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Lifehack’s Four Year Journey: Wrapping Up In October 2017

Lifehack's Four Year Journey

“Is Lifehack an institution or an intervention?” – Gina Rembe


As we draw to the close of Lifehack’s mahi, we would like to send a massive thank you and mihi to everybody who’s contributed to our kaupapa in the …

Oro Hackathon -The journey, outcomes and reflections

Guest Blog: Dayna Carter Oro Hackathon

Written by former Lifehack teamie Dayna Carter

The Oro Hackathon was delivered over the weekend of 28-30 July, 2017 and was a success for all sorts of reasons. Firstly, each of the three powerful Upper Hutt based projects walked away …

Guest post: Eleanor Hurton @ the Codesign for Youth Wellbeing Symposium

Guest Blog post
This is a guest post from Eleanor Hurton who attended the Co-design for Youth Wellbeing Symposium in September. It’s also a shout-out to the Shuttleworth Foundation, which supported the Symposium with a one-off, no-strings-attached grant. When we received an email…

Programme Design for Impact: Features from the Flourishing Fellowship

Programme design for impact

Designing a programme for impact is an ever-evolving art. This post shares some of the key programme design features from our flagship programme, the Flourishing Fellowship.

In 2017 we hosted our third iteration of the Flourishing Fellowship. Some aspects of …

A Sneak Peak at the 2017 Fellowship Impact Report

Sneak peak at FF impact report

We’re busy compiling the 2017 Fellowship Impact Report. As silly as it might sound, we’re bursting at the seams to share some of the high level results and learnings. We’d like to give a big mihi to Angelique Praat from …

How To Use User Personas (And Our Personas From The Fellowship)

User personas are a powerful tool to help clarify who you’re trying to serve and how you can best help them. As a tool from the start-up, marketing and design worlds, we wanted to show you how we’ve used them …

Guest blog post: George Gribbin @ the Collaborative Trust Hui 2017

George guest blog


I had the privilege of attending the Collaborative Hui on the 27th and 28th of April on behalf of the Lifehack Community. It was a fantastic couple of days with hope, optimism and challenge embedded throughout.

The Hui was …

At the intersection of education, design and wellbeing: The OJC Wellbeing Collaboration

The OJC Wellbeing Collaboration

Over the past six months Lifehack has been working alongside progressive and newly established Ormiston Junior College, mental health advocacy organisation Changing Minds and Auckland Libraries to co-host action-oriented learning with young people aged eleven to fifteen (Years 7-10).

This …

Embedding evidence in social-change work: Using protective factors

Over the years we’ve been trying to work out how to best embed evidence in our mahi in a way that’s accessible, practical and engaging. Much of the best-practice and research of how to improve wellbeing has been done and …

Oro Hackathon returns to Upper Hutt

Guest post by Paul Thompson of Upper Hutt Community Youth Trust


Why would I want to be involved in a hackathon and give up a whole weekend to help?  I mean I’m busy, I have too many things on …

Online Project Kitchens

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Experimenting with online facilitation

Over the past six months, Lifehack has been experimenting with online environment as a way to get ideas off the ground and awhi the work of various members of our community.

In February, Olivia & Kieran …

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 …

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 …

How to run a codesign workshop in your town

codesign workshop blog image (Palmy North post)

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, they reflect …

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 …

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

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 …

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 …

Funding your participation in the Flourishing Fellowship


This post outlines how we’re supporting applicants to make the Fellowship financially accessible.  We would love your feedback on this support, so please do email us at if you have any thoughts.

Applications for the 2017 Flourishing Fellowship closed …

Flourishing Fellowship applications extended until 8 March!


This is your last chance to apply for the 2017 Flourishing Fellowship! We have extended applications until next Wednesday 8 March at 5pm! (Yes that’s a Wednesday.)

Click here to go the application page!

We’ve been blown away by the