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Published by Fixer
Lonny Grafman
Aaron Antrim
Kathy Nativi
Chris Watkins
Emilio Velis
Sofía Aparicio
Jason Michael Smithson
Curt Beckmann
Andrea Maida
Published 2006
License CC BY-SA 4.0
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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 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 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 source]

You[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 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 source]

You can head to Help:Getting started.

Contact[edit source]

Please see Communications

FAQ[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 source]