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Supporting good decision making in small teams

By Toni Reid | August 23, 2017

You’ve started a project! Nice work. But how do you continue well? How do you make sure your team are on the same page and aren’t making unfair or incorrect assumptions about each other?

This worksheet offers some thinking about …

How to: Host a 5 Ways to Wellbeing Session

By Toni Reid | August 23, 2017

Transform how you think about wellbeing

The Five Ways to Wellbeing has transformed how we consider ways to improve our own wellbeing. And it’s transformed how we support other people’s wellbeing.

It’s also helped some of our Fellows to develop …

Five principles to enable meaningful participation in co-design

By Toni Reid | August 9, 2017

Interested in how you can create a safe, participatory space with young people?

We think these 5 principles will help you get ahead of the game:

acknowledging indigenous knowledge understanding your responsibilities focusing on strengths and opportunities, not on weaknesses…

Project Kitchens

By Toni Reid | July 27, 2017

Originally developed by Seb Paquet, Project Kitchens is a wonderful tool that can help propel early stage ideas into concrete next steps

The format brings together a small number of people who have projects they would like assistance with and …

Community Hackathon Manual

Lifehack Weekend Event: Manual

By Gina Rembe | July 19, 2017

This Weekend Event manual is a facilitation tool that can bring together a group of diverse humans to support local community projects. This structure aims to empower participants and project holders to demonstrate that everyone has skills and knowledge to …

Oro—Upper Hutt report

By Gina Rembe | July 19, 2017

Oro was Lifehack’s first intensive place-based programme. The programme built on existing relationships Lifehack had in Upper Hutt and was co-designed with local stakeholders. In trialling this new place-based approach we wanted to apply learnings from previous programmes about how …

Whānau Wellbeing Protective Factors

By Gina Rembe | July 19, 2017

For Lifehack’s mahi, we have been seeking ways to embed the protective factors into our programmes themselves, as well as bringing across the importance to youth wellbeing practitioners to do the same in their respective initiatives and services.

One of …

Te Whare Tapa Whā poster

By Gina Rembe | July 13, 2017

Te Whare Tapa Whā, developed by Sir Mason Durie, is a New Zealand indigenous model for wellbeing.

The Whare Tapa Whā was developed as a response to a piece of research by the Māori Women’s Welfare League in the late …

Lifehack’s Impact Model

By Gina Rembe | April 18, 2017

Over several months at the end of 2016 we developed a comprehensive Impact Model for Lifehack. 

It helps to consolidate and share what we’ve learnt between 2013 and 2016 about how an innovation initiative like Lifehack creates and tracks impact. …

Wellbeing Plans

Wellbeing Plans

By Gina Rembe | October 7, 2016

The purpose of these plans have been for the team to reflect on what things are like when things are great and then explore what stress looks like. Most importantly: what are the important steps to take when things aren’t …

Ngā Uri Ō – Descendants of

By Dayna Carter | September 21, 2016

Ngā Uri Ō is a resource Lifehack uses when working with people regardless of the size of group. Relationships with people is centre to our work.

Wai in Māori means water. In our current prototype above, you will see we …

Facilitator’s Guide & Worksheets: Everyday Wellbeing Design Challenge

By Gina Rembe | September 5, 2016


In 2015 we ran a design challenge to promote everyday wellbeing, in collaboration with Massey University.

Having recognised the value of the students gaining a creative insight into wellbeing frameworks such as 5 Ways To Wellbeing and Te Whare …

Everyday Wellbeing Design Challenge (report)

By Gina Rembe | July 7, 2016

What would happen if we took 290 students studying a third year design paper, and focused the brief on Everyday Wellbeing?

In late 2015, the Lifehack crew teamed up with Massey University’s School of Design, to do something different with …

Flourishing Fellowship Report

By Gina Rembe | April 1, 2016


The Flourishing Fellowship was Lifehack’s latest experiment in supporting social innovation to improve the wellbeing of young kiwis. It works by building a community of highly skilled champions who support one another in accelerating youth-wellbeing-related work throughout the country.…

Codesign Case Study from the Flourishing Fellowship 2015

Codesign Case Study: The Flourishing Fellowship

By Gina Rembe | January 28, 2016

We’ve just finished our Codesign Case Study from the 2015 Flourishing Fellowship! Inside you’ll find out all about how we worked with people across Aotearoa New Zealand to create this new programme.

Codesign incorporates Lifehack’s two favourite methodologies: working alongside …

Lifehack Impact Report

By Gina Rembe | January 19, 2016

Lifehack has been busy evaluating over the last two years!

Lately we’ve been evaluating our programmes and interventions into the wellbeing and mental health of young people across Aotearoa, New Zealand.

After carefully taking a look at the data and …

Lifehack Labs 2014 - Impact Report Cover

Lifehack Labs – One Year On – Impact Report

By Gina Rembe | December 4, 2015

In 2014, we undertook our most intensive programme yet, with a 5 week, full time bootcamp for 20 young people from around Aotearoa New Zealand.

We called it Lifehack Labs.

This is the story of what happened since…

International research …

MVP Design Ebook

Designing a Minimum Viable Product (MVP)

By Gina Rembe | May 26, 2015

Designing Technology products and services has come on leaps and bounds in the last 10 years.

Minimum Viable Products (MVP) were popularised by Lean Startup and other technology entrepreneurs, as a way to design and build products which weren’t a …

Free Resource - Experiments, Prototypes & MVP's

eBook: Experiments, Prototypes & MVP’s

By Gina Rembe | March 3, 2015

Experiments are a method to generate the currency of entrepreneurship – learning.

But how do they relate to Prototypes and MVP’s? Aren’t they the same thing? If they’re not, when would you use each of them? What does MVP even …

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Running Lean Startup Experiments

By Gina Rembe | February 10, 2015

Running Lean Startup Experiments from Lifehack HQ


Lean Startup Experiments are a method to generate the currency of Entrepreneurship – learning.

In this workshop, first presented at Live The Dream by Sam Rye (co-Lead at Lifehack), we’ll take you …