Bringing together people who want to make a difference, One Community is a pioneering all-volunteer organization committed to evolving sustainability for every aspect of the human experience. From sustainable approaches to food, energy, housing, and education, to innovative economic models and social architectures, we are dedicated to fulfilled living and global stewardship practices. Our model, developed by an all-volunteer team, aims to be self-replicating, creating a worldwide collaboration of teacher/demonstration hubs working together for The Highest Good of All.” Join us in 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 January 15th, 2024 edition (#565) of our weekly progress update detailing our team’s development and accomplishments:
One Community is bringing together people who want to make a difference 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, Abhishek Kadian (Architect) worked on the Revit file of the 4 Dome Structure for the Earthbag Village (Pod 1). Additionally, he started preparing the file for the perspective section cut details in Rhino and later more details in Indesign to showcase the roof detailing. Abhishek also researched Revit ‘Model in Place’ tutorial videos. As we’re bringing together people who want to make a difference, the Earthbag Village will be the first village we construct. See the collage below for an idea of his work on the 4 Dome Structure.
Charles Gooley (Web Designer) focused on augmenting the Open Source DIY Earth Dam and construction for the Water Retention, Pond, and Lake Creation page’s Earth Dam Disaster Risk Mitigation section. The tasks undertaken encompassed exploring the ramifications of dam failure, adherence to dam safety guidelines, and implementing inspection procedures. The examination of dam issues, causes, consequences, and recommended actions was presented in a structured format, including a table with resized images illustrating various problems, corresponding causes, potential consequences, and suggested actions. Additional enhancements extended to sections covering dam break risk assessment, risk evaluation, and overall dam risk assessment. Substantial updates were made to the Resources section and the two Tables of Contents. As we’re bringing together people who want to make a difference, earthworks like this will be a big part of the sustainability infrastructure we open source. The images below show some of his work on the DIY Earth Dam.
One Community is bringing together people who want to make a difference 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) advanced the design process for Room 7 in Duplicable City Center. She began creating a 3D model for the room, with a specific focus on a futuristic art deco theme, blending art deco furniture with futuristic lighting to construct a vibrant color palette. Beginning the design process with visual inspirations, she established the initial material, color, texture, and lighting palette for the room. Concurrently, Amiti revisited file finalization for prior room design projects within Duplicable City Center, implementing suggested modifications. As we’re bringing together people who want to make a difference, the Duplicable City Center will be the first community structure we construct. The college below shows her renderings for Room 7.
Julio Marín Bustillos (Mechanical Engineer) completed the design work for the first and second variations of City Center hub connector for the fifth row, subsequently integrating them along the entirety of the row for complete coverage. Two variations remain pending for the fifth row, prompting Julio to initiate the design process for the third variation. This approach aligns with the project’s commitment to precision and adherence to design specifications for optimal structural integrity. As we’re bringing together people who want to make a difference, the Duplicable City Center will be the first community structure we construct. Check out the collage below for an idea of Julio’s work on the hub connectors.
Justin Varghese (Mechanical Engineer) focused on assembling bolts and nuts for both the (wooden beam+plate) and (plate+ring) components of the City Center Hub Connector. Particular attention was given to ensuring the absence of interference between the threads and corners during assembly. The assembled configuration will be used in the finite element analysis (FEA) simulation, where the connector’s performance will be evaluated to facilitate the selection of the final hub connector design. As we’re bringing together people who want to make a difference, the Duplicable City Center will be the first community structure we construct. The collage below shows his work on the hub connectors.
Yiwei He (Mechanical Engineer) began work on her teammates’ new Duplicable City Center design to generate the simulation model in preparation for tomorrow’s group meeting. In addition, she had follow-up discussions with Chris to ensure readiness for the Vermiculture Toilet system’s calculation. Simultaneously, Yiwei worked on hiring a new contributor for the project, overseeing the necessary steps in facilitating the onboarding process. As we’re bringing together people who want to make a difference, the Duplicable City Center will be the first community structure we construct. Yiwei’s work on the Duplicable City Center is shown in the collage below.
One Community is bringing together people who want to make a difference 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, a core team member focused on the Hayley’s Highest Good food Edits document, reviewing its contents and compiling a list of plant materials suitable for planting in the swales. He engaged in ongoing clarification efforts, both within the document itself and through a productive phone conversation with Hayley. The call served to highlight areas requiring further explanation and additional details, ensuring a complete understanding of the document’s specifications. As we’re bringing together people who want to make a difference, Highest Good food will be the foundation for feeding everyone. See their work on the food edit document in the collage below.
Hayley Rosario (Sustainability Research Assistant) worked on formatting the plant list. She made adjustments in text size, font, color, and the addition and correction of links. She fixed the placement of the “before buying property” paragraph and addressed issues with cheese and goat milk links on the EDITs document. Subsequently, Hayley began a garden tools master list for the 3 person equipment, involving the deletion of extraneous information and finalization of general item names. She then progressed to editing images and descriptions within this list. Concluding her week, she made specific adjustments to the content related to “Implementing Highest Good Food into Schools.” As we’re bringing together people who want to make a difference, Highest Good food will be the foundation for feeding everyone too. See the collage below for an idea of her work for Highest Good Food.
Stacey Maillet (Graphic Designer) continued working on the final edits and revisions to the Murphy bed assembly instructions. This week, Stacey reviewed all the feedback and integrated team feedback as updates into the diversity of pages. Screenshots below relate to this work.
One Community is bringing together people who want to make a difference 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 is built directly into the structure of the education program and everything else we’re creating too:
One Community is bringing together people who want to make a difference 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 55 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 bringing together people who want to make a difference and how bringing together people who want to make a difference is a foundation of the bigger picture of everything One Community is doing. The pictures below show some of this work.
Another core team member engaged in Highest Good Network PRs testing, confirming several fixed PRs, including 1162, 1796, PR#1656, PR#1438, PR#1352, 1340, and 1346. However, they encountered challenges with PRs that were not fixed, such as 1218+532 and 1336+545. Additionally, they reported a new bug related to incorrect dates for the working week in Time log. Check out the collage below for an idea of this work.
Aaron Wang (Fundraising Assistant) continued to help One Community with working on fundraising. Bringing together people who want to make a difference requires we get fully funded. Aaron completed sourcing potential funders and finalized the ranking of their priority for connection. Additionally, he addressed the comments provided by Jae and crafted a sample strategic proposal for connecting with Leonardo DiCaprio. In this proposal, Aaron analyzed the priority of connecting with organizations supported by DiCaprio and identified methods for engaging with two key members. You can view this work in the collage below.
Vishvesh Sheoran (Artificial Intelligence Specialist) focused on elevating the SEO performance of blog posts featured on the One Community website. These focus on key SEO terms like “bringing together people who want to make a difference”. Vishvesh boosted the SEO of approximately seven posts on the live main site of One Community, surpassing the “80” threshold, with some achieving scores above 90. Concurrently, he tested Table of Content plugins for WordPress websites, enhancing the platform’s user experience. Furthermore, Vishvesh improved the SEO scores of additional posts by refining and optimizing their content, elevating the overall SEO performance on the live site. See the Highest Good Society page for more on how all this relates to bringing together people who want to make a difference. See the work in the image below.
Yavor Veselinov (Video Editor) helped with social media videos. Yavor enhanced the weekly bulletin backdrop video for One Community, collaborating with Jae and discussing various options and corrections, engaging in discussions about integrating motion graphics designed by another volunteer, and now awaits feedback to finalize the video with the potential incorporation of additional visual elements. See the Highest Good Society page for more on how all this relates to bringing together people who want to make a difference. You can view this work in the collage below.
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 Alyx Parr (Senior Support Specialist), Camilla Okello (Administrative Assistant), Meenakshi Velayutham (Sustainability Associate), Melina Chen (Administrative Assistant), Olawunmi “Ola” Ijisesan (Administrative and Management Support), and Xiaolai Li (Administrative Assistant). This week, Alyx evaluated blog entries by Ola and Ruiqi, providing feedback. The focus of Alyx’s work extended to the revision of RankMath, involving the incorporation of additional words and refinement of the final review and wrap-up page, alongside efforts to edit and enhance individual pages related to past blogs. Simultaneously, Camilla focused on onboarding, completing the orientation checklist, signing the volunteer agreement, registering on the HGN app, and familiarizing herself with basic requirements. Progressing through the specific onboarding checklist, she established organizational connectivity by configuring her Dropbox and completed the training process. Catherine, during the week, reviewed Admin, Blue Steel, and Alpha teams and individual team members as part of the weekly review process. She organized images and summaries, consolidating them in WordPress Editors to finalize edits, and scrutinizing her work by comparing it with the final webpage to identify and understand errors. Catherine also learned to create Google Ads, creating three ads and continued her education on Google Ads while waiting for review. Meanwhile, Meenakshi ensured team members’ work was recognized in One Community’s weekly summary page. She continued her role in bio announcement status tracking, identified initial announcements of new members, and completed tasks, including file name fixes on image files for proper categorization. Meenakshi also reviewed comments and integrated them into a webpage, resolving feedback on two other web pages by web designer Charles. Ola reviewed PR tasks, organized the Admin team’s workspace, and received a new assignment involving the creation of supplementary tables for reporting within the PR teams. She participated in ongoing training sessions for new members of the Admin teams. Finally, Xiaolai reviewed the dev process and edited summaries for week 564, finishing the webpage and rating process, which was submitted for final review. He also worked on the financial sheet for the transition kitchen, reviewed the cost of food infrastructure, and engaged in the operation income forecast. Xiaolai further reviewed the phases of residency and estimated the profit from rent and tourism. These are the managers helping us manage the current process of creating One Community, one purpose of which is bringing together people who want to make a difference. See the Highest Good Society page for more on how all this relates to bringing together people who want to make a difference. You can see the work for the team in the image below.
The Alpha Team’s summary, covering their work on the Highest Good Network software, was managed by Carl Bebli (Software Engineer, Team Manager) and includes Yongjian Pan (Software Engineer). The Highest Good Network software is how we’ll be measuring progress toward bringing together people who want to make a difference through our social architecture, construction, production, and maintenance processes. This week, Carl worked on reviewing and providing constructive feedback on multiple pull requests, specifically #1615, #1696, #1705, #1750, #1778, #1779, #1792, #1817, and #1820. He evaluated the proposed changes and ensured the quality of the code contributed by team members. In addition to his code review responsibilities, Carl facilitated the weekly summary meeting for Team Alpha. During this meeting, he participated in discussions related to challenges anticipated in Phase Two of the project and conveyed important information regarding the departure of certain team members. Simultaneously, Yongjian, helping our efforts for bringing together people who want to make a difference, addressed compilation time errors within the Timelog component of his pull request, PR #842. The primary objective of this pull request was to implement a dark mode for the entire application. In the course of his work, Yongjian identified instances where functions added after the last merge conflict were not defined but were being utilized, leading him to delve into determining the most appropriate approach to handle these errors. See the Highest Good Society and Highest Good Network pages for more on how this relates to bringing together people who want to make a difference. View some of this work in the collage below.
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 Haohui Lin (Software Engineer), Keyun Huang (Software Engineer), Shubhankar Valimbe (Lead Full Stack Software Developer), and Xiao Wang (Software Engineer). The Highest Good Network software is how we’ll be measuring progress toward bringing together people who want to make a difference through our social architecture, construction, production, and maintenance processes. Haohui’s primary responsibility centered around the implementation of the “Delete Blue Squares” and “Edit Blue Squares” buttons within the Permission popup window. This involved ensuring that users with the requisite permissions could access update and delete functionalities in the task named “Handle and Delete Blue Squares Permissions.” Keyun, helping our efforts for bringing together people who want to make a difference, on the other hand, reviewed pull requests (#693 and #1812), with a focus on testing the functionality of filters within the project section. This encompassed evaluating the sorting mechanisms for name, status, and categories. Amidst these activities, Keyun encountered a challenge with PR 1760 due to a git rebase complication, leading to an unfortunate loss of code. However, undeterred, she is engaged in rewriting the pull request to address and resolve the merge issues. Nathan’s contributions for the week were centered around responsiveness to Slack messages and assisting team members with debugging tasks. He relocated the reminder feature from the dashboard to the header, eliminating fixed positioning. Furthermore, he communicated to clarify that the static header was not a mandatory requirement, leading to the reopening of PR#1575. Shubhankar, also helping our efforts for bringing together people who want to make a difference, took on the responsibilities of team management and bug resolution during the week. His tasks included reviewing summaries, pictures, and videos submitted by team members and providing constructive feedback. Additionally, Shubhankar worked on enhancing the Weekly Summary Reports page by adding an ‘i’ tooltip next to each user and making the popup editable. Xiao, in his role, focused on significant technical tasks, particularly the restructuring of the redux store and the refactoring of the time entry display on the task tab. In the redux store restructuring, Xiao identified and addressed issues arising from storing all reducers in LocalStorage, leading to abnormal behavior when users checked another user’s page on a new tab. He implemented a fix by utilizing SessionStorage for a portion of the reducers, ensuring data consistency. Simultaneously, Xiao replaced the old FilteredTimeEntry component with a more general TimeEntry component on the tasks tab. See the Highest Good Society and Highest Good Network pages for more on how this relates to bringing together people who want to make a difference. The collage below shows some of this work.
The Code Crafters Team’s summary, covering their work on the Highest Good Network software, was managed by Anirudh Ghildiyal (Software Engineer) and includes Ramya Ramasamy (Software Engineer), Shantanu Kumar (Software Engineer), and Sucheta Mukherjee (Software Developer). The Highest Good Network software a foundation of what we’ll be using to measure our results of bringing together people who want to make a difference. Shantanu, helping our efforts for bringing together people who want to make a difference, addressed the CRLF to LF conversion issue in Git to enhance cross-compatibility between Windows and Mac systems. He examined documentation to identify and resolve potential bugs. Additionally, he fixed scrolling issues (#1809), added new test cases for UserTableData (#1814), implemented the deletion of badge pop-ups (#1828), and rectified alignment issues on the permission management page (#1827). Sucheta reviewed various pull requests, identifying issues in the team member addition process (PR#1760) where members marked as Active were not effectively added to the Team in the Database. He also improved the front end, introducing a DropdownButton component for sorting projects alphabetically, filtering by category or status. Ramya prioritized bug resolution and feedback addressing her PRs, reviewing PRs marked for final review, and creating an instructional video on relocating unit test cases. She tackled bugs in the Limit See All functionality, seeking clarification on visibility aspects from Jae and planning to implement necessary changes. Additionally, Ramya completed the unit test case for the UserLink Component during the week. Anirudh resolved a conflict in the pull request for DeleteBadgePopUp, followed by raising a subsequent pull request for the unit test case for the same component. He completed the unit test case for the DeleteBadgePopUp Component, with plans to raise the corresponding pull request. He also reviewed the team member’s work and tested multiple pull requests (#181, #1786, #1820), confirming their functionality as intended. See the Highest Good Society and Highest Good Network pages for more on how this relates to bringing together people who want to make a difference. The collage below shows some of this work.
The Expressers Team’s summary, covering their work on the Highest Good Network software, was managed by Vishala Ramasamy (Software Developer) and includes Aishwarya Kalkundrikar (Full Stack Software Developer), Olga Yudkin (Software Engineer), Sahil Patel (Frontend Developer), and Tim Kent (Full Stack Software Engineer). The Highest Good Network software a foundation of what we’ll be using to measure our results of bringing together people who want to make a difference. Vishala contributed to the project by working on the Add Materials Page and Check Types Modal/View. She created a JSON file for units and integrated it with Add Materials. She also developed a modal component to display existing types based on the selected category. Tim focused on remaking Olga’s Tool Details View frontend branch and updating the backend API. He also developed a new Log Equipment feature by adding a new view route and incorporating root and form components, complete with an error template and setup code. Olga focused on the router and controller development for tool addition post requests. She also refined the form design, incorporating conditionally disabled fields and integrating drag-and-drop components into the add tool form. In addition, Olga reviewed PR 1185, addressing a code convention update, and engaged in consultations with Jae on the necessity of incorporating responsiveness into the popup modal in PR 1751. Sahil, helping our efforts for bringing together people who want to make a difference, addressed multiple pull requests (1762, 1817, 1814, 1783, 1779, 1778, 1773, 1767), contributing to project progress through various enhancements and bug fixes. He also focused on unit testing BlueSquareLayout.jsx, ensuring improved software performance and user experience. Aishwarya encountered a compilation error in the Consumables purchase request form but debugged the code, synchronizing files with the development branch. She consolidated code for the purchase request form, ensuring its proper functionality. Aishwarya also implemented suggested changes in both frontend and backend pull requests for the tool purchase request form. See the Highest Good Society and Highest Good Network pages for more on how this relates to bringing together people who want to make a difference. The collage below shows some of this work.
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