Appropedia has grown rapidly in multiple dimensions since our early days, especially in several months. Both the volume and range of activity at Appropedia.org is up significantly. We have content translation activity, content porting activity, partnership activity, and site technology development activity, all expanding in parallel. Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn communities have grown dramatically as well.
In addition to all the active participants, we have many eager supporters that haven’t yet identified the best way to engage. We get notes like, “I love what you’re doing! What can I do to help?” And for every explicit offer, we know there are much more unspoken. To better use all this pent up energy and goodwill, we are beginning a new program for engaging volunteers, both new and veteran.
And so, without further ado, allow us to introduce Appropedia Initiatives! The Appropedia Initiatives program is an open-ended series of specific activities that will benefit from community engagement. Each Initiative will be designed to attract a critical mass of contributions and enthusiasm, to build momentum on a particular topic or practice.
We know that our community of supportive people has a great variety of skills, and we envision a wide variety of Initiatives to engage as many people as we can. Some Initiatives will be focused on the Appropedia.org site (either content or technology), and others will be more community-oriented.
Essentially, Initiatives are ordinary Appropedia activities that are likely to have some broad interest. Like most things at Appropedia, users’ input and ideas will define the Initiatives program’s path.
Each new Initiative will be highlighted on the Appropedia main page, and we will do community outreach in the form of social media posts to make sure that everyone gets a chance to see it. Naturally, we welcome your help in passing the word and identifying people, partners, and resources appropriate for each Initiative.
The goal is for each Appropedia Initiative to take on a life of its own and to continue for months beyond its initial moment in the spotlight. To make sure that fledgling Initiatives have a good chance, we’re asking that each initiative have some semi-committed support in the form of an “Initiative steward” who will shepherd the activity for at least 3 months.
Check out the provisional guidelines for Appropedia Initiatives and see whether your favorite topic or project might be the right candidate for an Initiative. If so, create a launch page and add your Initiative to the list!
Thank you all in advance for your help and support!