Adaptable solutions for eco-living are needed if we are to reach the necessary level of involvement to achieve global change. One Community is supporting this through open sourcing and free sharing all the eco-living components needed to build eco-village teacher/demonstration hubs that will develop even more adaptable solutions. We call this living and creating for “The Highest Good of All” and it has the potential to create a sustainable world within our lifetime.
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One Community’s physical location will forward this movement as the first of many self-replicating teacher/demonstration communities, villages, and cities to be built around the world. This is the September 20th, 2020 edition (#391) of our weekly progress update detailing our team’s development and accomplishments:
One Community is developing adaptable solutions for eco-living through Highest Good housing that is artistic and beautiful, more affordable, more space efficient, lasts longer, DIY buildable, and constructed with healthy and sustainable materials:
This week the core team continued review and development of our behind-the-scenes Earthbag Village construction tutorials. This week’s focus was on tools and equipment selection, pictures, and descriptions. This content will be for a page of the website that will be referenced by all construction pages, so we can just put linked lists on the pages for the construction of various components, rather than pictures and descriptions on each of those pages.
Alvaro Hernández (Open Source Tech Consultant, Developer) completed his 24th week as a member of the team and continuing to work on the Hydro Energy Setup and Maintenance tutorial. This week his focus was on updating the formatting, editing tables to make them clearer and more appealing, and testing some of the previous replace rules and coding some new ones. Here are some images related to this work.
Jose Luis Flores (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 8th week helping finish the Net-zero Bathroom component of the Earthbag Village. This week Jose Luis compared the web page of the Net-Zero Bathroom with the information in its corresponding spreadsheet, looking for and marking any differences in their respective results. He researched and found a pump to generate sufficient pressure in the sink water plumbing system and added the pump to the cost analysis spreadsheet. He also began constructing the roof plan in AutoCAD where he completed the top view of the roof’s 4 layers, completed the elevation view of the interior roof frame, and began making diagrams for the wooden beam connections in the interior roof frame. Pictures are below for this work.
Stacey Maillet (Graphic Designer) also completed her 7th week working on the final edits and revisions to the Murphy bed instructions. The wall and bed frame section has been the most complicated to figure out so far. Stacey’s work this week focused on finding and fixing issues with how the instructions were drawn and visual representations that were incorrect. There were many size changes in the boards and placement. She also was able to reduce the number of pages needed for this section. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Hannah Copeman (Structural Engineer) also completed her 5th week helping complete all the Earthbag Village tutorials. This week Hannah continued the development of the remaining tutorials by completing the note taking process on the relevant Bioveda Course videos for earthbag and aircrete dome construction. She wrapped up the course by learning about sculpting the upper levels of the dome, installing skylights, windows and doors, finishing the dome with plaster, waterproofing and flooring. Hannah also began to create rough outlines for the main topics in earthbag dome construction. You can see some screenshots of this work below.
One Community is developing adaptable solutions for eco-living through a Duplicable and Sustainable City Center that is LEED Platinum certified/Sustainable, can feed 200 people at a time, provide laundry for over 300 people, is beautiful, spacious, and saves resources, money, and space:
This week Angela Mao (Sustainability Researcher) completed her 16th week as a member of the team and working on content for the Most Sustainable Lightbulbs and Light Bulb Companies tutorial. This week Angela finished editing her tutorial and submitted it for review, editing her writing and picked the most useful information to keep. She also finished her Resources and FAQ sections. Final remaining steps are review and updates to her spreadsheet to add more details to each individual brand and their products. You can see some of this work in the pictures below.
Ashish Hirani (Fire Protection Engineer) also completed his 10th week working on the City Center Sprinkler and Emergency Lighting Design. This week Ashish started working on re-designing the sprinkler system for the basement, first and second floor levels. The sprinklers needed to be relocated as per the new architectural layouts. Layer formatting, rerouting of piping, and relocation of sprinkler heads were worked on. Ashish also identified the possibility of distractions that can be caused by improper placement of emergency and exit lighting. He listed out certain basic guidelines that need to be followed to avoid disability glare for occupants in an emergency scenario. You can see some of the results of this work below.
Ksenia Akimov (Plumbing Engineer) also completed her 2nd week working on the Duplicable City Center plumbing designs. This week she designed draft 1 of the sanitary sewer systems. You can see some screenshots of this behind-the-scenes work below.
Mario Strachan (Aerospace Engineer) joined the team and completed his 1st week working on the ground-based components of the City Center Water Catchment Design. His focus for this first week was familiarizing himself with the City Center, researching natural greywater processing, and drawing up rough sketches of the collection system and pond where the greywater/rainwater will accumulate. The height and width of the pond and distance away from the main center made for sizing purposes. A few of his sketches are shown below.
Diego Guardiola (Mechanical Engineer) also joined the team and completed his 1st week helping finish research for the Best Small and Large-scale Community Options for Sustainable Processing & Reuse of Non-recyclables tutorial. This week he completed his onboarding process and reviewed the previous notes taken. Most of the methods previously researched are too large and not capable of being implemented at the desired initial small scale, so Diego began researching into methods more suitable for One Community’s requirements of small-scale implementation beginning with applications that do not require industrial equipment or intensive maintenance. You can see some of Diego’s initial notes in the picture below.
One Community is developing adaptable solutions for eco-living through Highest Good food that is more diverse, more nutritious, locally grown and sustainable, and part of our open source botanical garden model to support and share bio-diversity:
This week the core team continued working on the open source chicken coop step-by-step building instructions on our behind-the-scenes google doc. This week we worked on instructions for installations of the nesting box doors, hinges and latches (pages 124-128).
One Community is developing adaptable solutions for eco-living through Highest Good education that is for all ages, applicable in any environment, adaptable to individual needs, far exceeds traditional education standards, and more fun for both the teachers and the students. This component of One Community is about 95% complete with only the Open Source School Licensing and Ultimate Classroom construction and assembly details remaining to be finished. With over 8 years of work invested in the process, the sections below are all complete until we move onto the property and continue the development and open sourcing process with teachers and students – a development process that is built directly into the structure of the education program and everything else we’re creating too:
This week Xiaolu Song (Landscape Designer) completed her 13th week working on the playground and other external details of the Ultimate Classroom. This week Xiaolu finished the second draft of all of the external playground details and began a new render of the walkthrough in Lumion. The picture below is of the video 71 hours into the render process and still with 9 hours to go. The total length of this video she is rendering is only 2.5 minutes.
Shuwei Liu (Landscape Designer) also completed her 12th week working on the playground and other external details of the Ultimate Classroom. This week Shuwei updated the master CAD file and SketchUp model and rendered an indoor walkthrough video for review of these updates and other requested changes. You can see some screenshots of this work-in-progress below.
One Community is developing adaptable solutions for eco-living through a Highest Good society approach to living that is founded on fulfilled living, the study of meeting human needs, Community, and making a difference in the world:
This week Henry Nguyen (React Developer) completed his 32nd week with the team and working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Henry found a library that supports reading Excel files, a library that was released just one month ago. This fixes problems we were having with importing .CSV files. He then modified the import feature to use this library but found that it works. However, there are some challenges: The Excel file on Google Docs and Excel file on Microsoft Excel display differently, and it appears we can’t add multiple lines into 1 cell on Microsoft Excel – which is one of the .CSV problems we’re trying to fix. The reading function also only reads one sheet (tab) of the excel file, so we have to delete sheets which are not necessary. The WBS works slowly too, when we have multiple tasks open at the same time. Pictures below show some of this behind-the-scenes work.
Ross Edwards (Chief Imagination Officer, G3) completed his 22nd week helping promote One Community. Ross is someone who found our project, loved what we are doing, and offered to just help contact people he (and we) thought might be interested in what we’re doing. This week’s focus was promoting our project and the One Community helping page to newspapers. You can see below this last week’s list of who he contacted and a version of the press release he is sharing.
Wen Zhang (Software Engineer) completed her 17th week as a volunteer working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Wen solved the badge description box overlay coverage issue. She also spent some time debugging bugs on the back end controller part. Some adjustments were made to the Redux badge store so that the data is more clean, and so it will be easier to make changes later as more badge functions are added. Some pictures of this work are below.
Adam Capdevill (Software Engineer) completed his 13th week working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Adam focused on wrapping up his PR for his UserProfile Module 1.4, working on bug reports and other merge conflicts. After talking with Chris and getting some feedback, Adam was able to wrap up all bugs related to his current module PR. Adam wrapped up the week developing prototypes for components Teams, Projects and Time (hours committed). You can see pictures of some of this behind-the-scenes work below.
TEKtalent Inc. (a custom programming solutions company) also continued with their 16th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Nithesh and the TEK talent team completed the team name edit functionality and resolved conflicts and merged the PR for teams functionality. A new edit button was introduced in teams list and upon clicking a popup will be shown with team name in edit mode, upon clicking ‘ok’ it updates the team name. You can see some of this work below.
Yiqi Feng (Software Engineer) continued with her 11th week as a member of the Highest Good Network software team. This week Yiqi changed the “Close” button and updated ”Project/Task” in time entry. She also made updates to the odd numbered reminders and even numbered reminders. She removed the blue box in time entry form and added an “i” icon for additional information about how the page works. You can see some of this work below.
Jerry Zhang (Software Engineer) completed his 6th week working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Jerry completed a basic working version of TeamMemberTasks component. The missing functionality is the progress bar of each task. Next week, Jerry will work off of Henry’s working branch and attempt to make a PR to add ‘Why, Intent, and End state’ functionality to tasks. This will probably consist of 2 PRs: one for API and small update to the tasks form in frontend as well. Pictures of some of this are below.
Noor Qureshi (Insurance Researcher) also completed her 6th week helping research One Community’s insurance options. This week Noor worked on organizing the costs portion of the Molina Healthcare plans. She analyzed what each plan offered and their corresponding price. She went through each of the plan’s summary of benefits and coverages to find the prices. You can see some of this work below.
Chris Weilacker (Software Engineer) completed his 5th week working on the Highest Good Network software. This Week Chris worked on four pull requests, discussed with Jun about the PR Changes, set the default branch of HGN Rest, and started to work on the Project Membership tests. You can see some screenshots of the behind-the-scenes code below.
Jun Hao (Software Engineer) also completed his 4th week working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Jun fixed the tests of Timelog and UserManagement that were failing due to new changes of the component. He also added more test cases to the tests of these two components so achieve a higher coverage rate. Jun then finished the tests of the Timer component, which is a newly added component. All of the code was then pushed and merged into the development branch. You can see some of this work below.
Jaime Arango (Graphic Designer) also joined the team and began helping create the YouTube and social media graphics for these update blogs. This week he created images for weekly progress updates #392, #393, #394, 395 and #396. You can see these images below.
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