Video: The ColaLife Story – October 2010 to May 2017

If you want to update yourself on the current status of ColaLife and some of the ups and downs we’ve encountered along the way, please consider watching this TED-style talk. The ColaLife Story from Concept to Scale-up – innovation in the real world. >> View video on YouTube To keep up to date moving forward […]

A big “thank you” to Dr Kasonde Hon Minister of Health (retired)

The Hon Dr Joseph Kasonde has just retired as the Minister of Health of Zambia. We will miss him and his support for our work in Zambia. He has been with us from the start. We first met with him on 26-Jun-12 and he’s been enormously supportive ever since then. In Aug-12 he agreed to […]

Lauren Braun and her Alma Sana Vaccine Bracelet

Jane and I had the pleasure of meeting Lauren Braun over Skype on Saturday (29-Nov-14) and what an inspirational 2hr conversation it was. Lauren, who is currently studying for an MSc in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, has spent the last 5 years conceiving, designing and testing what has […]

Top 10 achievements in 2013

2009’s top 10 | 2010’s top 10 | 2011’s  top 10 | 2012’s top 10 Mother and child leave the shop of a Kit Yamoyo retailer in rural Kalomo.  Image credit: Claire Ward 1. Completed the ColaLife Operational Trial in Zambia (COTZ) When we started the ColaLife trial in Sep-12, no child in our trial areas was receiving […]

The ColaLife Innovation Map – Take 2

I have written about the ColaLife Innovation Map before but it is time for an update. Peter Drucker, the late, famous American management consultant, educator, and author once said: “When a new venture does succeed, more often than not it is in a market other than the one it was originally intended to serve, with […]

AidPod gets triple nomination for packaging oscars!

The finalists for this year’s UK Packaging Awards were announced yesterday (3/9/12) and ColaLife’s AidPod has been nominated in three categories: Innovation of the Year Best New Concept Award and CSR Initiative of the Year We didn’t actually put ourselves forward for the CSR Initiative of the Year because we are not really a CSR […]

The ColaLife Innovation Map

The image of AidPods in a Coca-Cola crate is such a strong one that many people think that is all there is to ColaLife, but there is a lot more innovation associated with ColaLife than that. The ColaLife innovation map below shows how the original idea has catalysed even more innovative thinking: Click on this […]

Honda | The Power of Dreams

Regular readers will know of my involvement in Honda’s Dream Factory where Honda have brought together nine ‘Cultural Engineers’ who are doing interesting things. Honda is supporting us in our work in various ways. So far, ColaLife has been part of a week-long exhibition in Brick Lane, held last summer (2010)  and this August (2011) ColaLife was […]

Another baby innovation

One of the delights of running ColaLife is the people you get meet. Yesterday I got a call from Tim Moor who I realise now, after our meeting this afternoon at the RSA, is a very well respected inventor who knows how to get his inventions to market. His inventions include a simple device for detecting […]

Another innovation using PET bottles

Regular readers will know that we are very interested in the SODIS process which uses clear plastic bottles and sunlight to kill the pathogens in water and make it safe to drink (previous blogs on SODIS). Well here is another innovative use for PET bottles which I was pointed to today through Twitter. A sun […]