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 […]

The Buzz builds for Africa Gathering

Africa Gathering is a bunch of innovators and enthusiasts for the development in Africa; Ed Scotcher and Mark Simpkins are leading lights. They kindly allowed me to present the ColaLife story at their first UK event back in April (2009) >>more. Ed and Mark have also been generous with their networks and I have made some […]

Google back off from original vision

My Twitter search on Project 10 100 just started to yield results. With great excitement I rushed to my PC to see this: Is ColaLife one of the 100 semi-finalists? No it isn’t. But hang on, there are not 100 semi-finalists! Google have changed the rules of the game! There won’t be 100 concrete ideas […]

Edging towards incorporation

The ColaLife Campaign has achieved amazing things but the consensus of the Google Group is that it is time to incorporate for several reasons: To provide supporters, particularly potential funders, a mechanism to engage To enable ColaLife to inject further pace into the campaign which is totally dependent on Coca-Cola as the moment To enable […]

Innovation need not be complicated – giant aidpod installed at NESTA

After work today I popped along to NESTA as a little bird had told me that the giant aidpod had landed there. And here it is. I got quite emotional! NESTA’s strapline is ‘making innovation flourish’ so it will get attention it deserves here. Thanks are due to many but allow me to give a […]