Being a beneficial environmental element is at the core of One Community’s mission. As an all-volunteer organization, we are committed to sustainable approaches encompassing food, energy, housing, education, for-profit and non-profit economic design, social architecture, fulfilled living, global stewardship practices, and more. Our model, designed to become self-replicating, will be the foundation of creating a global collaboration of teacher/demonstration hubs. We wholeheartedly believe in doing this for “The Highest Good of All” by creating everything as open source and free-shared. Our vision is to evolve sustainability, regenerate our planet, and actively contribute to creating a world that works for everyone.
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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 June 4th, 2023 edition (#532) of our weekly progress update detailing our team’s development and accomplishments:
One Community is being a beneficial environmental element 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, Stacey Maillet (Graphic Designer) completed her 91st week working on the final edits and revisions to the Murphy bed instructions. This week, Stacey reviewed all pages of the Murphy Bed instruction manual, addressing and resolving the majority of the comments received. However, the cover page and the new PDF concept for components still require attention. Stacey made the Amazon links clickable, and it is essential to verify their functionality and generate PDF versions, and the supplemental graphic branding pages have been successfully completed. Screenshots below relate to this work.
This week, Julia Meaney (Researcher and Assistant to Executive Director) completed her 32nd week with the team. This week, Julia undertook various tasks, including reviewing and editing Amal’s final additions to the Eco-laundry research. Additionally, she managed the progress on the “Light Bulb Webpage Updated Content” Google Doc, carefully reviewing and editing all of Amal’s new content while providing feedback and posing questions through comments. Julia also dedicated time to the corresponding Google Spreadsheet, resolving comments where her previous feedback had been incorporated and creating a new sheet for the emerging light bulb product comparison. Furthermore, she worked on the “Net-zero Bathroom and Earthbag Village Water Collection and Septic Design Edited Content for Web” Google Doc and Spreadsheet, diligently going through the content, addressing resolved comments, and offering further feedback during the editing process. Julia also contributed to the “DIY Earth Dam Design & Construction Disaster Mitigation Content” Google Doc, reviewing and editing the newly added content. Lastly, she completed the task of updating links and making final formatting adjustments to the “Sustainable Roadways, Walkways, and Landscaping” Webpage, ensuring its readiness for the final review.
Amal Lazar (MS Mechanical Engineering) completed her 9th week helping now with the research for the Most Sustainable Lightbulbs and Light Bulb Companies: Research, Energy Savings, and More tutorial. This week, Amal received feedback from her supervisor on a significant portion of her work for the lightbulb project. In response, she addressed the comments and made the necessary adjustments to her narratives. Additionally, Amal dedicated time to researching alternative options for lightbulbs in the City Center. She also enhanced her understanding of lighting technology, focusing on concepts such as light intensity parameters and light temperature. To gain further insights into the market and the goals of relevant companies, Amal watched interviews and content from a specific company. Below, you’ll find some images of this work.
Vidhi Bansal (3D Visualization Artist) completed her 9th week helping with video and AutoCAD renders for a 4-dome cluster Earthbag Village housing design. This week, Vidhi focused on gathering assets for the 4 dome flyover project. She successfully acquired assets for a Tesla, a charging station, and a solar panel for the project. Vidhi began working on the layout of the solar panel farm and initiated the process of cleaning up the model she found in Maya. Additionally, she made adjustments to the lighting setup to improve the quality of the renders. The solar panel farm will also be located on the site as part of the ongoing project progress. Check out the pictures below as examples of this work.
One Community is being a beneficial environmental element 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, Charles Gooley (Web Designer) completed his 32nd week helping with web design, now focused on the Duplicable City Center Engineering tutorial. This week, Charles made progress in the Duplicable City Center Engineering tutorial by incorporating Jae’s comments on formatting. He adjusted the lists of codes and regulations, as well as the lists of definitions, by placing the definitions after each term with a colon. Additionally, Charles justified all paragraphs, added non-breaking spaces before headings, and proofread the content. He also implemented a table of contents at the top of the tutorial. Charles considers the tutorial ready for Julia’s review and awaits her comments. The pictures below offer a visual representation of this work.
Ranran Zhang (Architectural Designer) completed her 24th week working on the updated video for the Duplicable City Center internal and external walkthrough. This week, Ranran focused on modifying video and model details based on feedback received. Her primary objective was to address the issue where walking people in the video did not appear to be moving. To resolve this, Ranran made adjustments to the Lumion settings, enabling the walking figures to be properly animated and movable. Additionally, she worked on aligning the trees in the Lumion model with the map drawing, ensuring a consistent and accurate representation. Take a look at the images below to see some of the progress made in this work.
Julio Marín Bustillos (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 16th week helping with the City Center Dome Hub Connector Engineering. This week, Julio completed the design of the hub connectors for the geodesic dome structure. His next step involves incorporating the required strains into the design to conduct a simulation and assess the connectors’ strength to withstand the loads generated by the beam’s weight. Additionally, Julio will initiate the design process for crucial elements of the structure, including the shingles and OSB. The pictures below provide a glimpse of this work.
Yiwei He (Mechanical Engineer) completed her 12th week helping with the City Center Dome Hub Connector Engineering. This week, Yiwei dedicated her efforts to calculating the remaining materials required for future orders and restructuring the ordering links for the Aircrete team. Currently, she is awaiting confirmation of her data. Additionally, Yiwei conducted multiple simulations involving various conditions to evaluate their impact on domes. She promptly reported her findings to Greg of the Duplicated City Center group and is now awaiting the latest version of the design from Julio. See some of this work in the pictures below.
Zhide Wang (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 7th week, now focused on the Duplicable City Center designs. This week, Zhide drafted an outline and compiled essential keywords for the construction instructions pertaining to the creation of a dormer. Currently, he finds himself halfway through the completion of these instructions. Throughout the process, Zhide encountered challenges in determining the optimal final design, realizing that further adjustments and potential redesigns may be necessary. A significant portion of his efforts was dedicated to acquiring knowledge on crafting distinct layers within the wall, as well as mastering the art of constructing rafters for the dormer’s roof and front wall. Get a closer look at this work through the pictures below.
One Community is being a beneficial environmental element 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 to work on the Transition Food Self-sufficiency Plan. We set up an interview with a new potential volunteer, Maranda, but was requested to reschedule due to illness. We completed importing the information for FWB onto the Master Recipe Template, and also verified almost all of the remaining recipes on the Master Recipe Doc with the only exception being those recipes with unanswered comments. We created a filter on the Shopping List to eliminate unnecessary ingredients and compress the list to only the ingredients and their measurements that are needed, and also reordered the measurement columns according to the most commonly used measurements. We added a final column to the Shopping List for other measurements like bunches of herbs and individual items such as 2 onions instead of 16 oz of onions. See below for pictures related to this.
The core team also reviewed the open source Chicken coop designs. We reviewed and edited pages 165-196 of the Chicken Doc, which covers nesting boxes and fan and window installation. We worked together to ensure that the information was accurate and up-to-date. We then resumed editing and correcting pages 1-51, which cover the chicken coop foundation, entry door west wall construction, pre-assembly of north wall frame, placement of hardware cloth on north wall frame, and construction of east wall with chicken door. The pictures below give some examples of this work.
Another member of the core team worked on the “Chicken Coop Step-by-Step” document too. She collaborated on issues related to font size in the images and the color of dimension numbers, and reviewed and edited pages 165-196, which covers nesting boxes and fan and window installation. She then proceeded to update the images for pages 1-24, increasing the font size and changing the color to black for the “Foundation,” “Floor,” and “West wall” sections and replying to additional comments as they were made. See some examples of this work in the pictures below.
One Community is being a beneficial environmental element throughh 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 is built directly into the structure of the education program and everything else we’re creating too:
One Community is being a beneficial environmental element 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 40 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. Pictures below show some of this work.
Yiyun Tan (Management Dashboard Team Leader) completed her 56th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week, Yiyun dedicated a significant portion of her time to developing a pre-selecting skill set questionnaire, which she successfully completed and transformed into a Google survey. Additionally, she actively contributed to her team on Slack, providing assistance in problem-solving, bug reporting, and maintaining tutorials as part of her regular responsibilities. Below, you’ll find pictures highlighting the development of this work.
Kaixiang “Kevin” Gu (Fullstack Software Developer) completed his 28th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week, Kaixiang made changes to the color bar PR as requested by reviewers. He stored color variables as constant values in a separate file and raised a new PR, which was successfully merged into the DEV branch. Additionally, he began working on the submit for review button task and completed the front-end side of the button. Kaixiang plans to continue working on this task in the upcoming week. Pictures below show some of this work-in-progress.
Jianjun Luo (Software Engineer) completed her 27th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week, Jianjun successfully resolved a bug discovered in the previously merged performance improvement branch. She made a minor adjustment to the props in the permission checking function, ensuring its accuracy and effectiveness. Then she implemented a modification to the recently added bio announcement status feature, restricting editing privileges to users with appropriate permissions and providing warnings for other roles attempting to make changes. Lastly, she conducted a thorough review of a pull request related to the ability of certain roles to submit summaries on behalf of other users. Pictures below are related to this work.
Raul Effting (Jr. Front-End Web Developer) completed his 21st week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week, Raul conducted comprehensive testing on the newly developed timer, subjecting it to rigorous evaluation. Through this process, numerous conflicts were identified and subsequently resolved, ensuring enhanced functionality and performance. However, it is worth noting that some final steps in the implementation process, specifically pertaining to Harlley, remain pending. In addition to resolving conflicts, Raul also incorporated new features into the timer and addressed any newly surfaced bugs, further improving its overall reliability and user experience. Below are some images related to this work.
Aishwarya Kalkundrikar (Full Stack Software Developer) completed her 20th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week, Aishwarya conducted an investigation into the code pertaining to multiple notifications sent for assigning a manual blue square. During her analysis, she discovered that certain modifications had been made to the frontend code for the manual blue square assignment, although she has not yet pinpointed the precise code responsible for the issue. Aishwarya suspects that a duplication of the record saving is occurring, resulting in the email being sent twice. She diligently examined all relevant code and loops where the email function is invoked. Aishwarya continues to actively work on identifying the root cause of the problem. Additionally, she conducted a thorough review of Jianjun’s performance optimization pull request, labeled PR #762, from the front end. Pictures below show some of this work.
Lucas Emanuel Souza Silva (Software Developer) completed his 15th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week, Lucas focused on Task 122, titled “Make resolving a task only refresh that person.” He successfully completed the task and submitted a PR that effectively addressed the requested changes. Lucas’s modifications successfully eliminated the triggering of a component refresh when resolving a task, resulting in a more streamlined process. Notably, his improvements significantly reduced the number of initial requests by half. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Jinchao Feng (Software Engineer) completed his 14th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week, Jinchao concentrated on the development task of adding icons to invisible users on the leaderboard, aiming to provide admin users with visibility into who is currently marked as invisible. He successfully developed two demos for Jae to review and completed the development phase by submitting two pull requests. In addition, Jinchao performed a final review of two pull requests, ensuring code quality and adherence to standards. Please refer to the pictures below.
Yongjian Pan (React.js/MongoDB Full Stack Software Developer) completed his 10th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week, Yongjian focused on addressing the feedback and suggestions provided by his team developers for PR#842. He implemented several changes to improve the user interface and functionality of the project. Specifically, he optimized the placement of the toggle button for better user convenience. Yongjian also worked on enhancing the visual appeal of a modal’s background to improve transparency and enhance the overall user experience. Moreover, he dedicated time to ensuring that dark mode persisted on specific pages even after refreshing, providing a consistent user interface throughout the application. Lastly, Yongjian fine-tuned the dark mode colors for dark texts, ensuring optimal readability and visual coherence. See the images below for a look at this work.
Abdelmounaim “Abdel” Lallouache (Software Developer) completed his 8th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week, Abdel implemented a checkbox element designed for tracking follow-ups. The checkbox includes a mouseover text that provides a clear explanation of its purpose. Additionally, comprehensive styles were developed to cover all visual appearances of the checkbox. Furthermore, an “i” icon was introduced to provide information and describe the functionality of the checkbox. Lastly, Abdel made the checkbox visible and accessible to all classes, except for Volunteers. The pictures below are related to this work.
Natália Favaro Cavicchioli (Full-stack Developer) completed her 7th week with the Highest Good Network software. This week, Natália made significant improvements to enhance the responsiveness of the reports page. Recognizing that the people’s table contained an excessive number of columns and was not optimized for mobile viewing, she consolidated three columns into a dropdown feature. As a result, users can now access individual person’s information by simply clicking on the dropdown. Additionally, Natália dedicated her efforts to refining the user profile page for mobile devices, ensuring that it maintains its integrity without any display issues. However, the graphical elements on this page were not initially designed for mobile compatibility. Natália tackled this challenge by reducing their size to fit the screen appropriately, preventing any information from becoming distorted or lost. Moreover, she implemented an overflow feature to handle any potential excess data, thereby ensuring the complete visibility of all necessary information. See the images below that show her progress and contribution.
Lucile Tronczyk (Full Stack Software Developer) completed her 6th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week, Lucile focused on enhancing the work confirmation process and implementing improvements to the people report. A significant modification involved removing the “Hours Logged This Week” section for users classified as INACTIVE, indicating individuals who have reached their end date. The aim was to ensure that the aforementioned section does not appear for inactive users, thereby streamlining the report’s layout. Additionally, efforts were made to center the remaining sections for improved visual presentation. Lucile also incorporated the user’s title beneath their name, providing clearer identification of their role within the organization. Furthermore, a new feature, labeled “Rehireable,” was introduced under each user’s name. This section allowed for a simple click-based selection between “Yes” or “No” to indicate whether the user is rehireable. Notably, a significant challenge encountered during the implementation phase was the issue of the EndDate being inadvertently deleted when the “Rehireable” option was clicked. Lucile conducted extensive problem-solving and troubleshooting to identify a suitable solution to address this critical issue and ensure data integrity within the system. The pictures below relate to this.
Vishvesh Sheoran (Artificial Intelligence Specialist) completed his 6th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week, Vishvesh accomplished the task of researching, recommending, and ranking AI tools for integration into a WordPress website. Vishvesh conducted extensive research and evaluated multiple options to provide a comprehensive list of recommended tools. Each tool was summarized with its features, benefits, drawbacks, and estimated implementation time, enabling informed decision-making. See pictures below showing his efforts.
Alexander G Huerta (Software Engineer) complete his 5th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week, Alexander worked on a new feature for the weekly summary component. The tasks involved changing the current text placeholder to accommodate a pre-written prompt, as well as making it easily editable by any owner. To address this issue, Alexander delved into understanding how the app utilizes redux for state management. Additionally, a checkbox will be added to prompt users if they proofread the summary before editing. Furthermore, a new integration with Chat GPT was developed to automatically generate a user’s weekly summary by extracting information from their tangible time logs throughout the week. Alexander dedicated time to breaking down this larger feature into smaller tasks for efficient implementation. The images below show this progress.
Xiao Tan (Software Engineer) completed her 5th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week, Xiao addressed “Improve new-user Team and Project setup efficiency” and raised PR#850. She changed the “Project” and “Team” tabs into “Assign Project’ and “Assign Team” buttons, eliminating the need for clicking the tabs and moving the information in those tabs so it is immediately visible with minimal scrolling. She also reviewed the following PRs: 849, 838, 853, and 855 and provided feedback. See images supporting this below.
Edwin Estuardo Lau Mack (Software Engineer) completed his 4th week, helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week, Edwin focused on reviewing pull requests (PRs) and continuing the development of the HGN application as a member of the Dev Team, with a specific emphasis on Frontend functionality. Edwin reviewed various PRs and implemented a feature that prevents admins from resetting passwords for owners in the user management tab. This feature involved hiding columns and buttons related to password resets when the “Owner” filter was selected, and hiding buttons when viewing all accounts with different user classes and no “Owner” filter. Additionally, Edwin completed the final edits for stars for additional hours, allowing all classes except “Volunteer” to see stars, green and red dots in the leaderboard, while volunteers only saw green and red dots. Furthermore, Edwin made minor modifications to the Weekly Summary Reports tab, specifically adjusting the logic for displaying stars next to each user’s name. Throughout the week, Edwin reviewed a total of 6 PRs: #838, #846, #850, #851, #853, and #858. Images showing this progress are below.
Sneha M Madle (Software Engineer) completed their 4th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week, Sneha commenced her work by finalizing the functionality of the Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) through necessary touch-ups. A significant portion of her time was dedicated to conducting an in-depth analysis of the WBS code, aiming to deepen her understanding of its intricacies. She successfully identified the root cause of a specific bug that was affecting the WBS. To address one of the two issues at hand, Sneha performed a deep dive into the Edit Modal for Task code. This involved a comprehensive exploration of both the frontend, particularly the EditTaskModal components, and the backend taskController. She was able to determine the required modifications to rectify the bug. She also tested the implemented changes to ensure their effectiveness. To document and share her work with the relevant stakeholders, she finalized the week by submitting a PR. However, for the second issue, despite conducting multiple thorough debugging sessions to identify the underlying problem, Sneha was unable to resolve it within this week. The pictures below show this work.
Bada Kim (Full Stack Software Developer) completed his 3rd week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week, Bada focused primarily on detailed review and meticulous debugging. A multitude of PRs were assessed, specifically, PRs #355, #722, #815, #827, #830, #831, #833, and #837. Bada offered commentary on PRs #722, #815, and #837. Further intervention was required with PR #830, as it necessitated a formal request for modifications to align better with the project’s objectives. Approval was granted for PRs #355, #815, #827, #831, and #833. PR #819 had to be reverted via PR #832 due to its inability to rectify the persistent Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) task items bug. However, progress was made when the subsequent PR #835 effectively resolved the lingering issue. See the images below for this work.
The Highest Good Network software PR Review team also worked to test all of the above PRs and find any bugs they could within those PRs and the software as a whole. This week’s active members of this team and how many weeks they’ve been with us are as follows: Anish Pandita (Software Engineer) completed his 15th week, Eduardo Horta (Software Engineer) completed his 3rd week, Lawrence Chua (Full Stack Software Developer) completed his 2nd week, Nathan Hoffman (Software Engineer) completed his 3rd week, Nida Zaki (Software Engineer) completed her 2nd week, Olusola Akinbode (Full Stack Software Developer) completed his 2nd week, Papia Sharmin (Full Stack Developer) completed her 4th week, Steve Paalz (Software Developer) completed his 2nd week, Xiao Wang (Software Engineer) completed his 4th week, Xiaoyu Chen (Software Engineer) completed her 2nd week, Yu-Wei Hsu (Software Engineer) completed his 5th week, Yubo Sun (Full Stack Software Developer) completed his 5th week, and Yufei Zhang (Software Engineer) completed her 1st week. The collage below shows a compilation of the work from this team.
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