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Caption: Visual communication design students who will be mentored by youth wellbeing social innovation lab Lifehack.


Lifehack and Massey designers team up for wellbeing


Improving everyday wellbeing for young Kiwis through social entrepreneurship will be one of the focuses of an exciting new project for visual communication design students at Massey University in Wellington this year.

 Lifehack, New Zealand’s youth wellbeing social innovation lab, is teaming up with the visual communication design programme to help mentor up to 150 students. Lifehack will help students to develop a range of innovative responses to the latest research on positive psychology and resilience.

 Senior Lecturer Tim Parkin describes the partnership as “providing the design school with an opportunity to build on current course content in the area of social entrepreneurship.” Lifehack will introduce students to new research into elements of wellbeing such as belonging and identity, mindfulness and sleep, as well as the role of technology in wellbeing interventions.

 Senior Lecturer in Design, Mark Bradford, says the design challenge will be part of a level three paper in the second semester of 2015. “We’re thrilled to expand our course offerings by connecting with the Lifehack team. The collaboration will not only facilitate design responses to societal issues, it will also be a way to encourage those students who prefer social entrepreneurial projects rather than the traditional commercial space.”

 Students will undergo a three-month guided design process. Their ideas will be reviewed and critiqued by Massey design lecturers and the Lifehack team. They will then be able to take their ideas further through postgraduate study or Lifehack initiatives.

 Co-leader of  Lifehack Sam Rye expressed excitement to be working with some of the brightest young minds who he hopes will help bring fresh approaches to how health and wellbeing interventions are conceptualised, designed and developed.

 “Massey’s design school is a perfect partner for this pilot of an New Zealand-wide student design challenge, as the students are trained to work across disciplines with collaboration at the heart of how they operate.”

 Lifehack is part of the Prime Minister’s ‘Youth Mental Health Project,’ and supports a range of projects, people and ventures to generate innovative wellbeing interventions through technology.

About Lifehack

Lifehack is on a mission to enable 100 per cent of young people to flourish by 2050.

 Lifehack brings together like minded people who are keen to make things happen from a range of disciplines through offline meet ups where people are able to work together to create and collaborate. Lifehack bridges this community with the latest wellbeing research from academia and civil society, and leading mentors from creative and health sectors to create technological interventions for a thriving future. It is a programme run by Enspiral Foundation - a social innovation colective founded in Aotearoa New Zealand. Lifehack is part of the Prime Minister's Youth Mental Health Project a package of initiatves aimed at improving the mental health and wellbeing of young people.


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