Progress Report 28/09/10

Children with AidPod in Tanzania
Children of Mikindani, Tanzania with a model Mark III AidPod, January 2009
Image credit: Tim Dench


Next moves

5,500 children die every day in Africa before the age of 5. This initiative could save thousands and thousands of children’s lives through positive engagement between the private and NGO sector.

  • Field trip to Zambia in October to meet with key stakeholders to discuss the ColaLife concept – this will be funded but supporters who donated money for the cycle ride across France.
  • The co-design of a fully costed trial plan.
  • Fundraising for the independently evaluated trial.
  • The implementation of an independently evaluated trial.

May 2008 onwards – real progress!

  • 4 – 12/9/10 The first ColaLife Participation Ride takes place >>more
  • 25/8/10 Zambia was choosen to be the country to do the first ColaLife trial >>more
  • 25/8/10 Participation Ride Blog launched >>more
  • 27/7/10 Two scenarios about how Colalife could work in are published >>Scenario One >>Scenario Two
  • 20/7/10 Simon talks to the ColaLife group in Kollkata >>more
  • 20/7/10 The team for the bike ride has been assembled >>more
  • 1/7/10 Dr. Ian Goldman joined the ColaLife Virtual Advisory Board  >>more
  • 30/6/10 Colalife Live FAQ with Simon >>more
  • 28/6/10 The Mark IV Aidpod was introduced >>more
  • 23/6/10 Simon presents ColaLife at Canvas8 >>more
  • 5/6/10 Simon starts working fulltime for Colalife >>more
  • 31/5/10 ColaLife moves into the implementation phase >>more
  • 25/5/10 UnLtd agreed to provide Jane and Simon with £15,000 >>more
  • 21/5/10 Giant Aidpod is shown at the Dream Factory Exhebition
  • 15/5/10 ColaLife has thre University Chapters on three continents >>more
  • 30/4/10 Progress report>>more
  • 22/4/10 ColaLife featured as a case study on new book on ‘Ethical Marketing & The New Consumer’ >>more
  • 12/4/10 Simon Berry to feature as a ‘Cultural Engineer’ in a book to accompany the launch of a hybrid car by Honda >>more
  • 17/3/10 Question and answer session at Hult International Business School >>more
  • 11/3/10 Prof Don Nutbeam commits to be the first member of ColaLife’s Virtual Advisory Board >>more
  • 22/2/10 ColaLife live on CNN >>more
  • 21/2/10 ColaLife selected for TEDx Warwick >>more
  • 17/2/10 ColaLife is through to the semi-finals of the Buckminster Fuller Challenge >>more
  • 15/2/10 ColaLife featured by Sarah Boseley in the Guardian >>more
  • 31/1/10 Series on Colalife principles started >>more
  • 27/1/10 Video of the presentation of ColaLife at the inaugural TEDx London published >>more
  • 17/1/10 New online campaigning handbook features ColaLife as case study >>more
  • 10/1/10 A to Z of priorities for 2010 listed >>more
  • 31/12/09 Top 10 achievements for 2009 published >>more
  • 30/12/09 Progress report >>more
  • 12/12/09 ColaLife Development Plan published >>more
  • 7/12/09 Giant AidPod display installed at the RSA, London >>more
  • 27/11/09 ColaLife gets through to stage 2 of the Buckminster Fuller Challenge (35 of 215 entries have made it this far) >>more
  • 16/11/09 The ColaLife animation reaches 10,000 views >>more
  • 14/11/09 ColaLife Channel launched on YouTube – youtube.com/colalife>>more
  • 13/11/09 AidPod Mark III animation released >>more
  • 12/11/09 Keynote presentation at Chain Reaction 2009 >>more
  • 4/11/09 ColaLife presented at the inaugural TEDx London event >>more
  • 31/10/09 ColaLife enters the Buckminster Fuller Challenge >>more
  • 27/10/09 ColaLife presented at the 8th Annual World Food and Innovation Conference, Rotterdam >>more
  • 18/10/09 ColaLife makes the GOOD 100 List >>more
  • 14/10/09 WHO/UNICEF Report published: Diarrhoea: Why children are still dying and what can be done >>more
  • 10/10/09 Giant ColaLife AidPod displayed at the Africa Gathering event >>more
  • 24/9/09 Google back off from Project 10 to the 100th (very disappointing) >>more
  • 19/8/09 ColaLife is incorporated >>more
  • 26/8/09 Progress report >>more
  • 15/8/09 An assessment of where we are with Coca-Cola >>more
  • 5/8/09 ColaLife balloon release >>watch
  • 4/8/09 ColaLife brokers partnership with global NGO for Tanzanian field work >>more
  • 18/7/09 Russell Tanner promotes ColaLife on the 4th Plinth in Trafalgar Square >>watch
  • 14/7/09 Sarah Brown (the UK Prime Minister’s wife) tweets for ColaLife! >>more
  • 11/7/09 Twitter campaign for plinth appearance starts >>more
  • 7/7/09 ColaLife headlines in NESTA handbook on social innovation >>more
  • 5/7/09 Russell Tanner dedicates his spot on the 4th Plinth to ColaLife >>more
  • 1/7/09 Mayor of London says ‘No’ to ColaLife giant aidpod on the 4th Plinth in Trafalgar Square >>more
  • 24/6/09 ColaLife to play Glastonbury >>more
  • 17/6/09 Mark III of the aidpod unveiled >>watch >>slideshow
  • 12/6/09 Prof Don Nutbeam endorses ColaLife in televised panel discussion on global public health >>more
  • 11/6/09 Giant aidpod installed at NESTA, the UK’s Innovation Centre >>more
  • 17/5/09 ColaLife featured in HARVARD report >>more
  • 6/5/09 ColaLife’s first birthday
  • 25/4/09 Coca-Cola commit to ColaLife trials in Radio 4 interview >>listen
  • 25/4/09 ColaLife, ‘story so far’ presentation at ‘Africa Gathering’ >>watch
  • 8/4/09 theWorkshop in Sheffield build a giant aippod >>more
  • 5/4/09 Bob Geldof talks to Simon Berry about the aidpod >>more
  • 28/3/09 Dame Barbara Stocking (Director, Oxfam GB) gives her verdict on the aidpod >>more
  • 25/3/09 The children of N’gombe Compound, Lusaka celebrate the aidpod >>more
  • 18/3/09 Simon Berry featured in ‘Social Pioneers’ supplement in the Guardian >>more
  • 11/3/09 ColaLife’s Simon Berry is second blogger to be confirmed for the G20 Summit >>more The G20-specific blog posts are here
  • 8/3/09 Supporters encouraged to make their own aidpods – patterns released >>more
  • 4/3/09 Mark II of the AidPod revealed at face to face meeting at Global Tolerance HQ >>more
  • 21/2/09 ColaLife Twitter background released >>more
  • 24/1/09 AidPod ideas explored >>more
  • 8,000th member joins ColaLife Facebook group >>more NOTE: we are now encouraging people to join our Facebook page
  • 27/12/08 BBC iPM ‘Best of Year’ feature broadcast >>listen
  • Introduced by Kate Andrews to David Berman the author of Do Good Design >>more
  • aidpod domain names registered >>more
  • 16/12/08 Face to face meeting at Global Tolerance HQ >>more
  • 13/12/08 ColaLife aims and objectives formally reviewed and re-stated based on the learning so far and informed particularly by the trip to Dar Es Salaam. The AidPod moves centre stage.
  • 6/12/08 Progress Report >>more
  • 5/12/08 Live interview on newstalk Radio, Ireland’s national talk radio station >>more
  • 4/12/08 interviewed by Nigel Courtney for NESTA Innovation Handbook
  • 28/11/08 Met with Dr Jane Miller, PSI, Dar Es Salaam. PSI are potential partners in the trialing of the ColaLife idea >>more
  • 27/11/08 Field trip with Benito Xaverly – ‘ColaLife Pods’ discussed on video >>more
  • 26/11/08 Made prototype ‘ColaLife Pods’ >>more
  • 26/11/08 Stakeholder meeting convened by Coca-Cola in Dar Es Salaam
  • 25/11/08 Kate Andrews presented ColaLife as a case study at KHiO, Oslo
    National Academy of the Arts >>more
  • 25-29/11/08 Simon Berry in Tanzania at the invitation of Coca-Cola >>more
  • 25/11/08 Field trip to Manual Distribution Centres (MDCs) in Dar Es Salaam >>more
  • 24/11/08 ColaLife plenary presentation at NCVO’s Info 2.0 conference >>more
  • 24/11/08 Views of ColaLife Video for Google’s Project 10^100 hit 3,000
  • 20/11/08 BBC to cover the Tanzania Trip >>more
  • 20/10/08 ColaLife case study presented at NCVO’s Collaboration conference
  • 18/11/08 Facebook Group membership hit 7,000
  • 15/11/08 Jess ponsford submits innovation ‘ColaLife Pod’ design ideas >>more
  • 10/11/08 Skype call with ColaLife mentor Tielmann Nieuwoudt
  • 6/11/08 ColaLife Video for Google’s Project 10^100 made available for the iPod >>more
  • 1/11/08 Progress Report >>more
  • 25/10/08 Coca-Cola invites ColaLife to Dar Es Salaam! >>more
  • 25/10/08 Kate Andrews writes ColaLife Wikipedia Entry.
  • 19/10/08 Application submitted to Google’s Project 10^100. >>more
  • 19/10/08 ColaLife Video for Google’s Project 10^100 published on YouTube. View the video on YouTube.
  • 18/10/08 ColaLife press page created >>more
  • 4/10/08 ColaLife featured as a case study at ‘Social Activism Online’ conference. >>more
  • 20/9/08 Excellent ‘Before and After’ ORS pictures found. >>more
  • 15/9/08 talkSPORT interview. >>more
  • 12/9/08 ColaLife ‘Buzz Monitor’ created using Pageflakes. >>more
  • 8/9/08 Facebook group hits 5,500 – the number of children under the age of 5 that die each day in Africa. >>more
  • 1/9/08 ColaLife banner ads made available. >>more
  • 31/8/08 Article published in the Sunday edition of El Mercurio, Chile. This is the first the ColaLife story has been printed on paper. >>more
  • 27/8/08 Progress Report >>more
  • 27/8/08 Facebook Group membership hits 5,000, Google group has 55 members, Flickr Group has 256 members
  • 21/8/08 Responded to questions from El Mercurio, Chile
  • 21/8/08 Interviewed for Common Ground Magazine (US) – feature to be published on 1/10/08
  • 20/8/08 Meeting with James Alexander, CEO, We Are What We Do
  • 14/8/08 First face-to-face meet-up of the ColaLife Group
  • 6/8/08 Facebook Group membership hits 4,000
  • 4/8/08 Colalife website and dedicated blog built by Facebook Group member Dave Briggs.
  • 3/8/08 Aims & objectives finalised through Google Group
  • 3/8/08 ColaLife Flickr Group established
  • 3/8/08 colalife.org domain name purchased
  • Inhabitat article starts an avalanche of other artcles including on treehugger, trendhunter and many more.
  • 29/7/08 Kate’s article published on Inhabitat.com
  • 21/7/08 Kate Andrews became Admin of the Facebook Group (group size: 3,400)
  • 17/7/08 Progress Report (6th Facebook Newsletter) >>more
  • 13/7/08 Simon Berry interviewed on the BBC World Service
  • 6-20/7/08 Facebook bug did not allow Kate Andrews to be added as group administrator – Facebook Support contacted
  • 6/7/08 ColaLife Google Group established
  • 6/7/08 Coca-Cola’s Adrian Ristow sent his first diary note from Ethiopia
  • 3/7/08 Follow-up interview with the iPM Programme (video)
  • 3/7/08 Ran workshop at the 2gether08 Festival
  • 16/6/08 Face to face meeting with Coca Cola’s Salvatore Gabola in Brussels.
  • 13/6/08 Facebook Group grew from 0 to 2,115 in 26 days. Membership includes a ‘frontline’ Rehydration Project in India
  • 5/6/08 Telephone conference with Coca Cola’s Global Head of Stakeholder Relations and UK conterpart
  • 1/6/08 The colalife ampaign was nominated for the New Media Awards
  • 27/5/08 Coca-Cola Reydration Project proposed on RSA Networks (RSA Members only)
  • 24/5/08 As part of the iPM feature, Eve Graham (ex lead singer – The New Seekers) sang supporting lyrics to ‘I’d like to teach the world to sing’.
  • 24/5/08 The campaign was featured on iPM (BBC Radio 4)
  • 23/5/08 The iPM Team received a Written statement received from Coca Cola – ‘willing to talk’
  • 23/5/08 colalife tag establsished in del.icio.us
  • 21-24/5/08 The iPM Team worked flat-out to create an amazing feature for the programme on 24/5/08 and this paid off handsomely
  • 21/5/08 Interviewed by Eddie Mair for the iPM Programme.
  • 19/5/08 #colalife tag set-up in hastags
  • 18/5/08 Facebook Group formed.
  • 16/5/08 Heard Annie Lennox on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs. She said We can distribute Coca Cola all around the World but we can’t seem to get medication to save a child from something as simple as diarrhoea and I think that that is wrong. At this point I decided my blog post wasn’t going to be enough! I decided to set up a Facebook group to get people behind the idea.
  • 6-14/5/08 I was in communication with Coca-Cola but could not get past the first line in Coca-Cola’s CSR department
  • After the blog post I tried to get the idea debated on the BBC Radio 4 iPM programme. I was successful on the 3rd attempt and after getting friends to support the idea on the iPM blog (see below).
  • 6/5/08 I decided to blog the idea and then follow-up by trying to get Coca-Cola’s attention. The blog post is here.
  • 6/5/08 The presence of Coca-Cola’s Chief Executive at the Business Call To Action event re-kindled the idea. I contributed to the online blog saying: What about Coca Cola using their
    distribution channels (which are amazing in developing countries) to distribute rehydration salts? Maybe by dedicating one compartment in every 10 crates as ‘the life saving’ compartment?’
    (original live blog available here)

May 1988 – May 2008 – the first 7,305 days – no progress!

  • May 1988 Had the idea while working on the British Aid Programme in NE Zambia that Coca-Cola’s distribution muscle could be used to distribute oral rehydration salts in developing countries
  • I tried to promote the idea but made no progress at all!