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I'll look for a spot to place this on the main page. --[[User:Chriswaterguy|Chriswaterguy]] 11:42, 24 August 2011 (PDT)
I'll look for a spot to place this on the main page. --[[User:Chriswaterguy|Chriswaterguy]] 11:42, 24 August 2011 (PDT)
== Interim management  ==
Interim management saw rapid growth in the private sector in the 1990s. It experienced a decline as the downturn bit in 2000 but has shown signs of picking up in the last eighteen months. In the public sector interim management has been slower to take off but has seen rapid growth in the last two to three years, first in London and then throughout the country. As with the private sector, interim management was associated with organizational failure but is now slowly being seen as part of the solution.
So, he has two alternatives. He can source and hire an existing senior level executive from another company and employ her on a permanent basis. But finding the right person uses valuable resources. The placement of a new senior staff member may cause further conflict between family members and insecurities in their roles, and they may seek work elsewhere. And worse, if the new executive turns out to be the wrong choice, removing her will be difficult.
Many interim executives enjoy the challenge of working on different assignments with tight schedules in various industries and various locations. Globalization and increased mobility create a truly global market. They are a new breed of 'executive nomads' who spread management expertise to further corners of the world.
[http://www.manatnet.com/ interim management]

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Policy for changing the highlighted project?

I think we have several great projects that could be candidates for "highlighted project". AEF Greywater has been highlighted for couple of months now. Change it quarterly? More often when traffic grows? What's the process? For process, I suggest: Lonny picks what he likes, or delegates the problem to someone else (i.e. some very simple process). We could also have a monthly highlight, and have a policy of showing the last 2 or 3 months on the mainpage... This might imply smaller photos, but would show some of the richness of the site. I guess we could also feature non-project articles, since there's some pretty good content (Weld wood, Beyond dams, Demotech, etc) that may not be categorized as projects... --CurtB 12:13, 13 November 2006 (PST)

Highlighted project: I think that this should change at least monthly with our current content, and increase in frequency to weekly then daily. I am sorry that I have been slow about this. I will take charge of the highlighted project, and all are welcome to submit suggestions at Template_talk:Highlighted_project. For now I will change it monthly. Thank you for the reminder.
Other highlights: I think that we should not just have one highlight box and rotate through pages from different areas, but I would be very interested in an array of highlights - Highlighted project, how to, Topic, Organization, etc... maybe even user. --Lonny 13:23, 13 November 2006 (PST)
Okay, so would "highlighted user" be forced to have their photo on the main page? Scary! Wrong incentives! :-) Just saw lots of activity from User:Ethanzuckerman... Cool! --CurtB 14:25, 13 November 2006 (PST)
Suggestion for process:
  • Nominate a project on the talk page of Appropedia:Highlighted project (or whatever the page will be called). Much like nominations for upcoming tips at Wikipedia talk:Tip of the day#New entriesDEPRECATED TEMPLATE - PLEASE USE {{W}} INSTEAD..
  • One or more admin can choose a project, provided it has been nominated for some time (a week or more?) This time after nomination allows time and attention for the article to get any extra work it needs.
  • Re how often to change it - the frequency will no doubt increase as things get more active. I agree, we should be changing at least monthly for now.
--Singkong2005 (now known as Chriswaterguy) · talk 22:49, 14 November 2006 (PST)

about box suggestions

I suggest changing "Increasing Sustainability" to simply "Environmental Sustainability", as in certain business circles "sustainability" can mean "profit sustainability".

I also suggest beginning bullet points with the highlighted terms, e.g.

  • International Development to foster change, knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life (UNDP definition)
  • Environmental Sustainability to encourage responsible stewardship of Earth's natural resources
Good suggestions. --Chriswaterguy · talk 04:33, 28 March 2007 (PDT)

("Appropriate Technology" I believe is a silly and ambiguous term) Dhart 00:20, 28 March 2007 (PDT)

It's certainly ambiguous, but it is widely used by people in the international development arena (including Engineers Without Borders) with the kind of meaning described at Wikipedia:Appropriate technology... it's a very important concept and I'm not aware of alternative terms that serve the purpose. --Chriswaterguy · talk 04:33, 28 March 2007 (PDT)
Perhaps AT should have it's own bullet point with a short description? E.g.
ES overlaps with AT, but it's important enough to single out IMO. Dhart 15:25, 28 March 2007 (PDT)

Category suggestions

I suggest a separation of the "ICT / Education" category. A few arguments: acronyms are perhaps not great at the category level (who outside of ICT knows the definition of ICT?); the combination with education is not obvious; WikiMedia categories are what everyone else calls "tags" ; WikiMedia categories are hierarchical, so splitting and multi-tagging is better than lumping. Proposed split:

  • Information Technology
  • Education Infrastructure


I agree with your points, especially about acronyms. We were trying to set up the top categories so that they would mirror human needs/wants. Education and Information Communication Technology seemed to fit together. I am starting to strongly favor removing ICT from the top level categories and instead subcategorizing/multitagging it. Maybe Education could be renamed to be more inclusive... or maybe Education is just right. Thank you for your feedback. --Lonny 02:13, 28 March 2007 (PDT)
Using common-use tags is probably better than second-guessing users wants/needs for tag names; in this case "Education" would be best (even though I like "Education Infrastructure"!), and would make a nice top-level tag. In my experience, choosing top-level-anything is tough, especially avoiding too many top-level things. Choice will probably come down to a decision about the topics which the site wants to stress (probably around 10 max), with the compromise of a link to a page of "Other Categories" which may contain a hand-culled list of 50-100 categories, and the WikiMedia "all categories" link (which can probably be safely removed from the front page). Dhart 04:19, 28 March 2007 (PDT)

Rocket Stove Opportunity

I just wanted to comment on the benefits of Appropedia. A requirement of my appropriate technology class at Humboldt State University was to create a Appropedia web page describing students individual appropriate technology projects. My project was the construction and design of a rocket stove or improved fuel stove. The article can be found under "CCAT Rocket Stove". In the discussion area of the rocket stove page I indicated my contact information and stated my desire to continue research with rocket stoves. Several months passed with no response. And then to my surprise a associate director with the department of mechanical engineering at Colorado State University contacted me. He stated that he has some opportunities and asked that I send my resume. This opportunity would not have presented itself had it not been for Appropedia. I want to thank everyone who has had a part in creating this truly helpful site. Thank You Lonny! comment by Dlm58, 5 December 2007.

Transition Handbook

Another reason why AT is important is global economic collapse if AT is not used. New reports have confirmed the economic demise to be linked to climate change and a depletion of resources, see http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5i9E0IVeO1XtaHM1XjuHgrsh8hY-g

Also, a question: is the Appropedia based around appropriate technology or appropriate and sustainable technology ? See the wikipedia on AT for the distinction.

Also, you may want to add the permaculture pamphlets and some other learning resources to the Appropedia

Appropedia has a broad scope - definitely covering appropriate and sustainable technologies. The best technologies manage to be both. Agreed that sustainability - drastically reducing our need for resources through better technology - is crucial.
The pamphlets are great, thanks. They talk about sharing - but unfortunately they don't specify an open license - so it's not clear whether they accept modifications being made of the materials, in the way allowed by the CC-BY-SA for example. We want to have someone contact the copyright owners of content we'd like to use, and this would be a great set of resources to include in that. See Appropedia:Permissions taskforce. --Chriswaterguy 05:45, 21 December 2008 (UTC)

Use of Templates

I tried to open a page and intended to use a " Comments" template as follows == text== nothing seems to happen any suggestions? are templates from wikiversity also supported on Appropedia? thanks.

Answered at Appropedia talk:Village pump#Templates. --Chriswaterguy 09:16, 19 June 2010 (UTC)

Work on new front page - input please

Please see discussion at Talk:Main Page tests #What's good on the front page? --Chriswaterguy 01:47, 28 February 2011 (PST)

Er - straighten the new dawn composting toilet

It's lopsided. Is that anything intrinsic in its design? :-) Pashute 05:55, 30 March 2011 (PDT)

 :) - Someone did a straightened version of the photo, and I fixed up the highlighted project template. Thanks for pointing it out. --Chriswaterguy 09:41, 6 June 2011 (PDT)

Displaying an anouncement feed

I've figured out how to display a feed of Appropedia blog posts as a simple list of links. (Based on info at Help:Feeds.)

I'll look for a spot to place this on the main page. --Chriswaterguy 11:42, 24 August 2011 (PDT)