Instead of competing with each other, what if we worked together and made cooperation the new medium of exchange? One Community is open sourcing sustainable and replicable approaches to food, energy, housing, education, for-profit and non-profit economic design, social architecture, fulfilled living, global stewardship practices, and more as a path to this goal. We call this living and creating for The Highest Good of All.
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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 26, 2018 edition (#283) of our weekly progress update detailing our team’s development and accomplishments:
Here is the bullet-point list of this last week’s design and progress discussed in detail in the video above:
COOPERATION AS THE NEW MEDIUM OF EXCHANGE INTRO: @0:34
HIGHEST GOOD HOUSING: @7:00
DUPLICABLE CITY CENTER: @9:16
HIGHEST GOOD FOOD: @11:03
HIGHEST GOOD EDUCATION: @11:50
HIGHEST GOOD SOCIETY: @12:25
COOPERATION AS THE NEW MEDIUM OF EXCHANGE SUMMARY: @11:
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One Community is developing cooperation as the new medium of exchange 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 working with Michael Hagler (Senior Graphic Designer and Artist) finished multiple rounds of edits and correction of the first printed copy of the 7-villages book we’ve been developing. You can see some of this work here, along with this picture of Sara doing one of the first hardcopy reviews.
The core team also created an additional updated render of the open source Murphy bed furniture so we could finalize this preview image for the book (bottom left) and update the website to show the level of detail we’re working on.
Shadi Kennedy (Artist and Graphic Designer) also completed his 18th week leading the development of the Murphy bed instructions. This week he fixed a stair issue so the stairs fit properly, went through the nightstand section and added final construction points, and drew up new plans to add a couch and increase the table size.
Hemanth Kotaru (Structural Engineer) completed his 19th week helping with the structural engineering research and calculations for the Earthbag Village (Pod 1). This week’s focus was research on the engineering details of the different kinds of earth that can be used to fill the bags. You can see some of the results of this research here.
Mike Kowalski (Game Developer) finished his 17th week helping update our renders that are too big for anything but a gaming computer. This week Mike created the 9 Earthbag Village (Pod 1) renders you see here. Next steps for these will be PhotoShop edits and then adding them to the appropriate pages of the site.
Dean Scholz (Architectural Designer) also continued working on the Earthbag Village (Pod 1). Here is weekly update #127 from Dean, his focus this week was adding in the hot tub and beginning the AutoCAD elevations for this alternate floor plan option for the homes we’ll be building as part of this village.
Dan Alleck (Designer and Illustrator) additionally completed his 25th week working on the Compressed Earth Block Village render additions. This week he continued with initial people and object additions for this Earth Block Village 2nd floor outdoor perspective looking East.
One Community is developing cooperation as the new medium of exchange 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 the core team finished rebuilding the City Center geodesic dome in 3D. This completes our process of double checking all the angles and parts lengths, minimizing the number of different parts, and bringing this Sketchup file to the point it matches the AutoCAD file.
The core team also completed a rebuild and addition of all the necessary content to the Duplicable City Center Time Investment open source hub. This page describes how we’ll be tracking construction time and all the areas we’ll be measuring separately and together for this structure.
Dipti Dhondarkar(Electrical Engineer) also continued developing the lighting specifics for the City Center. This is Dipti’s 91st week volunteering on this task and the focus this week was initial lighting selection, placement and testing for the Mezzanine level, some of which you can see here.
Anvita Kumari Pandey (Civil Engineer) completed her 19th week helping with the Duplicable City Center Materials and Costs. This week’s focus was the flooring final cost analysis & material selection, more work on the column and column footing cost analysis, and restroom & bath accessories cost analysis – some of which you can see here.
Dehua Feng (Civil Engineer) also completed his 17th week working on the fire suppression and safety systems designs for the Duplicable City Center Sprinkler and Emergency Systems open source hub. This week he updated the tutorial and spreadsheet with the new pipe materials selections, updated the reservoir sizing details, and added labels and updated colors to the master AutoCAD file to clarify branches and pipe sizes. You can see some of this work here.
One Community is developing cooperation as the new medium of exchange 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 writing the behind-the-scenes narrative and detailed food rollout plan for the various stages of development. This week we continued research, edits, and additions to the orchard resurrection, Hugelkultur construction, food forest, and compost set-up & composting section. You can see some of this work here.
In addition, the core team worked on the Apiary equipment instructions for “Hive Set Up” adding images and written content to the behind-the-scenes Google development doc, as shown here.
One Community is developing cooperation as the new medium of exchange 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 week, the core team began work on the Information Maintenance and Sharing – Taking Your Learning With You page. We redid the formatting and overall outline, updated the initial graphics, and rewrote the What and Why sections. We would say this brings the page to about 30% complete.
One Community is developing cooperation as the new medium of exchange 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:
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