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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.…


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 last week! And while we’ve extended the deadline to allow some extra people to apply,…


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 calibre of this year’s applicants We’ve been blown away by the number of applications this year from such quality humans…

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

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

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 a member of the Lifehack team, he has a unique perspective on the impact of…

Fellowship applications are open—help us find great humans and be rewarded!

As you may have read on social media, applications for our flagship programme the Flourishing Fellowship are currently open. The three-month part-time programme combines professional and personal development for those in the youth workforce (this is the youth workforce in the widest sense—be it in policy, youth work, teaching, nursing, social work, research, public health etc).…