One Community is creating an open source blueprint for global cooperatives. This includes the tools, tutorials, data, and costs needed for global replication. These sustainable and self-sufficient eco-communities will function as teacher/demonstration hubs to help others replicate them even easier.
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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 March 29th, 2020 edition (#366) of our weekly progress update detailing our team’s development and accomplishments:
One Community is creating a blueprint for global cooperatives 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 with what we hope will be the 2nd-to-final review of the Murphy bed instructions. This week we finished the review by completing the rest of cut sheets plan. Parts added to the plan this week included the rest needed for the Benches & Table, Nightstands, and Storage. You can see pictures of the finished cut sheets below and we’re now onto final integration of all the needed edits to the actual assembly instructions.
Dean Scholz (Architectural Designer) continued helping with the Earthbag Village (Pod 1) 4-dome cluster designs. This week was week #183 of Dean’s work and the focus this week was continuing to texture the domes, texturing the main stairway entry, and testing out different stairway options for access to the rooftop patio. You can see pictures of these updates below.
And Ziqian Zheng (Architectural Designer and Drafter) also continued working on the Earthbag Village and completed week 2o as a volunteer designer with our team. This week’s focus was adding furniture to the top of the Tropical Atrium, furniture to the living structures, and fixing broken or incomplete building elements. You can see some of the screenshots from the updated walkthrough here.
One Community is creating a blueprint for global cooperatives 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 Radhieka Nagpal (Volunteer Researcher) completed her 6th week researching the Most Sustainable Building Materials: Carpet, Flooring, Wood, Etc. This week, Radhieka researched further into other types of sustainable flooring and integrated what she found to benchmarked them based on Health & Safety, Sustainability, Cost, Practicality/do-it-yourself application, and Durability. She considered the full lifecycle of these products to have a well-rounded perspective on each flooring type. This was done for bamboo, linoleum, tiles, concrete and carpet. You can see some of this work-in-progress below.
Isha Chadalavada (Volunteer Researcher) also completed her 1st week developing the content for the Food Waste Recycling section of the Best Small and Large-scale Recycling, Reuse, and Repurposing Options page. This week she completed the open source section, overview of food waste section, and preliminary research of various types of small-scale recycling options like worm composting, hot composting, and in-vessel composting. You can see some of this behind-the-scenes work in progress below.
One Community is creating a blueprint for global cooperatives 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:
The core team also returned to working on the open source chicken coop step-by-step building instructions on our behind-the-scenes google doc. This week’s focus was working on the door assembly instructions and fixing a hinge problem we identified and fixed across pages 42 though 49 of the instructions. We’d say we’re now about 90% done with these.
And the core team began transferring our research on chickens from the Google Doc the open source webpage. This week we created the “Why Chickens” section, added all the related resources to the Resources section, and backed them all up to our DropBox archive. You can see some of this work here.
In addition to this, the core team continued developing the open source permaculture design content. This week’s focus was solidifying the Food Infrastructure rollout details using the new Phased Rollout Table and aligning it with our text in the Permaculture Design Case Study section. We also worked on doing this for the Energy Infrastructure section. You can see some of this behind-the-scenes work below.
This week Mohammad Almuzaial (Civil and Construction Engineer) continued with his 18th week helping with the Aquapini/Walipini civil engineering details. This week he modified the water supply main pipe to be below the frost line at a minimum of 32” underground, modified the architectural model to match the SketchUp model instead of the 2D plans provided, finished the water supply network for all the structures and fixed interference with the drainage network, created annotated plumbing 2D construction drawings for all structures, and added bell siphon to the water beds. You can see some of this work work-in-progress below and we’d say this brings this part of this component to 95% complete.
One Community is creating a blueprint for global cooperatives 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 Dan Alleck (Designer and Illustrator) completed his 70th week helping with render additions and finishing work for the rooms in the Ultimate Classroom. This week he continued work on the yellow room. This room is about the subject of Math and the character traits of peaceful leadership, sharing, self esteem, respect for others, self-control, self-discipline, calmness, and initiative. What you see here is Dan’s 5th round additions focused on finding and adding toys and books to the shelving and floor. This brings this room to about 85% complete.
One Community is creating a blueprint for global cooperatives 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 Tengxiao Wang (Software Engineer) completed his 11th week working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Tengxiao implemented a new version of the progress bar on the Time Log page. Now the color changes to match the Leaderboard and the length is determined by the absolute value instead of percentage. Stripes are added to the bar when a volunteer hasn’t completed his or her weekly committed hours.
Simon Xiong (Programmer) completed his 8th and final week working on the Highest Good Network software. This week he worked on finishing as much as he could of the HGN Unit Test and HGN Documentation with the other members of the team. This included clarifying concepts on documents, making and integrating suggestions for improvement, and outlining the remaining tasks for completion. Screenshots of some of this work are below.
Henry Ng (React Developer) also completed his 8th week with the team and working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Henry used the backend to work with the Work Breakdown Structure (WBS). He created a function to add the WBS to a project. He also created a new interface for the WBS based on the WBS converted to excel files. This was a challenge in UX Design (User Experience) because he had to design something new but based on the current interface with the Excel files. To accomplish this he did research on WBS design using MS Project Software. You can see some of this work below.
Siddharth Gore (Senior Software Engineer I) completed his 8th week as a member of the volunteer team also working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Siddharth worked on the Add Project Member and Remove Project Member functionality for the mobile app. He also refactored some code to make it better. You can see some of the results of this work below.
Wen Zhang (Software Engineer) completed her 2nd week as a volunteer working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Wen continued adding content to the Unit Testing Doc, and followed up with comments & suggestions. Wen answered questions raised by other team members, helped with the error messages, finalized the Unit Testing Doc, and created an improved strategy to address vulnerabilities of the Github repo by adding protection rules for the master branch and development branch. In addition to this, Wen continued working on the draft of HGN App Design Doc and Workflow & Github Doc, based on the outlines she completed last week.
And Alvaro Hernandez (Open Source Tech Consultant, Developer) joined the Highest Good Network software team and completed his first week as a volunteer. This week his main tasks were helping with the new documentation guidelines we are creating. He gave reviewed, tested, and gave feedback to Unit Testing documentation, HGN Documentation, and Instructions for Running the HGN React App Locally by providing clarifying links and a newcomer perspective. He also set up his local development environment for further Unit Testing development. You can see some of this work below.
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