One Community is working to transform the world through cooperatives of people making a difference. Our all-volunteer team is doing this through open source and sustainable approaches to food, energy, housing, education, for-profit and non-profit economic design, social architecture, fulfilled living, global stewardship practices, and more. We believe in a model that becomes self-replicating, one that will be used to create a global collaboration of teacher/demonstration hubs. What sets us apart is our dedication to open sourcing and free sharing the complete process, ensuring that our work contributes to evolving sustainability and creating a world that works for everyone. Join us in regenerating our planet…
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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, 2023 edition (#551) of our weekly progress update detailing our team’s development and accomplishments:
One Community is creating cooperatives of people making 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, Anitta George Kunnappilly (Research and Management Volunteer) helped with completing the Most Sustainable Lightbulbs and Light Bulb Companies: Research, Energy Savings, and More and Open Source DIY Dam Design for Water Retention, Pond and Lake Creation, etc. tutorials. Anitta engaged in sustainable bulbs and Earth dam projects, both of which were new to her and demanded extensive research and reading. She actively sought clarification on various aspects of these projects and provided suggestions for improved clarity. The week was characterized by ongoing dialogues and proved to be insightful and thought-provoking. See below for pictures related to this work.
One Community is creating cooperatives of people making 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, Charles Gooley (Web Designer) continued the work of assisting with web design. Charles concentrated on Water Harvesting, Catchment, and Water Conservation, with a particular focus on key sections such as Gutter Sizing, Supplying Make-Up Water, Connecting Multiple Tanks, and Material Suppliers and Products. The latter part involved a review of various suppliers and their specifications. In addition, Charles analyzed Demand and Supply data for Rooftop Rainwater Harvesting Systems, conducting a comprehensive evaluation to determine the potential amount of rainwater that can be collected from rooftops and its potential applications. The pictures below offer a visual representation of this work.
This week, the engineering summary was managed by Arvindh Xavier (Civil Engineer), combining the contributions of team members Julio Marín Bustillos (Mechanical Engineer), Justin Varghese (Mechanical Engineer), and Yiwei He (Mechanical Engineer). The team made significant progress on various aspects of the project. Arvindh conducted extensive research and successfully finalized the Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) for both the Architectural and MEP drawing sets. Additionally, Arvindh created a tailored WBS for interior design cost analysis. Justin performed frame analysis and simulations to assess the dome’s response to seismic and snow loading, focusing on identifying maximum displacement and potential weak points using Autodesk Robot Structural Analysis software. Julio worked on redesigning the modified dome to establish symmetry, streamlining the dome hub connector design process for future duplication. Yiwei did research for the Lightbulbs and Light Bulb Companies page, confirming and preparing necessary information for future content research, and organized a productive Duplicable City Center group meeting, reporting substantial progress to the senior engineer, with potential updates pending their approval. See the pictures below.
One Community is creating cooperatives of people making 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, the core team continued our review of the open-source Highest Good Food designs. We worked on the Food Infrastructure Rollout document, focusing on the refinement of materials and task lists for both three and twenty-person teams. We consolidated and enhanced these lists by merging information from separate sources into a single, comprehensive list. Additionally, we proposed updates to pricing data for aquaculture species that had remained unchanged for a decade, contributed to the expansion of tools and equipment details within the food forest rollout section, and furnished essential information regarding fence post lengths. See below for the images.
One Community is creating cooperatives of people making 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 creating cooperatives of people making 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 65 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. The pictures below show some of this work.
Another core team member helped conduct HGN PRs testing, focusing on several key areas. Firstly, we addressed the ability for Admin roles and above to submit weekly summaries for other users and resolved the comments section, noting that the admin account encountered difficulties when attempting to submit a Weekly Summary for the Owner account, resulting in a ‘The data could not be saved’ pop-up message. Secondly, we verified that the Task Tab remains the default tab for all account roles. Thirdly, we investigated a scenario where a user does not belong to any team and discovered that users with roles of Administrator, Manager, Mentor, or Assistant Manager cannot see their own tasks in this context. Fourthly, we tested, confirmed, and resolved a PR related to updating the text in the Dashboard Badges section to display “You have earned x badges and a personal best of x hours in a week!” when this badge is earned. Lastly, we checked permissions for a specific Admin account, which had WBS-related permissions (“See Project Management Tab (Add team members, upload new WBSs only)” and “Add WBS”), but despite having these permissions, there was still no ability to add WBS. Additionally, we confirmed the successful resolution of the other four PRs. See the image below to view this work.
Harsha Kulkarni (Data Analyst) continued working on One Community’s Google AdWords campaigns and Analytics details. This week, Harsha concentrated on enhancing the optimization score of multiple ongoing campaigns within the Google Ads account. Her focus was on implementing target keywords, eliminating redundant keywords, and incorporating other recommended adjustments. As a result of these optimizations, the overall optimization score saw a significant increase of 24%. Additionally, she worked on refining individual ads within each campaign, enhancing their effectiveness by strategically adding new lines, keywords, and descriptions. The image below shows some of this work.
Smit Bhoir (Data and Business Analyst) helped with administrative tasks and One Community’s Google AdWords campaigns and Analytics details. This week, Smit reviewed the Software PR team’s work, provided feedback comments to PR review team members, and finalized the weekly blog post for review. He also attended weekly meetings with Harsha to implement AdWords recommendations on Google Ads, investigated key metrics to improve conversions, and concluded the week by planning next week’s actions, scheduling tasks for Sunday, and addressing assigned comments for a productive end to the week. You can view the collage below to see this work.
Vishvesh Sheora (Artificial Intelligence Specialist) focused on elevating the SEO performance of a multitude of blog posts featured on the One Community website. This week, Vishvesh worked on enhancing the SEO scores of the blog posts. In addition, Vishvesh created comprehensive tutorials that provided in-depth guidance on utilizing RankMath specifically for select blogs within the One Community platform. In his tutorial he also offered step-by-step instructions on effectively utilizing RankMath for specific blog entries within the One Community platform. You can see this work in the image below.
This week, the Administration Team’s summary, covering their work administrating and managing most of One Community, was managed by Jamie Cruz (Administrative Assistant and Team Manager) and includes Olawunmi “Ola” Ijisesan (Administrative and Management Support), and Ruiqi Liu (Administrative Assistant). Jamie focused on refining her contributions to blog #550 and provided constructive feedback to her colleague Ruiqi. She created instructional videos to facilitate team transitions and shared insights with various teams, including funding, administration, blue steel, and expresser teams. Jamie also contributed to peer project reviews, fostering collaboration and growth. Ola’s week involved editing summaries, creating image collages, and organizing them in the designated folder. She reminded team members to submit images and summaries for weekly progress reports. Lastly, Ola updated her work based on feedback. Ruiqi began her orientation and setup process within one community, practiced the four-step review process, and selected practice team members. She created collage images, stored them in Dropbox, and added them to the WordPress media library. Ruiqi also incorporated SEO keywords from weekly summaries as Alt Titles on WordPress. The collage below shows some of this week’s work.
This week, the Blue Steel Team’s summary, covering their work on the Highest Good Network software, was managed by Nathan Hoffman (Software Engineer) and includes Haohui Lin (Software Engineer), Kurtis Ivey (Full Stack Developer), Lucile Tronczyk (Full Stack Software Developer), Oleksandr Riazantsev (Project Management Advisor), Shree Birajdar (Software Developer), Xiao Wang (Software Engineer), Yongjian Pan (React.js/MongoDB Full Stack Software Developer), and Yubo Sun (Full Stack Software Developer and Team Manager). The team accomplished significant milestones. Bhagyashree reviewed 10 pull requests (#1368, #1358, #1353, #1328, #1278, #1185, #552, #550, #547, and #546) and created a Blue Square reason scheduler, enhancing accessibility for all users. Haohui focused on app feature familiarization and conducted thorough reviews of pull requests, including Frontend PR#1374, 1384, 1266, and Backend PR#559, 529. Kurtis conducted thorough reviews and implemented functional adjustments, notably integrating start date functionality into pr1369. Xiao addressed a critical issue by submitting PR #1392, a hotfix for the weekly summaries page infinite loading bug. Yongjian demonstrated commitment by addressing requested changes in the project report pull request, ensuring proper alignment and testing across screen sizes. Oleksandr made notable contributions by rewriting the location controller, adding error boundaries, and setting up basic delete functionality. Lucile focused on improving testing capabilities through unit testing, contributing to the app’s robustness. Yubo conducted reviews, addressed issues in PR #1236, and delved into Jest mock functions for unit testing insights. Nathan showcased proactive communication, resolving merge conflicts, fixing rendering issues, and actively engaging in discussions on permissions and ongoing challenges, emphasizing collaboration and support across the team. The collage below shows some of this work.
This week, the Expressers Team’s summary, covering their work on the Highest Good Network software, was managed by Yuri Andrade (Software Engineer and Team Manager) and includes Aishwarya Kalkundrikar (Full Stack Software Developer), Veronica Cheng (Software Engineer), Gary Balogh (Software Engineer), Harshida Dalal (Software Engineer), Tianyuan Nan (Software Engineer), and Tim Kent (Full Stack Software Engineer). Yuri focused on transferring the logic of the new navbar to the BMHeader component, which was moved to a BMHeader folder to replace the old Header component. Yuri also established the login and logout functionality for the BMHeader. Additionally, Yuri took on the role of reviewing and reporting on activities by the Expressers Team. Tim advanced work on the Materials List component, establishing new routes and controller functions in the Node/Express backend to retrieve and transmit materials data from the Mongo database. In the frontend React project, he reconfigured the Materials List table props, introduced modals, implemented error handling, and used CSS modules for styling. Tim also managed a team of 10 software engineers, facilitating meetings and providing support. Olga implemented design changes on the project design page, resolved merge conflicts on PR 1330, and updated routes accordingly. She also worked on the project’s summary view, completed responsive design and functionality, and conducted a review of PR 1373. Aaron played a crucial role in resolving technical challenges, assisting with user profile issues, verifying and approving PR1373, and providing support on coding problems and setup issues. He also implemented solutions to prevent errors and merge conflicts. Gary refined the Add Materials Form, focusing on the backend for storing inventory data and conducting reviews of PR#1277 and PR#530. He also revisited PR#1236 to address bug-related notifications. Tianyuan completed PR reviews and focused on setting up EsLint and Prettier, addressing configuration challenges, and resolving EsLint errors. He also worked on PRs related to unit tests and project summary views. Harshida worked on presenting new individuals at the top of the user list, addressing issues related to data storage, and participating in PR review activities, including PR#1317, PR#1369, and PR#1378. The collage below shows some of this work.
This week, the Funding Team’s summary, covering their work for One Community Funding, was managed by Ruiqi (Administrative Assistant) and includes Aaron Wang (Fundraising Assitant) and Megan Morelli (Funding Research and Acquisition). Megan reviewed Jae’s contact list, with a specific focus on foundations, donations, and contact details, strategically reassessing the priority of individuals and organizations for outreach within these areas. She proactively initiated communication with several key contacts through initial outreach emails and followed up with those she had engaged with during the previous week. Megan also identified additional potential foundations that provide grant opportunities by effectively utilizing the Candid database. In parallel, Aaron conducted comprehensive research on seven candidates, examining their backgrounds and roles in the field of sustainability. He acquired their contact information and proceeded to compose and dispatch six tailored emails to these candidates, emphasizing the potential for collaboration and delving into discussions regarding prospective funding opportunities. The collage below shows some of this week’s work.
Graphic Design’s summary was managed by Alyx Parr (Senior Support Specialist and Manager) and includes Ashlesha Navale (Graphic Designer), Nancy Mónchez (Graphic Designer), Shivangi Patel (Graphic Designer), and Yeasin Arafat (Civil Engineer, Graphic Designer). This week, Ashlesha focused on creating three Volunteer Announcements, including the development of bio images and announcement images, as well as crafting web content for all three announcements. She also began researching and curating a collection of nature-based background images and theme-based images for potential use in Social Media and YouTube Preview/Intro Images in the future. Nancy’s primary task this week involved a comprehensive re-styling process for social media post designs that were initially created during the first volunteer day. Her work encompassed a range of Graphic Design techniques, such as innovative font usage, precise layout diagramming, careful selection of color palettes, background removal, image resolution optimization, drawing inspiration from other organizations, and the integration of brand and contact information into the final designs. Additionally, she introduced new illustrations to enhance visual diversity, with a key focus on utilizing organizational information as “3D community images.” Shivangi’s responsibilities for the week included the creation of two volunteer announcements, involving the generation of images and web content. She also designed multiple Facebook social media images using Photoshop. Yeasin leveraged his graphic design expertise to generate a series of original ideas for weekly blog images, covering a range of topics. He prepared these images in sets of three, including one without words and versions sized specifically for YouTube and Facebook platforms. His work extended to future blog numbers 782, 783, 784, 785, and 786, ensuring a consistent and visually appealing representation of the content. The pictures below exemplify this work.
Moonfall Team’s summary, covering their work on the Highest Good Network software, was managed by Navneeth Krishna (Software Engineer) and includes Anny Wang (Software Engineer), Cheng-Yun Chuang (Software Engineer), Haoji Bian (Software Engineer), Navneeth Krishna (Software Engineer), Tzu Ning “Leo” Chueh (Software Engineer), Xiao Fei (Software Engineer), Yihan Liu (Software Engineer), Zijie “Cyril” Yu (Volunteer Software Engineer), and Zubing Guo (Software Engineer). This week, Anny commenced her tasks on Bugs and Needed Functionalities, including fixing the reports view for team names, where she encountered codebase challenges and worked to identify and resolve the issue. Cheng-Yun demonstrated commitment by reviewing 14 pull requests across backend and frontend repositories, with a focus on frontend reviews. Haoji initiated the implementation of a cron job for website scans, enhancing user experience. Jiadong improved the time log component’s efficiency, refactoring code and adding comments for clarity. Navneeth concentrated on “Permissions Management: View and Interact with Task ✓,” addressing missing permissions, contributing to PRs, and adapting to a Team Manager role. Tzu Ning reviewed and approved PR #1378, ensuring password update functionality and resolving related issues. Xiao resolved issues related to badges and reviewed multiple pull requests, refining code and UI logic. Yihan enhanced the team code filter dropdown list and regex syntax while reviewing pull requests. Zijie fixed lint issues in approximately 3,000 lines of code across various pull requests. Zubing integrated the ‘Write it for me’ button, restructured frontend code for notes data, and tackled lint fixes, demonstrating unwavering commitment to the team’s objectives. Look below for a collage of their work.
Reactonauts’ Team’s summary, covering their work on the Highest Good Network software, was managed by Eduardo Horta (Software Engineer and Team Manager) and includes Carl Bebli (Software Developer), Eduardo Horta (Software Engineer and Team Manager), Jiyuan Xia (Software Engineer), Shihao Xiong (Software Engineer), Shiwani Rajagopalan (Software Engineer), and Shrey Jain (Software Engineer). This week, the team members at HGN Software Development were actively engaged in various tasks and contributions. Eduardo played a central role by reviewing and approving pull requests, including those addressing issues in the TeamMembersPopup (#1373) and removing cropping from badges (#1382). He also provided guidance to Shiwani in resolving a time log details issue, opting for a re-rendering approach for user profile updates. Eduardo actively participated in discussions, including commenting on PR #1356, and took on the responsibility of hosting the Team Weekly Meeting for Reactonauts. He further contributed to the project by reviewing and approving lint fixes for reports components and assisting Vikram with a development task. Shiwani worked on resolving the issue of time log details appearing incorrectly on other users’ time log pages. She initially explored a new state approach but decided against it due to potential complications with the userProfile state. Shiwani’s investigation revealed that an update issue was occurring for other users, which she resolved by updating the state in TimeEntryForm. She also addressed inaccuracies in timeEntries, specifically in week 0, ensuring that all tests passed. Shiwani reviewed multiple pull requests, with particular attention to PRs #1378, #1374, #560, #1350 (revisited), #550 (reviewed again), #1359, #556, #1331, #1330, #1328, #1384, #1386, #1344, and #552. Despite encountering problems with missing badge icons, she communicated effectively with her team. Jiyuan made significant progress by resolving a critical bug related to badge assignment and releasing PR #1387. During this process, he conducted a detailed codebase examination, addressing not only the immediate issue but also sharing valuable insights and suggestions with the team. Shihao contributed by reviewing PRs #1344, #1353, and #1356, resolving conflicts and responding to comments within PRs #1203 and #1202. He also successfully resolved an issue related to the weekly summary report page’s yellow bar and optimized badge layout in PR#1346. Shrey worked on reviewing pull requests for both the frontend and backend components, providing constructive feedback and using informative screen recordings to illustrate proposed changes. Carl’s work primarily revolved around resolving a bug in a PR for task filtering by teams, including addressing an issue resulting in a blank screen and actively engaging in peer reviews for various pull requests, encompassing issues such as #550, #552, #1328, #1343, #1350, #1352, #1362, #1363, #1369, #1371, #1373, #1378, #1381, and #1382. Look below for pictures of this work.
Skye’s summary, covering their work on the Highest Good Network software, was managed by Luis Arevalo (Front End Developer), and includes Bailey Mejia (Software Engineer), Hector Agudelo-Carmona (Front-End Developer), Jerry Ren (Full Stack Developer), Luis Arevalo (Front End Developer), Mounica Dingari (Software Developer), and Roberto Contreras (Software Developer). This week, Jerry, a member of the Development Team, published BE PR #560, featuring an unauthorized route for integration into the beta HGN app and created FE PR 1375 to address the “Tangible Time Bug.” He also integrated ‘See All the Reports Tabs (Full Functionality)’ and ‘See Only Weekly Summaries Reports Tab’ permissions and discussed permission improvements with Nathan. Hector addressed a .gitattribute issue causing uncommitted file display, began testing the application locally, and initiated work on a branch for the “location not available” modal. Roberto focused on resolving a delay issue between frontend and backend badge management, modifying component IDs and implementing cache clearing. Bailey started tackling the New Personal Maximum Badge duplication issue and addressed badge image cropping. Mounica implemented authorization for the Weekly Summary Recipients modal, added backend functions for recipient management, and initiated the email distribution process. See the collage below for their work.
The PR Review Team’s summary covering their work on the Highest Good Network software, was managed by Shaurya Sareen (Administrative Assistant). This week’s active members of this team were: Anish Pandita (Software Engineer), Fan Yang (Software Engineer), Jahanzaib Malik (Software Engineer), Jeffrey Li (Full Stack Developer), Mike – Munkh Erdene Erdenebulgan (Full Stack Developer), Olena Danykh (Software Engineer), Rhea Wu (Software Engineer), Shubhankar Mishra (Software Engineer), Tuan Dinh (Software Engineer), Vishala Ramasamy (Software Engineer), Wanting Xu (Software Engineer), Yi Lin (Software Engineer), Yixiao Jiang (Software Engineer), Ziming Song (Software Engineer). They reviewed all the Highest Good Network PRs (Pull Requests) shared in this week’s update. The collage below shows a compilation of the work from this team.