Archives for May 2010

Kicking off phase 2 of ColaLife

PSI Headquaters, Dar Es Salaam, November 2008 ColaLife is seen as a cool campaign but we are now moving into a carefully planned implementation phase while continuing to develop and support a vibrant and engaged band of supporters. Despite our current image, we have already had an impact beyond campaigning. During my visit to Tanzania […]

What would we do without UnLtd?

We’ve made three applications for funding to organisations which support start-ups. The first one failed because we were ‘not advanced enough with the ColaLife project’. The second one failed because ‘we were too advanced’. The third application was to UnLtd and today we heard that this bid has been successful. They have agreed to provide […]

Getting the kids on board

I picked up a message last night while clearing my Facebook inbox from Jon, an old  friend who is now a teacher. He  has also run the fabulous Warwickshire Youth Jazz Orchestra (WYJO) for many, many years and really knows what makes kids tick.  The Head at his school is desperate to find a way […]

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 […]

Meet Dennis Tretter – our first ColaLife Intern

As we gear up to move ColaLife into its implementation phase lots of very exciting things are starting to happen and you won’t miss a thing if you register for blog updates. Here is the first very exciting thing. After a couple of weeks of discussion via various networks ColaLife has its first intern: Dennis […]

ColaLife University and School Clubs get underway on three continents

Image credits: David Wilcox | Alex Spina and Chris Rhodes It is very encouraging to see ColaLife Chapters/Clubs starting to form in Universities and Schools around the World. So far we have: Wellesley College, US La Martiniere School, Calcutta >>Facebook group Warwick University, UK >>Facebook group I also know that there are discussions going on at […]

Introducing the Sola Cola Coola (aka the NERRF Project)

Image credits: Excelente International Refrigeration One of the joys of running ColaLife is the great emails and pictures you get. This one came from Excelente International Refrigeration in Mexico. Here it is with my reply (reproduced with permission). I’d love to ride one of these on the sponsored bike ride I am planning for the […]

Win tickets to the Dream Factory exhibition preview

Image courtesy of The Dream Factory. Honda. On 21 May The Dream Factory Exhibition opens at The Dray Walk Gallery, Brick Lane, London ‘as a tribute to the Cultural Engineers and their inspirational work’. Top row: Nihal Arthanayake; Simon Berry; Cath Le Couteur; Oliver Hemsley & Katy Dawe; Agents of Change; Pip McKnight & Ian Francis; Kevin […]

Progress Report – 30/4/10

Children of Mikindani, Tanzania with a model Mark III AidPod, January 2009 Image credit: Tim Dench May 1988 – May 2008 – the first 7,305 days – no progress! May 1988 Had the idea while working on the British Aid Programme in NE Zambia that Coca-Cola’s distribution muscle could be used to distribute oral rehydration […]

How are you going to buy food?

Food parcel distribution. Image credit: British Red Cross As the day approaches when I give up my day job (4/6/10) to concentrate full-time on ColaLife the excitement is building but this comes with a degree of anxiety especially among family members. Jane, my partner in life and ColaLife, is channelling her anxiety into researching and […]