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Lifehack’s top three reasons for getting back to nature #mhawnz

  It’s Mental Health Awareness Week at the moment. The focus this year is connecting with nature and in this post we’ll be telling you our top three reasons to get out in nature and the benefits to your wellbeing. You might have noticed the #mhawnz across social media—and we’d love to hear from you…

It’s Mental Health Awareness Week #mhwnz

Mental Health Awareness Week is marked by 150 countries annually, and this week is Aotearoa’s turn! During this week you’ll see a bunch of social media posts with the #mhawnz and we encourage you to get involved. You can check out what’s happening in your local area here. Connecting with nature can be a super…

Lifehack at Festival For The Future

  Photo by Iris Riddle. Iris is the marketing manager at Inspiring Stories and was also on the 2016 Flourishing Fellowship Last weekend, the Lifehack team had the amazing opportunity to attend Festival For The Future. Over 900 people gather at the Aotea Centre in Central Auckland to listen to keynote speakers, attend workshops and…

Reflections on Te Tiriti o Waitangi workshop

Reflections on Te Tiriti o Waitangi workshop The following is a post by Christina Curley, a 2015 Flourishing Fellow on her reflections of attending Te Tiriti o Waitangi workshop. What does it mean to be a bicultural and purpose ­driven organisation in Aotearoa New Zealand? I’ve been thinking recently about this as I’m working through the process of creating organisational cultures for my startups (Upwards and Savvy Up), as growing a baby company from scratch means the chance to “bake in” cultural practices/tikanga. So it was with this frame of reference…

Sovereign’s Clark Todd: Building on trust and potential

The following is a guest post by Clark Todd, Head of Corporate Responsibility at Sovereign Insurance. A corporate funded social innovation project can help to make a positive change to a community or not for profits that need support. It can also provide learnings that make a big difference to how companies tackle challenges within…

Place-based initiatives:’s Hudson Valley programme

Photo via 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 this morning. She currently coordinates a local entrepreneurship programme in the Hudson Valley in upstate NY, about two to three…

Reflections on the Design for Social Innovation Symposium

  In mid-July, I spent two days at the Design For Social Innovation symposium with the Lifehack team. As a gathering of practitioners in public social innovation, a lot of the time was spent looking at existing projects and their challenges, wins and lessons. A considerable amount of time was spent on building whanaungatanga amongst the symposium participants to…


Carolyn Taueki-Stott – Flourishing Fellow 2016 I didn’t have any idea what to expect walking in to the Yurt on the first day. Although it was a beautiful, clear Wellington afternoon, there was a slight chill in the air…the sort of chill you feel inside when you are about to walk into the unknown. I had similar emotions…

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 supporters working for sustainable social change in Auckland. A hub for inspiration, information and connection,…