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''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 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. 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 Appropedia since its inception, bringing many content pages, readers and contributors, including:
* Sustainable Development Wikia
== Content on Appropedia ==
Appropedia welcomes contributions of many types of content:
*[[Project]] histories and project how-tos
*Textbook-style information, tables, and figures
*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.
== People who make Appropedia possible ==
The community of contributors and visitors 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]].
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.
== More questions? ==
== See also ==
* [[Appropedia:Vision and mission]]
* [[Appropedia:For the media]]
* [[Appropedia:Promotion of Appropedia]]
* [[:Category:Appropedia press releases]]
[[Category:Wikis for international development]]
[[Category:Wikis for sustainability]]