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Sharing knowledge to build rich, sustainable lives.

What is Appropedia?

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 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. Six other similar sites have joined Appropedia since its inception:

  • Sustainable Development Wikia
  • WinWinWiki
  • Village Earth's ATwiki
  • HowToLiveWiki, home of the Hexayurt
  • sgoals, the site for sustainable business

These collaborations have brought many content pages, readers and contributors. You can learn more about the history of Appropedia at Appropedia:A_history_of_collaboration.

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
  • Information for finding supplies and help
  • Links and information on other organizations
  • Collaboration pages for co-creating solutions
  • Discussion pages for commenting on work done and work that needs to be done
  • And more

Posting encyclopedic content on Appropedia is discouraged, as Wikipedia is a more-used resource for this style of article.

People who make Appropedia possible


The community of contributors and visitors makes Appropedia work, and makes working at Appropedia meaningful.

Founder, admin and bureaucrat

Founding administrators

Other administrators

Technical Assistance

Financial Assistance for hosting Appropedia

Thanks to a kind (and fairly modest [ CurtB ]) donation from Curt Beckmann, Appropedia has a fast and secure server - DreamHost.

The Foundation

Oversight of Appropedia is provided by The Appropedia Foundation.

More questions?

Do you have a question about how to participate? Wondering what exactly Appropedia's activities are? Starting a website and wondering how it fits with Appropedia? See Appropedia:FAQ, and if you still have questions, contact us.

See also

This organization is a member of the Open Sustainability Network.