From One Community’s perspective, all the systems we are developing are earth care systems because they are all designed with sustainability in mind. From the open source and free-shared food, energy, and housing plans to the education, for-profit and non-profit economic design, social architecture, fulfilled living, and global stewardship practices, everything we’re creating to the best of our ability in the “Highest Good” of all people, all life, and the planet.
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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 November 6th, 2022 edition (#502) of our weekly progress update detailing our team’s development and accomplishments:
One Community is developing earth care systems 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 member managing the aircrete compression testing team created a data collection sheet for the aircrete, did general preparation for executing the week’s plan, assessed data from compression of old cylinders, helped with ordering materials, and led the weekly meeting. The same team member also addressed the last section of the city center hub connector final document which covers the DIY option details, and fixed the formula for min and max energy usage by hour for solar sizing. Pictures below are related to this work.
A member of the core team reviewed the Murphy bed Assemble Instruction document. This team member began by reviewing the first 100 pages of the MurphyBed Doc for accuracy regarding materials and hardware sections of the doc. We made comments where it was too small of print, miscounts of quantities that require correction, pictures that inaccurately depicted 5 inch bolt size, and other areas needing fixing. The images below relate to this work.
Another member of the core team reviewed the Murphy bed Assemble Instruction document too. This team member added more than 50 comments related to missing or incorrect labels, misalignment of parts on the images, use of images that showed the old design, suggestions for using more screws to connect parts in the storage stepping shelving section, incorrect labeling of previous/next steps, and missing information and labels for using wood glue throughout the whole document. See below.
The core team also did detailed review and feedback on the Best Small and Large-scale Community Options for Sustainable Processing and Reuse of Non-recyclables research.
And the core team worked with the software development team creating user stories and flowcharts for the Highest Good Network software Phase 2 which is a material, equipment and tool (MET) tracking component of this web application.
Stacey Maillet (Graphic Designer) completed her 83rd week working on the final edits and revisions to the Murphy bed instructions. This week’s focus was more revisions based on team feedback. Revisions were focused mainly on formatting alignment fixes. Screenshots below relate to this work.
This week Daniela Andrea Parada (Civil Engineering Student) completed her 50th week, returning to work on the Roadways, Walkways, Gutters, and Parking Lot Report/Tutorial. This week Daniela continued making edits to the Flexible Pavement Design section based on previous comments. The comments she was addressing were ones that she had left to complete last because she knew that these would take more time and research to complete. Throughout the week, Daniela wrote more narrative and researched various concepts based on each comment. She went back and reviewed the information from the original resource, but also tried to find more information in order to clarify for the reader. Some information was harder to find than others but Daniela made sure to address what was asked for. Lastly, she found images and new resources to refer to in the narrative. Pictures below are related to this work.
Diwei Zhang (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 33rd week of work, now focused on 3D modeling and analysis review for the Net-zero Bathroom component of the Earthbag Village.
Ming Weng (MS Geography & Environmental Engineering) completed his 29th week helping with the Best Small and Large-scale Community Options for Sustainable Processing and Reuse of Non-recyclables research, report, and tutorial. This week, Ming did more inquiring with equipment providers, finding potential new WTE plants on Alibaba, and added some of his own feedback on Mercy’s work. Pictures below show some of this work-in-progress.
Jieying “Mercy” Cai (Sustainability and Climate Policy Researcher) completed her 9th week working on completing the Best Small and Large-scale Community Options for Sustainable Processing and Reuse of Non-recyclables research, report, and tutorial. This week Mercy worked on the hot tub sanitary alternatives task. She researched methodology, advantages & disadvantages, and commercial options of non-chlorine alternatives. She finished the comparison table, comparing all the options and ranked them according to safety, efficiency, sustainability, and ease of implementation. Mercy also wrote the narratives to replace/add to the existing tutorial. See below for some pictures related to this work.
Philip Bogaerts (Structural Window Designer) completed his 8th week working on completing the Most Sustainable Windows and Doors research. This week Philip continued his work on the best window research and tried to finalize it as much as possible. Among other things he did styling and formatting of the tables, as well as adding images and checking for grammar and spelling mistakes. Finally he also added some required values that were not yet found. See below for some pictures of this work.
The Compression Team consisting of Genesis Avila (Engineering Intern Researcher), Joshua Jacob (Engineering Intern Researcher), Fatima Duenas-Esparza (Engineering Intern Researcher), and Sarah-Jean Boyd (Engineering Intern Researcher) completed their 4th week helping with the Aircrete and earthbag compression testing. This week, the team completed preliminary testing on the effect of soft water on foam quality. The team also met with Marcus from last year’s team to go over some questions that the team had about how hard water affected the previous year’s results. Pictures below are related to this work.
One Community is developing earth care systems 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:
his week the core team completed another round of detailed feedback on the updated Natural Pool and Spa page. We also created and updated some of the imagery there. The pictures below share some of this work.
Venus Abdollahi (Architectural Designer) completed her 54th week helping finish the Duplicable City Center designs. This week Venus worked on detailing the roofs. She added ACT 2X2 on the roof detail, added different layers to the roof to receive the desired R-value, and joint details. See pictures below.
Jessica Santos (Architect) completed her 19th week working on the interior design for the Duplicable City Center rental rooms. This week, to add another element in the room that ‘’pops’, Jessica created a hexagonal headboard with a cloud shape for the bed. She added birds hanging from the roof, worked on elements on the walls testing a painting, mirror, and fountain, played with colors around the room and ended up adding a mix of blue tones for the living room. Her thought was that this could highlight and sectorize the spaces, helping the room not to be overwhelmingly pink. See below for some pictures of this work.
Gabriela Vilela S. C. Diniz (Architect and Urban Planner) completed her 19th week working on the interior design for the Duplicable City Center rental rooms. This week Gabriela tried a new type of TV Support that will work with our high ceilings and in front of the bed. She also worked on the Cost Analysis Table and then changed back to the original support and added a box to get it lower and looking like an old cinema sign. Gabriela added a sound system close to the bed and a Dressing Room sign at the bathroom door too. Pictures below are related to this work.
Charles Gooley (Web Designer) completed his 9th week working on the City Center Dome Hub Connector Engineering webpage and the City Center Eco-spa and Natural Pool page. Charles continued working on the Duplicable City Center Natural Pool and Spa page PDF comments. He also corrected the comments by Julia on the City Center Dome page.
One Community is developing earth care systems 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 Marilyn Nzegwu (Chef and Culinary Consultant) completed her 27th week helping with the completion of the Transition Food Self-sufficiency Plan and related menu and meal plans. This week Marilyn started to research recipe replacements for the Summer Fresh Week I, putting into consideration the foundational ingredients and the vegan and omnivore proteins. She then started to research recipes for the development of the Summer Fresh Week J menu block. She is in the process of adding recipes to the recipe summary section before tagging it to be reviewed. The pictures below relate to this work.
One Community is developing earth care systems 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 structure of the education program and everything else we’re creating too:
One Community is developing earth care systems 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 30 hours managing One Community volunteer-work review not included above, emails, social media accounts, web development, Highest Good Network software checkins and review, and interviewing and getting set up new volunteer team members. Pictures below show some of this.
The core team also completed another 16 hours of reviewing, giving feedback, and creating imagery and video for the new overview video (and other videos) Arthur is developing. The pictures below show some of this review work.
Here are some of this week’s images we created for the new video updates:
We also uploaded, shared, and added to the appropriate places on our website these two finished videos!
Yiyun Tan (Management Dashboard Team Leader) completed her 30th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Yiyun put most of her time into helping and managing the Management Dashboard team. This included PR reviews and testing, answering questions, finding resources, updating documentation, solving the backend merge conflicts, etc. She also worked more on merging Eiki’s PRs. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Yan Xu (Software Development Engineer) completed her 17th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week, Yan wrote the code for the final day button for the user management page. Now it’s possible to set the last day and delete the final day. But there is still a bug in this button. After refreshing the page, the end date is shown in the column, but the button should show “delete final day” and instead shows “set final day”. Yan also changed the title and adjusted the table size for the user management page. For the back end, she helped colleagues to test code and finalize a PR for merging. See pictures below for some of this work.
Arthur Olifant (Videographer) completed his 14th week helping with updating all our homepage videos. This Week, Arthur worked on delivering new exports of the Main Page video, Weekly Background Video and Ultimate Classroom Labeling video. For the Main page video, he added new images. For the Labeling video, he replaced animated graphics. For the Weekly Background video, he got it approved and ready to be fully exported. Arthur also had to re-export some of the previous videos like the “Get Involved” video to fix some mistakes. See pictures below that are related to this work.
Kaung Htet Myat (Software Engineer) completed his 9th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Kaung rebased his previous branch since it is a few commits behind and that could lead to merging conflicts. After that he started working on the dashboard task “mark as done” button. First, he removed all the complete buttons and wrote a onClick function that would be executed when the user clicks the “mark as done” button. After the user clicks “mark as done”, the status of the task is changed to done. With this he was also able to make the task disappear from the dashboard after the button was clicked. He is refactoring the code so he can raise the PR. See pictures below for some of this work.
Bruce Lin (Software Engineer) completed his 7th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Bruce refactored the code so it’s not having to check for any name in the bold tags thanks to Jae. However, he still found an issue, which is that there are some p tags that have 2 strong tags with the first one having an “img” tag in it, which prevents the crawler from extracting the full name from the first strong tag it finds. Pictures below relate to this work.
Kevin Shields (Software Engineer) completed his 4th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. Kevin looked deeply into finalizing the PR fix for badge deletion and assigning. He tried to reproduce an issue a reviewer was getting, but could not. So Kevin is waiting on a 2nd reviewer and the original reviewer to double check before moving on. Kevin also completed an incremental PR for the management dashboard’s task notification system and completed a PR for the redesign of the project reports page. Kevin was moved into the Management Dashboard team, so he spent time reviewing the relevant docs and code to move onto a new task within this new team too. Pictures below relate to this work.
Guilherme Wustro (Front End Developer) completed his 4th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. Guilherme fixed the bugs that were failing some tests and changed the ProtectedRoute, adapting it with the state roles to make them dynamic. He also created an automatic insertion of the new roles in the backend when the deploys happen. This was done in a way that will not need us to manually add the permissions. He created some tests and also solved some conflicts in the merge (pulling the branch development into the Guilhermes-Dashboard). Guilherme also started the feature that can give permissions to a specific user. Pictures below relate to this work.
Aashish Thapa Magar (Full Stack Software Developer) completed his 4th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week, the duplicate badge bug has been resolved in the local repo. The new task taken this week includes fixing the badge streak bugs. When a new badge streak is earned, the previous streak badge should be permanently removed from a user’s badge collection. If not, it affects the total count of the badges the user has earned. On the dashboard, only the highest streak badges will be displayed. So, if users only count the displayed badges, the total count will look faulty when in fact the total count is showing an accurate count, because it includes the badges not displayed. Pictures below relate to this work.
Vivian Baik (Software Engineer and Project Team Leader) completed her 2nd week helping with the Highest Good Network software, specifically on Phase 2, a material, equipment and tool (MET) tracking web application. This week she continued to develop the wireframes and documentation for the project. She updated the ‘Add Material’ form and developed forms for adding tools/equipment and daily logging of METs and related issues. See pictures below for some of this work.
Kaixiang Gu (React.js / MongoDB Fullstack Software Developer) also joined the team and completed his 1st week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Kaixiang completed all the required actions of the onboarding checklist and got the HGN App working on his local environment. He picked “Fix Volunteering Time” as his first focus. The reason why hours for each category are not increasing as the user logs time is that the time entries are not logging time to the hoursByCategory property of the user profile and updating in the database. To solve this problem, when a user submits a new time entry, Kaixiang created a new function that will log time to a specific category based on a selected project. For now, volunteering hours will be displayed correctly in the volunteering time tab. Total tangible hours will automatically sum up each category’s hours. Total intangible hours display the sum of all the past intangible hours. Pictures below show some of this work.
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