With an ongoing commitment to applying nature as our teacher, One Community is open sourcing a global sustainability model created by an all-volunteer team, driven by the ethos of “The Highest Good of All“, and covering sustainable food, energy, housing, education, for-profit and non-profit economic design, social architecture, and more. Beyond establishing a community, we’re pioneering a self-replicating teacher/demonstration hub.
Click on each icon to be taken to the corresponding Highest Good hub page.
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 and demonstrating nature as our teacher as a path to global sustainability. This is the November 27th, 2023 edition (#558) of our weekly progress update detailing our team’s development and accomplishments and below are the 5 areas we’re focusing on apply nature as our teacher:
One Community is applying nature as our teacher 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, Shengguang Jin (Mechanical Engineer) investigated the extraction and refinement of informative videos, aiming to generate ideas for enhancing the assembly of the Vermiculture Toilet. A summary paragraph has been added to the Google Doc, and Shengguang created 2D sketches for the waste-collecting rotational container. The design now includes accurate specifications for each dimension. See the images below for an idea of this work, an excellent example of applying nature as our teacher.
Yiwei He (Mechanical Engineer) focused on the Most Sustainable Lightbulb selection page and project management tasks with the Duplicable City Center. Her primary activities included light bulb content review and feedback, and advancing the design work for the hub connectors. Check out the collage below to see her work for the week.
One Community is applying nature as our teacher 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, Amiti Singh (Architectural Designer) continued her work helping with the interior design details for the rental rooms within the Duplicable City Center. Amiti initiated the 3D rendering process for Room 10, focusing on a Boho-aesthetic industrial theme, not an example of applying nature as our teacher, but still very beautiful and interesting. She began with the establishment of an initial material palette for the room, laying the foundation for the design elements. In addition to this, Amiti completed file finalization for the room design projects. See below for the collage of images related to this.
This week, the engineering summary was managed by Arvindh Xavier (Civil Engineer) and featured Julio Marín Bustillos (Mechanical Engineer) highlighting Julio’s concluded work on the Dome Hub Connector designs for the seventh row, generating four variations based on the initial design. Moving to the sixth row, a notable complexity emerged, necessitating a more extensive array of variations. The absence of discernible repetition in the designs presented a unique challenge for the sixth row and a similar situation is anticipated for the fifth row. See below for the visual representation of the images.
One Community is applying nature as our teacher 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, Hayley Rosario (Sustainability Research Assistant) continued her review of the open-source Highest Good Food rollout plan. This plan is very much built on applying nature as our teacher. Hayley reviewed the 50-person webpage, her plan involves creating the final rough draft of the EDITs document. She also spent time working on other web pages and implemented details for the 20-person webpage. See below for the picture.
This week, the Transition Food Self-sufficiency Plan UI/UX Web and Graphics development was managed by Shivangi Patel (Graphic Designer) combining her work with the contributions of Rihab Baklouti (Freelance Generalist. Shivangi focused on producing social media content for Facebook, utilizing her Photoshop skills. Additionally, her efforts were directed toward the creation of mock-ups for Vegan Rice, Vegan Potato, Vegan Yam, and Vegan Pasta recipe pages. See below for the visual images.
One Community is applying nature as our teacher 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. We’ll report on the final two elements to be finished as we develop them.
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 integrates applying nature as our teacher and built directly into the structure of the education program and everything else we’re creating too:
One Community is applying nature as our teacher 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 completed 63 hours managing One Community volunteer-work review not included above, emails, social media accounts, web development, new bug identification and bug-fix integration for the Highest Good Network software, and interviewing and getting set up new volunteer team members. We also shot and incorporated the video above that talks about applying nature as our teacher and how applying nature as our teacher integrates into the bigger picture of everything One Community is doing. The pictures below show some of this work.
The core team also worked on testing on HGN PRs for One Community this week. They worked on on several Highest Good Network (HGN) pull requests (PRs) to ensure the platform’s functionality. The tean also confirmed the resolution of various issues, including fixing the white screen problem related to entering certain locations, implementing the team members’ sorting function by name and date, addressing the leaderboard refresh animation, and fixing the functionality of the Task Info Changes modal. Moreover, they confirmed the yellow bar display on the entire width of the screen to appropriately warn users about requests for posting their bios. Despite these accomplishments, challenges persisted with PRs related to uneven formatting on the People’s Reports Page, difficulties saving an updated media link, and the non-visibility of badges assigned during the week on the This Week page under the user’s name. Additionally, the team created a new user account to facilitate testing for a specific scenario aligned with ‘short week’ scenario. You can view this work in the collage below.
Another core team member continued his review of Eckhart Tolle’s audio A NEW EARTH noting statements for possible inclusion in the One Community values page. He also engaged in a phone call with Hayley Rosario and answered her questions about animals and how they fit into the property, and for what purposes and functions. Additionally they discussed the 20 & 50 person tasks. You can view this work in the collage below.
Aaron Wang (Fundraising Assistant) continued to help One Community with working on fundraising. We won’t be able to open source applying nature as our teacher without funding. This week he focused on revising and enhancing the research conducted in the previous week, specifically regarding potential funders Robert Downey Jr., MacKenzie Scott, George Soros, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Arnold Schwarzenegger. His work involved identifying and linking events and organizations these individuals have supported, integrating hyperlinks directly into the research for ease of reference. Additionally, Aaron expanded his research scope to include Salma Hayek and her husband François-Henri Pinault, as well as Emilia Clarke. For these new subjects, he thoroughly investigated their sustainability activities, philosophical beliefs, funding history, and the specific organizations they have supported. You can view this work in the image below.
Harsha Kulkarni (Data Analyst) continued working on One Community’s Google AdWords campaigns and Analytics details. This week, she focused on ad creation across multiple campaigns, with a particular emphasis on the Education campaign, including the development of ads for first lesson plans and Blooms Taxonomy ad groups. Additionally, ads were generated for the Society ad campaign, specifically under the Sustainable Community Building ad group and Consensus Decision Making. Two ads were created within the OCG Branding Methodology ad group. Furthermore, two ads were crafted for the Food ad campaign, specifically under the Hoop House Construction and Dam and Lake Construction ad groups. The week also involved the creation of ads for the Energy ad campaign. You can see some of this in the picture below.
Julie Musicar (Sound Editor) continued to help One Community this week by addressing the Dropbox storage constraint and resolving the issue. Maximizing uploads, she set up a YouTube to MP3 converter for various audios. Screenshots of the storage message are attached in the Dropbox. Additionally, Julie introduced two more audio samples to a shared Google Drive folder for potential podcast intro music choices. We also considered this week’s applying nature as our teacher blog as an option for optimization. View this work in the collage below.
Vishvesh Sheora (Artificial Intelligence Specialist) focused on elevating the SEO performance of blog posts featured on the One Community website. This week, Vishvesh focused on enhancing the SEO performance of the “About Us” and Global Sustainability pages. Notably, the SEO score for the “About Us” page witnessed a significant improvement, rising from 81/100 to 90/100. Simultaneously, the Global Sustainability page saw a substantial boost in its SEO score, escalating from a modest 33/100 to an impressive 91/100. This achievement was the result of Vishvesh’s dedicated efforts and specialized expertise in utilizing the RankMath plugin and optimizing for relevant keyword strings like “applying nature as our teacher” is for this page. See the work in the image below.
This week, the Administration Team’s summary, covering their work administrating and managing most of One Community, was managed by Catherine Liu (Administrative and Analytics Assistant, Team Manager) and includes Meenakshi Velayutham (Sustainability Associate), Olawunmi “Ola” Ijisesan (Administrative and Management Support), Ruiqi Liu (Administrative Assistant), Shaurya Sareen (Administrative Assistant), Xiaolai Li (Administrative Assistant). Catherine completed her onboarding training, addressing and rectifying errors in her dry run practice, and demonstrated a commitment to swift integration into her role. She acquired proficiency in the PR review component of administrative tasks, participating in the evaluation of existing reviews and contributing pertinent comments to enhance the overall process. Meenakshi focused on diverse admin obligations, including ensuring everyone is included in the weekly blog, bio announcements, and status updates. She created new bio announcements for volunteers, updated the monitoring spreadsheet, worked on integrating notes/summary into the light bulb webpage, and incorporated changed content sections. She also engaged in webpage overview checklists and tutorials for new editorial and webpage review tasks. Melina completed the orientation process with One Community, gaining proficiency in evaluating team members’ work, producing images, and editing summaries for the One Community Weekly Progress Update Blog. She learned to provide feedback on colleagues’ work, review summaries, compose collages for presentation, and utilize WordPress for finalizing and posting blog content. Ola dedicated her week to reviewing comments and work of new trainees, uploading the live blog onto her edited page, and creating forms for the new task assigned to her. Ruiqi completed the four-step review process for various teams, providing feedback, creating collage images, incorporating SEO keywords, and working on business plan development related to “Walkways” and “Landscaping.” She also conducted a detailed comparison of the management team’s modified webpage with her own. Shaurya completed a full review of pull requests (PRs), addressing issues with team members, updating tracking sheets and weekly tables for the Highest Good Network team, and crafting a concise team summary with a team collage featuring all PRs. Xiaolai organized documents and summaries for weekly report 557, refined the draft, reviewed the final report, and set up the webpage for this week’s updates. Additionally, he researched costs associated with solar and wind infrastructure, working on a spreadsheet to compile and analyze relevant data. You can see the work for the team in the image below.
This week, the Blue Steel Team’s summary, covering their work on the Highest Good Network software, was managed by Nathan Hoffman (Software Engineer, Team Manager) and includes Sávio Mendes (Full Stack Software Developer), Yongjian Pan (React.js/MongoDB Full Stack Software Developer), and Yubo Sun (Full Stack Software Developer). Nathan undertook a comprehensive review process, rejecting Edwin’s PR 1545 and re-reviewing and rejecting Yongjian’s PR 1331. He followed up on reviews for their own PRs, specifically PRs 1548 and 585, and contributed to updates on the permissions management document, focusing on grammar and punctuation. Among their tasks were the review of PRs and tasks by Yubo and Shubhankar, the segregation of permissions for access to reports and summaries, and addressing the yellow bar issue on the “bio announcement” in the weekly summary page for Jae. He also engaged in discussions with Jae about permissions ideology, reasoning, and corporate structure, and responded to Yubo regarding a bugs doc question related to permissions testing. Activities also included updating the Permissions spreadsheet color coding, adjusting the permissions management page, and responding to Jae’s comments about the yellow highlight for bios in the Weekly Summaries Report page. Savio concentrated on finalizing mock-ups and design for the new ‘Overview Report’ Page, exploring Data Visualization and Graphs Libraries, particularly emphasizing the D3.js library. He enhanced the previous design based on feedback, introducing four new graphs – the Horizontal Bar Graph, Horizontal Grouped Bar Graph, Horizontal Grouped Big Bar Graph, and Horizontal Stacked Bar Graph, integrated with the Donut Graph for improved user experience beyond plain text presentation. Yongjian completed the re-implementation of dark and light modes for the entire application, overcoming challenges from merge conflict issues. He conducted thorough testing, confirming functionality alignment with expectations, though minor issues, notably the “message 2” message within the header component, still require resolution. He also continued efforts to address these outstanding issues for a seamless integration of dark and light mode features throughout the application. Yubo took on the responsibility of developing a specialized version of emails for blue squares. Engaged in advancing frontend PR #1035, he focused on managing permissions for other users and communicated updates through Slack. After a thorough review, he provided approval only for backend PR #585, recognizing that frontend PR #1548 and backend PR #585 addressed the same issue. He also identified and rectified a bug hindering the updating of user media links, implementing a minor fix on the RegEx, while contemplating the potential removal of frontend PR #1035 as deemed necessary. This software will be used to objectively track all our open source creations applying nature as our teacher. The collage below shows some of this work.
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