YourMondayMotivator: Lifehacking – a weekend of collaboration and making stuff happen

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  • April 8, 2013

This past weekend I had the priviledge to be involved in the first Lifehack weekend as a mentor.

Lifehack is an organisation that assemblies groups of “hackers, hipsters and hustlers” and uses their skills to “create new technologies and media solutions to tackle young New Zealanders mental health issues head on.”

It was an awesome experience!


The experience in the lead team and the groups was staggering. There were some very smart people there hell bent on tackling youth mental health life with a Ma’a Nonu style takedown.

This country is in a lot of trouble with this issue. Our kids are killing themselves. We cannot be one of the happiest countries in the world if we have such a massive youth mental health problem.

I know this is a heavy for a Monday morning but I am still buzzing from Saturday. The energy and inspiration of the Lifehackers is infectious. It can’t help but rub off on you.

As a mentor I was there to listen, ask why and challenge the teams. I wasn’t sure my experience would be useful but the ideas and conversations sparked by fresh eyes changed the dynamics and simplified the pitch.

Look you may not think you have anything to offer these kinds of organisations. You might think you’re too busy. You might be too busy. Let’s face it work and living take up a lot of time. However if you get the opportunity to be involved in something like this – take it. Turn up and ask questions.

Have a great day.