Welcome to the Appropedia blog

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This is the blog to accompany Appropedia, the wiki for solutions in the challenge of building rich, sustainable lives.

Follow our blog to understand how things work, and how we’re dealing with the challenges of a growing wiki expanding into new areas. Your contributions are very welcome – you can start contributing, let us know your questions (commenting here is one way). You can also keep watching here as we talk about how things work in this wiki world, and figure out where you fit in. (But we’d still love it if you dropped us a line.)

This was posted when we were still playing with the Drupal blog, before we switched to WordPress. So we’ll need to make another welcome, soon. – Chriswaterguy 23 Sep 2008

Buckminster Fuller Challenge

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Appropedia made it to semi-finalist in the Buckminster Fuller Challenge. (Yay, recognition! Sob, no cash prize.) From our entry:

Difficulties in tracking down existing solutions to appropriate technology problems has led to engineers and fieldworkers wasting time, energy, and resources solving the same problems over and over again. A single shared infrastructure is needed so that the existing disjoint community of appropriate technologists can more easily and openly collaborate on their projects.

…and that’s exactly what we’re doing, in appropriate technology and many related areas.

Originally posted, by the same author, at Pablo Garuda.

Openness in the UK

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Engineers Without Borders UK are interested in how to contribute to the Appropedia wiki, and the process of making content free. Which of course leads to questions about when someone’s content is their bread and butter. A section of that page, “But I earn a living from my content!”, addresses this question, but needs much more thought.

I’m at the Humanitarian Centre at Cambridge University – a “hub organisation that ‘thinks local and acts global’, sharing complementary resources and skills to achieve more than the sum of its parts.” This basically means that these world-changing organizations share office and meeting space, and get to do lots of incidental meeting with like-minded people. Great idea – every city should have at least one. Every small NGO (and big NGO for that matter) should be part of one.