One Community is making sustainability more accessible through open source and free-shared sustainable solutions covering food, energy, housing, education, for-profit and non-profit economic design, social architecture, fulfilled living, global stewardship practices, and more. These resources are being designed to construction replicable teacher/demonstration hubs that will produce even more sustainable tools, tutorials, and resources.
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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 July 26th, 2020 edition (#383) of our weekly progress update detailing our team’s development and accomplishments:
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One Community is making sustainability more accessible 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 our detail review of work and research completed to date on hydropower for the open source Hydro Energy Setup and Maintenance page. This week we watched a 3-part series on the potential of generating power using rainwater collected on a roof, continued to integrate our notes into the hydropower section, and gained a better understanding of potential, kinetic, mechanical, and electrical energies, as well as kW versus kWh. You can see some pictures of this research below.
Angela Mao (Sustainability Researcher) also completed her 10th week as a member of the team. This week Angela continued work on the Most Sustainable Lightbulbs and Light Bulb Companies by completing collection of her information on each of the 6 companies she selected. She has been researching specific light bulbs from each of the companies to see which are the best. She also completed another round or edits and requested additions for her plastic recycling tutorial. You can see some of this behind-the-scenes work below.
Pallavi Samaiya (Business Technology Analyst) also continued with her 6th week researching how to sustainably manage and process non-recyclable waste. This week Pallavi compared different recycling options and estimated them to arrive at her initial conclusion. Below are some pictures and we’d say this brings this tutorial to about 60% complete.
And Jose Luis Flores (Mechanical Engineer) joined the team and completed his 1st week helping finish the Net-zero Bathroom component of the Earthbag Village. This week Jose Luis began and completed the list of materials needed for the Net-Zero Bathroom. His research involved thoroughly studying the Net-Zero Bathroom final design and interior interface to determine what to record on the list. He also reviewed the material listed for the water barrel support beams and concurred the best material was structural wood. He dissected the Solidworks final design to gather the dimensions and the quantity of material used to build the structure, roof, water storage system, and plumbing. After finishing the list, he began converting the floor plan for the Net-Zero Bathroom structure from Solidworks to AutoCAD. You can see pictures of some of this work below.
One Community is making sustainability more accessible 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 the core team continued our detailed review of the Duplicable City Center energy analysis needed for LEED Platinum certification and completion of the City Center open source HVAC design tutorial. This week we updated the dome wall construction values, updated and fixed windows to be triple panels, adjusted the indoor pool temperature based on our operation plans (58°F in winter, 78°F in summer, 75°F for the rest of year), adjusted the hot tub schedule and temperature based on our operation plans, and conducted research on the best basement door for drive-up access. You can see some of this work-in-progress below.
And the core team continued working on the Duplicable City Center structural engineering details. This week we assigned area loads to the integrated SAP model and conducted analysis for the entire model, including different load combinations. The analysis results show very high axial loads for the tentative locations of the fourth level columns. Therefore there is need to increase the number of columns connecting the second and fourth level. Further analysis can be done after the update of column locations and the integrated seismic analysis can be performed as well. You can see some of this work below.
Ian Coletti (Environmental Studies Major Researcher) completed his 7th week researching for the Most Sustainable Windows and Doors open source guide. This week Ian completed most of the corporation sustainability spreadsheet and began the process of adding minor final details to all three data sheets. You can see some of this work-in-progress below.
And Ashish Hirani (Fire Protection Engineer) completed his 2nd week working on the City Center Sprinkler and Emergency Lighting Design. This week Ashish focused on detailing the sprinkler system and adapting it to the One Community title block. You can see some of this work below.
One Community is making sustainability more accessible 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 on the open source chicken coop step-by-step building instructions on our behind-the-scenes google doc. This week we finished the under-roof siding and fan installation instructions for the East and West wall and started the installation instructions for the shutters over the ventilation openings. You can see some of this work-in-progress below.
Ali Ghahremannezhad (Mechanical Engineer) additionally continued with his 23rd week as a member of the team and working on the climate batteries for the Aquapini/Walipini structures. This week Ali completed the info and drawings of the newest design. In this design, a North/South mixed intake/outtake is implemented to improve efficiency. Layers 1 and 3 are used for cooling with the intakes at the north of the structure closer to the ceiling. Layer 2 is used for heating with the intake at the south of the structure closer to the floor.
Jessica Wienke (Food & Nutrition Project Consultant and CEO & Co-Owner of The Artisan Wheelhouse & The Roots of Medicine) and Aly Shannon (Food & Nutrition Project Consultant and Creative Director & Co-Owner of The Roots of Medicine) continued with their 6th week working on the Transition Food Self-sufficiency Plan. This week they cooked and took pictures of Lentil Veggie Soup, Herbed Potatoes, Mac n Cheese, Bean Chili, Chili-Cheese Nacho Potatoes, Caramelized Onions, Chili Ketchup, Peanut Sauce, Chili Ginger Burger Lettuce Wraps, Black Bean Brownies, and Vanilla Banana Ice ‘Cream’. You can see these below and they are all for the vegan recipe pages.
And Moti Scotti (Permaculturalist) completed her 2nd week on the team and her help reviewing the Permaculture Doc the core team has been developing for the past year. She finished her review and general edits and additions to the core 80 pages, in addition to comments and questions towards overall presentation and design for better understanding. The image below shows a couple of the areas where she made significant edits.
One Community is making sustainability more accessible 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. 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:
This week Zebao Chen (Structural Designer) completed her 14th week working on the Ultimate Classroom structural engineering details. This week Zebao made final adjustments to the schematic drawings, structural elements design, and construction details. Pictures of this work are below and we’d say this brings the engineering of this building to 95% complete.
Dan Alleck (Designer and Illustrator) completed his 83rd week helping with render additions and finishing work for the rooms in the Ultimate Classroom. This week he continued work on the 2nd render for the central area that will be used for theater and other events. Development this week included updating the lighting, adding people, stage lights, a table and lighting guy on the right, and minor changes to the background.
Xiaolu Song (Landscape Designer) also completed her 5th week working on the playground and other external details of the Ultimate Classroom. This week Xiaolu used AutoCAD and Photoshop to make a colored plan and detailed plans including the amphitheater and micro topos. You can see some of this work below.
Shuwei Liu (Landscape Designer) also completed her 4th week working on the playground and other external details of the Ultimate Classroom. This week Shuwei continued to update the SketchUp model for the building and drew two sections for two detailed plans. You can see some of this work-in-progress below.
One Community is making sustainability more accessible 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 edited the content from several of our other videos and provided it so Moneyless Society could include it in the video they produced and can be seen below.
Jin Hua (Web Marketer and Graphic Designer) also reviewed & implemented appropriate Google Ad recommendations, updated all campaigns to automated bidding strategies to maximize clicks, reviewed and created (from Recommendations) Responsive Ads for 3 Ad Groups, added responsive ads for the “Paper Recycling” ad group and launched it, reviewed the performance of our most recent bidding strategy change and found a strong increase, started the Water-Saving Faucet Ad Campaign, and added 16,038 keywords. Jin has been a member of our team for almost 10 years and you can see some of this work from him below. This marketing is part of a grant our nonprofit has received.
This week Henry Nguyen (React Developer) completed his 25th week with the team and working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Henry fixed more bugs in the import and table totaling functionalities. He also remade the colors for tasks so when you collapse them you can see tasks easier. He’s also identified another bug where importing large files causes the calculation not to work in some cases. If he can’t fix it next week, he will add a ‘fix’ button to refresh the calculations when a user sees they are incorrect. You can see some of this work below.
Wen Zhang (Software Engineer) completed her 14th week as a volunteer working on the Highest Good Network software too. Wen is now using React Overlay to display the badge description on hover. With this, the description box covers the badge itself when the mouse hovers over the badge. If we would like to see both the image of the badge and its description at the same time, then the description might cover other badges, assuming the description box shows on the right of the image on hover. Mockups are coming to help us decide.
Ross Edwards (Chief Imagination Officer, G3) completed his 14th 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 he continued to promote our project and the One Community helping page to media outlets and philanthropists. You can see below this last week’s list of who he contacted and the press release he is sharing.
Andon Ignatov (Full-stack Developer) completed his 11th week working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Andon updated the implementation and some of the behavior of the Weekly Summary component to incorporate some changes like allowing the user to edit all three weeks’ summaries (current, last and before last) rather than how it was originally designed to just be able to edit the current week’s summary. He also updated and improved the component’s state management. Additionally this week Andon helped with code review, testing and approval of PRs. You can see screenshots of some of this work below.
TEKtalent Inc. (a custom programming solutions company) also continued with their 8th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Nithesh and the TEK talent team completed the suggested review changes in reset password option and started the infringement (blue square) related functionalities. The blue squares have been displayed in a user profile and added the option for the administrator to add a new infringement, edit the already added one and delete an existing infringement. You can see some of this work below.
Adam Capdeville (Software Engineer) completed his 7th week working on the Highest Good Network software. Links are now grouped in one edit window, where the user/admin can add, edit & delete as they chose. Adam then began reworking the layout of the user’s profile to be more streamlined. He separated edit functionality into a secondary view of the user profile. This way the default view of the user profile is no longer cluttered with edit fields, and instead info is presented in a more concise way. Next week Adam will add in Projects & Team view and edit components. You can see some of Adam’s behind-the-scenes work below.
And Yiqi Feng (Software Engineer) continued with her 3rd week as a member of the Highest Good Network software team. This week Yiqi ran backend and frontend code successfully and fixed the bug about yarn install error. Also, she found a solution for finding the yarn path. In addition to this, she modified the MongoDB connection condition code under HGNRest file. She used post_file post actions in Postman to create a login account. You can see some of this work below.
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