With a mission of creating positive change permanence, One Community’s initiatives include food, energy, housing, education, for-profit and non-profit economic design, social architecture, fostering fulfilled living, global stewardship practices. Beyond constructing a community, we’re creating a replicable model poised to establish teacher/demonstration hubs globally. The essence of our approach lies in open sourcing and free sharing, ensuring the evolution of sustainability and the creation of a lasting, positive impact on our world. Join us as we pioneer a future built on the permanence of positive change.
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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 as engines of creating positive change permanence. This is the December 4th, 2023 edition (#559) of our weekly progress update detailing our team’s development and accomplishments:
One Community is creating positive change permanence 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, Abhishek Kadian (Architect) reviewed the drawings, renderings, and structures of the Earthbag Village (Pod 1) three Dome clusters and started preparing the relevant files. He updated the section of the three Dome Cluster to synchronize with the 3D model. Furthermore, Abhishek collected information for the four Dome Cluster, initially aiming to create a Revit 3D model that corresponds with the rendered images. The Earthbag Village is the first sustainable village in our creating positive change permanence plan. See the dome cluster renderings he worked on below.
Charles Gooley (Web Designer) focused on enhancing the Water Recycling Net-zero Bathroom page by addressing comments. Tasks undertaken included rectifying the anchor link in the Tables of Contents to ensure seamless navigation to the respective headings, replacing the Structural Wood Lumber Engineering Properties chart, eliminating extraneous spaces beneath underlined headings, updating the Tables of Contents to reflect section relocations, resizing the High Desert Utah Monthly rainfall graphic and relocating it to the right, and rectifying the left margin subsequent to the Tables of Contents. Additionally, he contributed new content to the City Center Dome Hub Connector Engineering page. This involved incorporating a new section that offers a comparative analysis between traditional geodesic domes and city center domes, encompassing an introduction and frame models, vector loads, weather and environmental effects tests, as well as examinations of snow and earthquake loads, supported by relevant illustrations. Water recycling and the Duplicable City Center are both huge parts of our strategy for creating positive change permanence. Check out the collage below for a look into his web design work.
Khushboo Vyas (Architect) reviewed and reorganized the Earthbag Village page. She broke each component down into distinct sub-components categorized under ‘what,’ ‘why,’ ‘how,’ and specific details within the Earthbag Village Site Map spreadsheet. She also proofread the body text, ensuring high-resolution visuals were correctly accessible through relevant hyperlinks and cross-referenced other URLs. Khushboo provided suggestions, including corrected text and proposed graphic incorporations. Addressing the process sequence for the DIY open-source tutorial, she initiated the creation of flow charts and structuring the order using traditional pen-and-paper methods. The Earthbag Village is the first sustainable village in our creating positive change permanence plan. You can find her work in the collage below.
Loza Ayehutsega (Civil Engineer/Assistant Civil Engineer) undertook a review of comments, removing resolved older comments while preserving the option to restore them if further clarification is required. In addition, she contributed additional points regarding the dam break and dam safety. We feel earthworks are an essential component of creating positive change permanence through water conservation. Some of her work is shown in the collage below.
One Community is creating positive change permanence 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:
Julio Marín Bustillos (Mechanical Engineer) advanced the design work for the City Center Dome Hub Connector Engineering in the sixth row. A realization emerged during this process — none of the connectors in this row exhibit repetition. Consequently, each node necessitates a distinct variation in hub connector design, a factor that is expected to extend the time required for completion. The same scenario is anticipated for the fifth row, where the absence of repeated designs poses a similar challenge, emphasizing the time-intensive nature of the design work for these specific rows. See images of this hub connector design work below.
One Community is creating positive change permanence 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 with Hayley on the Highest Good food component. We worked with her addressing the arrival of 20 individuals to the property, with collaboration centered on critical topics such as fencing, water laboratory setup, and various logistical considerations related to the food infrastructure. We also continued our review of Eckhart Tolle’s audio A NEW EARTH noting statements for possible inclusion in the One Community values page. We consider this part of integrating the consciousness of positive change permanence. You can view this work in the collage below.
Hayley Rosario (Sustainability Research Assistant) continued her review of the open-source Highest Good Food rollout plan. Hayley completed the final rough draft for the implementation details involving a 20-person team and initiated the preliminary draft outlining tasks and materials for a 50-person project. Additionally, she concluded the review of a 100-person task list. This all relates to the food component of positive change permanence. See below for the picture.
Smit Bhoir (Data and Business Analyst) continued data analysis for the menus for the Transition Food Self-sufficiency Plan. The primary concentration was on the analysis of Transition Kitchen Recipe data, concluding weekly tasks associated with kitchen recipe management and analysis. He also reviewed Sharuya’s PR blog post. In tandem, Smit began creating a tutorial focused on tasks related to kitchen menu data visualization. This all relates to the food component of positive change permanence. A visual representation of Smit’s work can be observed in the accompanying picture collage below.
One Community is creating positive change permanence 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 positive change permanence structure of the education program and everything else we’re creating too:
One Community is creating positive change permanence 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 57 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. We also shot and incorporated the video above that talks about creating positive change permanence and how creating positive change permanence integrates into the bigger picture of everything One Community is doing. The pictures below show some of this work.
The core team also worked on testing on Highest Good Network PRs for One Community this week. They focused on HGN pull request (PR) testing, confirming the resolution of four PRs. The team reported issues encountered during the testing of PR 1126 and communicated with a volunteer via Slack to resolve an issue in PR1168, specifically addressing concerns related to the updating of the Media Folder link on the Profile page. Additionally, the team retests and updates PR1126, offering insights through comments on badge visibility within Weekly Summary reports for a specific user. Furthermore, the team contributed by creating two new PRs: one aimed at addressing badge visibility on the week’s page (PR 1116) and another focused on PR 1025, dealing with the absence of the “I” icon on the Weekly Summaries Reports pages. See the collage pictures below
Aaron Wang (Fundraising Assistant) continued to help One Community with working on fundraising. We won’t be able to open source creating positive change permanence without funding. This week, Aaron did comprehensive research on eight potential funders: Taylor Swift, Russell Brand, Oprah Winfrey, Michael Moore, Bono, Rosario Dawson, Mark Ruffalo, and Ryan Reynolds. His investigation delved into their sustainability activities, philosophical inclinations, funding records, and the specific organizations they have supported. Following this detailed analysis, Aaron compiled his findings into a report that not only summarized the philanthropic profiles of these individuals but also served as a strategic tool for future networking and connection-building efforts. An important aspect of this week’s work was the development of a prioritization system. Aaron ranked each potential funder based on various criteria to determine which individuals should be approached first for potential collaboration or support, streamlining the approach for future outreach and engagement. You can view this work in the image below.
Vishvesh Sheora (Artificial Intelligence Specialist) focused on improving the SEO of the live main site, addressing issues and enhancing criteria to elevate scores. He raised the SEO for the ‘Global Sustainability Systems’ page from 71 to an impressive 91, this is an important keyword for us, like “creating positive change permanence” is on this page. Content pruning and length balancing were pivotal elements in achieving this improvement. Vishvesh also resolved formatting issues, removing the Table of Contents from two posts in progress. Working on content separately, he rectified a broken link and submitted it for review. Additionally, he investigated changes in permanent links and examined WordPress posts, ensuring proper functionality and updates. See the 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 Catherine Liu (Administrative and Analytics Assistant, Team Manager) and includes Meenakshi Velayutham (Sustainability Associate), Olawunmi “Ola” Ijisesan (Administrative and Management Support), Ruiqi Liu (Administrative Assistant), Shaurya Sareen (Administrative Assistant), Xiaolai Li (Administrative Assistant). Catherine completed a comprehensive review process for the Admin, Blue Steel, Core teams, and individuals, providing comments to each team member and contributing to the overall feedback process. Simultaneously, she organized images and summaries to establish a systematic and accessible repository of relevant information. In a proactive move to enhance her analytical skills, Catherine initiated her learning of Google Analytics by participating in relevant courses. Meenakshi continued her administrative tasks, including checking the website for inclusion and following up on bio notifications. Taking on a new role as the editor of webpages, she reviewed and updated two web pages, ensuring they adhered to professional formatting and requirements. Meanwhile, Ola focused on finalizing forms, assessing team members’ work, and providing constructive feedback for trainees. Additionally, she reviewed PR Review teamwork and transferred the live blog to her edited page for thorough correction and error identification. Ruiqi completed the four-step review process for the Git-R-Done, Graphic Design, and Expresser teams, offering feedback to all team members and creating collage images stored in Dropbox and added to the WordPress media library. She generated SEO keywords from weekly summaries (keywords like “creating positive change permanence”) and incorporated them as Alt Titles on WordPress. Ruiqi also worked on a cost analysis of “Landscaping” in the business plan development task. Shaurya did a comprehensive review of pull requests (PRs), addressing issues with team members who omitted crucial steps. He updated tracking sheets and weekly tables to include new Highest Good Network team members, ensuring they met required PRs and hours. Shaurya also crafted a concise team summary and created a team collage featuring all PRs. Lastly, Xiaolai organized documents, reviewed summaries, completed a webpage, and submitted it for review. He also researched solar microgrid setup and maintenance costs, provided feedback to the training process, and prepared documents for the week. This is the team managing our positive change permanence development process. You can see the work for the team in the image below.
This week, the Alpha Team’s summary, covering their work on the Highest Good Network software, was managed by Carl Bebli (Software Engineer, Team Manager). Carl began by reviewing the weekly summaries and videos submitted by Team Reactonauts members. His focus then shifted to implementing hotfixes, specifically incorporating replyTo features for both the Suggestion Modal and BlueSquare emails. The purpose behind this enhancement was to facilitate easier communication for One community, allowing seamless replies to users presenting suggestions and addressing all users with infringement emails. Concurrently, Carl played a crucial role in streamlining preparations for the transition to a newly established team, the Alpha Team. Additionally, he undertook the assessment and provided constructive feedback on numerous pull requests, tackling issues #621, #1587, #1589, #1590, #1591, #1593, #1595, #1598, #1599, #1609, and #1610. The Highest Good Network is how we’ll be measuring and tracking creating positive change permanence, related investments of time, and the components as we develop them. View some of this work in the collage below.
This week, the Blue Steel Team’s summary, covering their work on the Highest Good Network software, was managed by Nathan Hoffman (Software Engineer, Team Manager) and includes Shubhankar Valimbe (Lead Full Stack Software Developer), Xiao Wang (Software Engineer) and Yubo Sun (Full Stack Software Developer). Nathan responded to Slack messages, implemented putRole, deleteRole, and postRole permissions for a restructuring of role logic on the front end, and explored UI solutions while separating the yellow highlight bar for bio posted status from other permissions. He engaged in a Zoom meeting with Jae to organize the permissions spreadsheet. Nathan also performed testing on the “forgot my password” functionality, discovered an issue with account identification, and created PR #633 for resolution. Shubhankar worked on bugs and tasks such as reviewing weekly team summaries and doing PR evaluations. He also proofread the weekly summaries, including images and videos, shared by the team, Xiao completed four PRs and advanced the TimeEntryFrom refactoring. The initial PR (PR1592) addressed a hot fix for failed png files, caused by variations in developers’ end-of-line setups affecting png files functionality. He added a rule in .gitattribute to classify all png files as binary, resolving the issue. The subsequent two PRs (frontend PR1600 and backend 623) addressed an owner’s inability to create a new team bug, tackling the backend model check for teamCode and modifying validation on the frontend. Another PR addressed a request for an audio reminder during timer force pauses. Despite these achievements, the TimeEntryFrom refactoring remains a work in progress, requiring ongoing efforts for completion. Meanwhile, Yubo focused on resolving a bug related to changing the Media Folder link, addressing the local issue and testing the affected component before preparing for a pull request. The Highest Good Network is how we’ll be measuring and tracking creating positive change permanence, related investments of time, and the components as we develop them. The collage below shows some of this work.
This week, the Code Crafters Team’s summary, covering their work on the Highest Good Network software, was managed by Ruiqi (Administrative Assistant) and includes Anirudh Ghildiyal (Software Engineer), Ramya Ramasamy (Software Engineer), and Shantanu Kumar (Software Engineer). Anirudh led the inaugural standup for the Code Crafters Team. He submitted code for review, concentrating on implementing an edit button on the summary page. He also identified a bug allowing lower-level roles to submit summaries for higher-level roles, documented in the Bugs Document. He also did a test on unit test cases and discussed the Badge task with Bailey. Ramya focused on resolving lint issues in UserProfile, adapting her strategy due to dev branch modifications. She reviewed and submitted PRs for 6 submodules, maintaining a lint rule tracker. And Shantanu enhanced code reliability by completing the ‘show save warning’ unit test case and is developing test cases for the profile dot nav component. The Highest Good Network is how we’ll be measuring and tracking creating positive change permanence, related investments of time, and the components as we develop them. 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 Tim Kent (Full Stack Software Engineer) and includes Aishwarya Kalkundrikar (Full Stack Software Developer), Harshida Dalal (Software Engineer), Kavya Alla (Software Engineer), Olga Yudkin (Software Engineer), and Vishala Ramasamy (Software Developer). Aishwarya implemented important backend adjustments for the tool purchase request form, addressing issues related to unit display, enabling category-based filtering, and resolving outstanding project details. Harshida worked on the Equipment List, completing the frontend view but facing a technical challenge with routing. Kavya undertook a review of Phase 2 documentation and initiated frontend development for the Reusables List, participating in meetings for project familiarization. Olga completed the development of the project summary view component, enhancing each summary with informative bullet points highlighting vital project information. She also worked on the single tool/equipment view component, concluding the front-end implementation by creating the router and controller and establishing their connection. Vishala focused on migrating material changes to production, addressed git conflicts, resolved lint and build errors, and enhanced the Add Materials form with a similarity checker. Tim oversaw eight software engineers on the new building and inventory management portal (Phase 2), and made substantial updates to the work breakdown structure, incorporating a detailed task list for the new reusable inventory section of the site. He facilitated team collaboration by hosting the weekly standup meeting, pair programming, and planning meetings, ensuring effective communication and coordination. Additionally, Tim updated the work breakdown structure, hosted meetings, and made substantial updates to the MongoDB aggregate function in the project summary backend API. The Highest Good Network is how we’ll be measuring and tracking creating positive change permanence, related investments of time, and the components as we develop them. The collage below shows some of this work.