Blogs and blog comments are an effective way of participating in a community discussion. If you keep a custom home page at one of the common portals (Yahoo, Google, etc), it's convenient to "subscribe" (using Atom or RSS) to a selection of blogs so you can see new posts effortlessly. Much can be learned from the variety of viewpoints, and by posting appropriate comments you can also raise awareness of Appropedia's mission as well.
Livejournal has a particularly lively community of bloggers and blog-readers interested in development issues, including development workers; it has "communities" or group blogs; and it also allows registered users to view blogs by all their Livejournal "friends" (i.e. favorite bloggers) on a single page (e.g. Chriswaterguy's friends page); it also allows comments to form threads, making conversations easier (and livelier) in comment sections.
Please add appropriate blogs to the table below, including your own if you author an appropriate blog.
Key[edit | edit source]
Key for Topics:
- ApTech = Appropriate technology
- IntDev = International development
- Sust = Sustainability, Sustainable design, Sustainable technology.
- Disaster = Humanitarian aid & disaster relief (emergency management).
In the License column, "CC..." signifies a type of Creative Commons open licenses. A ? signifies that the blog appears not to mention the license type, so it is copyright by default. Copyright means there is an explicit reference to copyright (the word or the ©). Blank means it hasn't been checked yet.
Table[edit | edit source]
|Appropedia Foundation Blog
|ApTech, IntDev, Sust, Disaster
|Appropedia, open knowledge, knowledge sharing...
|Frank Aragona (also at Agroinnovations)
|CC-BY-SA (see Agroblogger/license)
|Frank Aragona (also at Agroblogger)
|ApTech, IntDev, Sust
|International incubator, Technology for Development
|A Humourless Lot
|ApTech, IntDev, Disaster
|Logistics for global health and aid, by Michael Keizer
|EWB-SFP Appropriate Technology Design Team
|By the Engineers Without Borders Professionals Chapter in San Francisco, focused on stoves.
|By The Appropriate Infrastructure Development Group
|By Erik Hersman and Co. Focusing on appropriate technology solutions in Africa.
|Gardening: from a West Coast, urban, organic perspective. Andrea Bellamy, a home and garden writer based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
|Jessica Reeder. A girl on a mission: to travel the world learning about sustainability, organic farming, green building, and ecological innovation.
|Raj Patel, author of the book Stuffed and Starved. About
|Sustainable Design Update
|By John Barrie. Appropriate technology and green design.
|Little Devices that Could
|By Jose Gomez-Marquez. Appropriate technology and health.
|By Kevin Kelly. Developing world tech hacks and mods.
|Very broad scope, anything about making something by oneself. Occasionally has appropriate technology. Good place to put posts about good practical projects. On the Make Magazine website.
|All the posts seem to be by Michael Haddigan, but presumably there's some other bloggers too?
|Private Sector Development Blog
|IntDev, private enterprise
|Bloggers from the World Bank Group
|My Heart's in Accra
|IntDev, Africa, Wikipedia
|By Ethan Zuckerman, who is somewhat involved in Wikipedia/Wikimedia stuff.
|IntDev, Sust, peace
|By Curt, who also contributes here...
|(definitely CC-BY-SA or compatible... need to confirm)
|Green news and opinion, and an organic eco directory of products. South African perspective.
|Views from the Center
|Center for Global Development
|Sust, private enterprise
|Emeka Okafor (who posted on Village Earth's AT wiki back in May)
|Andrew Netherton blogging about his planned sustainability portal.
|By Vasco-Pyjama, focusing on development issues in Indonesia
|No Average Days
|Teaching reproductive health and gender in rural Bangladesh.
|Aid Workers Network
|Blogs by aid/development workers. Includes pages of posts listed by topics such as Advice for first-time aid workers.
|"because information can save lives"
|World Wide Help
|Mentions disaster, sometimes adds information on how to help.
|Andy M, a Peace Corps volunteer, writes of his work in Togo.
|Aaron In Africa: My Time in Togo
|Another Peace Corps volunteer in Togo, setting up a computer centre (described in his Project post).
|Kevin in Liberia
|Kevin Fryatt... "to raise awareness of current social, political, ethical, and spiritual issues within a relief and development context in Liberia."
|Celia Yeung, "travelling all over the world and working with a multi-national medical team and volunteer faculty onboard the world's only ORBIS Flying Eye Hospital... My main roles are PR and communications, and creating public awareness on prevention of blindness through advocacy and local media."
|on adaptive reuse
|Sust (sometimes ApTech, IntDev)
|critical blog about the constant evolution and adaptation of human production and culture.
|Global Voices Online
|Global issues, diversity
|"The World is talking. Are you listening?"
|Green Options blog
|"Greening The Good Life!" - covers "a broad spectrum of green topics."
|IntDev, ApTech, Latin America
|Keith Ripley, "Musings about the Evolution of Consumer, Environmental & Health Policy in Latin America & the Caribbean"
|High profile, focus on "Bright green" stuff.
|high profile, owned by Discovery Channel.W
|Blood and Milk by Alanna Shaikh
|identifying what works in international development
|Green Collar Technologies
|Supporting Green Collar Workers on Hawaii Island
|ApTech, IntDev, Sust
|Akvo - the open source for water and sanitation
|Seven Generational Ruminations Seven Generations Technosanity Podcast
|Exploring various aspects of long term thinking and applying it to our modern life
|ColaLife Seven Generations Technosanity Podcast
|Campaigning for Coca Cola to use their distribution channels to distribute rehydration salts.
|CC-BY-ND on some posts, undefined on others.
|Urban Green Survival
|Urban Green Survival - How to live a sustainable life in the city
|Think 2100 Blog
|Sustainability, sustainable technology. Quite detailed and analytical blog posts.
|Earth And Main
|Environmental News, technology and climate solutions
|Climate Home News
|Sust, IntDev, Disaster
|Mostly Environmental News, Good on Environmental Politics and Policy
|Environmental And Energy Study Institute
|Sust, IntDev, Disaster
|Environmental News, Excellent on Environmental Politics and Policy
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Notes[edit | edit source]
- Author has been known to give permission to use blog content - may be willing to share for Appropedia.