Engineers Without Borders UK are interested in how to contribute to the Appropedia wiki, and the process of making content free. Which of course leads to questions about when someone’s content is their bread and butter. A section of that page, “But I earn a living from my content!”, addresses this question, but needs much more thought.
I’m at the Humanitarian Centre at Cambridge University – a “hub organisation that ‘thinks local and acts global’, sharing complementary resources and skills to achieve more than the sum of its parts.” This basically means that these world-changing organizations share office and meeting space, and get to do lots of incidental meeting with like-minded people. Great idea – every city should have at least one. Every small NGO (and big NGO for that matter) should be part of one.