Appropedia Action Groups are a coalition of autonomous international development groups here on Appropedia who aim to increase support, guidance and collaboration between one another. We invite existing organizations to join us or we will guide you through creating your own organization

This is a bit of "social alchemy" in which we aim to create a new organizational model for volunteering which:

  • presents a low barrier to entry.
  • has a massive diversity of opportunities to suit anyone's passion
  • increases networking between currently disconnected development organizations and individuals
  • builds morale among volunteers by creating a well-connected social environment
  • can scale without the impediments of traditional hierarchical development organizations

We will harness the collaborative ability of a wiki to provide opportunities for anyone who has the desire to do something more meaningful for the world. By eliminating the barrier to entry and providing the support and encouragement of a social network, we will bring people into the fold who would have otherwise remained observers. The catalytic effect of these people bringing their energy to bear on these problems will reach far beyond whatever project they work on directly. However, this depends on you. Unless we can create enough interest to get off the ground, the potential benefits of this tool will not be realized.

For more details on how we plan to get there, read The Plan

External links[edit | edit source]

  • Available Projects - dig a well, teach a class, build a medical clinic, clean up the beach, encourage corporate social responsibility, build green energy alternatives
  • Groups - Appropedia Groups working on projects
  • Volunteers - Individuals and members of AAGs working on projects
  • Support Materials - Support, best practices, advice, travel tips and other information useful for AAG groups and volunteers

Open tasks[edit | edit source]

  • If you have experience doing international travel or development, you could start working on the Support Materials
  • Add your organization to our list of AAGs or creating your own
  • We are in need of more projects on our available projects page. If you know of any, please write them up for us, if you don't know of any, feel free to travel to a developing country to find some for us.
  • Email the AAG request for projects which is a quick marketing-ish document that asks people if we can add their available project to the project database
  • Call your mom and tell her about this (you can call someone else too if you want). As we said earlier, unless we can create a critical mass with this project, it will die.

Discussion[View | Edit]

as I am COMPLETELY new to standards and techniques for organization on wikis, this is my best guess on how to organize the AAG content please (especially chris, lonny and curt), point out my mistakes --David.reber 12:20, 10 April 2008 (PDT)

updates[edit source]

Hello all, I don't have any time for serious work on this, but I have had some ideas and I wanted to get your thoughts on them.

When I was first thinking about starting lists for research projects and social business ideas, I was thinking it would build momentum for AAG. However, that isn't happening and I am now afraid these extra to-do's might distract us.

I therefore propose we focus on compiling the project data-base for now. (and remove the links on the Appropedia Action Groups page)

Over the course of the next few weeks, we will compose a "request for projects". I will get ahold of the marketing club here at SFSU to refine it.

Then we will email that request for projects to our contacts in the hopes that it will get forwarded to many interested persons.

We then spend the summer compiling the responses. Then, in early september (when college clubs start) We will send out a similar request for organizations.

I am making it a personal policy from now on to post any proposed AAG policy changes here a few days before I impliment them so as to get your thoughts if you have them. As always I invite your bluntest criticisms.

--David.reber 18:53, 17 April 2008 (PDT)

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