One Community is addressing the foundations of holistic, regenerative, and self-sufficient living (food, energy, housing, education, for-profit and non-profit economics design, social architecture, fulfilled living, stewardship practices and more) as a path to jump-starting sustainable civilizations. Specifically, we are open source and free-sharing all the blueprints, tools, tutorials, and DIY approaches to these areas 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. Here is our weekly progress update (#64) covering our development and accomplishments for the week of May 12th, 2014:
Here is the bullet-point list of this last week’s design and progress discussed in detail in the video above:
HIGHEST GOOD EDUCATION @1:41
HIGHEST GOOD FOOD: @2:44
HIGHEST GOOD HOUSING: @4:26
DUPLICABLE CITY CENTER: @5:10
HIGHEST GOOD SOCIETY: @6:40
We are jump-starting sustainable civilizations 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:
One Community is jump-starting sustainable civilizations 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:
We also added a diversity of aesthetic external recreational spaces:
In addition to this we are now about 60% done with the professional planting plans for the 18-hoop houses we’ll be starting with. 4 remain to be detailed but the rest are complete with the specific areas for the growing zones placed and only labels for the specific plants remaining to be added:
We also finished the diversity details to the heirloom celery section of the large-scale gardening page that now offers 18 different varieties of celery from around the world, 9 featured varieties, and complete sourcing details for all of them:
One Community is jump-starting sustainable civilizations 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 began our equipment schedule for the Earthbag Village and the Duplicable City Center. This document will evolve until we’ve actually built the entire village. We’re creating it now as we continue to get specific on our energy needs. Here is version 1.0:
One Community is jump-starting sustainable civilizations with a Duplicable and Sustainable City Center that is LEED Platinum certified/Sustainable, can feed 200 people at a time, can provide laundry for over 300 people, beautiful, spacious, saves resources, saves money, and saves space:
This last week:
Rick Ruggles (Pool Water Health Specialist with Hayward Pool Products) working in conjunction Jennifer Engelmeier (Eco-pool and Spa Specialist and founder of www.LoveYourNaturalPool.com) calculated our power supply needs for the open source natural pool and spa. Here are those calculations:
Da Ku finished his initial calculations for heat loss for the swimming pool that look like this:
Assuming the room temperature is 72 F(22 C), indoor pool 60 F(15 C), outdoor temperature 20 F(-7 C), outdoor pool 32 F(0 C).
1. Convection heat loss
The heat loss by convection is done using heat transfer coefficient according to the equation: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heat_transfer_coefficient
The door is treated as two separate parts (above part in air and below part in water), and we calculated these two parts respectively.
Da treated indoor part as natural convection, and outdoor water also as natural convection, outdoor air as forced convection (since there might be wind).
Air: the heat transfer coefficient is around 1.7 W/(m^2*K) for 1 inch thick door, and 1.4 for 2 inch thick door.
Water: the heat transfer coefficient is around 5 W/(m^2*K) for 1 inch thick door, and 3 for 2 inch thick door.
Da did not find a nice way for the forced convection coefficient for air, so he just use the range 10-100 W/(m^2*K) from wikipedia, and found that the result is not very sensitive to this range.
He also found online that the heat conductivity for plexiglass is around 1.7-2.0 W/(m*K).
Substitute the above coefficients into the equations and add the heat loss for air and water, get around 109 W heat loss for 1 inch door, 73 W heat loss for 2 inch door.
2. Radiation heat loss
Then Da tried to calculate the heat loss by radiation. The air and the outdoor ambient radiation are neglected, he only considered the outer pool, inner dome, floor and inner pool. The resultant radiation heat loss is around 286 W, mainly due to the indoor ambient and inner pool, they make about half and a little less than half of the total, the floor contributes a little more than 5%, the outer pool is negligible.
Karl Harris (Architect Drafter, Designer, and founder of Harris Design & Technology Services) also redesigned our dome windows in CAD after discovering errors in his previous elevation designs showing them:
One Community is jump-starting sustainable civilizations 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 completely rewrote our Communication page, adding in specifics about what this core value means to us and how we use it in our decision making and ongoing development process:
Guy Fraser (Computer Programmer and Information Architect) also completed a massive amount of research on how we may be able to use WordPress to build our global plant collaborative database. Here’s his progress report:
UPDATE: A PLANT APPLICATION WITH THE DETAIL, OPEN SOURCE, AND COLLABORATIVE INPUT
ABILITY WE DESIRE NOW EXISTS: CLICK HERE FOR THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF LIFE
Spent most of the day hunting for plugins and found some absolutely amazing WordPress add ons.
In particular, this one: http://codecanyon.net/item/wordpress-content-types-generator/4717991
That provides a visual editor for creating custom taxonomies – genus, species, etc. Now do-able 🙂 It creates all the user interface (eg. fields, editors, lists, everything!), database, everything needed to make it work as if it was a standard part of WordPress, which is HUGE. And then it provides custom page type editor as well. So we can define custom WordPress page types for each level of the hierarchy, and anything else that’s needed.
You then get new menu in the WordPress admin area for editing the taxonomy and content, just like the Pages or Posts sections, but with the stuff we define.
There are also lots of plugins for adding additional field types. Here’s one of them: http://www.advancedcustomfields.com/
The next stage will be to find some way of getting front-end editing integrated with BuddyPress groups <— this is the missing piece of the puzzle, everything else is do-able with existing plugins.
I’ve been chatting to a developer in India that might be up for that challenge. I’ll also see if I can get in touch with the UserPress team (wiki for WordPress) and see if I can nudge them in a similar direction. The WordPress core team are also working on a front-end editor: http://github.com/avryl/wp-front-end-editor – so basically lots of different projects all heading in the same direction and sooner or later one of them will succeed.
There’s also a Geo my WP plugin which adds geolocation data to all content = instant way to map where specific plants are, and then do location/distance based searches.
We’d have most of the infrastructure for the search engine as well by the time these things are done. But to facilitate mass data acquisition we’d need to make it much easier for people to contribute…
Enter this bad boy: http://apppresser.com/ – was chatting to them recently and they are working on a BuddyPress module which means that we would be able to create and maintain native mobile apps for the site, complete with push notifications. And those apps have the ability to integrate with phone camera, GPS, etc… So botanists could simply take a photo of a plant and then enter it’s botanical name and hit “Send” = instantly update the website, including geo location and photo. In fact, anyone could do that = help build up global database of plants (“The NSA of plants”)…
I’ve also been chatting to these folks: http://zapper.com/ – specifically about the possibility of getting a custom field type in WordPress that integrates with their service. In English: People could photo the QR code on a plant label and be taken directly to that plant on the website (or mobile app!), automatically being logged in to the site if necessary. Point and click accession management 🙂
Then we could use plugins like this to show timeline of a plant: http://codecanyon.net/item/wordpress-ultimate-timeline/7411135 and when it spawns a new plant there’d be an entry linking to the page for that plant etc.
Oh, and when updates are made to anything they’d be reported in the BuddyPress activity stream to notify people, possibly even triggering BuddyPress notifications to people who have ‘subscribed’ to updates for that plant.
There are also plugins that take content from one site and publish it on another site (or Facebook, twitter, google+, etc) – so if a botanical garden (or whatever) wanted a dedicated site that shows stuff specific to them that would be possible too.
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