One Community sees itself as a long-term sustainable-change engine that, once started, will continue to grow, improve, and replicate on its own. To make this possible, we’re open sourcing everything necessary to build the prototype and invite people to participate and see for themselves that a better life is possible through cooperative and sustainable living.
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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 November 8th, 2020 edition (#398) of our weekly progress update detailing our team’s development and accomplishments:
One Community is building a long-term sustainable-change engine 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 review and development of our behind-the-scenes Earthbag Village construction tutorials. This week we reviewed and verified measurements to the excavation drawing updates and completed edits through page 46 of the Footer, Foundation, and Flooring doc. We also reviewed the earthbag dome insulation updates regarding replacement of EPS with Rockwool. Pictures below show some of this work.
Alvaro Hernández (Open Source Tech Consultant, Developer) completed his 31st week as a member of the team and continued working on the Best Small and Large-scale Community Plastic Recycling, Repurposing, and Reuse Options tutorial. This week’s focus was mainly researching on the internet, especially precious plastic, and organization doing and amazing job openly sharing on YouTube and on their website. We added a section draft about “compostable vs bioplastics vs biodegradable plastics” and started working on additional details covering “when to use plastic” and “when to avoid plastic”. Below are pictures of some of this work.
Jose Luis Flores (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 15th week helping finish the Net-zero Bathroom component of the Earthbag Village. This week Jose Luis began new updates to the Net-zero Bathroom AutoCAD and Solidworks files. He began by experimenting on AutoCAD with a six panel and eight panel design for the interior part of the roof. The eight panel design was the most cost effective using only four sheets of metal instead of six, but had added complexity and reduced longevity due to metal trim running oblique to the flow. The six panel design required six sheets of metal, but had reduced complexity and had the metal trim run along the rainwater flow. With the AutoCAd roof plan updated, he began the update of the Solidworks rendering. The AutoCAD roof plan was referenced to accurately update the Solidworks rendering. Pictures are below for this work.
Stacey Maillet (Graphic Designer) completed her 14th week working on the final edits and revisions to the Murphy bed instructions. This week Stacey was working on the back side of the wall frame and electrical installation, updating placements of the outlet and light switches. She also went back into the benches & table and the closet & storage groups because they had incorrect images of the wall section in the places they had been used in those instructions. Also, the places in the wall section where you would need to jump in between the different assembly groups is important because you can’t do just one section completely without having to stop to do another or do multiple assemblies at the same time, but this can easily be rearranged in the final files and adjusted as needed. Pictures below show some of this extensive work-in-progress.
Hannah Copeman (Structural Engineer) completed her 12th week helping complete all the Earthbag Village tutorials. This week Hannah continued the development of the Footer, Foundation and Flooring tutorial by adding details and drawings for the alternative dome design option, which is geared towards domes built in colder climates. She also researched more sustainable options for rigid insulation under the dome’s floor slab and redesigned the floor envelope to include a vapor barrier. Hannah also continued the development of the nail-cement trough system by drawing the details for the second tool. You can see some screenshots of this work below.
Jingwei Jiang (Landscape Designer) also completed her 7th week working on the landscaping specifics of the Earthbag Village. This week Jingwei focused on modifying the sketchUp plans and delivering the planting pallet. The local environment requires deciduous trees and drought tolerant plants, so Jingwei changed them into oaks and chestnut trees. Pictures of this work-in-progress are below.
One Community is building a long-term sustainable-change engine 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 Ksenia Akimov (Plumbing Engineer) completed her 8th week working on the Duplicable City Center plumbing designs. This week Ksensia tried to calculate the consumption of hot water. She searched for methods on the Internet and found a project to replace boilers and counted according to the method indicated there. According to the enlarged indicators, the BW*1-060C boiler is enough to supply the building. But this is not accurate, we need to clarify some contributing elements. Pictures below show some of this research.
Qiuheng Xu (Landscape Designer) completed her 6th week helping with the Duplicable City Center landscaping design and updated video walkthrough. This week Qiuheng completed all the updates requested in the initial list and submitted them for review. You can see some of the updated areas below.
Lindy Bray (Sustainability Analyst) also completed her 6th week helping confirm and expand the research on the Most Sustainable Building Materials: Carpet, Flooring, Wood, Etc.. This week, Lindy was finally able to add the information about material sourcing and manufacturing and added the updates to the scorecard and flooring tutorial. Then she noticed some gaps in the scoring/ranking, as vinyl flooring was not mentioned, so she began research on Vinyl, ranked it and wrote her rough draft on the flooring tutorial. Pictures below show some of this work-in-progress.
Keerthi Gopalakrishnan (Product Ideation Analyst) completed her 3rd week helping with the sustainability benchmarking of various hardware companies. Keerthi completed the benchmarking Ranking for complete list of companies and individual sections for Toilet, Urinal, Shower Head and Hand Dryer manufacturers. The first draft was completed and submitted for review. Some pictures of this work-in-progress are below.
One Community is building a long-term sustainable-change engine 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 began work on the Transition Kitchen final updates and assembly instructions. This week we finished placement of the plywood sheets on the kitchen floor and began work on the Transition Kitchen wall framing using 2×4 lumber. Outside walls were sheeted with Rigid Foam Insulation Boards. We also began installation of the 4×4 posts and ridge and central beams for roof support. Pictures of this work are below.
The core team also began rewriting/finalizing the chicken coop doc step-by-step descriptions and edits through page 8 and suggested changes to the flooring and header construction. You can see some of this work-in-progress below.
Daniela Lazarescu (Chef Adviser) completed her 2nd week working on the Transition Food Self-sufficiency Plan. This week she focused on developing the third and fourth week menu outlines and clearing some points as suggested by the core team. She’s now focusing on recipes for which we can find a video in plain english, with little distractions, so while the progress is slower, it saves much work in the following phases. Pictures below show some of this work-in-progress.
Henry Vennard (Mechanical Engineer) also completed his 5th week helping continue the development of the climate batteries for the Aquapini/Walipini structures. This week he worked on confirming the heat loss calculations done previously. Henry found a different result likely due to consideration of the SolaWrap material. He also worked on Solidworks simulations and collaborated with Diana to confirm that the current configuration is inefficient because of the varied flow rate between pipes. He then started on a redesign. You can see some pictures related to this work below.
Jiayu Liang (Landscape Designer) completed her 6th week helping with the Aquapini & Walipini internal and external landscaping details. This week Jiayu updated the large production aquapini and outdoor landscape designs. She also wrote the initial detailed design report and began the next important process: 3D model in Rhino and Lumion. Some pictures of this work-in-progress are below.
Diana Gomez (Mechanical Engineer) also completed her 5th week helping continue the development of the climate batteries for the Aquapini/Walipini structures. This week Diana worked with Henry on the Solidworks flow simulations. In her research she found a video of Solidworks flow and heat transfer simulation that closely resembled the Climate battery design. This was very helpful in providing direction on how to conduct the simulation. She also found a video that explained the goals related to the flow rate of the system. Diana documented her analytical solution onto the Climate Battery Details doc where she explained the equation and how it may be used. Diana researched the different types of pipe materials that have been used in working Climate Batteries and found that the ADS pipe is favored for Geothermal Systems. Diana also researched the diameter of the tubing and found that a 4” diameter is standard across all current and functioning climate batteries. You can see pictures of some of this work-in-progress below.
Yiran “Lily” Chen (Sustainability Coordinator) completed her 4th week helping continue the development of the climate batteries for the Aquapini/Walipini structures. This week Lily focused on market research and price analysis of shell and tube heat exchangers. She contacted several local and international suppliers for product pricing ranges and product features. A table was created with the criteria listed. You can see pictures related to this research below.
Reyes Mendoza (Mechanical Engineering Student) also completed his 4th week helping continue the development of the climate batteries for the Aquapini/Walipini structures. This week Reyes finalized research for the distance between the tubes. He also created a MatLab code that allows the user to find the heat transfer rate per unit length. You can see below some pictures related to this work.
One Community is forwarding a global eco-collaborative movement 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 building a long-term sustainable-change engine 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 24 hours managing One Community emails, social media accounts, and volunteer-work review and collaboration.
The core team also continued working on the large-scale consensus content. This week we made significant updates to the large-scale consensus governance content, re-evaluated the 12 Focus Group categories, and added a bunch of new questions to FAQs. You can see some of this work-in-progress below.
Henry Nguyen (React Developer) completed his 37th week with the team and working on the Highest Good Network software. This week, Henry fixed some layout bugs and started thinking for the mobile UI for it. He applied the new structure and algorithm for the adding task, so the task will be added immediately when you click ‘save’ now. The import format for new fields will be designed next week with the goal to finish up everything related to this task by the end of the month. Some related imagery for this work can be seen below.
Ross Edwards (Chief Imagination Officer, G3) completed his 29th 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’s focus was creating spreadsheets organizing the contact information for all the US television stations and newspapers Ross contacted over the past 24 weeks. You can see below a picture of some of this.
TEKtalent Inc. (a custom programming solutions company) also continued with their 22nd week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Nithesh and the TEK Talent team worked on completing the documentation and the reset password option in the login page (forgot password). There is now a forgot password button and upon clicking it, it will navigate to the password reset page and there a user can enter their email, first name and last name. Upon clicking submit, an email with a new password will be sent to the user and redirect to the login page.
Wen Zhang (Software Engineer) completed her 24th week as a volunteer working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Wen was working on the size of the badges and the popup box for the badge. The preview image of the badges was set to 50px, and the enlarged one was set at 200px. The description box she created before was implemented with React overlay, but those had coverage issues she could not fix to any extent that she could be satisfied with. It was just not the optimal user experience, so she switched to Reactstrap popover. Instead of static mockups, Wen worked on two branches (2 versions in different code) so that she could better demonstrate the dynamics. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Yiqi Feng (Software Engineer) continued with her 15th week as a member of the Highest Good Network software team. This week Yiqi reviewed her code for the timer component and submitted for review her updates to the Timelog, Timer and TimeEntryForm. She also solved all conflicts between the Timer branch and development branch. Yiqi added userProfile into the elements of TimeEntryForm to count totalCommittedHours and reviewed code for the next component she’ll be working on. You can see some pictures related to this work below.
Noor Qureshi (Insurance Researcher) completed her 12th week helping research One Community’s insurance options. This week Noor researched the different healthcare plans for Kaiser Permanente that were most relevant to the vision of One Community. She analyzed the summary of benefits and coverages offered by each plan and extracted the information that provided the most insight and comparison to the other plans. You can see some pictures related to this work below.
Jun Hao (Software Engineer) also completed his 10th week working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Jun was mainly working on adding features that were requested by the core team in comments last week. Jun resolved most of the requests, then he started to work on refactoring the whole UserProfile component for less code redundancy and easier future maintenance. You can see some of this work below.
Chris Weilacker (Software Engineer) completed his 9th week working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Chris finalized the colors for the Leaderboard progress bar and changed it to allow the leaderboard to be scrollable in a mobile device with a floating header that centers on the user logged in. Chris also updated the unit testing for the Leader Board. Pictures related to this work are below.
Jaime Arango (Graphic Designer) also completed his 8th week helping create the YouTube and social media graphics for the update blogs. This week Jaime created images for weekly progress updates #425, #426, #427, #428 and #429. You can see these newly created images below.
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