Creating a more luxurious life through sustainability is the vision that One Community passionately embodies. We build open source models that empower individuals to lead enriched lives while preserving the environment. Across diverse realms, including food, energy, housing, education, economics, social architecture, and more, we champion open source and sustainable solutions. Guided by the principle of enhancing lives for “The Highest Good of All,” our model is designed for self-replication, creating a global network of teacher/demonstration hubs to help others implement and further evolve this way of living. Every creation of ours is open source and freely shared, driving sustainability forward and envisioning a world where luxury coexists harmoniously with eco-consciousness.
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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 2nd, 2023 edition (#550) of our weekly progress update detailing our team’s development and accomplishments:
One Community is creating a more luxurious life through sustainability 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:
One Community is creating a more luxurious life through sustainability 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 helped with City Center SketchUp file updates, including the removal of one shed from the model, relocating the garden shed closer to the dome, extending the gravel surface between the garden path and the Dining dome in the garden area, and expanding the fencing on the south side of the garden to connect it with the Dining dome. Additionally, we uploaded the compressed City Center SketchUp file for sharing with a volunteer. In parallel, we conducted HGN PRs testing, addressing various aspects such as the ability for Manager roles and above to submit weekly summaries for other users and related PR updates, as well as reporting issues concerning the Displaying Permission Management page. Furthermore, we tested the ‘Differentiate Personal Max Badge’ feature, documenting an incorrect message after earning the badge in a video, which was then shared with a volunteer. We also delved into testing the dev-admin account in the development environment, confirming the limited password change capability and noting the issue with blocking other accounts from editing all other details, which remains unresolved. See the image below to view this work.
Amiti Singh (Architectural Designer) continued her work by helping with the interior design details for the rental rooms within the Duplicable City Center. Amiti made substantial progress in the development of the Japanese tea room-themed visitor room in Duplicable City by finalizing the 3D visual representation of the second room option. This option draws inspiration from the tranquil atmosphere of a traditional Japanese tea room, showcasing Amiti’s involvement in material selection, furniture design, color coordination, and paint palette selection. See below for the collage of images related to this.
Charles Gooley (Web Designer) completed another week of assisting with web design. This week, Charles initiated work on the Earthbag Village Design and Setup page, focusing on sections related to Earthbag Village Septic Tank Design, Volume of Wastewater Flow, Septic Tank Minimum Effective Capacity, British Standard Calculation for Septic Tank, Septic Tank Types (including advantages and disadvantages), and Selection and Location of Septic Tank. Furthermore, ADA requirements and relevant resources were integrated into the content. This project involved the creation of both top-level and subordinate Tables of Contents with appropriate anchor links. Subsequently, Charles began work on Water Harvesting, Catchment, and Water Conservation, covering topics such as Rainwater Harvesting, Basic Components, Types of Storage Tanks, Rainwater for Potable Use, Handling Rainwater Contamination From Catchment To End Use, Conveyance Piping Systems, Pre-Tank Screening and Filtering, First Flush Diverters, and Cistern Inlet Strainer Baskets. 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. Justin focused on researching software options for frame analysis and dove into civil engineering software, particularly Autodesk Robot Structural Analysis. He successfully built a 3D dome skeleton model complete with beams and cladding, conducting simulations for Dead Load and Wind Load, specifically in the X-direction, with results visually presented. Julio continued his work on hub connector designs, striving to complete those for the fourth row and addressing design challenges through collaboration with colleagues Yiwei and Justin, seeking solutions for intersection issues with Dipak’s guidance. Simultaneously, Julio progressed with dome hub connector designs for the fifth row. Lastly, Yiwei led the Duplicated City Center group in a productive meeting, ensuring a follow-up plan and actively collaborating on ongoing tasks to facilitate project progress. In addition, she assisted with proofreading and reviewed various contents related to the Light Bulb page’s Updated Content while awaiting other team members’ contributions. See below for some of the images of this work.
One Community is creating a more luxurious life through sustainability 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 continued work on the Food Rollout Infrastructure document, successfully integrating the Initial 3 Person Task and Materials Lists by consolidating items from the older list into the newer one, thereby creating a comprehensive compilation of tasks and materials within a single list. Our efforts are now directed toward executing the same task for the 20-person list. See below for the images.
Gregory Quach (Data Enterer for Chef/Culinary) finished his work working on the Transition Kitchen menu design details. His focus centered on conducting an extensive analysis of the Transition Kitchen Recipe Build Out project, with an emphasis on refining it. Gregory adeptly categorized and organized the 15-day segments, providing detailed analysis and establishing links to the Master Recipe Template Sheet to improve the scalability of these lists for future use. See the images below for some of his work.
One Community is creating a more luxurious life through sustainability 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:
One Community is creating a more luxurious life through sustainability 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 69 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.
Harsha Kulkarni (Data Analyst) continued working on of One Community’s Google AdWords campaigns and Analytics details. This week she focused on comprehending the functionality of Google AdWords and mastering the fundamentals of campaign setup. She allocated time to grasp the configurations and acquaint herself with the pre-existing campaigns within the AdWords account. Additionally, she compiled a list of website pages currently engaged in ad campaigns, facilitating the creation of new campaigns for other pages. Subsequently, Harsha devoted her efforts to formulating ad campaigns for two previously unaddressed pages, enhancing the overall coverage of the advertising strategy. 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 he reviewed Shaurya’s PR Team Review, provided feedback, and discussed necessary changes. He also worked on Google Data Analytics and Adwords setup, created requirements documentation, and began learning about Google Analytics and Adwords. Smit completed a GA4 online tutorial, attended a weekly meeting with Harsha to discuss customer engagement plans, and participated in another meeting regarding AdWords and analytics platforms. Additionally, he generated new 4-digit codes for team members on the HGN app and prepared for an upcoming ad campaign. 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. In addition to these efforts, Vishvesh took the initiative to create comprehensive and in-depth tutorials, specifically tailored to guide users on optimizing their content using RankMath for select blog entries within the One Community platform. This work contributes significantly to the platform’s overall digital presence and user experience. 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 Alyx Parr (Senior Support Specialist), Anitta George Kunnappilly (Research and Management Volunteer), Olawunmi “Ola” Ijisesan (Administrative and Management Support) and Shaurya Sareen (Administrative Assistant). Alyx successfully reviewed and organized the initial set of summaries, transferred summaries, and retrieved images for the blog. She configured her online workspace to facilitate efficient work processes. Significant effort was devoted to resolving login issues, and Alyx completed their webpage, addressing complications experienced due to website problems. Additionally, she duplicated summaries and obtained compressed image files for future use. Anitta was entrusted with work on light bulbs and underwent an introductory session to improve her understanding of the responsibilities. Anitta conducted thorough research on various types of bulbs, cross-referencing available materials, and addressing doubts effectively. Jamie undertook various responsibilities, including reviewing work from the admin team, blue steel team, and expresser team. She managed multiple individuals efficiently, creating collages, implementing SEO optimizations, and adding necessary links for team members. Jamie also provided constructive feedback and created instructional videos to assist Shaurya, a new volunteer on the administration team, in acclimating to their role effectively. Ola executed her tasks by revisiting reviews, rectifying revert errors, and efficiently copying and pasting content from the live blog to her designated page. She also provided comprehensive reviews of her team members’ work, offering constructive feedback and ensuring systematic organization of project summaries and associated images. Shaurya conducted a comprehensive review of all pull requests (PRs), proactively addressing issues with team members who had omitted crucial steps in their work. He updated tracking sheets and tables to include new team members, ensuring they met required PRs and hours. Shaurya also crafted a concise team summary and compiled a comprehensive team collage featuring all PRs. 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 Yubo and includes Haohui Lin (Software Engineer), Kurtis Ivey (Full Stack Developer), Lawrence Chua (Full Stack Software), Lucile Tronczyk (Full Stack Software Developer), Nathan Hoffman (Software Engineer), Xiao Wang (Software Engineer), Yongjian Pan (React.js/MongoDB Full Stack Software Developer), and Yubo Sun (Full Stack Software Developer and Team Manager). Kurtis primarily focused on PR reviews, including PR526, which addressed concerns about possible errors in Nathan’s pull requests, PR1330, where he identified linting issues and proposed fixes, and PR1317, which had styling improvements but a missing hover color for the Pause button. Kurtis also reviewed PR1208 and PR494, which he had to fail due to admin account issues. Another re-review of PR1324 revealed frontend input sanitization issues and random visual errors, prompting a bug report. He revisited PR1208 and PR494, discovering validation checking problems in PR1266 and PR529. Lastly, Kurtis reviewed PR1343 and identified it as failing due to CSS class name formatting. Xiao assisted with PR reviews and addressed a hotfix related to the Report tab. They participated in PR #1340, raising concerns about long-term sustainability, and reviewed PR #1346, addressing property omissions. They also worked on a hotfix, PR #1365, for frontend permissions misalignment. Nathan initiated PR547 to rectify backend permissions issues and delved into Redux for role permission presets. They provided feedback and assistance to team members and created PR1349 for Admin view improvements. However, they faced challenges with branch issues and useEffect(). Lucile contributed to software development, including code reviews and unit tests, while also adding explanatory information to components and resolving conflicts. They also wrote unit tests and tracked their efforts in a shared spreadsheet. Haohui focused on testing edge cases in Frontend PR1307 and Backend PR546 and conducted thorough reviews of team members’ pull requests. Their methodical approach contributed to project progress and a collaborative environment. Yongjian improved the alignment of a toggle button within the teams’ tab and addressed a merge conflict in PR #867, emphasizing user interface refinement and codebase integrity. Lawrence worked on enhancing their organization’s online presence and security on Bluehost, exploring multi-factor authentication options and aligning hosting plans with specific requirements. They gained a comprehensive understanding of Bluehost’s hosting services and optimized the hosting environment. Yubo transitioned to the unit testing phase, reviewing HGN documents and conducting research on testing methodologies. They created unit tests for the Edit modal component and continued to contribute to PR reviews and ongoing tasks. See the image below to view this work.
Expressers Team’s summary this week, covering their work on the Highest Good Network software, was managed by Yuri Andrade (Software Engineer and Team Manager) and includes Aaron Persaud (Software Developer), Gary Balogh (Software Engineer), Harshida Dalal (Software Engineer), Tim Kent (Full Stack Software Engineer), and Olga Yudkin (Software Engineer). Yuri focused on completing the development of a new navbar component using reactstrap for dropdown menus. Concurrently, he conducted a thorough evaluation of a new header component to integrate with the navbar for phase 2 and refined the navbar component while implementing dropdown functionality. Yuri also assumed responsibility for reviewing and reporting on the activities of the Expressers Team. Tim initiated full-stack development work on the Materials List page for the Building Management Dashboard. On the frontend, he established a new route, implemented a basic page layout, table structure, and filter selection form for the Materials List page. Simultaneously, on the backend, Tim designed a new MongoDB schema to accommodate materials inventory items. Gary made progress with the development of the Add Materials form this week, focusing on improving input validation for each input field. He raised questions about the accessibility of the Reactstrap FormFeedback component and considered creating custom error messages if necessary. Additionally, Gary implemented UI/UX enhancements to the form and planned further improvements for a better user experience. He also initiated an examination of the existing inventoryItem schema within the database and explored a library for adding drag-and-drop image functionality to the Add Materials form. Olga conducted final reviews of PR#1218 and its related PR#532, as well as reviewed PR #867 for a minor design misalignment. Olga also wrote unit tests for the addProject component, submitted the corresponding PR, and began writing unit tests for the FoundUser component, addressing identified errors. Her plans include implementing requested changes to her project details page design and resolving lint errors. Harshida, in her seventh week with the team, completed PR #1317, involving button color and alignment changes for the Timer component. She worked on the user management page, implementing functionality to copy first names, last names, and end dates. During testing, she identified an issue in PR #1352, requiring a separate PR for resolution as per the developer’s guidance, and re-tested accordingly. Aaron resolved a CORS error caused by misplaced environment variables promptly. He also assisted Zijie in configuring ESLint by identifying an uninstalled package. Additionally, Aaron performed a hotfix (PR1354) to fix user profile displays showing a white screen and conducted necessary lint fixes for the Timelog component towards the end of the week. 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 Jamie and includes Aaron Wang (Fundraising Assitant) and Megan Morelli (Funding Research and Acquisition). Aaron conducted detailed research on three potential candidates, focusing on their backgrounds and involvement in sustainability. He obtained their contact details and initiated email communication to explore potential funding collaborations. Additionally, Aaron identified and studied four other organizations, establishing contact methods with the aim of exploring funding opportunities. Megan took the initiative to contact the Blue Zones Project team, fostering enthusiasm about One Community’s mission and coordinating a prospective call with Jae. She followed up on outreach emails from the previous week and extended outreach efforts to engage with three new individuals. Megan also conducted research on these individuals to determine their interests and prior philanthropic contributions, contributing to the organization’s outreach and partnership-building efforts. 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), Rihab Baklouti (Freelance Generalist), Shivangi Patel (Graphic Designer), Yeasin Arafat (Civil Engineer, Graphic Designer). This week, Ashlesha took on the responsibility of creating two Volunteer Announcements, complete with bio images and announcement graphics. Simultaneously, she crafted web content to accompany these announcements and dedicated time to researching and curating a selection of nature-based and theme-specific background images for future use in Social Media and YouTube Preview/Intro Images. Rihab, on the other hand, undertook her routine tasks along with a new assignment. She organized a folder containing inspirational quotes and images, making necessary edits and adjustments. Additionally, Rihab worked on the creation of up to four volunteer announcements, encompassing bio images and announcement graphics, which were subsequently incorporated onto the webpage after obtaining approval. Her contributions extended to drafting updates 650, 653, and 654 for the task related to YouTube previews and update images, with the final versions uploaded to Dropbox. Shivangi’s primary focus centered on crafting social media images tailored for Facebook. In pursuit of this objective, she engaged in extensive research to curate images that harmonized with the themes of selected quotes for each post. In parallel, she assumed the responsibility of creating a Volunteer Announcement, which entailed the development of a bio image, an announcement image, and the corresponding web content. Meanwhile, Yeasin leveraged his graphic design proficiency to generate a series of innovative concepts for weekly blog images covering a diverse range of topics. He prepared these images in sets of three, encompassing versions devoid of text and variations sized specifically for YouTube and Facebook platforms. Yeasin’s efforts were concentrated on future blog entries, specifically numbers 777, 778, 779, 780, and 781. The pictures below exemplify this work.
Moonfall Team’s summary, covering their work on the Highest Good Network software, was managed by Zijie “Cyril” Yu (Volunteer Software Engineer) and includes Abdelmounaim “Abdel” Lallouache (Software Developer), Edwin Estuardo Lau Mack (Software Engineer), Navneeth Krishna (Software Engineer), Nouman Abidi (Software Engineer), Tzu Ning “Leo” Chueh (Software Engineer), Xiao Fei (Software Engineer), and Yihan Liu (Software Engineer). This week, Abdelmounaim focused on setting up the new user feature, preventing duplicate email entries, and implementing auto-filling for the email field. He also removed public/private toggles and eliminated the “Weekly Committed Hours” field from the form, as well as updated email notifications for administrators and restyled the form. In the context of the time-off request feature, he streamlined the code for displaying the TimeOffRequestDetailModal and added reducers and actions to show/hide the modal. Abdelmounaim also introduced a new job to handle the deletion of expired time-off requests. Edwin dedicated most of his efforts to reviewing pull requests (PRs) and advancing the development of HGN applications. He reviewed nine PRs and resolved a bug in his own PR related to project creation and category saving. Edwin also completed code changes to ensure emails are rendered for authorized users who are Owners or Admins. Navneeth completed the implementation and testing for the task “Permissions Mngmnt: See Teams Management Tab (Create Teams and edit team members only)” and created draft PRs for frontend and backend changes. He focused on identifying the correct permissions for rendering UIs and updated permission checks accordingly. Navneeth actively participated in pull request reviews for multiple PRs and contributed to various aspects of the project. Nouman continued to work on the Mailchimp replacement Announcements component, researching the integration of the TinyMCE rich text editor library to address errors in the CKeditor library. Tzu Ning, addressed a specific bug related to permissions for password updates, creating a new permission to enable authorized users to modify other users’ passwords. He also attempted to amend the userProfileController.js but faced challenges in reconciling requestor and user IDs on the frontend. Xiao F. addressed the “caps-name” bug and discrepancies in the “change name” feature while assessing four pull requests. He resolved issues with code synchronization, conflicts with the development branch, and identified backend issues, ultimately creating a pull request for the backend with detailed testing instructions. Yihan focused on creating a manual method for adding lost hours for past years of volunteers, integrating lost time entries into profiles and reports, and developing a history table to track these entries. She also worked on resolving a new user creation error and participated in PR reviews. Zijie primarily focused on lint fixing all files within the component report folder and completed up to phase 3 of this task. He submitted three pull requests on GitHub to implement these changes. 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), Masasa Thapelo (Software Engineer), Obeda Velonjatovo (Front End Developer/Software Developer), Shantanu Kumar (Full Stack Software Developer), Shivansh Sharma (Software Developer), Shiwani Rajagopalan (Software Engineer), Shrey Jain (Software Engineer), Vansh Patel (Software Engineer), Vikram Badhan (Software Engineer), and Zuhang Xu (Software Engineer). This week, Eduardo worked on HGN Software Development tasks, including reviewing and identifying missing elements for individual permissions in the HGNRest project and addressing issues in the HighestGoodNetworkApp project. Shiwani successfully resolved a bug related to user profile data in MongoDB, despite encountering challenges with redux variables. She also conducted thorough pull request reviews. Jiyuan demonstrated commitment and attention to detail by providing insightful feedback on numerous pull requests and contributing to code quality. Carl worked on a pull request to fix the “Suggestion Icon Bug” and actively participated in peer reviews for various issues. Shrey focused on resolving issues related to the add team functionality and limited view problem in HighestGoodNetwork, publishing a corresponding pull request. Vikram focused on establishing the frontend and backend environment locally, alongside conducting 13 pull request (PR) reviews, with 11 PRs functioning as expected (#1334, #1343, #1345, #1292, #549, #1307, #546, #1348, #1352, #1349, #1353), while #1356 and #1347 required further attention. Shantanu dedicated time to optimizing the submit button but was impeded by a site bug, leading him to investigate its root cause. Zuhang examined feedback from prior PR evaluations, ensuring code quality, performance, and long-term upkeep, demonstrating his keen eye for detail and proactive mindset. He also revisited old PR evaluations to maintain project integrity. Vansh initiated the development task of implementing a floating, dismissible summary reminder for volunteers, successfully completing the initial segment. Masasa resolved issues with the “other links” option in the dropdown menu, demonstrating dedication and problem-solving skills. Shivansh actively sought reviews for his recent PR, guided team peers in configuring systems with the Gmail API, and spearheaded efforts to upgrade Node.js within the production environment. Obeda addressed the header section issue when viewing another account, identifying the problem’s source in Header.jsx and proposing a solution based on extracting the user ID from the URL Look below for pictures of this work.
Skye’s summary, covering their work on the Highest Good Network software, was managed by Yiyun Tan (Management Dashboard Team Leader), 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), Roberto Contreras (Software Developer) and YuFu Liao (Software Engineer). This week, Jerry identified a bug related to badge assignment and uncovered a separate bug during the merging of PR 1218 into development. Concurrently, he made progress on dev admin email verification, seeking guidance from team members and Jae. Yufu focused on making columns editable by the owner on the User Management Page, discussing the specifics with Jae and proposing a solution involving a popup for editable user information. Hector began by deleting and cloning app repositories, addressing connectivity issues between front-end and back-end components. He obtained a location API key, modified code for testing the location feature, and resolved initial difficulties. Roberto concentrated on resolving user removal bugs, implementing backend functions and database updates for users to leave teams via their profile page. Bailey verified and documented badge discrepancies, refined PRs related to badge allocation, and addressed visual indications of logged hours. Mounica added a Weekly Summary Recipients button with password authorization in the frontend and backend functionality for saving and retrieving recipient details. The ongoing work involves displaying recipient details on the frontend and implementing error handling. 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 Smit Bhoir (Data Analyst). This week’s active members of this team were: Anish Pandita (Software Engineer), Anny Wang (Software Engineer), Fan Yang (Software Engineer), Haoji Bian (Software Engineer), Jeffrey Li (Full Stack Developer), Mike – Munkh Erdene Erdenebulgan (Full Stack Developer), Olena Danykh (Software Engineer), Rhea Wu (Software Engineer), Shree Birajdar (Software Developer), Shubhankar Mishra (Software Engineer), Tianyuan Nan (Software Engineer), Tuan Dinh (Software Engineer), Vishala Ramasamy (Software Engineer), Wanting Xu (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.
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