Making sustainability mainstream is a process of making it easy enough, affordable enough, and demonstrating it as having enough value for sustainability ideas to spread on their own. This can be accomplished through an open source approach that combines physical sustainability (food, energy, housing) with emotional sustainability (education, recreation, business creation, and Earth stewardship) to generate a better quality of living that will benefit us all. One Community calls this living and creating for The Highest Good of All:
Click on each icon to be taken to the corresponding Highest Good hub page.
Making Sustainability MainstreamOne 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 May 10th, 2015 edition (#114) of our weekly progress update detailing the previous week’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:
HIGHEST GOOD EDUCATION @1:57
HIGHEST GOOD FOOD: @3:29
HIGHEST GOOD HOUSING: @4:49
DUPLICABLE CITY CENTER: @7:55
HIGHEST GOOD SOCIETY: @8:46
One Community is making sustainability mainstream 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:
Behind the scenes, we wrote the next 25% of our lesson plan with the central theme of “Communication” which brings that to 50% complete.
Here you can also see the behind-the-scenes work we did on the comprehensive evaluation/assessment and mutual feedback model we are developing for students and their teachers. This week’s focus was on emotional intelligence:
Paige Allison Donatelli (Graphic Designer and Owner Operator of Namaste Living in a Material World) finished the final 25% of the image creation for the Open Source lesson plan mind map, which you can see here. This brought the mindmap to 100% complete:
One Community is making sustainability mainstream 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 researched and added two additional recipes to the open source radishes hub, which you can see here. More recipes from our Food Self-sufficiency Transition Plan that feature radishes will be added here in the future:
Behind the scenes, Benjamin Sessions is continuing the creation of our 6-month long buying list for recipes for the omnivore section of our Food Self-sufficiency Transition Plan. This week he focused on compiling a list of sources for purchasing bulk foods.
We also added two additional recipes from Sandra Sellani (Vegan Chef and author of What’s Your BQ?) to the Food Self-sufficiency Transition Plan – These recipes are the Vegetable Stir Fry, and the Rainbow Swiss Chard Soup with Leeks and Corn. Both contain the weekly staple item of brown rice.
One Community is making sustainability mainstream 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 continued progress on the assembly specifics for the Open Source Murphy bed furniture. This week we added additional pictures and clarifying steps to #6.8, cutting lumber and labeling pieces for the bed box. We also corrected some more measurements, and began work on the assembly steps for the bed box. This brings us to an estimated 85% complete with this work that is part of both the Earthbag Village and the upcoming crowdfunding campaign.
Also behind the scenes we wrote the final waterproofing strategy for these structures. We’re 75% complete with what is needed for the site.
Sheng Xu (Mechanical Design Engineer) also finished his 7th round of SolidWorks design specifics for the 3-dome cluster of the upcoming crowdfunding campaign. This work included finalizing the roof design and developing the roof drainage system:
What you see here is the overview layout:
Here are the individual structures featuring 2 floors and 6 living units:
Here is what the insides of these units would look like:
and here are our initial ideas for integrating an outdoor group gathering space:
Antonio Zambianco (Civil Engineering Student) also finished the loft calculations for the Earthbag Village and the upcoming crowdfunding campaign domes. Here is the first 20% of this information as the core team is adding it to the site:
Nelli Levental (Graphic Designer and College Professor) created updated floor layouts for the Compressed Earth Block Village (Pod 4). The image also includes a side view and a color render Nelli then made.
The Design Team members from Team Brazil also created this second round of design layouts for the Earthship Village (Pod 6). These included updated Elevations… Sections… Floor Plan Overviews…. common space layouts… new double unit layouts… and updated ADA and single unit layouts too:
Scott Thomas and his Shadow Ridge Signature Architecture Program team continued their work putting the complete Earthbag Village into AutoCAD by adding in the first round of elevation details you see here:
One Community is making sustainability mainstream 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 last week Mayke Balbino (Architecture and Urban Design Student) completed a redesign of the Duplicable City Center Living Dome and stairwell and elevator area along with a broad diversity of other AutoCAD updates that will improve materials efficiency and make it easier to build. You can see these changes here:
Behind the scenes, Mateus Barretto (Civil Engineering Student specializing in Hydraulics) also finished the rest of the calculations and design details you see here for the Duplicable City Center water catchment and storage. We’ll now begin editing and open sourcing these specifics on the website.
One Community is making sustainability mainstream 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 began transferring and formatting the work of Binru Chen (Accountant) to the website. This work is open source sharing the tax considerations and strategy of the Highest Good Economics component of building teacher/demonstration hubs. We’d say this developing work is now about 10% complete:
Yusuf Sulayman (Lawyer and member of the Nigerian Bar Association) also helped us create this first formal draft of our Community Member home and home shares ownership agreement. Once finalized, this document will be added to the One Community legal page as on open source template for others wishing to form similar home ownership agreements with their members.
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