My name is Chris Watkins, but that's a surprisingly common name, so I almost always go by the username Chriswaterguy. (I used to call myself Singkong2005, but Chriswaterguy is more descriptive). I like to be able to Google for my username - not for vanity, but to keep track of my conversations and contributions, and this wouldn't work if I used my real name.
I would like to see greater synergy, through people working on the wikis that best suit them - and WikiIndex is a fantastic tool for that. I have edited Appropedia's WikiNode so it starts with links to the relevant categories on WikiIndex.
Now, to be more active in pursuing these aims I have started a project: see The Wiki Synergy Project for more.
Areas of interest
I am interested in:
- International development, including especially
- Appropriate technology
- Clean water and sanitation
- Community participation in development
- Gender issues
- Sustainability issues, especially
- Climate change
- Efficiency in the use of resources such as energy and water
- Effective reuse of waste (e.g. through biogas digesters)
- Permaculture and urban agriculture
- Urban planning for sustainability, community and quality of life
My areas of expertise are those closer to the top, particularly appropriate technology, water and sanitation.