Jump-starting Sustainable Civilizations – One Community Weekly Progress Update #64

One Community is addressing the foundations of holistic, regenerative, and self-sufficient living (foodenergyhousingeducationfor-profit and non-profit economics designsocial architecturefulfilled livingstewardship 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:

Jump-starting Sustainable Civilizations, One Community Weekly Progress Update #64


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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. Here is our weekly progress update (#64) covering our development and accomplishments for the week of May 12th, 2014:

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One Community Weekly Progress Update #64

Here is the bullet-point list of this last week’s design and progress discussed in detail in the video above:





  • Began our equipment schedule for the entire village and the Duplicable City Center (see below)
  • We also began in-depth research on remote internet installation for the complete property






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This last week the core team researched and added the first 20% of links from our Math page to the open source and free-shared Khan Academy educational program for teaching it all:

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Khan Academy Links Added to Math Page – Click to Visit Page


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This last week the core team added stairs, berms, the central pond railing, and fixed some piping issues in the aquapini and walipini footprint in 3-D:

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Piping Issues Fixed and Stairs, Berms, and central pond railing added in the Aquapini and Walipini

We also added a diversity of aesthetic external recreational spaces:

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Aesthetic External Recreational Spaces Added

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:

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Professional Planting Plans for the 18-Hoop Houses are 60% complete

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:

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Heirloom Celery Section Complete – Click to Visit Page


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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:

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Began Equipment Schedule for the Earthbag Village and the Duplicable City Center


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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:

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Power Supply Needs for the Open Source Natural Pool and Spa Calculated – Click to Visit Page

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.

1.1 coefficients:

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).

1.2 results:

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:

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Redesigned Dome Windows in CAD – Click to Visit Page


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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:

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Communications Page Completely Rewritten – Click to Visit Page

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:


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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OVERVIEW       ●       LOCATION       ●       FUNDING






One Community is creating a place to grow together and change the world together. We are creating a space that helps each other live in integrity with each other and the planet as we strive to be the greatest versions of ourselves, jump-starting sustainable civilizations.. We do this by harmoniously respecting each other, nature, and the rest of our one shared planet.

Our goal is to demonstrate what we feel is the most sustainable, healthy, and fun environment we can create. A place based on compassion, kindness, and collaboration, ultimately jump-starting sustainable civilizations. This replicable community will serve as an example for what is possible.

Throughout our design process we are open sourcing and free-sharing everything needed for construction and replication. This includes what we call “Highest Good” approaches to food, energy, housing, education, for-profit and non-profit economics design, social architecture, fulfilled living, stewardship practices and more. We are creating these resources for implementation as individual components or complete developments called teacher/demonstration hubs, jump-starting sustainable civilizations. These hubs will help launch additional hubs as awareness and knowledge grow.


One Community will be the first teacher/demonstration hub. It will function as an experiential-learning model that facilitates mass participation to address humanity’s most pressing challenges through: A replicable model for expansion, building seven self-sufficient village/city prototypes, becoming the world leader in open-source sustainability solutions, and evolving and expanding ALL aspects of sustainable living, ultimately jump-starting sustainable civilizations.


The One Community self-replicating model is capable of creating a sustainable planet within 30 years. We will achieve this by establishing successful teacher/demonstration hubs on every continent, thus jump-starting sustainable civilizations. Villages include designs appropriate for each of the five main types of climates. They also include options for even the most challenged economies. These hubs will collaborate with one another, share ideas, resources, and work together as a network to heal the planet. They will also transform the global lifestyle to a more enjoyable, fulfilling, healthy, and sustainable one.

The specifics of how One Community is accomplishing this can be found on the One Community Solution Model to Create Solution-creating Models Page. Research supporting and showing the benefits of a model like this can be found on our Research and Resources Articles Archive, jump-starting sustainable civilizations.

Even if we don’t achieve our ultimate goal of global transformation, a self-replicating teacher/demonstration model like this will take a relatively short period of time to positively affect millions while inspiring millions more.  For One Community residents (the Pioneer Team), the idea of creating and sharing the social and recreational experience with visitors is also fun, exciting, fulfilling, and an additional reason why we are creating this, thus jump-starting sustainable civilizations.


One Community is building solution-creating models designed to create additional solution-creating models to specifically facilitate exponential and sustainable global teacher/demonstration village growth. The following four phases of the strategy we are applying are designed to support each other and accelerate the process globally:

Phase I: Demonstrating a Better Way

We are designing One Community to demonstrate an experience of living that we believe most people will consider to be better because it will be more enjoyable and fulfilling. We also think most people will consider it better because it is made possible specifically through a foundation of sustainable sustainability and a philosophy that is for The Highest Good of All, ultimately contributing to jump-starting sustainable civilizations.

Phase II: Open Source Project-Launch Blueprinting

Everything we do we are open source project-launch blueprinting and free-sharing to make it as easy and affordable as possible to duplicate, adapt, and evolve in the manner that suits each individual and/or group’s needs. Free-sharing information like this is our aggressive-exposure engine and an aspect of One Community that will accelerate indefinitely as we continue to build our team, move onto the property, and continuously build and evolve everything that is One Community.

Phase III: Inviting the World to Participate

Everything we are open source project-launch blueprinting is designed to invite the world to participate by duplicating it as either individual components or complete teacher/demonstration communities, villages, and cities that will be able to be built almost anywhere in the world, thereby jump-starting sustainable civilizations. Additionally, people can join One Community as members, consultants and/or partners, or use the suggestions links on our open source project-launch blueprinting hubs to help with the design, implementation, and evolution process. Scholarships, weekend learning and work crews, and tourism will be foundations of One Community once we have sufficient infrastructure in place to support these options.

Phase IV: Universal Appeal and Global Expansion

As One Community continues evolving and establishing ourselves, everything we create and promote will serve as the engine to inspire people to align with the concept of open source and sustainable living for The Highest Good of All, further jump-starting sustainable civilizations. We are doing this to create mainstream appeal and our path to achieving this appeal is demonstrating a happier, more affordable, and ecologically friendly model of living that can be built anywhere in the world.

Open source project-launch blueprinting it all is how we believe the model will spread and, possibly most importantly, that it will predictably spread even faster in the areas where it is needed most because building restrictions, the cost of land, and materials costs are in most cases lower in these areas.


We are creating everything One Community does as open source and free-shared blueprints because we see this as the path to a new Golden Age of creativity, innovation, cooperation, and collaboration for all of humanity, ultimately contributing to jump-starting sustainable civilizations. Our model is a solution model that creates additional solution creating models enabling people to live and collaborate globally for The Highest Good of All. The easier we make everything we do, the faster we see the world transitioning.

Every aspect of this model supports itself and contributes to its success, from the sustainable food, energy, and homes, to the social architecture, One Community Education Program, and open source sharing model itself. Each piece can be accessed, evolved, and even re-birthed as something completely new. It can be duplicated by itself or with other modules, with applications as diverse as the people who want and need them. The constantly expanding total model will additionally be able to be used in its entirety as the open source project-launch blueprint for a variety of duplicate teacher/demonstration communities, villages, and cities capable of being built virtually anywhere, thereby jump-starting sustainable civilizations.

The most profound part is: the more we open source share, the more we help move everyone forward, the more people know about what we are doing and can participate, and the more successful and capable we are of project-launch blueprinting and sharing even more still, jump-starting sustainable civilizations. This is all supported and made possible because:

  • We have the team to produce an extensive quality and diversity of tools and resources
  • It gives us the opportunity to broaden the concept of sustainability and make it more desirable
  • Areas we open source expand our ability to evolve even faster through global collaboration
  • Each new area open sourced expands our target audience, advancing our world changing goals
  • The more we show our ability to share what we are creating, the more others will benefit and want to join this movement and mimic the part we are playing in it


One Community sees the issues of the world as interdependent and interconnected. To address them simultaneously, we are open-source blueprinting a more advanced standard of living by designing holistic, environmentally-regenerative, self-sustaining, adaptable solutions for all areas of sustainability. We will model these within a comprehensive “village/city” which will be built in the southwestern U.S. This teacher/demonstration hub will be a place people can experience a new way of living and then replicate it with our open source blueprints: creating a model solution that creates additional solution-creating models.

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