Creating global transformational change is possible if enough people want this and participate in helping create it. Making a sustainable way of life that is also more enjoyable to live is one path to building the necessary global desire and participation. Open source sharing this approach is also important to it becoming widespread and transformational. Putting all this together is what we call living and creating 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 July 19th, 2015 edition (#121) 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:
CREATING GLOBAL TRANSFORMATIONAL CHANGE INTRO @1:03
HIGHEST GOOD EDUCATION @1:55
HIGHEST GOOD FOOD: @3:15
HIGHEST GOOD HOUSING: @4:25
DUPLICABLE CITY CENTER: @8:56
HIGHEST GOOD SOCIETY: @11:25
CREATING GLOBAL TRANSFORMATIONAL CHANGE SUMMARY : @14:07
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One Community is creating global transformational change 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 last week the core team transferred 30% of the content for the Outer Space lesson plan to the website. This lesson plan teaches all subjects, to all learning levels, using the central theme of “Outer Space“:
In addition, behind the scenes we wrote another 35% of that Outer Space lesson plan, so it is now 65% written.
We also featured our “Human Body lesson plan” across our social media channels with a new image that Lucas Almeida, a member of the Graphic Design Intern Team, helped us create:
And Lucas finished the entire Freedom mindmap! You can see that mindmap here:
One Community is creating global transformational change 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 last week the core team finished the final social media imagery and featured our open source Parsnips hub:
We also researched and added three additional recipes to the open source bitter melon hub, which you can see here. More recipes from our Food Self-sufficiency Transition Plan will be added to each of the individual hubs in the future.
Last but not least, we added three new delicious recipes from Sandra Sellani (Vegan Chef and author of What’s Your BQ?) to the Food Self-sufficiency Transition Plan – These recipes are: Breakfast Rainbow Stir Fry, Field Roast Sausage & Pepper Sandwich, and Waldorf Salad Wraps:
One Community is creating global transformational change 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 last week the core team continued the redesign of the Earthbag Village (Pod 1) landscaping after changing the structural design of the net-zero bathrooms – all that remains are pathways, so this work is now about 90% done:
Behind the scenes we also completed another 10% of the open source camp setup specifics for the upcoming crowdfunding campaign. This brings us to 15% complete there:
Renata (Civil Engineering Student) continued work on the Central part of the Cob Village (Pod 3). She updated the layout of the kitchen and dining hall and also added textures to the roof and exterior walls to make the model more realistic:
Sayonara Batista de Oliveira (a member of the Architecture and Planning Intern Team) continued work on Straw Bale Village (Pod 2), updating the layout and social areas in the floor plans, including the ADA units, outdoor dining area, gym, and library. Sayonara and Renata also worked together designing a reciprocal roof for this Village:
Meanwhile, Matheus Manfredini (Civil Engineering Student specializing in Urban Design) researched the LEED V4 requirements for a new village construction tutorial. He also modified the design of the Earthbag Village to address issues with the size of the roof of the rainwater catchment bathroom and their ADA accessibility.
Adolpho and Jorge, both members of the Mechanical Engineering Intern Team, ran the calculations on their initial vermiculture bathroom tray design, modeled it in 3D, and determined we will need 4 trailer-jacks for this design. They then developed a drainage system and another design that wouldn’t require jacks or lifting. They also created models in Solidworks of the washing machines for the Earthbag Village so we can simulate the real dimensions of the heat recovery exchanger and the room.
Fernando and Amauri, also both members of the Mechanical Engineering Intern Team, worked on incorporating all the requirements from the Hydraulics Team into their heat exchanger for the Earthbag Village’s communal showers. There they encountered a connection problem and that led to a modified and simplified design that reduced the pressure drops while increasing the efficiency and adding the ability to fit any piping system.
Welma researched waterproofing methods and products that One Community can use specifically for our earthship, strawbale, cob, and subterranean structures:
Samantha and Flávia from the Architecture and Planning Intern Team worked on a third redesign of the layout of the containers for three floors of the Shipping Container Village (Pod 5). The new proposal you see here provides more space for living units, the industrial kitchen, and dining, as well as a better exterior appearance while keeping the desirable “staggered” facade with the bathrooms and plumbing aligned at all levels.
Raquel and Diana, also a members of the Architecture and Planning Intern Team, started the illustrated version of the master plan for the layout of all seven of One Community’s villages and additional social spaces. The villages and outdoor areas were placed according to specific reasons listed on the “How to Plan the Placement of My Home or Village” tutorial they created last week.
Sarah, another member of the Architecture and Planning Intern Team, researched earthblock construction techniques, the structural behavior of vaulted buildings, and earthblock/clay brick case studies to get ideas for designs for the Earth Block Village (Pod 4).
Gilberto, a member of the Graphic Design Intern Team, continued 3D modeling for the Earthbag Village (Pod 1), which included creating the 3D Door from scratch, and flower modeling, which you can see here:
And Gabriel developed a 3-D model of an alternative design for the waste collection for the vermiculture composting toilets in the Earthbag Village (Pod 1). He also continued rendering the Murphy bed for that village and made this additional view of it:
Ana did the cost analysis for the footer, foundation and floors and for the transitory kitchen project and created a Hexayurt drawing in AutoCad of the layout of the transitory Kitchen.
And Carolina, from the Intern Team, followed steps for outlining the personas of people that will be using the Tree House Village (Pod 7) based on how experiences motivate people, tracking behaviors, and understanding their goals. She also researched case studies and the features of the location.
One Community is creating global transformational change 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 last week Erika, Thais, Pedro and Victor from the Architecture and Planning Intern Team completed the first step of the Duplicable City Center lighting study with simulations on DiaLUX of the social and dining domes.
Mayke Balbino created a template for calculating the time required to build the Duplicable City Center, a checklist of what is still needed for planning the construction of the City Center, and a guide to help the Architecture and Planning Intern Team understand necessary elements to consider for construction.
Ricardo Carrillo (Design Consultant and Principal of Acumen Industries) and the Structural Intern Team (Antonio, Gabriel, Beatriz, Fernando, Rodrigo, and Maurilio) discovered that the domes were not able to properly support the mezzanine areas around the elevator and stairs. This led to design changes as they created structural strategies to support all the 2nd floor slabs and the cupola, created map loads, and placed about 20% of the columns and primary beams. The Structural Intern Team also worked on the Duplicable City Center dome walls and started calculating structural needs for snow, wind, earthquakes, and more. To do this, they created a numerical assignment for each bar of the triangles that makes up the walls of the domes and calculated areas for the triangles.
Diogo, Izadora, Joao, Mateus, and Roberto from the Hydraulics Intern Team created the AutoCad design drawings for the placement of the pipes for potable water, sewer and greywater in the Duplicable City Center. They also created the Eco Pool and Spa AutoCad plumbing specifics:
In addition to this, working with the help of Mike Hogan (Automation Systems Developer and Business Systems Consultant), Fabio, Lucas de Souza and Lucas Tsutsui da Silva, Guilherme, Henrique, Tiago, and Israel of the Electrical Intern Team continued evolving the control systems and electrical design. This included creating a rough draft of the new electrical design for the living dome to include the lighting project the Architectural team created and designing a single-wire diagram for the breakers of the first floor of the living dome, tables for their research on the loads and cost of circuit breakers, wires, outlets, and lights for various areas of the City Center, and creating a list of all the control systems features we’ll be integrating.
One Community is creating global transformational change 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 last week the core team continued the updating of our entire website to be mobile friendly. With 4 members of the team working on it simultaneously, we fixed another 40+pages including major formatting issues with our values pages, new icons for all the Highest Good education lesson plans, and coding the new site to automatically resize images and properly format images with captions. We’d say we are now about 60% done with this complete website overhaul.
Behind the scenes, Binru Chen (Accountant Specializing in Audit and Financial Reporting) researched and created a Statement of Financial Position spreadsheet and tutorial to go with last week’s Statement of Activities document. This is an additional tutorial for educating people on the tax considerations and strategies for transparent operation of a non-profit eco-tourism destination as One Community.
Also behind the scenes, Lucy Lu (Accountant Specializing in Financial Reporting and Managerial Accounting) continued creating the charities and other not-for-profit organization tax filing tutorial. This week Lucy finished property tax exemptions for nonprofit organizations in California and started researching Utah as a way of comparing the differences. This work and Binru’s work is all part of the Highest Good Economics component of building teacher/demonstration hubs.
Manuella, Manasses, and Eduardo, members of the Graphic Design Intern Team, completed the first step of creating a potential new logo for One Community. Using Manuella’s research on One Community’s visual identity, they researched references and created sketches and alternatives to express the concepts approached in the research.
Eduardo also searched for music options, images, and video styles for the video he is creating for One Community.
Igor, Marco, Matheus, and Natalia from the Software Development Intern Team started modeling the web pages for the Highest Good Network web application by creating hand sketches, then modeling them using Photoshop. They also made a layout of the Highest Good Network Database and worked on programming the initial code for the application.
Gustavo Romito (Mobile Software Developer), worked on a new feature called dashboard for One Community’s Highest Good Network iPhone app, which is for recording and viewing work and recreational activities. He also completed 20% of the development of a new feature that allows users to follow the activities of other people in the system.
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