Cape Town Diary | Day 2 | Social Enterprise Summit

The Africa Investor Summit on Social Investing and Social Enterprise in Africa (yes that is Prime Minister, The Right Honourable, Morgan Tsvangirai of Zimbabwe with South Africa’s Minister for Economic Development, Ebrahim Patel, and Aeneas Chuma, Resident Co-ordinator, United Nations) Pitching the ColaLife idea to around 120 people, all interested in Social Entrepreneurship in Africa, was a great […]

Intercontinental collaboration | Mash-up of the month

Picture the scene. People on three continents are lining themselves up for a telephone conference that took a while to set up given the time differences and availability of the various parties. But at last the time comes. It’s 8am at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, USA, it’s 2pm at the UNICEF HQ in Lusaka, […]

Zambia Diary | Day 10, Visit 2 | Logframes, World Vision and Mpika

My trip out today on a Coca-Cola truck fell through last night which was a shame but at least it meant that Jane and I could work together on the pilot design while the hints and tips from yesterday’s session with UNICEF were still fresh in our minds. It also meant that we could meet […]

ColaLife on the BBC World Service this Monday (8/11/10)

It all started with a tweet. This one: Two weeks ago I was driving through Lusaka listening to Claudia Hammond’s ‘Health Check’ programme on the BBC World Service which transmits on FM in Lusaka. At the end of the programme Claudia said she was on Twitter, so I tweeted. A series of exchanges resulted in […]

Zambia Diary | Day 5 | The rise of Zambian Civil Society

Jane and Victor Simfukwe of Transaid You will have to forgive me for continuously commenting on how things have changed but they have! And here’s another thing – the rise of the Zambian NGO. The last 15-20 years has seen the development of the Civil Society Sector (Third Sector) as government policy has changed and […]

Zambia update 24/10/10

As announced previously we are going to focus on Zambia initially for a trial of the ColaLife concept. Since we made this decision our communications with potential stakeholders have become much more meaningful – can you meet? – could you attend a workshop? – who else should we be talking to? And so on. It […]

Still chance to book to hear the latest on ColaLife

I will be one of two speakers at an event organised by Canvas8 and hosted at the swanky premises of Wieden + Kennedy, the famous advertising agency in London, UK. You can see more details and book here. The event’s on 23 June (Weds) and starts at 6:30pm. See you there?

Is ColaLife the only option?

Image credit: Tim Dench, TOAD ColaLife is trying to make simple medicines, and other social products, reach the same places that Coca-Cola reaches, that is, most places. This has proved to be a very popular idea. But can it be made to work? We intend to find out. It is worth all the effort, because […]

The Dream Factory Exhibition launches featuring ColaLife

Yesterday evening was very special. More than 400 people came through the preview of The Dream Factory Exhibition and Workshops at The Dray Walk Gallery, Brick Lane, London. The exhibition featured the work of ‘Cultural Engineers‘. The interest in ColaLife was huge and inspiring. Those of us staffing the ColaLife exhibit had very tired voices by […]

A conversation with Julian Dobson

I first met Julian when New Start Magazine was a twinkle in the eye around 10 years ago. Julian co-founded New Start Magazine with Kath Acres and Jamie Veitch. Kath was one of the first people I turned to when setting up the board of ruralnet|uk and she served as a trustee. So it was […]