Searching the green dev wikisphere

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There is an ecosystem of wiki websites on sustainability, design and development issues.

Appropedia is a large and broad site; others include small but active communities and NGOs doing good, focused work (e.g. Greenlivingpedia and Akvopedia), wikis run by multilateral organizations (e.g. the UNDP’s WaterWiki and the OECD’s Wikiprogress and Wikigender), and (sadly) wikis where nothing has happened for years, and the community appears to have scattered.The ecosystem isn’t exactly thriving – even when we’re friendly (and we usually are) we don’t talk and we don’t share as much as we’d like.

As communities we want to collaborate and encourage each other, but as individuals we’re busy – and I’m as guilty as anyone. What can help is just being aware of what is on other wiki sites – knowing of good wiki pages out there in the green wikisphere, to learn from, borrow from and link from our own pages. That can even lead to the odd bit of drive-by editing on another wiki – all the better.

To that end, here’s a tool I’ve made: a search engine for green and development wikis.

It’s a Google custom search of over 40 wiki sites. Apologies to the good wikis I haven’t named in this blog post, but I hope you’ll check that your site shows up in the search results.

If you want to who’s writing about something on which wiki, this can help. The results are a little quirky, so allow a few seconds to scan the list to find what you want, and maybe try different search terms. Give it a try, and let me know.

May it add a little more unity to our wiki ecosystem.

Communications and social media internship

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Wherever you are in the world: if you’re studying Communications or wanting to break into the field, and you’re passionate about solutions for positive change in the world, then this could be the opportunity for you. Appropedia is always looking for interns to help us communicate and engage with people interested in this project and share with and strengthen our existing community.

The work in this internship will involve a mixture of interviewing, contacting, and/or writing publicity materials. You can work part-time, and you’ll have a lot of flexibility in how you work, but you’ll always have guidance available.

There is a lot to learn and to make a difference. We sometimes say, only half-jokingly, that Appropedia was built by engineers and scientists, so we’re much better at doing stuff than at talking about what we do. But we’ve talked and got better at it and become active in social media, as we’ve taken our message out there. We’re happy to share what we’ve learned with you, but we’re also happy to learn from you and with you.

You’ll need to take the initiative, experiment, and report on what’s working and what isn’t. We have high respect for failure with enthusiasm, which is often the basis for future success and precious learning.

This is a virtual internship – you’ll be working with people who might be on the other side of the world, but with email and chat, that’s not such a challenge these days. You can work from anywhere in the world with internet access. That requires you to manage your time, organize yourself and get things done – an online internship isn’t for everyone.

If you have any questions or want to apply, please get in touch with us.