Archives for 2011

Can I have just a minute of your time?

Back in August ColaLife was encouraged by supporters to enter the Making More Health competition so we did, along with more than 470 others from 82 countries. On 9 November 2011 the 13 finalists were announced and ColaLife was amongst them. The public is now invited to vote to determine the competition’s three winners, who will each […]

Productive day despite transport trauma

Today was always going to be a busy day, scheduled to start with a meeting with SABMiller at 10am. In preparation for this I was up early and dived into the car with my flip flops on to drive across to the other side of Lusaka to pick up Rohit before the traffic jams started. […]

Rohit, ICT4RD and UNICEF

Rohit Ramchandani at UNICEF HQ, Lusaka I last blogged just before we left the airport to meet Rohit for the first time and you will all be anxious to know if he arrived safely. Well he did. Here he is in full flow this afternoon (3/11/11) at the UNICEF headquarters in Lusaka. This was our […]

The pre-trial bureaucratic phase

  Apologies for the lack of blog posts lately. There is a lot happening but, if I’m frank, a lot of it is not very exciting. We are in a necessary, but rather dull bureaucratic phase as we try to get the last bits and pieces in place to start the trial. We have confirmation […]

Honda continue to help us reach new audiences

On Sunday (yesterday, 16/10/11) ColaLife featured in The Sunday Observer Magazine under the headline An idea with fizz (it’s on page 38 apparently). I was the third of the Cultural Engineers to be featured. Seven more to go. Six of these are in place and there are five candidates for the tenth slot. You can vote […]

Announcing the AidPod Mark VIb

We had a bit of a fright when we went to the local Supermarket to buy a crate of Coca-Cola for a presentation we are giving this week to find that the predictable had happened and Zambia Breweries (SABMiller), the Coca-Cola bottler, had capitalised on the new lighter and stumpier bottles we reported on earlier […]

Tying up the loose ends from Week 1 in Zambia

There’s never a dull moment with ColaLife. Group Skyping with our fellow trustees from Zambia; is Ka-Pakati the new name for the AidPod in Zambia?; Coca-Cola change their crates and our response -> the AidPod Mark VI; meeting up with our friends at Keepers Zambia Foundation; and news that our trial advisor will be joining […]

Airtel Zambia | Mobile phones, internet and banking

Apologies for the quality of this picture but there was a lot going on (and it was taken on my iPhone). This is the head of one of the queues at the Airtel shop in The Arcades, Lusaka this afternoon (8/10/11). The guy in the red shirt is the Airtel person and he is multi-tasking. […]

Setting up in Lusaka

Well we arrived safely in Lusaka at 6am this morning. I’ve tried to keep going doing mindless things like unpacking and assembling the ‘ColaLife Office in a Bag’ and that’s been very successful. The server’s working and so is the network drive (Apple Time Capsule) busily backing up the laptops and server every hour. And […]

The move to Zambia is on

I really don’t have time for this but I need to mark this key point in the ColaLife story. I’m surrounded by the flotsam and jetsam of a major packing exercise and it’s hard to believe that in 24 hours we will be in Zambia to start the next phase of ColaLife – the preparation […]