Creating the world we know is possible, a sustainable world capable of meeting everyone’s needs, will happen as soon as enough people want it and participate in creating it. Enrolling people in the process can take many forms. The approach that makes the most sense, based on other successful movements that have caused paradigm shifts, is making and demonstrating a sustainable way of living that a majority of people will want more than the way they are living now. If we make that easy enough, affordable enough, and open-source globally accessible, the idea will predictably spread across the planet and evolve on its own. We call this 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 August 2nd, 2015 edition (#123) 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:
HIGHEST GOOD EDUCATION @1:56
HIGHEST GOOD FOOD: @3:10
HIGHEST GOOD HOUSING: @4:20
DUPLICABLE CITY CENTER: @8:18
HIGHEST GOOD SOCIETY: @10:08
One Community is creating the world we know is possible 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:
In addition, behind the scenes, we wrote the first 35% of the Planet Earth lesson plan.
We also created and added the first 50% of the mindmap to the Outer Space lesson plan web page. You can see that mindmap here:
One Community is creating the world we know is possible 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:
And we finished the final social media imagery and featured our open source wax gourd hub:
Last but not least, we added three new tasty recipes from Sandra Sellani (Vegan Chef and author of What’s Your BQ?) to the Food Self-sufficiency Transition Plan – These recipes are: Banana Cashew Breakfast Parfait, Twice Baked Potatoes with Mushroom Saute, and Sloppy Jane’s:
One Community is creating the world we know is possible 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 finished the Earthbag Village (Pod 1) walking paths in 3D, placed new shower buildings, and updated our lower level entrances for the vermiculture toilet buildings and shower buildings, plus we updated the roof for the vermiculture toilet building and redid the steps going to this structure. This brings us to 100% complete with this phase of the 3D creation – next .
Behind the scenes we also completed another 15% of the open source camp setup specifics for the upcoming crowdfunding campaign. This brings us to 65% complete there.
Civil engineering interns Renata and Matheus started modeling the reciprocal roof for the Earthbag Village. They used special software for testing the structure for wind load, completing about 70% of those load calculations. Matheus also finished to the 30% point of the LEED v4 open source tutorial.
Sayonara, a member of the Architecture and Planning Intern Team, is now 80% complete with section 1 and 35% complete with section 2 of the 3D model for the roof in the Straw Bale Village (Pod 2). She also added water features and plants to the model of that village, as you see here.
Sayonara also added sky lights in the bathrooms of each living unit in the Straw Bale Village, providing natural light that maintains privacy. This design also allowed her to add a loft to half of the units.
Adolpho and Jorge from our Mechanical Engineering Intern Team researched existing vermiculture toilet systems and came up with a new, non-leaking design for the trays of our vermiculture bathroom design using a sloped floor. They also modified the laundry space area and laundry machines to accommodate changes from other teams. Adolpho and Jorge additionally set up a 3D printed model of the Earthbag Village.
Fernando and Amauri, additional members of the Mechanical Engineering Intern Team, worked on the heat recovery system for the laundry room. They calculated the amount of copper needed to preheat the air for the dryers, and simulated the system to show the variation of temperatures.
Welma worked on a composting toilet analysis, completing to the 90% point where she also began creating a tutorial on these toilets.
Samantha and Flávia from the Architecture and Planning Intern Team finished detailed first and second floor plans for the Shipping Container Village (Pod 5), including furniture and flooring, and started research on color pallets and landscaping.
Raquel and Diana, also members of the Architecture and Planning Intern Team redefined the layout of the dorms for the Earthship Village (Pod 6) to include double units. They also researched fire codes, fire escapes, direct lighting solutions for the bedrooms, ADA solutions (hydraulic elevator), and construction materials for earthship projects.
Sarah, another member of the Architecture and Planning Intern Team, researched tree house structures, designs, layouts, materials, and construction, as well as resources for existing guidelines and best practices for building in trees to help design our Tree House Village (Pod 7).
And Carolina continued the service design for the Tree House Village (Pod 7), dividing the village into 4 main spaces and 4 sub-spaces, and categorizing them by types of use. She also created these story boards for videos she will be creating about this village.
One Community is creating the world we know is possible 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 Erika, Thais, Pedro and Victor from the Architecture and Planning Intern Team completed 95% of the lighting design for the three Domes of the Duplicable City Center and 85% of the lighting study for Earthbag Village (the kitchen, bathroom, and shower dome). They also started developing the lighting design for the second bathroom dome.
Mayke completed the organization of the intern team’s files using the new name format pattern and created a table to control the revisions of all the projects.
Ricardo Carrillo (Design Consultant and Principal of Acumen Industries) and the Structural Intern Team (Antonio, Gabriel, Beatriz, Fernando, Rodrigo, and Maurilio) continued structural designs and testing. They updated architectural and structural files, analyzed primary and secondary beams, and created and analyzed structural strategies for the interior of the domes. They also studied the structural codes and how to calculate wind loads for the domes.
Diogo, Izadora, Joao, Mateus, and Roberto from the Hydraulics Intern Team finished to the 20% mark with the initial pipe sizing calculations for cold/potable water for the Duplicable City Center. They also consulted the Mechanical Engineering Team on the heat transferring piping from the Tropical Atrium to all showers and sinks for all four community bathrooms in the Earthbag Village.
In addition to this, working with and under the guidance of Mike Hogan (Automation Systems Developer and Business Systems Consultant), Fabio, Lucas de Souza, Lucas Tsutsui da Silva, Guilherme, Henrique, Tiago, and Israel of the Electrical Intern Team, continued work on the control systems for the Duplicable City Center’s electrical project and updated the lighting design, as you see here:
One Community is creating the world we know is possible 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. This week’s work included fixing charts, learning about and creating short codes for common areas of our site that we update, and reviewing and correcting another 30 pages. We’d say we are now about 80% done with this complete website overhaul:
Manuella, Manasses, Gabriel, and Eduardo of the Graphic Design Intern Team worked together on the definition, selection, complete design, and presentation of a possible new logo for One Community. They edited alignment and colors of the second logo design and created a few examples of what it looks like when it is applied to various surfaces.
Lucas did research for type sets and color schemes for the logo and also created these additional variations of possible logos.
In addition to his contribution on the logo, Eduardo also researched music for a new video One Community is working on. These images are stills from the video footage he captured for this project.
And finally, for the Software Development Intern Team, Igor, Marco, Matheus, and Natalia programmed, tested, and debugged more of the code for Highest Good Network web application and got a beta version running.
Meanwhile, Gustavo reached 80% completion on connecting the API for the iPhone App to the database of the software the rest of the team created.
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