Our tribute to Salvatore Gabola

We were very sad to hear that Salvatore Gabola died suddenly over the weekend. Our thoughts go out to his family. I only met Salvatore once, in June 2006, when he was Global Head of Stakeholder Relations at Coca-Cola. He asked for the meeting through a statement made to the BBC as part of a programme […]

More on the Coca-Cola MDC System

I stumbled across this video presentation today on the Coca-Cola MDC system. I was hoping to participate in this Webinar organised by the Business Call to Action on 13/1/11 but had a clash in my diary. I hadn’t realised it had been made available on YouTube. The presentation is delivered by Adrian Ristow who was […]

ColaLife pods?

Another great day with a bunch of really creative people but more on the meeting in the next blog post. When the meeting finished I was able to arrange to tag along with Adrian Ristow to see more MDCs tomorrow and then I spent the rest of the afternoon preparing for that. And the image […]

Coca-Cola invites ColaLife to Dar Es Salaam!

Image credit: Rory McCann Following on from last week’s excitment around our application to Google’s Project 10^100 and the associated ColaLife video, there is another significant development. True to his word, Salvatore Gabola of Coca-Cola has invited me to a 2-day stakeholder meeting in Dar Es Salaam on 25-26 November to discuss the findings of […]

More ideas for the pilot phase

Adrian Ristow writes: During my time in New York in September I took advantage of the influx of leaders from the development community to meet with a few potential partners and advisors for the MDC project. There are lots of ways to use this growing network of Manual Distribution Centres. As well as piloting the […]

Is Business the answer?

Adrian Ristow writes: Having spent some time in New York recently at the UN’s End Poverty event, and being a bit of a philosopher, I am going to take the liberty of sharing a few general personal thoughts… I know that some people get a bit skeptical that weeks such as these involve a lot […]

Adrian reports from the UN

Adrian Ristow writes: My first time at UN week (22-26 September, 2008) in New York. Wow, what an experience! I knew that there was something special on the go when I couldn’t get near the entrance to my hotel because the secret service had blocked off a number of roads in Manhattan. In between the […]

Sustainability: building a system with people not for people

Image credit: Tielman Nieuwoudt Here’s the latest from Adrian Ristow who’s been leading the research into Coca-Cola distribution in east Africa: A bit of a gap in communication from me – but my August has been a bit different this year; I had to spend some time back in South Africa on some other work. […]

So, what is the intrepid Adrian up to?

Last week, we heard from Adrian Ristow, an independent contractor now working with Coca-cola in Africa, doing some on-the-ground research into what makes local distribution models work. He’s now going to look at whether there is mileage in our idea to distribute rehydration salts as part of his work, as the research in the field […]