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.
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.