A conversation with Julian Dobson

I first met Julian when New Start Magazine was a twinkle in the eye around 10 years ago. Julian co-founded New Start Magazine with Kath Acres and Jamie Veitch. Kath was one of the first people I turned to when setting up the board of ruralnet|uk and she served as a trustee. So it was […]

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 […]

Google back off from original vision

My Twitter search on Project 10 100 just started to yield results. With great excitement I rushed to my PC to see this: Is ColaLife one of the 100 semi-finalists? No it isn’t. But hang on, there are not 100 semi-finalists! Google have changed the rules of the game! There won’t be 100 concrete ideas […]

Edging towards incorporation

The ColaLife Campaign has achieved amazing things but the consensus of the Google Group is that it is time to incorporate for several reasons: To provide supporters, particularly potential funders, a mechanism to engage To enable ColaLife to inject further pace into the campaign which is totally dependent on Coca-Cola as the moment To enable […]

Innovation need not be complicated – giant aidpod installed at NESTA

After work today I popped along to NESTA as a little bird had told me that the giant aidpod had landed there. And here it is. I got quite emotional! NESTA’s strapline is ‘making innovation flourish’ so it will get attention it deserves here. Thanks are due to many but allow me to give a […]

Yes, I understand. But what about the 20% child mortality?

Image credit: Alison Pearson I knew today was going to be a bit of a challenge. Me, a ‘spare-timer’, going into an environment of development professionals. So although I was prepared I did feel I needed to reassure myself of the child mortality figures one more time. How bad is it really? How do the […]

A holiday gift for all ColaLife supporters

Happy holidays everyone! ColaLife is likely to be featured as ‘a highlight of the year’ in BBC Radio 4’s iPM programme (scroll down to ‘Greatest Hits’) on 27/12/08. If you are near a radio in the UK at 17:30 GMT on that day please tune in. Alternatively you can listen via the internet on the […]

One reason why WaterAid are reluctant to engage

There has been a lot of activity going on behind the scenes recently in our efforts to get an international NGO to engage with the Coca-Cola Campaign. As I have indicated on the Facebook Group this is going to be a challenge. The biggest leap forward came yesterday from an extremely helpful person in DfID […]

4th Facebook Newsletter – 27/6/08

27/6/08 – 4th Newsletter Simon Berry sent a message to the members of Let’s talk to Coca Cola about saving the World’s children. ——————– Subject: Coca-Cola Group Update – 27/6/08 Dear Group Member We are now nearly 2,500! Please consider forwarding this email to all your friends and ask them to join here: https://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=18947780476. Numbers […]

The first 26 days – progress to date

This photo was taken by Teseum – the original is here I thought an update on the progress of the Coca Cola campaign would be helpful. May 1988 – May 2008 (20 years = 7305 days) No progress at all! Since the facebook group was formed on 18/5/08 (26 days) 18/5/08 facebook group formed 21/5/08 […]