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Here is a very old photo of me (and this page is for anyone looking for Chris Watkins based on an old connection)
Name Chris Watkins
Appropriate Technology Solar Powered Refrigerator
Passive solar design
Solar ice makers

Track changes: Water · Flood control · Water conservation · Water supply· Solar distillation · Rainwater

Track changes: Sanitation · Composting toilet

Track changes: Culture and development

About me[edit | edit source]

On the web:

I'm an engineer by training, and I'm passionate about

  • Understanding how our brains work and how to change behavior.
  • Making the most effective changes to resolve our environmental crises, and
  • Sharing knowledge to make a better world.

I'm based in Melbourne, Australia (as of 2012) and am keen to work with others locally to help build up Appropedia, including documenting local solutions. Check A:Melbourne Appropedia Working Group... it's not currently active (2019) as I focus on my business, but if you're inspired I'd love to meet you and see what we can do. Leave me a message if this interests you.

Contact me via my talk page.

Custom search engines[edit | edit source]

Sometimes I make custom search engines, such as Public Domain Search. They're somewhat out of date but can still be useful.

Thinking about[edit | edit source]

Knowledge-sharing projects with similar aims, such as:

Ideas[edit | edit source]

Feel free to look at or use anything from my subpages.

What I do here[edit | edit source]


  • A:Service learning and related pages.
  • Brochures, firstly for service learning (with the skills of people who understand these graphic design and such).
  • Recruiting for our A:Internships and A:Volunteer positions.
  • A:Funding (hoping to have a crowdfunding campaign started for September)
  • Partnership with EWB-Australia, esp putting EWB Challenge finalist entries onto Appropedia.
  • Communications - getting more interaction happening between us in the Appropedia community, through A:IRC meetings or Google Hangouts, and by moderating the discussion lists.
  • Community interviews for the Appropedia blog. Planning to start in September 2012.
  • Blog posts about announcements, our vision, and why all this matters.
  • Appropedia social media

DID - in the past, and can help as needed:

  • Our spam filters & spam link blacklist.
  • Pywikipediabot for performing "gnome" tasks (I run ChriswaterguyBot)
  • Moving category pages to mainspace when needed (conserving history by using the export and import functions)
  • Work on the meta pages about Appropedia.
  • Promoting Appropedia (want to find interns and volunteers to work with on this, instead)
  • Welcoming new people. (You're still welcome - I just don't patrol new users!)

WANT - but don't have time to do myself:

  • Porting - esp finding help in converting appropriate PDF documents and web pages to MediaWiki markup. This can be a great intern job (esp if the intern has access to Adobe Reader Professional).

Finally[edit | edit source]

For those of you who don't know much about Australia: