Milestones of 2013

We've had a lot of news that we haven't trumpeted, so here's a partial rundown of 2013:

  • We passed 50 million pageviews since Appropedia began in 2006.
  • We're merging with Ekopedia! Ekopedia is a multi-lingual sister wiki, with a couple of thousand pages of sustainability information in French, and hundreds of pages in other languages. The merge is planned for coming weeks.
  • We've been allocated a small grant to develop an input tool for projects from Engineers Without Borders Australia - which will also involve the UK and NZ organizations, for their "EWB Challenge" student projects. This will also enhance indexing, and it'll help us in improving the site overall. Work planned for approx Feb 2014.
  • A recent and long overdue upgrade means we're now ready to take next steps in site development - including the Ekopedia & EWB work mentioned above.
  • Michigan Technological University's Professor Joshua Pearce got a bunch of publicity for the Open-source metal 3-D printer. The Appropedia page describing it got almost 70,000 views in a short period. This is one of the many pages Joshua and his students have produced on Appropedia. (Great work, Joshua!)
  • We have a book deal! We're putting together a collection of work on the theme of "Water" - drawing from Appropedia and soliciting original contributions from experts and those with significant experiences in water.
  • Lonny presented at TEDxYouth, talking about "a better education" - all the projects he described are documented on Appropedia.
  • University classes continue to be a major contributor, with a stream of new articles developed by students each semester on a wide range of sustainability and development topics.
We have challenges as well. We need to communicate a lot more about the awesome things this community is doing. We need to get our volunteer/intern program moving. We need to raise funds. Plans are coming together, but we're also looking for new energy.
Do you see a role for yourself with any of these? Please get in touch - leave a comment.
Thank you. I look forward to sharing 2014 with you.

Sustainable community action

Phil Green started the Sustainable Community Action wiki in 2004 - it's about:

Information and knowledge sharing, but with a focus on what might be useful to community groups and active citizens interested in taking action to make their communities more sustainable and in support of environmental, social and economic wellbeing,

For some time he's been looking for a new home for the wiki, and he's decided to work with Appropedia. We're very glad to have him Phil, and look forward to working with him.

Phil is now adding pages to Appropedia about locations around the world and their community actions - hundreds in total - which he has consolidated from over 2600 pages on the original site. Some of these form new pages (see the Sustainable community action category) and others are being merged with existing pages.

This builds an important area in our sustainability knowledge bank, and I hope we can find a powerful synergy.

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Learning resources for post growth futures

Donnie Maclurcan writes about the learning needed for resilient communities, on the on the Post Growth Institute blog. Collective knowledge, he suggests, is key:

Voids in our individual skill-sets are actually critical to building harmonious communities. As Bill Kauth and Zoe Alawan say, “We need each other, and we need to need each other”... there is a great deal to be gained from more of our learning happening together, building shared resilience in the process.

He then discusses the range of skills we collectively need in resilient communities, in a "post growth future". It looks to me like a list of articles that would be perfect for Appropedia. See Donnie's post at Upskilling for Post Growth Futures, Together

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