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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 August 9th, 2020 edition (#385) of our weekly progress update detailing our team’s development and accomplishments:
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One Community is leading global collaboration 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 our detail review of work and research completed to date on hydropower for the open source Hydro Energy Setup and Maintenance page. This week we reformatted and further added to the hydropower details. We also added example scenarios for sites without natural streams or rivers. Pictures of some of this work are below and we’d say this research and the behind-the-scenes tutorial is now about 90% complete.
The core team also updated the formatting of the Loft Engineering page in preparation for a new engineer who will be double checking all those details.
The core team also finished formatting and addition of the content to the Open Source Sustainable Parking Lot guide. This completes addition of all the research we’ve done so far for this page.
Dean Scholz (Architectural Designer) continued helping with the Earthbag Village (Pod 1) 4-dome cluster designs. This week was week #195 of Dean’s work and the focus continues to be the addition of more trees and plants and working with the related textures to make them look more realistic. The most recent pictures are below.
Alvaro Hernández (Open Source Tech Consultant, Developer) completed his 18th week as a member of the team. This week Alvaro focused on the “Best Small and Large-scale Community Clothing Recycling, Reuse, and Repurposing Options” tutorial, focusing on the formatting, text editing, images and table parts of the article. You can see some screenshots of Alvaro’s work below.
Ashwini Ramesh (Civil Engineer and Project Manager) continued with her 13th week helping with the Earthbag Village cost analysis and open source tutorials. This week Ashwini worked on Polished Concrete Flooring research, editing the Google Doc for site selection, and she completed adding all the Materials in the Google Doc as per the Master Google Sheet. She also started the process of adding tools. You can see some of this work-in-progress below.
Pallavi Samaiya (Business Technology Analyst) also continued with her 8th and final week conducing research for the Best Small and Large-scale Community Options for Sustainable Processing & Reuse of Non-recyclables tutorial. This week Pallavi formatted her research and integrated requested edits after a detailed review by the core team. This is in preparation to pass this research along to a new researcher and we’d say this brings this tutorial to about 80% complete.
And Jose Luis Flores (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 2nd week helping finish the Net-zero Bathroom component of the Earthbag Village. This week Jose Luis checked the water flow in the water storage system for the Net-Zero Bathroom, being sure that every tank would be in sync and checked the fail safe system. He designed and installed windows in the Solidworks file of the bathroom, meeting the design criteria that included natural lighting and ventilation. He also added urinals and the majority of the water barrel support structure to the AutoCAD floor plan. Pictures are below for this work.
Stacey Maillet (Graphic Designer) also joined the team and completed her 1st week working on the final edits and revisions to the Murphy bed instructions. This week Stacey corrected all updates listed in our corrections document for B&T (pages 67-76). Pending 2 issues remain for B&T assembly: point 9 on latching to wall & just a final confirm on hinge type used on this project with link for component page. She also updated all sketches to show correct hinge location, board placement and assembly. She simplified the instructions and submitted for review all pages except B&T0&1 (cutting page) as those need additional renders and information. Stacey also reworked layout to be more understandable and clean. We plan to implement this layout on all projects throughout instructions. Pictures of some of this work are below.
One Community is leading global collaboration 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 a detailed review of the Duplicable City Center video walkthrough and corrected a diversity of errors we found. You can see below this list of errors and the screen grabs associated with them.
And Ian Coletti (Environmental Studies Major Researcher) completed his 9th week researching for the Most Sustainable Windows and Doors open source guide. This week Ian continued work on ranking window and door products and made minor changes and additions to the company sustainability benchmarking. You can see some of this work-in-progress below.
Ashish Hirani (Fire Protection Engineer) also completed his 4th week working on the City Center Sprinkler and Emergency Lighting Design. This week Ashish focused on Researching Exit Lighting datasheets and comparing with other brands. This is to understand which brand suits best. He also worked on identifying the best exit sign locations for various areas. You can see some of this work below.
One Community is leading global collaboration 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 created all the imagery needed for the open source permaculture design page.
We also added two case studies, new construction content, and new FAQs to the DIY Dam Design and Construction open source hub.
Jessica Wienke (Food & Nutrition Project Consultant and CEO & Co-Owner of The Artisan Wheelhouse & The Roots of Medicine) and Aly Shannon (Food & Nutrition Project Consultant and Creative Director & Co-Owner of Roots of Medicine) continued with their 8th week working on the Transition Food Self-sufficiency Plan. This week Jessica and Aly created recipes for Chick’n & Rice Soup, Hummus Dressed Kale & Whitebean Salad, Fresh Salsa on Rice & Beans, Banana Bread, Lentil Meatballs on Pasta, Super Nut & Fruit Loaf, and Peanut Tofu Surprise, all for the vegan recipe pages, as you see here.
Alanis Peguero (Mechanical Engineer) also joined the team and completed her 1st week working on the design of the climate batteries for the Aquapini/Walipini structures. She started her work studying the existing research on the subject developed by other members and creating a design plan to be followed for the successful completion of each one of the climate batteries. She also worked on the selection of the ideal burial depth for the Walipini 3 climate battery. You can see some of this work below.
One Community is leading global collaboration 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) also completed her 7th week working on the playground and other external details of the Ultimate Classroom. This week Xiaolu built the SketchUp model for half of the complete plan. You can see some of her work below.
Shuwei Liu (Landscape Designer) also completed her 6th week working on the playground and other external details of the Ultimate Classroom. This week Shuwei built the SketchUp model for the other half of the complete plan. You can see some of her contributions below.
One Community is leading global collaboration 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 Henry Nguyen (React Developer) completed his 27th week with the team and working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Henry updated functions to make the app more user-friendly. The functions added included Collapse and Expand all the tasks, Go back button, Delete WBS items (also deletes all children tasks ), and Tool-tips displaying converted working hours. He also tested again the basic functions and did more debugging. You can see some of this work below.
Ross Edwards (Chief Imagination Officer, G3) completed his 16th 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 he continued to promote our project and the One Community helping page to media outlets and philanthropists, setting a new outreach record. You can see below this last week’s list of who he contacted and the press release he is sharing.
Andon Ignatov (Full-stack Developer) completed his 13th week working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Andon completed all work related to the WeeklySummary and WeeklySummariesReport components in the frontend (HGNApp) and backend (HGNRest). Some of the refinements he did this week were to make the weekly summaries tabs display either “Last Week” or “Week Before Last” or the actual dates if the weeks the summaries are older than the 3 week period. The summaries reports page however will only have to display the reports based on “This Week”, “Last Week” or “Week Before Last”, any older summaries outside that range will not be considered. Andon also completed the testing suites for the WeeklySummary component with over 90% code coverage. He also prepared the weekly summaries (WBS1.6) git branches to a state free of conflicts with “development” branch where they can be submitted for review (pull request) so they can easily be merged with the “development” branch. You can see screenshots of some of this work below.
TEKtalent Inc. (a custom programming solutions company) also continued with their 10th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Nithesh and TEK talent team were continuing with the eslint and unit test correction tasks. Also doing the task to migrate the application from surge to azure. The Azure resources have been created and the pipeline build, but it is not completed yet as we are getting some errors. You can see some of this work below.
Yiqi Feng (Software Engineer) continued with her 5th week as a member of the Highest Good Network software team. This week Yiqi completed the feature in 1.5.8 and uploaded the code under feature/timer branch. She designed an attach-link notification popup page and avoided the conflicts between two notifications when input is less than 10 words and lacks a link. As a result, users can complete their inputs with enough words and link attachment following the step-by-step reminders. You can see some of this work below.
Jerry Zhang (Software Engineer) joined the team and completed his 1st week working on the Highest Good Network software. Jerry setup his local dev environment so he can now sign into the frontend locally, access API routes with Postman, and connect to the production MongoDB cluster with MongoDB Compass. Pictures of some of this are below.
Last but not least, Noor Qureshi (Insurance Researcher) joined the team and began helping research One Community’s insurance options. This week Noor began researching the Medical Provider Network and doing research on the different types of healthcare options available. She is working through Action Task Items 1 and 2, which includes understanding what a Medical Provider Network is and what are the steps a business must take to establish a Medical Provider Network (MPN) in California. Furthermore, she began research on different insurance options that One Community may be interested in, which includes individual and group insurance options.
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