Our tribute to Salvatore Gabola

We were very sad to hear that Salvatore Gabola died suddenly over the weekend. Our thoughts go out to his family. I only met Salvatore once, in June 2006, when he was Global Head of Stakeholder Relations at Coca-Cola. He asked for the meeting through a statement made to the BBC as part of a programme […]

ColaLife is a Buckminster Fuller semi-finalist

Spot the ColaLife imagery in the collage above It was announced last night (17/2/10) that ColaLife is through to the semi-finals of the global Buckminster Fuller Challenge. This is brilliant news. It’s  exactly the sort of recognition we need and yet again raises the credibility of the ColaLife concept. It’s time to move on from […]

Open Sourcing Project 10^100?

Do you remember Google’s Project 10 to the 100th? In the autumn of 2008 Google asked us all to submit ‘ideas that would change the World’. More than 170,000 of us did just that across 170 countries. We submitted the ColaLife idea. The plan was that Google would select the top 100 ideas and ask […]

Progress Report – 26/8/09

Child at Rene MDC, Tanzania, November 2008 Image credit: Simon Berry 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 […]

ColaLife, MDCs and Coca-Cola’s Manual Distribution System

This is an assessment of where we have got to in our relationship with Coca-Cola, our understanding of the different mechanisms by which Coca-Cola is distributed in developing countries and the implications for the roll-out of the ColaLife idea. Although the progress we have made is significant, it is evident that we still have a […]

ColaLife brokers partnership with global NGO for Tanzanian field work

Our first major achievement was to get Coca-Cola’s agreement to look at trialling our ideas on the ground in Africa. Now we can reveal our second major achievement: we have successfully found them the partner they needed. Three weeks ago, on 20th July 2009, after months of partnership development talks, AED (The Academy for Educational […]

Coca-Cola say ‘Yes’ (probably) to trials this year

Image credit: Alison Pearson. Thanks to the children of the N’gombe Compound in Lusaka, Zambia. A handful of ColaLife supporters attended the public  Business Fights Poverty event at the Commonwealth Club last night to hear Euan Wilmshurst, Stakeholder Engagement Manager, The Coca-Cola Company, give a qualified YES to trials of the ColaLife idea before the […]

ColaLife is off to the G20 Summit!

Thanks to the support of Facebook Group members I am off to the G20 Summit! I heard today that the nomination to be a member of the G20voice team of bloggers from around the world had been approved by Number 10. This is huge honour and responsibility which I will be taking very seriously. If […]

Would you change your Facebook picture for ColaLife?

A group of us (in a Google Group) are working on a campaign to get people to vote for the ColaLife idea if it gets through to the last 100 in Google’s Project 10 to the 100th trawl for the best ideas in the World. We will know on 17 March 2009. One idea put […]

Progress Report – 6/12/08

Children at Rene MDC, Dar Es Salaam >>more photos Here is an update on the progress of the Coca Cola campaign. The headline is: ColaLife in Dar Es Sallaam. Read the diary. May 1988 – May 2008 – the first 7,305 days – no progress! May 1988 Had the idea while working on the British […]