Archives for October 2009

Giant AidPod seeks next display space

The giant ColaLife AidPod in the NESTA reception “The Colalife exhibition has been very successful – with lots of attention and positive comments from visitors to the NESTA offices. It’s a great example of a simple but very powerful idea – what innovation should be!” Todd Somerville, Head of Corporate Communication, NESTA The ColaLife giant […]

Who are you? Village Reach!

I have just found this post in the drafts folder of the blog. Apologies for the delay in publishing. Meet Craig Nakagawa of Village Reach. Craig co-founded VillageReach in 2000. He is based in Seattle  and, this afternoon (14/8/09), I had the pleasure speaking with him and his colleagues Anne Delaney and Brian Trunk. Village […]

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 […]

Tracking the Giant AidPod’s progress towards Africa Gathering

Just for fun . . . this map will track our progress in getting the Giant AidPod to the Africa Gathering event tonight. We should get there by about 5pm. If you are nearby and see us – give us a wave (and a shout)!

Emmanuel Jal winds up Africa Gathering

Africa Gathering came to an emotional end for three reasons: Emmanuel Jal – the now musician (Peter Gabriel compares him to the young Bob Marley) – but once Child Soldier told us about bits of his young life. Horrendous to a level you would not believe. That’s all I’m saying. You’ll have to read the […]

Anyone going to Africa?

We are desperate for decent pictures of the Mark III ColaLife Aidpods in a crates of Coca-Cola in Africa. I spent yesterday afternoon making these models for this purpose. Now I just need someone travelling to Africa to agree to take one or two and send back hi-resolution pictures like this one BUT with Coca-cola […]

CALL TO ACTION: Please email WHO and/or UNICEF

The World Health Organisation (WHO) published this report today and it provides us with a unique opportunity to get the ColaLife concept on their agenda. Our ideas – for better distribution using market approaches for a new diarrhoea ‘kit’ containing both ORS and zinc – are an excellent fit with what they propose. Please take […]

AidPods are go!

Nick Langridge – “Day to day I am a 32 year old mild mannered computer programmer based in Royston, Herts. I’m not exactly Evil Kneivel, but I’ve taken road trips on two-wheels before in New Zealand and Norway, and always planned to do something more challenging and constructive.” This campaign is full of surprises. It’s […]

ColaLife makes the GOOD 100 list

A tweet from Charles Magnuson alerted me to this. ColaLife has made it into the GOOD 100 list from This is great news but I’m not sure what happens next. My happiness would be complete if only the site would let me register! They have created a graphic for all top 100 people/ideas/projects […]

ColaLife autumn speaking tour hits the trains

Through a string of very fortunate coincidences, tomorrow I get on a train to begin a pretty high profile (although I say so myself!) ColaLife speaking tour! The first stop is Rotterdam for the 8th Annual World Food and Innovation Conference to give a plenary presentation on ColaLife to the big boys and girls of the […]