What if we were globally addressing climate change with local solutions? Would this be a better approach than the government-led approaches currently being used and promoted? One Community supports doing both and we’re leveraging our open sourcing and free sharing philosophy to help through carbon-neutral and carbon-negative approaches to food, energy, housing, education, for-profit and non-profit economic design, social architecture, fulfilled living, global stewardship practices, and more.
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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 August 23rd, 2020 edition (#387) of our weekly progress update detailing our team’s development and accomplishments:
One Community is addressing climate change with local solutions 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 Sustainable Site Selection, Planning, and Preparation content. This week’s focus was organizing headings, reviewing articles and adding info to the soils testing section. We also researched, created the narrative, and added photos to a new section called Compaction of Construction Project Site and added more resources.
he core team continued with what we hope will be the 2nd-to-final review of the Murphy bed instructions. This week we addressed a diversity of comments and questions with Stacey and researched different latches for securing table/benches, designed the right angle lock, and tested all the possible latches on the 3D model as shown below.
Dean Scholz (Architectural Designer) continued helping with the Earthbag Village (Pod 1) 4-dome cluster designs. This week was week #196 of Dean’s work and the focus was trying to fix issues with some trees showing up with black backgrounds or boxes around them. This has been a multi-hour process that has yet to be successful. Now Dean is trying other workarounds, seeking to identify and remove the trees creating this problem rather than trying to fix them.
Alvaro Hernández (Open Source Tech Consultant, Developer) completed his 20th week as a member of the team. This week Alvaro continued developing the “Best Small and Large-scale Community Clothing Recycling, Reuse, and Repurposing Options” tutorial. This week’s focus was on editing the images of the article, finding the same image as the researchers at the best possible quality, resizing them to the standardized size of 640px wide, renaming them to onecommunity image name conventions, adding the 2 pixel black borders, caption text where needed, SEO alternative text, and making some of them click to enlarge. Also some other web edition details and replacing rules to make things easier to complete in the visual studio code. Here are some related images of this work.
Angela Mao (Sustainability Researcher) also completed her 12th week as a member of the team. This week, Angela completed the final round of plastic recycling tutorial edits and additions. She also made good progress making edits to her Most Sustainable Lightbulbs and Light Bulb Companies tutorial and is also finishing compiling the lists of lightbulb products. She hopes to be completing her lightbulb tutorial this week. The pictures below show some of this work.
Jose Luis Flores (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 4th week helping finish the Net-zero Bathroom component of the Earthbag Village. This week Jose Luis updated the Net-Zero Bathroom floor plan by rearranging the bathroom fixtures for the purpose of meeting public and ADA bathroom regulations. He added information to the cost analysis document by researching the availability and prices of the items listed out in the materials document. He also began educating himself on the standards for our title blocks in preparation for the completion and approval of future plans. Pictures are below for this work-in-progress.
Stacey Maillet (Graphic Designer) also completed her 3rd week working on the final edits and revisions to the Murphy bed instructions. This week she addressed many comments on the development doc and really focused on seeing this part of the project more as a whole, rather than a series of separate files. She double checked we are using the correct measurements and components, cleared up issues regarding the hinges being used on the benches and table, and focused mostly on the clothing and storage area, which she has almost completed. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Hannah Copeman (Structural Engineer) also completed her 2nd week helping complete all the Earthbag Village tutorials. This week Hannah made alterations and improvements to the dome calculations spreadsheet, read and prepared suggestions for the behind-the-scenes Dome-home Site Selection, Planning, Preparation and Maintenance, and reviewing the current behind-the-scenes Footer, Foundation and Flooring tutorial. She also began taking notes on the Bioveda earthbag and aircrete construction videos. You can see some screenshots of this work below.
One Community is addressing climate change with local solutions 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 Ian Coletti (Environmental Studies Major, Researcher) completed his 11th week researching for the Most Sustainable Windows and Doors open source guide. This week Ian continued work on the window and door report by adding product images, refining the formatting, and reading the work over to make various edits. You can see some of this work-in-progress below.
Ashish Hirani (Fire Protection Engineer) also completed his 6th week working on the City Center Sprinkler and Emergency Lighting Design. This week Ashish focused on research and design details for emergency lighting, related power supplies, optimum lumen levels, etc. You can see some of the results of this research below.
One Community is addressing climate change with local solutions 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 continued with the building instructions for the roosting ladder, developing pages 105-111 of the complete instructions, and you can see some of this work-in-progress below.
Jessica Wienke (Food & Nutrition Project Consultant and CEO & Co-Owner of The Artisan Wheelhouse & The Roots of Medicine) and Aly Shannon (Food & Nutrition Project Consultant and Creative Director & Co-Owner of Roots of Medicine) continued with their 9th week working on the Transition Food Self-sufficiency Plan. This week Jessica and Aly created the meals and recipes for Carrot Cabbage Slaw, Cheezy Biscuits, Simple Mashed Potatoes, Split Pea Soup, and Shepherd’s Pie, all for the vegan recipe pages. Pictures of this work are below.
Alanis Peguero (Mechanical Engineer) also completed her 3rd week working on the updated/final designs of the climate batteries for the Aquapini/Walipini structures. This week Alanis focused on two main goals. The first one was to correct the volume, surface area and heat loss calculations to match updated geometries of the structures. The second one was to start the selection of the climate batteries optimum duct sizes using the friction loss method. You can see some of this work below.
One Community is addressing climate change with local solutions 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) also completed her 9th week working on the playground and other external details of the Ultimate Classroom. This week Xiaolu modified the amphitheater to a more natural design and made an axion section cut to show the effect of the design. You can see some of this work below.
Shuwei Liu (Landscape Designer) also completed her 8th week working on the playground and other external details of the Ultimate Classroom. This week Shuwei combined the Ultimate Classroom’s SketchUp model and rendered an axion view to show the other half of the external design. You can see some of these contributions below.
One Community is addressing climate change with local solutions 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 the core team began updating the Consensus and Groups of 200+ content to better explain the specifics of how the process will work to be efficient and inclusive of all people with groups so large. This week we developed a mindmap showing how ideas are implemented using the large group consensus model. We also developed a mindmap of the general explanation of the different groups within the large group consensus model. We added to the FAQs and made a simple excel sheet that calculates the number of each group that you need for this model based on the population size, then we developed a table summarizing the Who, What, Why of each group, as well as a pictorial of the model. Lastly we brainstormed different names for the groups, to better differentiate between the Discussion Groups and Decision Groups.
Henry Nguyen (React Developer) completed his 29th week with the team and working on the Highest Good Network software. This week he was working on the final feature for the WBS: moving tasks (or drag and drop). The “drag and drop” which he developed last month has some bugs and he tried to change it to a feature that lets the user select the position of the task instead of “drag and drop”. For each task, there is a dropdown to select the position the user wants to change. However, he couldn’t make it work this week, so he’ll continue development next week. You can see some of this work-in-progress below.
Ross Edwards (Chief Imagination Officer, G3) completed his 18th 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 he continued to promote our project and the One Community helping page to newspaper and TV outlets and philanthropists. You can see below this last week’s list of who he contacted and the press release he is sharing.
Wen Zhang (Software Engineer) completed her 15th week as a volunteer working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Wen has been working on the React Overlay. She did some coding experiments of different implementations, mainly for her learning experience and to satisfy her curiosity. In addition, Wen attempted to import batch data and finished a related tutorial.
Andon Ignatov (Full-stack Developer) completed his 14th week working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Andon started off investigating an issue with the Development Environment where it didn’t run some cron jobs as the week transitioned to the next week. He also updated the weekly summaries reports page to generate PDFs with custom names as well as improved the Weekly Summary page responsive display for better views on mobile devices. Additionally he updated the documentation for the HGN Unit Testing Guide to now include testing with React Testing Library (RTL) and Mock Service Worker (MSW). Finally, as Andon completed the Weekly Summaries (WBS 1.6), he now turned his attention to the Leaderboard component (WBS 1.2) which has been assigned to him as the next task. You can see screenshots of some of this work below.
TEKtalent Inc. (a custom programming solutions company) also continued with their 12th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Nithesh and the TEK talent team continued working on the team page functionalities. The confirmation popup to status change and delete has been created and completed the option for adding a new team. Default sorting has been implemented in the descending order of created date, also the total team count and active team count has been added. You can see some of this work below.
Adam Capdevill (Software Engineer) completed his 10th week working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Adam began researching unit testing done in a React environment. He also completed privacy settings and the toggle switches for the user profile, as well as fixed a bug dealing with viewing user profiles without privacy settings instantiated. Adam also began working on the user profile, teams and projects component. You can see pictures of some of this behind-the-scenes work below.
Yiqi Feng (Software Engineer) continued with her 7th week as a member of the Highest Good Network software team. This week Yiqi added blue square functionality in the time entry page. If users edit a time entry more than 5 times (5 is the total time that users can edit the form even when they refresh the website), a blue square will be issued. You can see some of this work below.
Jerry Zhang (Software Engineer) also completed his 3rd week working on the Highest Good Network software. Jerry continued work on task WBS 2.2.1. This week, Jerry was able to fetch all necessary data from the backend. Currently, the component is able to display all teams the user is managing, the members belonging to each team, as well as each member’s total hours. Jerry will spend further effort on the visual design of the component and having current week’s hours displayed for all members. Pictures of some of this are below.
Noor Qureshi (Insurance Researcher) completed her 2nd week helping research One Community’s insurance options. This week Noor began working on organizing the different plans and insurance companies available to choose from. She has chosen ten insurance companies to pick from and has gathered information on their contact info, reviews, and the types of plans offered. For each company, she has listed several different plans to choose from, what those plans offer, and how they are different from each other. You can see some of this work below.
Chris Weilacker (Software Engineer) joined the team and completed his 1st week working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Chris looked into the Unit Testing being done on the HGN project. After splitting up the work with Jun and Jaspal he got the Login.page.test.js file to work, added a test for a snapshot of Dashboard, and created a mock state file with code that can render a Redux app via React Testing Library. You can see some of this work below.
Jaspal Bainiwal (Software Engineer) joined the team and completed his 1st week working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Jaspal set up the unit testing environment on his local machine. He then began unit testing his first component, the Memberships. As his first week there were struggles to getting familiar with the frameworks and the codebase of HGN. As a result Jaspal completed one component unit testing in full coverage. You can see some of this work below.
Jun Hao (Software Engineer) joined the team and completed his 1st week working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Jun spent some time setting up the development environment, playing with the HGN web app, and understanding the behavior of each component. Chris, Jaspal, and Jun had a meeting to divide the unit testing work, and Jun decided to take charge of Reports, Timelog, UpdatePassword, UserManagement, UserProfile, WeeklySummaries, and WeeklySummary components. This week, Jun mainly worked on understanding the detailed logic of the Timelog component and its sub-components. He finished the unit tests for DeleteModal, TimeEntry, and TimelogNavbar. He also finished some reusable helper functions for helping render components that require react-router and redux-store. You can see some of this work below.
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