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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 …

Embedding evidence in social-change work: Using protective factors

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 …

Entrepreneurship tools for learning-focussed team processes

Entrepreneurship tools for learning-focussed team processes

Learning-focussed environments

We have written a fair bit about how we use experiments to drive insight. A learning-focussed approach to our work allows us to ask questions around effectiveness, and overall has lead to a very intentional approach to running …

Enabling Youth Wellbeing: Developing a Lifehack Impact Model

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 …

Place-based initiatives: Etsy.org’s Hudson Valley programme

Place-based initiatives: Etsy.org’s Hudson Valley programme

Photo via Etsy.org

We at Lifehack are currently thinking about the relevance about place-based programmes (we may well be scheming we can talk about soon). I was excited to catch up with Grace Lodge from Etsy.org this morning. She currently …

Social Enterprise Auckland Launch

Social Enterprise Auckland Launch

A hundred people with a vested interested in the development of Auckland’s social enterprise scene came together at the Auckland University’s Business School to launch Social Enterprise Auckland. SEA describes itself as:

a collaborative group of social enterprises and their …

Michael Smith: At the intersection: reflections from three years at the intersection

Michael Smith: At the intersection: reflections from three years at the intersection

Michael was a participant on our Lifehack Labs programme in 2014. Below is a story captured about his journey along his own path of wellbeing across the last three years.

 

Michael had spent most of his life cruising through …

Experimenting with placing financial value on experiences

Experimenting with placing financial value on experiences

You may have read or seen that Lifehack are on the lookout for the next generation of Flourishing Fellows. Similarly to last year, Lifehack are looking for up to twenty-five people from around Aotearoa to convene around the topic of …

Youthline Manukau & Sovereign Mahi: Tuarua – Christina Leef

Youthline Manukau & Sovereign- Tuarua

I was asked to put together a piece around cultural tikanga which involved me exploring the different cultures that make up the South Auckland community to carve out a piece of work to house all the different customs within each …

Youthline Manukau & Sovereign mahi: tuatahi – Christina Leef

Youthline Manukau & Sovereign

Kia ora tatou, He uri tenei nō Te Rarawa me Kuki Airani, Ko Christina Leef ahau.

 

In November 2015 I received a call from Gina about a partnership between Youthline, Sovereign and Lifehack. Youthline Manukau needed to increase the …

Sam Rye: 3 Questions I still have about Social Labs (Throwback to 2016)

Sam Rye: 3 Questions I still have about social labs

Social Labs, you’ve probably heard us talk about them, you might have been part of one and you might also have hosted one. We’ve dug out this Medium post by the our tuakana (and ex co-lead) Sam Rye from back …

Lifehack’s Impact story — out now

Lifehack’s Impact story — out now

(Illustration by Miranda Lees)

For the past few months we’ve been beavering away trying so sum up the learnings and impact from our mahi from the last couple of years. Two years ago, we started running our first experiments: the …

100 Resilient Cities : #ResilientWGTN

Visual Notes from Resilient Wellington Kick Off

“Urban Resilience is the capacity of individuals, communities, institutions, businesses, and systems within a city to survive, adapt, and grow no matter what kinds of chronic stresses and acute shocks they experience.”

– ‘What is Urban Resilience’ – 100 Resilient …

Lifehack Nelson/Tasman: Welcoming Projects & Participants

Lifehack is coming to the Nelson Tasman region!

 

We’re excited to announce our Lifehack weekend coming up in November, running from Friday the 6th to Sunday the 8th.

 

Lifehack weekends are a great way for the community to …

The Startup Genome Project 2.0

The Startup Genome Project 2.0

The DNA of startups across the world is constantly being mapped and debated, we recently got a message from Zora Lopez who kindly linked us up with The Startup Genome Project 2.0 – an effort to better understand what and …

How We Use Experiments To Drive Insight

Banner: How We Use Experiments To Drive Insight

We get a lot of questions about how we do what we do.

Moving at pace but keeping Lifehack focused on learning is a skill we’ve been honing for over 2 years, and the practice of running Experiments is at …

How To Use A Business Model Canvas When Your User Isn’t Your Customer

multi-sided-business-model-user-customer

Most of the time in the Youth Wellbeing space, the people using an intervention AREN’T the people who pay for the service.

Example: Young people going to a youth club often pay nothing to attend – the costs are covered …

Labs Chat – Child & Youth Mental Health in Canada

Social Labs Chat - Lifehack Meets Canada

We’re constantly scanning the international frontiers to see what emerges around the world that we can learn from, build on, and generally improve our work to see 100% of young Kiwis flourishing by 2050. As an example, a short while …

What is a Social Innovation Lab? [Part 2]

What Is A Social Innovation Lab?

image courtesy of DESIS: http://www.newschool.edu/desis/

We’ve talked a bit recently about how Lifehack emerged in 2014 to go beyond running a few events, and start asking the hard questions about the role of social innovation in improving youth wellbeing, and …

Design for Complexity – Talking Social Innovation Practice

I am only passionately curious

What is the role of Design in Social Innovation?

We’ve been asking ourselves this a lot recently, and we were delighted when we were asked to drop in to Massey University’s Design School to speak to the 4th year students …