After years of other online and offline sustainable collaboration projects, [[User:Lonny|Lonny Grafman]] started Appropedia in April 2006 with a focus on [[appropriate technology]], defined very broadly. He was assisted by [[User:Aaron|Aaron]] and [[User:Goodsignal|Goodsignal]] in the decision to use the mediawiki engine for Appropedia.
In May 2006 Lonny started a conversation with [[User:Chriswaterguy|Chris Watkins]] via his Wikipedia userpage.[http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=User_talk:Chriswaterguy&oldid=60689402#Appropedia][http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=User_talk:LRG&oldid=60775829] Chris was focused on [[Wikipedia:Category:Appropriate technology|appropriate technology articles in Wikipedia]],<ref>In the late 90's, Chris envisaged a collaborative site where people would share ideas and build rigorous arguments, and the focus would be on facts rather than opinion, constructive dialog rather than attacks, focusing on the key issues that made a difference in the world. It was to be called ''Roots of Change'' but it never got past a vague idea. When he learnt about Wikipedia he saw this as the realization of his earlier dream - someone had figured out how to make collaborative website. [[David Bartecchi]] of [[Village Earth]] pointed out, however, that certain types of content and collaboration are not suitable for Wikipedia. Appropedia, Wikipedia, and to an extent related projects like Wikibooks, are the realization of this earlier dream.</ref> but by June 2006 he was convinced to join forces at Appropedia. Appropedia now more explicitly covered broader issues of international development and [[sustainability]] - a logical combination due to the large amount of overlap and synergy between these topics. It also developed [[Appropedia:Appropedia is different from Wikipedia|a policy]] of complementing Wikipedia, referencing encyclopedic material there, and focusing instead on project information, original research, how-tos, networking and other material [[Wikipedia:WP:NOT#What Wikipedia is not|not suitable for Wikipedia]].
A note left on another site[http://ewb-international.org/ASTdatabases.htm] led [[User:Curtbeckmann|Curt Beckmann]] to join Appropedia, bringing energy, new ideas and different perspectives. He put a lot of energy into gaining permission to [[port]] quality content from other sites, leading to an acceleration in Appropedia's content growth and profile. Likeminded people and organizations were happy to give permission to use their material (see below).
* [[CCAT]], the Campus Center for Appropriate Technology, [[Partnership to Bring Thirty Years of Sustainability to the World|partnered]] with Appropedia to move their project pages to Appropedia in April 2008.
Other exciting conversations are ongoing, with highly regarded organizations on the verge of joining this collaborative community. We look forward to being able to mention them here soon!
* [[:Category:Appropedia press releases]]