One Community is designing a Highest Good future, and we’re open sourcing the complete process. As an all-volunteer organization, we’re designing open source sustainable approaches to food, energy, housing, education, for-profit and non-profit economic design, social architecture, fulfilled living, global stewardship practices, and more. Our model is more than a blueprint – it’s a self-replicating engine for positive change through global collaboration. Committed to “The Highest Good of All,” we’re open sourcing and free sharing every step, contributing to a world that’s not just sustainable but fosters fulfilled living for everyone.
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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 January 1st, 2024 edition (#563) of our weekly progress update detailing our team’s development and accomplishments:
One Community is designing a Highest Good future 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) continued his work on the Earthbag Village 4-dome cluster option. He worked on creating a Revit file, adding more details to the model such as the site and dome structure details. Additionally, Abhishek researched wooden joist fixing details and gathered some reference images of roof detailing in a way to incorporate them into the Revit model to the proper detailed section. The Earthbag Village is one of the first two components we’ll construct as part of our Highest Good future through open source Highest Good housing. See the collage below for a summary of this work.
Charles Gooley (Web Designer) focused on addressing comments for two pages, the Rainwater Harvesting, Water Catchment, and Swale Building Open Source Hub and Portal, as well as the Water Recycling Net-zero Bathroom. All comments were reviewed and amended, awaiting final approval. Charles also worked on the Most Sustainable Lightbulbs and Light Bulb Companies: Research, Energy Savings, and More page. Both top-level and secondary Tables of Contents were implemented, featuring mouse-over titles and anchor links for navigation to specific sections. Finally, titles were added to the links within the resources section. This research is part of One Community’s Highest Good energy component for creating a Highest Good future. The collage below shows his work.
One Community is designing a highest good future 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, Amiti Singh (Architectural Designer) completed the examination of the cost analysis related to materials and furniture for Room 10 in the Duplicable City Center, focusing specifically on a Boho-industrial aesthetic. Concurrently, she finalized files for previous and ongoing room design projects within Duplicable City Center, including the DWG drawings of the rooms. Additionally, Amiti curated a themed mood board for the final room in Duplicable City Center, Room 7. The Duplicable City Center is the second of the first two components we’ll construct as part of our Highest Good future through open source Highest Good housing. The collage below shows some of her architectural renderings.
Julio Marín Bustillos (Mechanical Engineer) focused on the completion of City Center Hub Connector’s placements for the third row, ensuring coverage and functionality. He then worked on finalizing the design of the hub connector for the fourth row, situating it throughout the entire row. Julio also worked on transitioning to the hub connectors for the fifth row. However, this specific section of the dome introduces added complexity, necessitating the creation of multiple variations for hub connectors due to potential differences in the angles between beams at various nodes. The collage below shows his work on the connector design process.
One Community is designing a Highest Good future 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 focused on the Food Edits document, addressing concerns and responding to queries within the comment section. We analyzed different sections of the document, ensuring its coherence with the expected increase in Pioneers arriving at the One Community property. Adjustments to food quantities were discussed and strategically planned to accommodate the larger population. The One Community food infrastructure is an open source foundation of our designs for a Highest Good future. You can see the images in the collage below.
Hayley Rosario (Sustainability Research Assistant) continued her review of the open-source Highest Good Food rollout plan. Hayley reviewed implementation details for a project involving up to 20 individuals, updating information from the initial document’s conclusion. To improve document clarity, she removed redundant content from the EDITs document, eliminating all information below page 72 that duplicated the original. Progress tracking involved transferring relevant content to another document. Additionally, Hayley corrected and formatted links with identified issues within the EDITs document and posed inquiries and comments. The One Community food and housing infrastructure will provide the space and time freedom for the Highest Good future we envision. See below for some of her work.
One Community is designing a highest good future 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 this Highest Good future 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 designing a Highest Good future 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 42 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 how a Highest Good future is a foundation of the bigger picture of everything One Community is doing. The pictures below show some of this work.
The core team also tested the Highest Good Network PRs for One Community, concentrating on HGN PR testing, resolving several issues, including PR#755, PR#1264, PR#1300, and PR#1163. We also encountered issues with PR#1098, PR#1104, PR#1280, PR#1123 and PR#1319. In addition, we communicated with a volunteer to provide more details about the problem with multiple dates of assigned badges, and documented the issue in the Badge section for review. The Highest Good Network software is how we’ll be measuring progress towards a Highest Good future through our social architecture, construction, production, and maintenance processes. See the Highest Good Society and Highest Good Network pages for more on how this relates to a Highest Good future. See the collage of pictures below that are related to this week’s work.
Vishvesh Sheora (Artificial Intelligence Specialist) focused on elevating the SEO performance of blog posts featured on the One Community website. These focus on key SEO terms like “Highest Good Future.” Vishvesh improved the SEO across critical pages on the live main site of One Community. He raised the SEO scores of various pages above 80 using the RankMath plugin, adhering to best practices for optimal SEO. Additionally, Vishvesh worked on plugin exploration, particularly focusing on tools facilitating Table of Contents (TOC) for WordPress websites. See the work in the image below.
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 Alyx Parr (Senior Support Specialist), Olawunmi “Ola” Ijisesan (Administrative and Management Support), Ruiqi Liu (Administrative Assistant), Shaurya Sareen (Administrative Assistant), and Xiaolai Li (Administrative Assistant). Alyx managed blog content, ensuring optimal performance without the need for adjustments on Ola’s blog page while addressing and correcting a few issues on Catherine’s page. She produced a video for Richelle’s blog during the review process. Alyx also enhanced positive words in RankMath up to the “F” level. Catherine reviewed Admin, Blue Steel, Alpha teams, and individuals, organizing images and summaries in WordPress Editors for final edits. She compared her work with the final webpage, edited three previous blog pages, and elevated the SEO score of one page from 87 to 90. Catherine expanded her knowledge of Google Ads and Google Analytics with her additional time. Ola focused on optimizing the Admin Teams’ workspace, offering constructive feedback to PR Review teams, transferring live blog content, and reviewing admin teams’ work to enhance their performance. Ruiqi completed a review process for Code Crafters Git-R-Done, Graphic Design, and Expresser Team, providing feedback, creating collage images, incorporating SEO keywords in WordPress, and contributing to the Food Infrastructure Comprehensive Cost Analysis Spreadsheet for the business plan project. Shaurya reviewed pull requests, addressed issues, updated tracking sheets, and compiled a concise team summary with a collage for the Highest Good Network team. Xiaolai edited summaries, organized documents, completed webpage development, and submitted it for review, while also utilizing the NREL Solar Market Research & Analysis tool for cash flow simulations in the Business Plan. See the Highest Good Society for more on how all this relates to the Highest Good future. You can see the work for the team in the image below.
The Alpha Team’s summary, covering their work on the Highest Good Network software, was managed by Carl Bebli (Software Engineer, Team Manager) and includes Yongjian Pan (Software Engineer) and Zichan Yang (Software Engineer). The Highest Good Network software is how we’ll be measuring progress towards a Highest Good future through our social architecture, construction, production, and maintenance processes. Yongjian tackled the resolution of npm test errors about his pull request, PR #842, implementing a dark mode for the entire application. Recognizing the intricacies of the encountered issues, he sought assistance from relevant developers. During the debugging process, he grappled with numerous warnings generated by the tests, introducing an extra layer of complexity to pinpoint specific failures. Simultaneously, Zichan modified the “usermanagement.css” file to align the button appearance with the specifications outlined in the “BlueSquare.css” file. The adjustments incorporated a linear gradient background color directed towards the bottom right, a refinement specifically applied to the project and team pages accessible to the admin user. Furthermore, these updates were integrated into PR 1746 to ensure uniformity and optimal functionality across the entire platform. See the Highest Good Society and Highest Good Network pages for more on how this relates to highest good future. View some of this work in the collage below.
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 Haohui Lin (Software Engineer), Keyun Huang (Software Engineer), Shubhankar Valimbe (Lead Full Stack Software Developer), Xiao Wang (Software Engineer), Xuying He (Software Engineer) and Yubo Sun (Full Stack Software Developer). The Highest Good Network software is how we’ll be measuring progress towards a Highest Good future through our social architecture, construction, production, and maintenance processes. Haohui focused on implementing a “Delete Blue Squares” button in the Permission popup window for the task “Handle and Delete Blue Squares Permissions.” This feature is aimed at allowing users with appropriate permissions to view, update, and delete blue squares. He also reviewed pull requests, including PR1739, PR1737, and PR1759, submitted by team members. Keyun addressed critical bugs by adjusting the CSS logic in PR #1751, improving the hover box position in the blue square section of the profile page, and enhancing visibility and user experience. In PR #1760, she updated the process of adding team members, ensuring an instant display of a member’s status after addition. Nathan responded to Slack messages, learned about volunteer management systems, and reviewed weekly summary requirements. He created a hotfix for permission labels, reviewed tasks marked as ready for review, and addressed ambiguity in permission descriptions. Nathan also provided feedback on team summaries and videos, initiating the creation of a unit test utility for permissions. Shubhankar focused on team management, reviewing and providing feedback on team members’ summaries, pictures, and videos. Additionally, he resolved issues related to the “assign blue squares only” permission, ensuring correct functionality for non-owner accounts. Xiao completed two pull requests, addressing concerns such as timer button overlap and formatting misalignment on smaller screens. He also improved testing process descriptions in prior PRs based on feedback. Xuying continued working on the “Finish ‘My Team’ filter for the Tasks Tab and Leaderboard,” facing challenges in displaying only selected team members correctly. Yubo completed the backend task of creating the Core Team blue squares email format, initiated PR #673, and addressed feedback on PR #1745. Yubo participated in the code review process, providing feedback on Backend PR #627 and approving frontend PR #1742. See the Highest Good Society and Highest Good Network pages for more on how this relates to the highest good future. The collage below shows some of this work.
The Code Crafters Team’s summary, covering their work on the Highest Good Network software, was managed by Anirudh Ghildiyal (Software Engineer) and includes Ramya Ramasamy (Software Engineer), and Sucheta Mukherjee (Software Developer). The Highest Good Network software is how we’ll be measuring progress towards a Highest Good future through our social architecture, construction, production, and maintenance processes. Shantanu created a pull request review for the setup final day pop-up and debugging test cases in UsersProfile/AssignBadgePopup. He also finished the test across various cases, including DeleteUserPopup.jsx #1697, unit tests for TangibleInfoModal #1737, and unit tests for AboutModal, ensuring a careful and systematic approach to maintain the functionality and integrity of the codebase. Ramya completed unit test cases for two components, AssignBadgePopUp, and TeamChartsGroup. In addition to this, she reviewed seven PRs related to phase 2 functionalities. Ramya also discussed with Tan the prospect of enforcing the use of ESLint and Prettier upfront, an initiative aimed at streamlining development practices and ensuring code quality from the outset. Anirudh focused on the unit test case for WBS/SingleTask, addressing all possible scenarios to ensure coverage in the test cases. In addition, Anirudh took updates from all teammates, offering assistance in resolving any issues or challenges faced by the team members. See the Highest Good Society and Highest Good Network pages for more on how this relates to the highest good future. The collage below shows some of this work.
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), Sahil Patel (Frontend Developer), and Vishala Ramasamy (Software Developer). The Highest Good Network software is how we’ll be measuring progress towards a Highest Good future through our social architecture, construction, production, and maintenance processes. Tim worked on overhauling the Phase 2 documentation, restructuring the document, removing unnecessary sections, writing a detailed “Getting Started” section for developers joining the project, and writing new descriptions of project components. He continued the development of the Add Equipment API by refactoring the frontend components as a webpage rather than a modal and updating the buildingInventoryType model to include a creatorId field. Aishwarya generated a PR for the Tool Purchase Request form. She re-wrote the code, ensuring the seamless functionality of the form. Additionally, Aishwarya reviewed the frontend PR #1585: Ruike message after task submission, ultimately approving the submission. Vishala focused on the Consumables Page View project, contributing to both frontend and backend development. On the backend, she established an API to retrieve consumables data and gained insights into discriminators. On the frontend, Vishala addressed various components, implementing features such as list view for Consumables, sorting functionality by columns, filtering by selected values, and incorporating a modal window to display update and purchase history for consumables. Sahil addressed Pull Requests 1750, 1737, 1736, 1733, and 1704, making enhancements and bug fixes. As Sahil worked on combining these codes, he also concentrated on testing the toggle switch and Teams tab to make sure they work well and are reliable. See the Highest Good Society and Highest Good Network pages for more on how this relates to the highest good future. The collage below shows some of this work.
The Git-R-Done Team’s summary, covering their work on the Highest Good Network software, was managed by Kaikane Lacno (Learning Assistant) and includes, Miguelcloid Reniva (Software Developer), Olena Danykh (Software Engineer), and Rhea Wu (Software Engineer). The Highest Good Network software is how we’ll be measuring progress towards a Highest Good future through our social architecture, construction, production, and maintenance processes. Olena worked on extracting Author and Project names from the backend and displaying them on cards. She also developed a reducer and action specifically for fetching a single BM project, named getBMProjectById, culminating in code cleanup and the submission of changes for review. Miguel enhanced the functionality of a sortable list, implementing logic to detect the position of a dragged element relative to listed values. This facilitated movement within the sorted list and included the addition of an “Edit” option to interact with the sortable table logic. Miguel also addressed various edge cases in the dragging and dropping functionality within the sortable list. Rhea worked on Phase 2 WBS 6.3.2 New Lesson routing and controller. She built and tested the GET functions. Kai’s focus was on bolstering the security features of the system by implementing authentication for the routes associated with the Lesson List page. He integrated a consumable page form into the project and structured the layout based on specifications outlined in the Figma design. Additionally, Kai incorporated calendar functionality into the application, enhancing its overall functionality and user experience. See the Highest Good Society and Highest Good Network pages for more on how this relates to the highest good future. The collage below shows some of this work.
The Graphic Design Team’s summary was managed by Ruiqi (Administrative Assistant) and includes Ashlesha Navale (Graphic Designer), Jackie King (Graphic Designer), and Nancy Mónchez (Graphic Designer). Ashlesha worked on creating two Volunteer Announcements. She created two bio images and two announcement images for the same. She created and updated web content for both the volunteer announcements. Ashlesha also created three Social Media images and researched and curated a collection of nature-based background images and different theme-based images for creating Social Media Images. Nancy advanced redesign efforts and enhanced various design elements. Additionally, she split the Photoshop file to manage file size and prevent potential issues. See the Highest Good Society for more on how all this relates to creating a Highest Good future. The collage below shows some of this work.
Moonfall Team’s summary, covering their work on the Highest Good Network software, was managed by Navneeth Krishna (Software Engineer) and includes Abdelmounaim “Abdel” Lallouache (Software Developer), Cheng-Yun Chuang (Software Engineer), Haoji Bian (Software Engineer), Jiadong Zhang (Software Engineer), Xiao Fei (Software Engineer) and Zubing Guo (Software Engineer). The Highest Good Network software is how we’ll be measuring progress towards a Highest Good future through our social architecture, construction, production, and maintenance processes. Abdelmounaim focused on implementing functions to facilitate the sending of notification emails following the deletion of time-off requests, participating in testing and reviewing Pull Request #1759 by Shrey for unit testing in the WorkHistory module, and contributing to the testing and review processes for Pull Requests #1758 and #672 initiated by Vishala, addressing updates related to the Consumables Page View. Cheng-Yun created unit test code for Members.jsx and Project.jsx, including render testing and verification of correct prop displays, adding new test cases to Members.test.jsx, and initiating PR#1750 with a detailed description of the unit test code. Haoji worked on improving the email editor’s functionality and user interface, introducing features such as centering images and adjusting their sizes for enhanced content formatting. Jiadong replaced the dashboard badge, introducing a new tab within the time log section labeled “Badge” and relocating the badge component beneath it. Navneeth continued working on the “Create Weekly Summary Email for Admins” task, aligning code implementation in PieChart.css and PieChart.jsx, integrating Google Doc links into weekly summaries, gave a final review of PR #1708, and setting up the Gmail API. Xiao Fei completed front-end and back-end pull requests for the ‘Update teams page sorting’ task, enhancing the user interface, implementing sorting functions, and refining sorting icons to ensure a smooth and intuitive user experience. Zubing did many PR reviews for unit tests and high priority tasks and read the code base rule conventions and instructions for unit test reviews. Look below for a collage of their work.
Reactonauts’ Team’s summary, covering their work on the Highest Good Network software, was managed by Xiaolai Li (Administrative Assistant) and includes Jiangwei Shi (Full Stack Engineer), Shengwei Peng (Software Engineer), Shivansh Sharma (Software Developer), Shiwani Rajagopalan (Software Engineer), Shrey Jain (Software Engineer) and Vikram Badhan (Software Engineer). The Highest Good Network software is how we’ll be measuring progress towards a Highest Good future through our social architecture, construction, production, and maintenance processes. Jiangwei integrated a new feature into the project by adding a tangible/intangible checkbox to tasks on the Tasks tab. In addition to this development task, created tests for another key module. Shengwei addressed a bug in the weekly badge assignment scheduled task, specifically focusing on the issue of the earned date not being updated after the weekly assignment. Additionally, he uncovered another bug in badge’s last modified date on the frontend while working on the fix. Shivansh implemented additional security measures for the delete team and delete user functionalities. He identified the appropriate methods to validate the permissions of the current user, determining whether the user has authorization to delete another user or team. Shiwani focused on writing unit tests for the AddNewTeamModal component. She examined various aspects, including confirming that the modal renders when the `isOpen` prop is true and doesn’t render when `isOpen` is false. Shiwani verified the modal title and label’s appearance as expected, ensuring their presence in the virtual DOM. Additionally, she validated that the team name options, derived from the passed props, displayed correctly in the virtual DOM. Shrey considered all possible cases to ensure complete coverage of the code of two UserProfile components, HistoryModal.jsx and WorkHistpry.jsx. Vikram focused on configuring the local frontend and backend environments and engaged in the review of six pull requests. Look below for pictures of this work.
Skye’s summary, covering their work on the Highest Good Network software, was managed by Luis Arevalo (Front End Developer) and includes Bailey Mejia (Software Engineer), Fan Yang (Software Engineer), Jerry Ren (Full Stack Developer), Jiarong Li (Software Engineer), Roberto Contreras (Software Developer) and Zuhang Xu (Software Engineer). The Highest Good Network software is how we’ll be measuring progress towards a Highest Good future through our social architecture, construction, production, and maintenance processes. Bailey focused on the ‘add link to submit’ feature, he worked on the ‘updateMany’ method to enable the update of all task documents with a new field, ‘relatedWorkLinks.’ This addition aims to streamline the management’s review process by allowing users to store relevant links. Bailey revisited his previous pull request (PR) related to the ‘personal max record’ feature, identifying and removing residual console logs. Fan engaged in Task 444, which is centered on converting time entry to tangible outputs. In addition to this task, he also performed peer reviews, specifically examining and providing feedback on three front-end pull requests. Jerry tested on backend pull requests 619 and 666, approving the associated changes. He initiated the testing phase for pull requests 1741/667, noting the addition of a “Do not review” label during the session, leading to the abstention from approval or rejection of the PR pair. Jiarong transitioned to a new role in the development team, which began with the start of a reflector task. Luis resumed work following a two-week break, reviewing notes and reacquainting himself with the point of interruption. He integrated the front-end and back-end systems, facilitating the transmission and removal of new warnings to streamline the process. Luis shifted focus to reinforcing his understanding of React and Redux concepts, aiming to address lingering confusion. Roberto concentrated on refining the “Jump to Another Person’s Dashboard” pull request, enhancing the logic of the associated popup yellow bar. Roberto documented instructions for using this mock data if a pull request is submitted before fixing the leaderboard functionality. Additionally, he investigated unexpected behavior in the frontend related to code opening a new window. Zuhang finalized a significant issue where the space drop-down menu was not appearing during username searches. See the collage below for some of their work.
The PR Review Team’s summary covering their work on the Highest Good Network software, was managed by Shaurya Sareen (Administrative Assistant). This week’s active members of this team were: Aaron Persaud (Software Developer), Chengyan Wang (Software Engineer), Christy Guo (Software Engineer), Ilya Flaks (Software Engineer), Jay Yong (Software Engineer), and Kurtis Ivey (Software Engineer). They reviewed all the Highest Good Network PRs (Pull Requests) shared in this week’s update. The Highest Good Network software is how we’ll be measuring progress towards a Highest Good future through our social architecture, construction, production, and maintenance processes. The collage below shows a compilation of the work from this team.
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