What is On Topic?

What is on-topic on this wiki? That is an open question. Please participate in exploring it! Here are some thoughts so far:


I agree in having a casual, accessible style (although sourcing things obviously) and like the format of the rational wiki. I also agree having good overviews and then being a source for finding other resources would be helpful, I use the Prevent Connect Wiki a lot because it covers and collects so many useful resources. —BronwenW


I was wondering if we wanted to limit the contributors (or not)? —Sarah_Argentine

We're doing a wiki instead of a blog or something so anyone (and hopefully lots of people!) can contribute. We might need to provide a clear framework (if possible) of the type of content that we think belongs in this wiki. I still want to leave it as open as possible, but it would be helpful if we could define what makes this wiki different from wikipedia. —Alison_C_Goldstein

I feel like the wiki format works best in terms of diversity of knowledge/perspectives (and sharing workload!) when the most people possible contribute, so I'm not sure about limiting contributors, however, in that case we should be sure to check periodically (would we want a rotation, similar to the e-mail checking rotation?) to make sure there isn't anything problematic being put up… —BronwenW

How is it Public Health?

It's easy to argue that anything is public health, so maybe we could suggest that every article at least makes an effort to point out explicitly what is the topic's relevance to public health? Or provide a somewhat detailed definition of what we see as public health (or radical public health) on the home and/or how-to page? What do you guys think? I think it'd be really interesting to see some pages on different perspectives on public health. For example: Global Health, Nursing & Public Health, Maternal & Child Health, Environmental Health, Occupational Health & Worker Safety… These are different branches of or specialties within public health that could benefit from a resource of more radical perspectives. —Alison_C_Goldstein

I agree with Alison's point that given how anything is arguably public health, suggesting that contributors explicitly state how the topic relates to public heath. As well as putting how we see public health/radical public health perspective on the home/how-to page, so folks have an idea of the angle of the wiki when contributing (how it is different from wikipedia). —BronwenW


This project's purpose is to offer a resource for informal and formal public health curriculum reform. I think it would be useful to suggest questions or directions for inquiry that could serve social movements for change. If we only write abut what is known, that is less attractive than a resource that also highlights what is not known, but should be. —Grace_Keller

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