Appropedia is the site to create and share community solutions in sustainability, poverty reduction, and international development through sound principles, appropriate technology, original research, and project information. We are a wiki, a kind of site that allows anybody to add and modify content.


Sharing knowledge to build rich, sustainable lives.


Imagine a world where all people come together to create a sustainable future for everyone. We believe that this is possible, and we are working hard to make it happen.

We are constantly building the tools and systems to make it easier for people to connect and collaborate towards this vision. We are also creating a library of resources that anyone can access for free, so that people can learn from what has worked in the past and focus on moving forward instead of repeating the same mistakes.

We want to empower individuals and organizations who are working towards a better future for all of us. By sharing knowledge and resources, we can all work together to create a better world.


Fact-based knowledge: Imagine having access to a treasure trove of knowledge that spans generations and disciplines. That’s exactly what Appropedia is – a dynamic knowledge hub that sources information from academia and ancestral wisdom. But here’s the kicker: all the knowledge on Appropedia is grounded in theory and practice, making it verifiable and reliable.

Experiential learning: We firmly believe that hands-on learning through making can unlock a world of knowledge. Every unique perspective contributes to a greater understanding of how we can apply our skills in new and exciting ways.

Openness: At Appropedia, we’re all about spreading knowledge far and wide! That’s why we’re committed to ensuring all our content is open and freely available. We’re big fans of using open licenses and giving credit where credit is due. And most importantly, we’re passionate about fostering a culture of communication and sharing so that knowledge can flourish and benefit everyone.

Value of know-how: We believe everyone has something valuable to contribute, whether they’re experts with formal education or folks with hands-on experience. We’re all about bringing these diverse perspectives together to create real-world impact. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or just starting, we welcome you to join our community and help us make a difference.

Global focus: Sustainability is a critical issue that affects us all, regardless of where we live, whether in the bustling city or the serene countryside and regardless of our level of development. At Appropedia, we’re committed to creating accessible content for everyone, so that we can work together toward a more sustainable future.

Human-centered: Appropedia is where sustainability meets human settlement, focusing on building rich, sustainable lives. All the knowledge and expertise this platform shares revolve around ensuring people’s well-being is at the core of everything we make.


Appropedia is not an encyclopedia, but it does have some encyclopedia-like information, as well as new and original research, specialized knowledge, and field studies. Appropedia’s information is about building better, more sustainable lives for ourselves and the planet. People can use the information on Appropedia to learn and improve their knowledge.

At Appropedia, we think that knowing the facts (“know-that” knowledge) is important, but we also value knowing how to do things (know-how” knowledge). Sometimes it’s hard to write down or explain how to do things because it’s based on personal experience, but we still think sharing this knowledge is important. 

When we create content for our website, we try to make it really valuable by making sure it’s not just based on science, but also on people’s real-life experiences. We want our articles to be honest and relevant and to show different perspectives without taking sides.

At Appropedia, we believe in sharing knowledge and making it accessible to everyone. That’s why most of our content is available for anyone to copy, modify, and distribute, as long as they give credit and use the same license. This means that anyone can change any article, and we don’t have individual control over them. So, if you contribute something, it may be edited or used by others in the community. Unless it is expressed otherwise, all of our text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC-BY-SA-4.0)

However, we ask that you don’t submit anything that violates copyright laws or isn’t compatible with our licenses. We want to make sure that everything on our site is legal and free for everyone to use.

Appropedia is a website that has some guidelines for its community members to follow. One of the guidelines is to respect each other, even if you don’t agree with someone else’s point of view. It’s important to keep an open mind and consider different perspectives or approaches. Sometimes people might have the same goal but have different ideas about how to achieve it, and that’s okay. If things get heated, it’s important to be ready to forgive or apologize if necessary.

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poverty reduction, and international development.


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