We think humanity is on the brink of creating an age of cooperation and collaboration that will transform our society into a sustainable one. One Community is supporting this with DIY and open source and free-shared plans and tutorials for teacher/demonstration hubs that will work together in a global cooperative for “The Highest Good of All.”
Click on each icon to be taken to the corresponding Highest Good hub page.
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 September 6th, 2020 edition (#389) of our weekly progress update detailing our team’s development and accomplishments:
One Community is creating an age of cooperation 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 review and development of our behind-the-scenes Sustainable Site Selection, Planning, and Preparation content. We completed polished concrete research to confirm any construction detail differences with common concrete floor details and focused on tools doc research to ensure appropriate tools are designated for the proper purpose. This involved angle grinders, 3 categories of grinding wheels, cordless drivers, impact drivers, and hammer drills, plus pintle and combination ball hitches – determining the most effective use for our purposes and necessity of each tool. You can see some of the added and edited content below.
The core team also continued with what we hope will be the 2nd-to-final review of the Murphy bed instructions. This week we addressed more comments and questions with Stacey and designed and integrated a Spring Lock for securing the table/benches legs shown below.
Dean Scholz (Architectural Designer) continued helping with the Earthbag Village (Pod 1) 4-dome cluster designs. This week was week #198 of Dean’s work and the focus was continued modeling, addition and texture correcting on trees and other plants.
Alvaro Hernández (Open Source Tech Consultant, Developer) completed his 22st week as a member of the team. This week Alvaro continued developing the “Best Small and Large-scale Community Clothing Recycling, Reuse, and Repurposing Options” tutorial. This week he focused on adding the titles to the hyperlinks that had none and coding more replacement rules to make this process faster and easier in the future, for examples adding these titles to the hyperlinks that reference a section in the webpage can be done all at once by running a replace rule. Now he only needs to click in the highlighted rule to do that (using Visual Studio Code). Here are some related images of this work.
Ashwini Ramesh (Civil Engineer and Project Manager) continued with her 15th week helping with the Earthbag Village cost analysis and open source tutorials. This week Ashwini continued working on the Material Specifications, Descriptions, and format for final integration from the Google Docs to the Google Sheets. You can see some of this work-in-progress below.
Jose Luis Flores (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 6th week helping finish the Net-zero Bathroom component of the Earthbag Village. This week Jose Luis completed the detailed drawings of the Door and Windows, displaying the placement and orientation of both fixtures. He also made and properly scaled the floor plan drawing into the Title Block Template and created a reference document for the upcoming plumbing and electrical plans. He started doing research into the upcoming plans for the plumbing, roof, and electrical systems and made a rough drawing of the roof plan. Pictures are below for this work.
Stacey Maillet (Graphic Designer) also completed her 5th week working on the final edits and revisions to the Murphy bed instructions. This week Stacey and the core team were working on the Wall section instructions. There were many adjustments needed to the sizes of wood required. All of the pieces of wood in the key were not to scale anymore so she had to resize all the pieces so that they were all in scale relative to all the other pieces. We also had to recheck and question many of the size updates because there were several pieces that ended up being the same size. So going forward, if possible, we can combine these same size wood pieces with different numbers into the same number. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Hannah Copeman (Structural Engineer) also completed her 3rd week helping complete all the Earthbag Village tutorials. This week Hannah continued the development of the remaining tutorials for publication by watching videos and taking notes on earthbag and aircrete construction. She specifically focused on videos about the construction of foundations, doors and windows, making arch/opening forms, and how to create aircrete bricks. You can see some screenshots of this work below.
One Community is creating an age of cooperation 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 completed updating the City Center Water Catchment Design open source hub with all the rainwater collection specifics for the building itself. This is in preparation for our newest member of the engineering team who has joined to finish the related ground-based gutter system and water storage specifics.
Angela Mao (Sustainability Researcher) completed her 14th week as a member of the team and working on content for the Most Sustainable Lightbulbs and Light Bulb Companies tutorial. This week she further benchmarked the lightbulb companies using a Google spreadsheet and researched more into lighting accessories and strategies. You can see some of this work in the pictures below.
Ian Coletti (Environmental Studies Major, Researcher) completed his 13th and final week helping with research for the Most Sustainable Windows and Doors open source guide. This week Ian completed most of the section for understanding windows and doors. You can see some of this work-in-progress below.
Ashish Hirani (Fire Protection Engineer) also completed his 8th week working on the City Center Sprinkler and Emergency Lighting Design. This week Ashish researched ideas on how mains lighting could be converted into emergency lighting in a given scenario. Locations of exit signs for zone E, zone F1 and zone D1 on the first floor were also identified. You can see some of the results of this research below.
And Ksenia Akimov (Plumbing Engineer) joined the team and completed her 1st week working on the Duplicable City Center plumbing designs. This week she focused on familiarization with the project, collection of initial data for design (architectural plans, regulatory documentation, etc.), and design of the necessary templates. You can see some screenshots of this behind-the-scenes work below.
One Community is creating an age of cooperation 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 working on the open source chicken coop step-by-step building instructions on our behind-the-scenes google doc. This week we finished the instructions for the roosting ladder and started working on the steps to build the nesting boxes. You can see some of this work-in-progress below.
One Community is creating an age of cooperation 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:
This week Xiaolu Song (Landscape Designer) completed her 11th week working on the playground and other external details of the Ultimate Classroom. This week Xiaolu added tree and people elements in Lumion and test rendered various locations in preparation for the final walkthrough video render. You can see some of this work below.
Shuwei Liu (Landscape Designer) also completed her 10th week working on the playground and other external details of the Ultimate Classroom. This week Shuwei also added people and other details to the indoor and outdoor aspects of the SketchUp model and completed test renders in Lumion as part of preparing for the final walkthrough. You can see below some screenshots related to this work.
One Community is creating an age of cooperation 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 continued behind-the-scenes updating of the Consensus and Groups of 200+. This week we updated the structure to have 5 as the minimum number of members per group, adjusted the emergency process to an 80% majority instead of 90% to reflect the original intent that it would take 3 people in a 10-or-more group to stop a decision the rest of the group felt strongly about, added a diversity of new FAQs, updated the ideas mind map to integrate dotted lines to show the path of an idea vs solid lines for related comments, and we created a new graphic to clarify the group structures. Pictures of some of this work can be seen below.
Ross Edwards (Chief Imagination Officer, G3) completed his 20th week helping promote One Community. Ross is someone who found our project, loved what we are doing, and offered to just help contact people he (and we) thought might be interested in what we’re doing. This week’s focus was promoting our project and the One Community helping page to newspapers. You can see below this last week’s list of who he contacted and a version of the press release he is sharing.
Andon Ignatov (Full-stack Developer) completed his 16th week working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Andon spent some time helping out Adam and Jerry over a voice chat regarding questions they had. He then worked on the Heroku server (dev environment) addressing the server’s idling issue which was affecting cronjobs as well as investigating why email isn’t working on that server. On the WeeklySummary component, he did updates to the form submission notifications and added a minimum of 50 word count requirement to the summary text. He then did some code refactoring and small bugs fixing for the WeeklySummary and submitted a pull request for review and merge. You can see screenshots of some of this work below.
TEKtalent Inc. (a custom programming solutions company) also continued with their 14th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Nithesh and the TEK talent team completed the functionality to add and delete members of a team. Administrators can search for all available users and assign one user to a specific team by clicking the teams icon on the list page. They also corrected the confirmation message on deleting a team. An autocomplete text input box has been introduced in the team members list popup which allows the admin to search and select a user and then add that user as a member to the team. You can see some of this work below.
Yiqi Feng (Software Engineer) continued with her 9th week as a member of the Highest Good Network software team. This week Yiqi changed the position and the function of the “cancel” button. After people edit time, an edit-time notification pops up. If people click “cancel”, the edited time will be reset to the original one. Also, she resolved all conflicts between “feature/Timer” and “development” and completed the function so that an email will be sent if they get a blue square and popup reminders will inform them how close they are to a blue square when time is edited 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, etc. times. You can see some of this work below.
Noor Qureshi (Insurance Researcher) completed her 4th week helping research One Community’s insurance options. This week Noor determined what could be potential drivers for increases in premiums. She reviewed several papers and webinars to understand the components of a premium and all of the factors that are taken into account when creating a premium. She also consolidated the information she has gathered thus far to only include the information that is most relevant to finding the best insurance plan for our organization. Some of the materials researched included a webinar on the drivers of health insurance premiums as well as articles that provided in-depth explanations of health insurance premiums. You can see some of this work below.
Chris Weilacker (Software Engineer) completed his 3rd week working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Chris completed testing of the Header and Monthly Effort Components. He looked through some of the other components that were assigned to Jaspal and realized that they were not connected to the App so skipped them at this time as he was not sure if they were functional. Chris started on Unit Testing the Project Component and has completed a good portion of that component. At the current moment Chris has gotten test coverage of 50%, which once Jun Hao’s tests are pulled in the testing coverage should reach in the 60-80% range, as there are several unconnected components that haven’t been used and tested. These will have to be taken into account from a code coverage perspective. You can see some of the code for Chris’ work below.
Jun Hao (Software Engineer) also completed his 3rd week working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Jun finished the unit tests for the UpdatePassword component from last week. He tried different approaches, such as mocking the action creator for just testing the component and mocking the server for testing the whole component-action-reducer process. Finally he utilized MSW to mock the server for achieving better test coverage. He then started working on the UserManagement component. He created separate test files for each sub-component for better code layout and better readability. He finished almost all the components expect for the integrated UserManagement component. You can see some of this work below.
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