Can local groups and communities could use the wiki as their own way of connecting and sharing knowledge? Absolutely!
Appropedia is not only a living library, but:
- A collaborative workspace, both to grow the library and for plotting real-world action.
- A networking tool. While our platform (MediaWiki) is not designed as a social networking tool, this is a community full of hardcore sustainability buffs and problem-solvers worldwide and from all walks of life.
- A “shell” within which communities can operate, serving their members and connecting with partners both local and distant. A community of communities, if you will.
- A way of increasing profile & findability.
- A way of increasing synergy. Why work on a greywater treatment page on a locally focused site with a small number of contributors and readers when you can work with a global community on making an awesome page?
- You can have your own pages on your own projects, too, as part of a collection of designs from around the world. Be like the developer of the Home biogas system (Philippine BioDigesters), who received emails of thanks, along with design improvements, from around the world.
This was prompted by a question from Steven Walling during a presentation on Appropedia. It made us realize how far ahead Appropedia is when we envisage it, compared to what a visitor to the site sees today (e.g., the greywater treatment page is one-twentieth or one-hundredth as good as we’d like to see it). People already say how great the site is, but we foresee something much, much greater.