Last month, we received the news of Paul Polak‘s passing, an entrepreneur with over 30 years of experience supporting the underserved. We send our condolences to his loved ones and hope that his legacy lives on for the community to create a more sustainable world.
Paul Polak and his role in Appropedia
For many years, Paul worked on developing and selling products that were cheap, durable, and usable for people at the pyramid base. He also supported us during the creation of The Appropedia Foundation, for which we are deeply grateful to him. We feel honored to have him as an ally of our work.
A couple of years ago, Lonny had the opportunity to record a series of interviews with Paul, speaking about his experience alleviating poverty through appropriate technology. Watch the interview below:
CD3WD (CD for the 3rd World) and WikiGreen (the first major green wiki) have done enormous work getting permission for books and other great resources in sustainability and development and getting it online. All up, there are thousands of pages on specific agricultural subjects, appropriate technologies for building, and more.
Much of that content has ended up on Appropedia. It’s valuable content, and we are allowed to share it. But we’ve had a dilemma: it’s not under an open license, as far as we know. It’s open access but can’t be reused or modified, and certainly, there hasn’t been permission given to use commercially. That clashes with our default license.
So, do we remove it? That would be a great loss to the internet community when searching for answers on these important subjects. This is something we’ve agonized over. Instead, we are now placing notices on these pages, noting that these are exceptions to Appropedia’s regular license. So far, all the CD3WD pages that we have had the notices placed on them.
If you’re aware of any work which should not be displayed (i.e., the rights-owners do not give permission for it to be made available as open access), please let us know, and we will take action to fix things up (gain permission or remove it).