatively…

Enabling Youth Wellbeing: Developing a Lifehack Impact Model

  Over several months at the end of 2016 we developed a comprehensive Impact Model for Lifehack. It helps consolidate and share what we’ve learnt between 2013 and 2016 about how an innovation initiative like Lifehack creates and tracks impact. The Impact Model makes explicit the outcomes and kinds of impact we seek to create…


How can you live and work bi-culturally in Aotearoa New Zealand?

Lifehack Flourishing Fellow, hustler and Glen Innes #GITilliDie mana wahine Christina Leef recently hosted a kōrero around living and working biculturally. A kōrero interspersed with lyrical junctures, the uncovering of assumptions and some brave patai (questions) that sparked some important thinking for everybody who attended. It was one of our Online Ako (skill-sharing) Sessions –…

What we’ve learnt from running the Fellowship

Lifehack’s programme designs have been iterations from all the work we’ve done in the past. Not only do we spent time reflecting and implementing learnings into future programmes, we also take inspiration from practitioners around the globe. If you’re curious how we designed Oro, our place-based programme from late last year, check out this post.…