Helping humanity help itself is One Community’s path to global sustainability. We’re facilitating this by creation open source and DIY sustainability components for food, energy, housing, education, for-profit and non-profit economic design, social architecture, fulfilled living, global stewardship practices, and more. These components are modular for individual implementation or combinable to create any of 7 complete sustainable villages.
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 September 30, 2018 edition (#288) 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:
HELPING HUMANITY INTRO: @0:34
HIGHEST GOOD HOUSING: @6:57
DUPLICABLE CITY CENTER: @8:56
HIGHEST GOOD FOOD: @10:29
HIGHEST GOOD EDUCATION: @11:24
HIGHEST GOOD SOCIETY: @12:28
HELPING HUMANITY SUMMARY: @13:37
One Community is helping humanity 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 design updates to the open source Murphy bed furniture assembly instructions. The focus this week was updating the table and bench structures with better and easier hinge options, eliminating some unnecessary parts, adding additional supports for the primary swivel hinge, and updating the related materials lists. You can see some of this work-in-progress here.
The core team also created the initial webpage setup and formatting for the new One Community Home Shares page that will share our structure for individualized and expanded designs of the standard homes in this village. You can see some of this work-in-progress here.
Shadi Kennedy (Artist and Graphic Designer) also completed his 23rd week leading the development of the Murphy bed instructions. This week he went through the latest Sketchup file and checked sizes, made new table and benches parts, added new parts to the parts list, and integrated it all as new assembly steps. You can see some of this work-in-progress here.
Mike Kowalski (Game Developer) finished his 21st week helping update our renders that are too big for anything but a gaming computer. This week Mike redid this Earthbag Village (Pod 1) render so it has all closed doors.
Hemanth Kotaru (Structural Engineer) completed his 22nd week helping with the structural engineering research and calculations for the Earthbag Village (Pod 1). This week’s focus was writing the tutorial details for how to evaluate different soils for this type of construction. You can see some of this work here.
One Community is helping humanity 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:
The core team working with Dipti Dhondarkar (Electrical Engineer) also continued developing the lighting specifics for the City Center. This is Dipti’s 96th week volunteering on this task and the focus this week was testing lighting options and finalizing the layouts and selections for the basement entry, which you can see here and now on the website too.
The core team also continued updating the Pallet Furniture open source hub by adding more cost analysis details and creating and adding the assembly graphics you can see here. We’d say this page update is now 75% complete.
And the core team started adding the LEED heating and air conditioning details to the City Center HVAC Design page. This week we researched and finished the LEED credits overview and “LEED HVAC-Related Energy & Atmosphere Credits Explained” sections. You can see some of this work here and we’d say this brings the addition of these details to 50% complete.
Dehua Feng (Civil Engineer) also completed his 22nd week working on the fire suppression and safety systems designs for the Duplicable City Center Sprinkler and Emergency Systems open source hub. This week he finished updating the spreadsheets and AutoCAD designs for Zones B & C with a new and more cost effective design. You can see some of this work here.
One Community is helping humanity 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 writing the behind-the-scenes narrative and detailed food rollout plan for the various stages of development. This week we completed the Food Self-sufficiency Transition Plan and Apiary page edits. We also made edits to the chicken section of the Food Rollout Google doc. You can see some of this work here.
In addition, the core team continued working on the Apiary hive setup instructions. This week we finished the “Construction Details for a 10 Frame Langstroth Beehive” section. You can see some of the new images and written content here on the behind-the-scenes Google development doc.
One Community is building the foundations for how humanity creates a sustainable world 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 helping humanity 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 working with Jin Hua (Web and Graphic Designer) continued collaboration on our new online marketing strategy and our related grant. This week’s focus was continued keyword strategy development and fine tuning of our current ads. You can see here some of the results of this and how the campaign for the open source free-education database is progressing.
This week, the Highest Good Network software team consisting of Sowmya Manohar (Software Engineer, Web Developer & Net Application Developer) and Shubhra Mittal (Software Delivery Manager) implemented validation for the force password page, greying out of role field for non administrators, MongoDB scheduled job to auto assign blue squares if weekly volunteer-time commitment is not met, and bug fixes for a new application outage issue.
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