Our partnership with Everly

Everly is a start-up drinks company with a conscience set up by Kyle McCollom and Chris Cole in 2013. Kyle and Chris contacted us during their set-up planning, because they wanted ethics built-in to Everly right from the start. Every time someone buys an Everly product in the US, a donation comes to ColaLife. They call it ‘Hydration […]

Could you spare 5 minutes to endorse our transparency?

Last week we learned that we had been shortlisted in the 2014 Health Systems Social Media Awards , in the ‘Transparency’ category. These awards are run by Health Systems Global. If you can spare 5 minutes, please could you endorse our nomination here. Many of our supporters have applauded our transparency: the way we report both failure […]

Design like you give a damn – the case for 200ml ORS sachets

This blog post has been gestating for a while but the contractions really started* when I read this tongue-in-cheek post – Designing the least user-friendly products imaginable – which was highlighted by Euan Semple in his Facebook timeline. This mug was one of the least-friendly designs highlighted. Image credit: Designing the least user-friendly products imaginable just for fun […]

Cool MOO – your chance to win

Just before Christmas Jane and I visited MOO HQ to pick up our MOO Award. As you can tell from the photo below left, we were very pleased to be there. The MOO people have described the visit with words and pictures here. The picture below right is proof that MOO is as cool on the […]

The Kit Yamoyo Song – tell us what you think and tweet!

We have commissioned two songs to be used in the promotion of the Kit Yamoyo. Here’s the first one produced for us by T-Boy, Zambian Reggae/Dancehall superstar – let us know what you think – if you like it and use Twitter please tweet it! Listen on SoundCloud.

Supply chain theory in 140 characters

One of the good things about Twitter is that in concentrates the mind. Can you get your thought, your hypothesis, your joke or witticism down to just 140 characters? As we’ve got deeper and deeper into the ColaLife project a hypothesis has been developing about supply chains. I’ve been trying to get this hypothesis down to 140 […]

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 […]

ColaLife enters the mainstream popular and academic media

As we build up to our move to Zambia to oversee an independently evaluated trial of the ColaLife concept, interest in what we are trying to achieve has reached new levels. In the last few weeks we have had three mentions in HELLO! Magazine (@hellomag) with a full-page spread in the 22 August 2011 issue. […]

The boys complete day 1 with just one fall #colalifeD2D

Well the boys made it to the end of Day 1 of the ColaLife D2D ride nearly unscathed. There was a minor fall apparently with only minor damage (bike or person wasn’t specified in the tweet). You can follow all the excitement(!) by keeping an eye on the hashtag #colalifeD2D. A fun way to do this […]

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 […]