Demonstrating cooperative systems design means showing an integration of cooperative and collaborative models incorporating food, energy, housing, education, for-profit and non-profit economic design, social architecture, fulfilled living, and global stewardship practices. One Community is creating open source and free-shared plans for all of these components and more. Combined, they will be used to construct the first of a global collaboration of teacher/demonstration hubs to teach others how to implement and expand the plans even more.
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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 October 9th, 2022 edition (#498) of our weekly progress update detailing our team’s development and accomplishments:
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One Community is demonstrating cooperative systems design 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 creating the Aircrete Engineering and Research: Compression Testing, Mix Ratios, R-value, and More page. We used team member comments after website review to correct formatting of headings, placement of missing links and anchors, aligning/formatting text and headings, reformatting the Frequently Answered Questions section, and adding a 2px black border to the images.
The core team member managing the aircrete compression testing team made sure onboarding was done properly and completely and made a detailed list of assignments for the week. They also reviewed the City Center Hub Connector work and double checked equations and other information that needed clarity for easier understanding by the general public.
Luis Manuel Dominguez (Research Engineer) completed his 62nd week helping with research related to the City Center Eco-spa designs and moved on to reviewing the Net-zero Bathroom calculations completed by Diwei. The design narrative was finalized for the Spa with the completion of the chemical automation research with regards to chlorine and bromine applications. Luis was then able to begin validating rain collection projections and drain flow rates for the Net-zero Bathroom. He will continue to expand his role across other projects in the coming weeks to continue supporting teams throughout the organization. Pictures below are related to this work.
Diwei Zhang (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 29th week of work, now focused on 3D modeling and analysis review for the Net-zero Bathroom component of the Earthbag Village. This week Diwei summarized the design of storage containers for the rooftop rainwater harvesting system. Principles of design to reduce contamination of biofilm and settled debris were discussed. He introduced different types of containers and showed the pros and cons of each. Components outfitting the tank, such as inlets, outlets, overflow outlets, air vents, and manway were presented in detail with 3D model renders. Pictures below show some of this work.
Ming Weng (MS Geography & Environmental Engineering) completed his 25th week helping with the Best Small and Large-scale Community Options for Sustainable Processing and Reuse of Non-recyclables research, report, and tutorial. This week Ming did further research into merchants selling waste to energy facilities on Alibaba too. A quick plan was made to improve efficiency of communication. Lots of filters were made to make sure products offered by merchants are relevant to our goal, then the majority of Ming’s time was spent reading their product details. The second time-consuming task is reaching out to merchants, especially since the time zones are different from Ming’s. They respond in their mornings, but that’s his midnight. Pictures below show some of this work-in-progress.
Jieying “Mercy” Cai (Sustainability and Climate Policy Researcher) completed her 5th week working on completing the Best Small and Large-scale Community Options for Sustainable Processing and Reuse of Non-recyclables research, report, and tutorial. This week Mercy started looking for incinerators and other waste-to-energy plants for different sizes of communities on Alibaba.com. She tried to include plants for all the options mentioned in the tutorial. She recorded her research results in a spreadsheet and submitted it for feedback. See below for some pictures related to this work.
Philip Bogaerts (Structural Window Designer) completed his 4th week working on completing the Most Sustainable Windows and Doors research. This week Philip worked on the spreadsheet, finalizing the draft of the door section as well as rethinking the scoring criteria. He also worked a bit more on the informative document, specifically on the section of the doors and which one should be top of the list and for what reason. See below for some pictures of this work.
One Community is demonstrating cooperative systems design 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, Venus Abdollahi (Architectural Designer) completed her 50th week helping finish the Duplicable City Center designs. This week, Venus updated windows on the south, west, east, and north elevation, updated the vehicle entry, column location, and server counter to finish section C_C. She then uploaded the master file for her supervisor to provide their final review. See pictures below.
This week Daniela Andrea Parada (Civil Engineering Student) completed her 46th week helping with the Sustainable Roadways, Walkways, and Landscaping tutorial development and moved on to the Duplicable City Center Updated City Center Project Specification and Design Basis report. This week Daniela was able to complete her corrections to the Flexible Pavement Design section. She searched for the document she had used to write the section in order to figure out what she was originally trying to say. Once making the necessary additions to the narrative Daniela closed out her work for the Flexible Pavement Design section until she receives further feedback on it. Daniela then added another resource for this section and uploaded them all to the DropBox. With this completed, Daniela moved on to the next action item on her list: working on the Updated City Center Project Specification and Design Basis report. As she had made corrections prior, Daniela had to figure out where she had left off and what more needed to be added. Once she did this, she worked on editing formatting issues she had found due to the report changing from horizontal to vertical page formatting. Daniela added this formatting to new material and ensured that it refreshed in the Table of Contents. Lastly, she left some comments for herself and started editing a section of numbered bullets that were not matching the other bullets. Pictures below are related to this work.
Yuxi Lu (Architectural Designer) completed her 46th week working on the Duplicable City Center architectural review and updates related to the structural code. This week Yuxi added the gutter to the surrounding roof edges, they make a big impact on building appearance. They were added to horizontal edges of the central area mainly, assuming other horizontal pieces are embedded with the larger roof. The greenhouse and barn made by the team was also added into the main model. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Jessica Santos (Architect) completed her 15th week working on the interior design for the Duplicable City Center rental rooms. This week, Jessica worked on the 3D model, adding more details to the design. She changed the armchair for a fuzzy bean bag to bring a more fun look to the room, researched appropriate sculptures, and textured the wall with abstract painting ideas. She created a pattern of painting and wallpaper for the dome wall, added carpet, switched the couch for couch-bed, and is still researching decorations for the walls. See below for some pictures of this work.
Charles Gooley (Web Designer) completed his 5th week working on completing the City Center Dome Hub Connector Engineering webpage and now working on the City Center Eco-spa and Natural Pool page too. This week, Charles continued working on the Duplicable City Center Natural Pool and Spa page. He was directed to keep the current content and update from the corresponding Google Doc. He replaced the two images with the word therapeutic misspelled, completed addition of the sections through Control Panel to Pumps and plumbing, and spent a bunch of time resizing and inserting images, many of which had links to images with larger sizes. See below for some pictures of this work.
Julia Meaney (Researcher and Personal Assistant to Jae) completed her 5th week. This week, Julia worked on editing the content of the “Geodesic Dome/Duplicable City Center Hub Prototype A Final Report” Google Doc and updating the corresponding webpage with her edits. Throughout this process, she worked collaboratively through the comments with researchers answering her questions and helping with clarifications. Julia has reached the final stages of editing and reviewing this corresponding webpage, “City Center Dome Hub Connector Engineering“, and began going through the Web Page Reviewing Checklist. Julia also worked on the final review of the “Addressing Non-recyclables” development Doc. She has made minor spelling and grammar edits while adding comments as needed. Below are some images related to this work.
One Community is demonstrating cooperative systems design 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 detailed review and feedback on the Transition Food Self-sufficiency Plan. This week we engaged in a phone call with Marilyn regarding all comments pertaining to her work through page 160 on the 3-Day Menu Block doc. We then went back through the doc from page 160 to the beginning and changed all the small case letters in the recipe names to large case, resolving/addressing addition/new comments as we did. Pictures below relate to this.
The core team also updated/converted and standardized all the measurements to match the Master List for the Transition Food Self-sufficiency Plan. Pictures below show some of this.
Marilyn Nzegwu (Chef and Culinary Consultant) completed her 24th week helping with the completion of the Transition Food Self-sufficiency Plan and related menu and meal plans. This week Marilyn took the week to make corrections based on suggestions and comments to recipes she’d previously made. She also went ahead to split recipes that had double complex protein recipes on all Fresh Week menu blocks and a few Second Week menu blocks. As part of this process, she saved unused recipes to be added to future menu blocks. The pictures below relate to this work.
One Community is demonstrating cooperative systems design 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 demonstrating cooperative systems design 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 22 hours managing One Community volunteer-work review not included above, emails, social media accounts, web development, Highest Good Network software checkins and review, and interviewing and getting set up new volunteer team members. Pictures below show some of this.
Yiyun Tan (Management Dashboard Team Leader) completed her 26th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Yiyun spent most of her time on enabling ESLint for the frontend repo, she also applied the changes of the “actions” directory based on the ESLint rules and created a PR for this feature, a really large change. Yiyun also dug into Prettier usage so she can configure Prettier in the next week or so. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Yan Xu (Software Development Engineer) completed her 13th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. Yan wrote the email sender for the final day function this week and tested it. This function enables the app to send off an email from the app gmail to the app Owner. The Gmail account could not be sent to others without authorization due to safety. Therefore, our team members use OAuth 2.0 to provide specific authorization flows for web applications. The authorization process needs some credentials and passwords, such as the password of our Gmail, refresh token, and client ID. She didn’t have these credentials so she tested it using OAuth 2.0 to authorize her own Gmail account. It worked well and she submitted final questions to her supervisor. See pictures below for some of this work.
Arthur Olifant (Videographer) completed his 10th week helping with updating all our homepage videos. This week, Arthur worked on updating all of the following videos: Duplicable City Center, Why Now Video, Highest Good Society, Highest Good Food, Overview Video, What Is It Video, Global Strategy, Get Involved. He also worked on the main page video, integrating the video we shot from the week before. See pictures below that are related to this work.
Kaung Htet Myat (Software Engineer) completed his 5th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week, Kaung started off working on the dashboard bug. While he was working on the final change of the team member tasks and timelog bug, he noticed that the HGN beta application does not work correctly. On the beta version, when the current user clicks on “week before last”, the application crashes. Moreover, the current week timelog is also showing a different timelog. So Kaung reported the bug and started working on fixing the it. Kaung first tried the application on his branch and everything seems to work fine. So he switched the branch to the development branch and compared the codes. Not finding any differences in the components, he ran the development branch and everything works on the development branch too. When he was scanning the codes, he spotted a tiny error but it does not seem to be related to the bug. Kaung is still working on finding the error. Meanwhile, Kaung was able to switch the current tab to tasks by default, but still needs to work on making tab 2 default if there aren’t any tasks assigned. See pictures below for some of this work.
Bruce Lin (Software Engineer) completed his 3rd week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Bruce chose a bug on the bug list but later found out that the bug was somehow fixed by itself and chose another one to work on. Bruce chose the one that requires a cron job to scan all the images from the website. Right now Bruce is still seeking a way to get all the images from the website. Pictures below relate to this work.
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