Archives for February 2010

ColaLife principle: promoting micro-enterprise

Image credit: Tielman Nieuwoudt A key reason why Coca-Cola’s distribution network is so good in Africa is that there is money to be made by everyone involved in it. And those that make money from taking the bottles that ‘last mile’ are some of the poorest people on the continent. So giving a financial reward […]

Who pays?

This tweet is a great starting point for a blog post. Thanks to @gentlemandad for posting it. I think it was in response to yesterday’s ColaLife principle: promoting micro-enterprise post where I made the case for Coca-Cola distributors to be paid for the safe delivery of AidPods. The short answer is ‘I don’t know, it depends’. […]

ColaLife principle: openness

I first had the ColaLife idea in 1988 when I was working for the British Aid programme in NE Zambia. However, I was unable to share it other than by word of mouth and I got nowhere. In May 2008 I shared the idea on Facebook and look what’s happened. Thousands of people have convened […]

ColaLife makes it to The Guardian’s homepage

Thanks to Sarah Boseley, The Guardian’s health correspondent, ColaLife made to The Guardian’s home page on 11 Feruary 2010. Her blog post sparked a bit of a debate which continues as I type this here. Thanks to the ColaLife supporters who contributed. All this caused a significant blip on the number of visitors to this […]

ColaLife is a Buckminster Fuller semi-finalist

Spot the ColaLife imagery in the collage above It was announced last night (17/2/10) that ColaLife is through to the semi-finals of the global Buckminster Fuller Challenge. This is brilliant news. It’s  exactly the sort of recognition we need and yet again raises the credibility of the ColaLife concept. It’s time to move on from […]

Positive engagement and unlikely partnerships

This is a great comment at the news of ColaLife reaching the semi-finals of the Buckminster Fuller Challenge which I will use to strengthen my response to one of the most common questions I get asked about ColaLife: ‘How can you possibly even consider working with a company like Coca-Cola?’  (That’s a polite version). Although […]

Vaccines in AidPods by 2015?

This video is the copyright of Oxford University 2010 and first appeared here on 18 Feb 2010. This is very exciting. Watch the video to get the full story. Basically, a team at the Jenner Institute have come up with a way to store the active ingredients of a vaccine on a small square membrane […]

ColaLife selected for TEDx Warwick 2010

TEDx comes to Warwick University for the second time on 6 March 2010 and will be held in the Maths and Stats Building. 400 people are expected and I will be telling the ColaLife story. You can book tickets here. Other speakers include: Morning Speakers: Angela Hobbs Kathleen Burk Brenda King Steve Martin Rachel Armstrong […]

ColaLife live on CNN

Prism Anchorman, Stan Grant. Image credit: CNN We live in a global community. On Wednesday afternoon (24/2/10) I will pop into the CNN Studios near Oxford Circus in London to be interviewed live by Stan Grant who will be in Abu Dhabi delivering CNN’s Prism programme. Prism is the half-hour news programme, broadcast from Sunday […]

Fabulous new photos just in

Thanks to ColaLife supporter Tim Dench we have the first photos of the Mark III AidPod in situ in Tanzania. Tim runs TOAD in his spare time. Please take a look. This first slideshow shows the AidPod in the hands of our client group. Children! And these are the first photos of the Mark III […]