Archives for March 2009

ColaLife at the G20 Summit โ€“ G20 Voice โ€“ London – 2/4/09

I’ll be blogging here: and Tweeting here: All blog posts and tweets with by tagged with g20voice So far I’ve posted on: ColaLife is off to the G20 Summit! G20 Voice: Folding in the edges? Matthew Taylor on globalisation and the G20 Keep an eye on those G20 Voice bloggers! Let’s mash it […]

Dame Barbara Stocking on ColaLife

I was asked to pop down to the headquarters of Oxfam GB today to put users’ questions to Dame Barbara Stocking, Oxfam’s CEO, in the build up to the G20 Summit. While I was there I had to ask her for her views on ColaLife and the AidPod. Unfortunately, there was a technical clitch […]

Don’t forget the children plea

. . . . from Save The Children (and me). To put the staggering amounts spent to save the banks into context, the World Bank estimates that universal access to water and sanitation would cost $20-$30 billion and that not addressing the problem will cost roughly nine times as much. See 2006 Human Development Report: […]

An AidPod Made in Zambia!

Image credit: Alison Pearson This is the first AidPod to be made in Africa (to my knowledge). And it was made in Zambia which is where the ColaLife idea was born way back in 1988. My friend Alison has been volunteering in Zambia for a couple of decades (or more) and currently helps out in […]

What are people in the G(n-20) countries thinking right now?

Image credit: From J N Ruxon, Medical Hostory, 1994, 38: 363-397 Early one morning in 1988 I arrived early for a meeting in Chinsali, a small town in NE Zambia. I went into the dilapidated council chamber. There was no one else there and on the table was a copy of the Mining Mirror. It […]

Let’s mash it up at G20 Voice

Image credit: Marcus Correa I’ve gone through the elation phase after being nominated as one of the G20 Voice bloggers and now I feel a huge weight of responsibility on my shoulders. Please help. Post your thoughts and ideas. What issues are important to you? What should I blog about? Point to evidence to support […]

Keep an eye on those G20 Voice bloggers!

I’ve set up a Pageflakes page to help me keep a track of what’s going on amongst the G20 Voice bloggers and I’ve made in public. I will try and keep this up to date as new bloggers are announced. If you are a blogger and I’ve missed you, sorry! Please comment below and I […]

Thumbnail on ColaLife in today’s Guardian 18/3/09

The following mention of ColaLife appeared in a ‘Social pioneers’ supplement in today’s Guardian. It’s worth getting the supplement if you are interested in this sort of thing. People have been looking for this online and I don’t think it’s there. So here’s a photo of the ColaLife bit:

Matthew Taylor on globalisation and the G20

I was honoured to be asked by David Wilcox and the folks at to put the questions of Yoosk members to Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive of the RSA and ex political adviser to Tony Blair. That bit was easy . . . asking the questions again afterwards to an empty chair, to get the […]

Myaidpod turns up on the grass in Dundee

Redjotter is the first to post a picture to Flickr of an Aidpod made using the instructions here. Tagging the picture with ‘myaidpod’ means it’s popped up here. ๐Ÿ™‚