Lifehack Labs, NZ
Lifehack believes in the power of social entrepreneurship to turn the big challenges of our time into opportunities to spend our lives working on things that matter.
Lifehack Labs 2014 is 5 week design-led bootcamp to kickstart impact projects for youth wellbeing being run this August in Wellington, New Zealand. It asks applicants to think about their life in 3 years:
Do you want to be tackling some of the biggest challenges of our time? Do you feel like you don’t have the headspace after Uni or now you’re in work to do something audacious? Do you wish you could find more purpose in your daily work and launch something world-changing?
Lifehack Labs blends world leading research and insights from the best of positive psychology, lean startup, UX, design thinking, team development, leadership, social innovation and personal wellbeing.They also run weekend workshops throughout the country. They promote social entrepreneurship as an alternate pathway to meaningful employment and impact.
I chatted to Lifehack's core team member Gina Rembe who told me: "Lifehack works towards spreading social enterprise and social innovation to the far flung corners of New Zealand and beyond. We aim to create opportunities and pathways for people of all ages seeking to create work with positive social impact with a focus on young people's holistic wellbeing.
With regards to assessing the impact of our work, we have been following Zaid Hassan's approach of capitals as described in his 2014 book
The Social Labs Revolution. Namely, those are:
Physical capital (new services or infrastructure)
Human capital (new capacities and skills)
Social capital (increased trust and collaboration)
Intellectual capital (new knowledge and learning).
Given the support we receive through participants' in-kind contributions (eg a lawyer offering their expertise) and sponsorship we added economic capital as the fifth one. Building trust amongst participants and making people feel empowered is crucial to the success of Lifehack. It also supports our theory of change – that by empowering individuals and strengthening communities we can address some of our most difficult social issues."
How might we use social entrepreneurship as a driver for youth employment opportunities? What other social entrepreneurship training programs do you know of globally? How might we measure and evaluate the success of social entrepreneurship programs?