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<center><big>Sharing knowledge to build rich, sustainable lives.</big></center>
''Appropedia'' is the site for collaborative solutions in [[sustainability]], [[poverty]] reduction and [[international development]] through the use of sound [[principles]] and [[appropriate technology]] and the sharing of wisdom and [[project]] information. It is a [[wikipedia:wiki|wiki]], a type of website which allows anyone to add, remove, or edit content. Registration is encouraged but not required for contributors.
Appropedia has been described as an "[[appropriate technology wiki]]," but it is much broader than that - it is a green living [[green wiki]], and a wiki for all matters of [[international development]] and [[aid]]. But most importantly, 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]].
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:
* Sustainable Development Wikia
* [[WinWinWiki]]
== Content on Appropedia ==
[[File:Appropedia wordle.png|thumb|upright=2.0|Appropedia [http://www.wordle.net/ wordle] constructed from the 5,000 most popular content page names]]
 
Appropedia welcomes contributions of many types of content:
*[[Project]] histories and project how-tos
*Textbook-style information, tables, and figures
*Best practice in sustainability, development and all related fields
*Designs
*Photographs and illustrations
*Discussion pages for commenting on work done and work that needs to be done
*More - whatever aids the causes of sustainability and overcoming poverty.
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== People who make Appropedia possible ==
===You===
The community of contributors and visitors that makes Appropedia work, and makes working at Appropedia meaningful.
===Founder, [[Appropedia:Administrators|admin]] and [[Appropedia:Bureaucrats|bureaucrat]]===
*[[User:On2Leggs|On2Leggs]], a.k.a. Ryan Legg - Senior staff at [http://www.johnson.cornell.edu/sge/ Cornell's Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise] in charge of program development and management.
*[[User:Vinay Gupta|Vinay Gupta]] of the [[Hexayurt]].
* [[User:Jason Michael Smithson|Jason Michael Smithson]].
===Technical Assistance===
===The Foundation===
Oversight of Appropedia is provided by The [[Appropedia Foundation]], which has a global focus and an international board of directors. It is registered in California as a non-profit organization and has 501(c)(3) (tax-exempt) status. The Foundation's Federal EIN (Tax ID) is 20-8982657.
== More questions? ==
== See also ==
{{Appropedia books|Appropedia}}
* [[Appropedia:Vision and mission]]
* [[Appropedia:For the media]]
* [[Appropedia:Promotion of Appropedia]]
* [[:Category:Appropedia press releases]]
* [[Appropedia:Citations in the literature]]
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