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Authors Aaron Antrim
Kathy Nativi
Chris Watkins
Lonny Grafman
Emilio Velis
Sofía Aparicio
Published 2006
License CC-BY-SA-4.0
Derivatives Kuhusu
Impact Number of views to this page. Views by admins and bots are not counted. Multiple views during the same session are counted as one. 21,569

Appropedia is the site to develop and share collaborative solutions in sustainability, poverty reduction and international development through the use of sound principles and appropriate technology, original research and project information. We are a wiki, a type of website which allows anyone to add and edit content. In order to contribute, we only require a quick and simple registration.

Sometimes, Appropedia has been described as an "appropriate technology wiki," but it is much broader than that —it is a green living wiki for all matters of international development and aid. Appropedia is an open site for stakeholders to come together to find, create and improve scalable and adaptable solutions. This can include sharing information and collaborating with others on how we can lighten our ecological footprint and live in harmony with nature and our environment in developed countries, or discuss eg low cost technologies for use in the developing world. A key aim of Appropedia is to provide this information, to support sustainable choices - sharing knowledge to build rich, sustainable lives. For more about our motivation, see Appropedia:Mission.

History[edit | edit source]

Appropedia began in April of 2006. In the earliest stages it was a collaboration between passionate people from the United States and Australia, and quickly expanded to become a global project.

A number of other similar sites have "joined with" Appropedia since its inception, bringing many content pages, readers and contributors, including:

What Appropedia is[edit | edit source]

Appropedia wordle constructed from the 5,000 most popular page names

Appropedia is a site for original research on sustainable development. We are not an encyclopedia (see Appropedia:Appropedia is different from Wikipedia. We welcome instead contributions of many more types of content, such as the following:

  • Appropriate technology designs and guides.
  • Open Educational Resources such as textbook-style information, tables, and figures.
  • Best practices in sustainability, development, and all related fields.
  • Documents such as books, project materials, and tutorials, made by nonprofits.
  • Project histories and original essays related to our main subjects.
  • Photographs and illustrations
  • Information for finding supplies and help from anywhere in the world.
  • Sustainability news (see Community action for sustainability).
  • Links and information on organizations that relate to sustainability and international development.
  • Collaboration pages for co-creating solutions.
  • Discussion pages for commenting on work done and work that needs to be done.
  • More - whatever aids the causes of sustainability and overcoming poverty.

People who make Appropedia possible[edit | edit source]

You[edit | edit source]

The community of contributors and visitors that makes Appropedia work, and makes working at Appropedia meaningful.


Founder, admin and bureaucrat
Lonny Grafman
Founder and chairman of the board of directors

Emilio Velis

Executive Director of The Appropedia Foundation

Site specialists

Felipe Schenone

Current technical lead

Kathy Nativi

Head of communications

Andrea Maida

Content creation specialist

Board of directors and historic supporters

Chris Watkins Curt Beckmann Roger
Jason Michael Smithson Gabriel Krause

Founding technical administrator

Vinay Gupta of the Hexayurt
Ryan Legg

Senior staff at Cornell's Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise in charge of program development and management

Aaron Antrim

Student of Humboldt State University consulted the original Appropedia team, and provided the recommendation to use MediaWiki software

Appropedia Foundation[edit | edit source]

The Appropedia Foundation is the organization that manages the Appropedia website, provides leadership on the promotion of projects, and actively supports related projects in open knowledge, sustainability, development, and service-learning in related areas.

The Appropedia Foundation is a California non-profit organization and has 501(c)(3) status under United States law. The Foundation's Federal EIN (Tax ID) is 20-8982657.

How to contribute[edit | edit source]

This list of help topics will help you set up your Appropedia account and start contributing. If you cannot find what you were looking for, please open a topic at the talk page. In a rush? Check How to use Appropedia for a crash course on the basics of using Appropedia. Always feel free to connect by email at

How to edit Appropedia

For a crash course on editing Appropedia, check Help:Editing. You can also see the following guides for examples to add and edit content.

Using Appropedia as a tool

These are some use cases for Appropedia as a research or educational tool.

Documentation workflow

Learn the basics of documenting on Appropedia from start to finish at Help:Documentation workflow. Here are some resources to get you started.

Contact[edit | edit source]

See Appropedia:Communications

FAQ[edit | edit source]

Do you have a question about how to participate? Wondering what exactly Appropedia's activities are? Starting a website and wondering how it fits with Appropedia? See Appropedia:FAQ

See also[edit | edit source]