At One Community, our driving force is maximizing sustainable impact. We are achieving this by focusing on open source and free-shared sustainability across diverse areas like food, energy, housing, education, social architecture, fulfilled living, and more. Our pioneering model is not just about making a difference; it’s about magnifying that difference globally through a collaboration of teacher/demonstration hubs working together for the the highest good of all people and life.
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. This is the October 23rd, 2023 edition (#553) of our weekly progress update detailing our team’s development and accomplishments:
One Community is maximizing sustainable impact 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 reviewed the Murphy Bed assembly instruction PDF document again. We provided feedback on various aspects, including the identification of the incorrect pre-cut of side panels for the wall supporting the Murphy bed, addressed the incorrect labeling of sections and pages in the document directory, made corrections in the electrical section, adjusted the numbers of items related to electrical components in the Procurement List, and noted challenges in accessing linked PDFs in the Component Section due to document quality issues. Additionally, we generated precise images of four different electrical circuits to enhance the visual representation of all switches and outlets. You can see this work in the image below.
Charles Gooley (Web Designer) completed another week of assisting with web design. Charles made significant progress on the Water Harvesting, Catchment, and Water Conservation tutorial, completing the top-level and Rainfall Tables of Contents with success. He also worked on the Stormwater Drainage System Design segment, involving tasks such as road drainage analysis, gutter flow analysis, inlet design, storm drain configuration, rainfall intensity assessment, travel time, time of concentration calculation, and peak discharge computation. Charles integrated equations, primarily hand-coded in HTML, and provided graphical representations for complex fractions. The pictures below offer a visual representation of this work.
Shengguang Jin (Mechanical Engineer) continued helping with the Vermiculture Toilet designs for the Earthbag Village. Shengguang examined the three originally proposed methods for dynamically emptying the waste collection chamber box, which included pallet jack discharging, pulley-winch-induced rotation, and hydraulic jack with a removable box wall. Additionally, he scrutinized the manual assembly process involving the hand-adapting rotary bar, recognizing that even subtle alterations in the gear’s aspect ratio could potentially exert a significant influence on the system’s handedness and overall efficiency. See the images below for some of his work.
Yiwei He (Mechanical Engineer) also began assisting with Vermiculture Toilet designs. Yiwei reviewed a concise document pertaining to One Community’s toilet system and had a meeting with the newly formed Vermiculture team to deliberate on both past endeavors and prospective design considerations. Furthermore, she assessed the prior CAD design, with the intent of offering valuable insights and recommendations for design concepts. See the pictures below.
One Community is maximizing sustainable impact 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, Amiti Singh (Architectural Designer) continued her work by helping with the interior design details for the rental rooms within the Duplicable City Center. Amiti made significant advancements in the development of the Japanese tea room-themed visitor room. She incorporated recommended alterations to enhance the 3D visual representation of the second room option, drawing inspiration from the serene ambiance of traditional Japanese tea rooms. Further contributions included the completion of post-processing for the room renders and the creation of a comprehensive mood board, encompassing material selection, furniture design, color coordination, and paint palette curation. Additionally, Amiti also began the initial cost analysis for the new option. See below for the collage of images related to this.
Justin Varghese (Mechanical Engineer) completed another week assisting with the City Center Dome Hub Connector Engineering. Justin worked on the design and assembly of connector hubs, addressing the 6th, 5th, 4th, 3rd, 2nd, and 1st rows. These designs were done under the expert guidance of the Senior Engineer, with a primary emphasis on incorporating recommended changes that stressed the avoidance of sharp bends and the adoption of a U-V shape configuration. The central objectives revolved around the structural assessment of these connector hubs, with a specific focus on evaluating maximum displacements under diverse loading conditions. Moreover, Justin established a ‘bonded’ contact for the bolt connections, while transitioning other faces from ‘bonded’ to ‘separation and sliding’ contact types. This pivotal adjustment lays the groundwork for the finite element analysis simulation of the entire structure. See some of the images below.
One Community is creating cooperatives of people making a difference 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, Hayley Rosario (Sustainability Researcher Assistant) continued our review of the open-source Highest Good Food designs. She did an extensive review of the Rollout plan, Highest Good Infrastructure, Permaculture, and soil amendment materials. Hayley documented personal notes to enhance our understanding and knowledge retention, thereby contributing significantly to our role as a Sustainability Research Assistant. See below for the images.
And Smit Bhoir (Data and Business Analyst) helped with the Transition Kitchen Recipe Buildout Data task and attended another meeting with Harsha to discuss Google AdWords. He took on a new data assignment from Jae regarding the Transition Food Self-sufficiency Plan menu, did a detailed assessment, and completed tasks related to the “Kitchen Menu” Spreadsheet cell referencing, including necessary corrections. He also helped with administrative tasks and One Community’s Google AdWords campaigns and Analytics details, reviewing Shaurya’s PR Team Review work and updated their personal blog for weekly update #552 on WordPress. Smit actively participated in a weekly meeting with Harsha, focusing on the Active and Inactive Ads list and Ads Data analysis over the past 30 days. You can view the collage below that is focused mostly on the menu design work work.
One Community is maximizing sustainable impact 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 maximizing sustainable impact 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 72 hours managing One Community volunteer-work review not included above, emails, social media accounts, web development, new bug identification and bug-fix integration for the Highest Good Network software, and interviewing and getting set up new volunteer team members. The pictures below show some of this work.
And another core team member contributed to One Community this week by reviewing Parts 2 and 3 of the Paul Wheaton’s podcast, Struggling With Big Spend. This is a panel discussion led by Paul Wheaton along with a few other panelists, including Jae. The main topic revolves around a discussion of how to spend 500K while simultaneously affecting positive global change and bringing money back to our project via a perpetual motion machine. Brief notations were made on Google. He then began listening to an Eckhart Tolle audio recording “A New Earth”. View some of this work in the collage below.
Harsha Kulkarni (Data Analyst) continued working on One Community’s Google AdWords campaigns and Analytics details. This week, Harsha focused on enhancing the ad strength of multiple ads within the Open and Donating ad campaigns. She achieved this by adding relevant headlines and descriptions to the ads. Her strategy included modifying existing content to generate more responsive ads. As a result, Harsha elevated seven ads to an average ad strength and three to a good level within the donation campaign. In the open-source campaign, she accomplished the ad strength goals with one ad reaching an excellent level, six ads achieving an average ad strength, and three ads attaining a good ad strength level. The image below shows some of this work.
Vishvesh Sheora (Artificial Intelligence Specialist) focused on elevating the SEO performance of a multitude of blog posts featured on the One Community website. This week, Vishvesh was set to improve the SEO performance of articles. He pursued the objective of elevating their SEO scores by adhering to RankMath’s stipulated criteria, an influential SEO plugin. Moreover, Vishvesh continued to expand and refine the tutorial draft, offering guidance on the effective utilization of RankMath for superior SEO results. He carefully curated content, incorporated RankMath’s tools and functionalities, and concurrently enhanced his knowledge of the plugin, solidifying his expertise in the field. See the work in the image below.
This week, the Administration Team’s summary, covering their work administrating and managing most of One Community, was managed by Jamie Cruz (Administrative Assistant, Social Media Manager, and Team Manager) and includes Alyx Parr (Senior Support Specialist), Olawunmi “Ola” Ijisesan (Administrative and Management Support), Ruiqi Liu (Administrative Assistant), Shaurya Sareen (Administrative Assistant), and Xiaolai Li (Administrative Assistant). Alyx focused on summarizing and providing comments on Google Docs for the blog, downloading images, and duplicating summaries to contribute to the blog’s content. She also did work on preparing summaries and downloading media, for her assigned portion of the blog. She followed up with relevant individuals to ensure seamless collaboration and rectified any issues with the summaries on their page for the blog. Meanwhile, Jamie’s efforts revolved around the creation of video tutorials and the editing of her weekly page. She actively managed and coordinated the activities of the administration team, Blue Steel team, core team, and individual contributors. She worked on organizing summaries, generating team summaries, and creating collages. Ola focused on non-HGN tasks, including reviewing and updating weekly folders and creating collages for the One Community blog. She played a key role in assisting the PR team, overseeing the review process to ensure that all summaries and images adhered to the feedback provided by the PRs. Ola actively engaged with the reviewed work, confirmed the accuracy of reported PR numbers and offered comments and suggestions to enhance the team’s performance on their weekly tasks. Ruiqi achieved significant progress by completing the four-step review process for the Funding Team, Blue Steel Team, and Expresser Team, providing feedback to all team members, and ensuring the creation of collage images stored in Dropbox and added to the media library on WordPress. She effectively utilized weekly summaries to generate SEO keywords and incorporated them as Alt Titles on WordPress. Additionally, Ruiqi revised the weekly progress update webpage, ensuring accuracy and fixing any content issues. She also assisted other administrative assistants in checking web content and created a PDF with revision suggestions. Shaurya did a review of all pull requests (PRs), addressing issues with team members who had omitted crucial steps in their work. He updated the tracking sheet and weekly table to include newly onboarded members of the Highest Good Network team, ensuring compliance with required PRs and hours. Shaurya skillfully crafted a concise team summary and compiled a team collage featuring all PRs. Lastly, Xiaolai completed collages for three teams, organized the weekly report 552, and made necessary comments on team members’ work. After receiving feedback, he adjusted and updated the reports, checked summaries, and prepared images. Xiaolai also reviewed the final PDF for accuracy, transferred the work to his page, and planned to enhance tables and charts in the One Community Business Plan. He collected and organized weekly summaries, pictures, and documents for weekly report #553 and uploaded the reports. The collage below shows some of this work.
This week, the Blue Steel Team’s summary, covering their work on the Highest Good Network software, was managed by Nathan Hoffman (Software Engineer) and includes Bada Kim (Full Stack Software Developer), Haohui Lin (Software Engineer), Kurtis Ivey (Full Stack Developer), Lucile Tronczyk (Full Stack Software Developer), Shree Birajdar (Software Developer), Xiao Wang (Software Engineer), and Yongjian Pan (React.js/MongoDB Full Stack Software Developer). Yongjian persistently tackled the challenges of addressing failed npm tests in PR #842 and PR #1331, demonstrating a commitment to codebase integrity. Additionally, he delved into bug resolution for API call errors and console warnings, initiating a pull request to investigate non-existing projects and enhance user notifications. Nathan’s week involved reviewing team summaries, creating PR 1420, helping Luis with permissions, and collaborating on reorganizing the permission spreadsheet. Kurtis investigated a front-end crashing issue and reviewed substantial PRs. Haohui engaged in thorough reviews of Frontend PR#1277, 1390, 1359, and Backend PR#530, 556, and 562, contributing to project advancement. Shree introduced significant improvements to the Blue Square scheduler, streamlining user interactions and enhancing efficiency. Lucile worked on quality assurance, testing pull requests, assessing bug reports, and participating in community activities, along with improving her Jest skills. The collage below shows some of this work.
This week, the Expressers Team’s summary, covering their work on the Highest Good Network software, was managed by Tim Kent (Full Stack Software Engineer) and includes Aaron Persaud (Software Developer), Olga Yudkin (Software Engineer), Tianyuan Nan (Software Engineer), Vishala Ramasamy (Software Developer) and Yuri Clemente Andrade Sokolovicz (Software Engineer and Team Manager). Vishala began work on Phase 2, concentrating on the Log Material feature, encompassing both frontend and backend aspects, with a focus on enhancing user-friendliness. Yuri completed the UI design for the Tool Equipment List component, marking a significant milestone in HGN Phase 2 development. Tianyuan carried out five PR reviews, addressing change requests and delving into bug resolution related to email list visibility. Olga worked on tests and project view component refactoring. Aaron played a pivotal role in fixing a security vulnerability, conducting extensive testing, and addressing critical issues. And Tim managed team activities, lead standup meetings, and updated project task sheets while also addressing pull request change requests and initiating work on Node/Express backend API routing for Project Summaries page development. The collage below shows some of this work.
This week, the Funding Team’s summary, covering their work for One Community Funding, was managed by Aaron Wang (Fundraising Assistant). Aaron sent emails to six prospective funders, and he did research on six additional potential funders, assessing their backgrounds, philosophy, funding track records, potential to secure funds and contact information. Additionally, he obtained the contact information for two organizations. The collage below shows some of this work.
This week, the Git-R-Done Team’s summary, covering their work on the Highest Good Network software, was managed by Ruiqi (Administrative Assistant) and includes Eduardo Horta (Software Engineer), Jeffrey Li (Full-Stack Software Developer), and Olena Danykh (Software Engineer). Eduardo worked on HGN Software Development, overseeing GitHub pull requests, unit testing, team coordination, and documentation reviews. He reviewed and commented on two pull requests, facilitated discussions to prevent work overlaps, and initiated Phase 2 development talks. Eduardo also began unit testing for the CopyToClipboard component, selected new team members, and helped with team cohesion. Jeffrey focused on code reviews and addressed development issues, resolving unintended access to Volunteer accounts during code review and tackling a team member display problem. Olena reviewed the Bug Google document, testing multiple reported issues to identify one that aligns with their interests and expertise. She also did a review of the HGN Phase I Bugs and Needed Functionalities document. The collage below shows some of this work.
This week, the Graphic Design Team’s summary was managed by Ruiqi (Administrative Assistant) and includes Ashlesha Navale (Graphic Designer), Nancy Mónchez (Graphic Designer), Rihab Baklouti (Freelance Generalist), and Shivangi Patel (Graphic Designer). Ashlesha worked on two Volunteer Announcements, creating bio and announcement images, as well as web content. She also produced five Social Media Images and researched nature-based and theme-based images for them. Nancy focused on implementing requested adjustments and changes in each post, with a particular focus on using various fonts. She also worked on reducing the use of project images to achieve a more comprehensive design that integrated elements such as animals, plants, and humans. Rihab created three Volunteer Announcements, updated webpages, and designed images and YouTube previews. She also began a web page design for the Transition Menu project, attending meetings to collaborate with graphic designer Shivangi and create a mockup. Shivangi produced two Volunteer Announcements and worked on the UI design for the recipe build-out tool homepage in collaboration with fellow designers, ensuring a user-friendly interface. The collage below shows some of this work.
This week, Moonfall Team’s summary, covering their work on the Highest Good Network software, was managed by Navneeth Krishna (Software Engineer) and includes Abdelmounaim “Abdel” Lallouache (Software Developer), Cheng-Yun Chuang (Software Engineer), Haoji Bian (Software Engineer), Jiadong Zhang (Volunteer Software Engineer), Tzu Ning “Leo” Chueh (Software Engineer), Xiao Fei (Software Engineer), Yihan Liu (Software Engineer), YuFu Liao (Software Engineer), Zijie “Cyril” Yu (Volunteer Software Engineer) and Zubing Guo (Software Engineer). Abdelmounaim resolved the issue where the admin encountered difficulties updating user profiles created through the setup user feature. Cheng-Yun did a review 12 pull requests spanning across both backend and frontend repositories with a particular emphasis on frontend pull requests. Jiadong transplanted the refactored components into the existing timelog module and abstracted text content into constants, enhancing code clarity. Haoji developed a new feature in the backend of the application that underwent significant enhancements, primarily focusing on fetching user profile images from specified websites. Navneeth reviewed a bug related to the task “Permissions Mngmnt: See Teams Management Tab (Create Teams and edit team members only).” and began work on a new task by understanding the requirements from the Phase I Bugs document. Tzu Ning reviewed the implementation of the copy button for weekly summaries and user profiles ensuring users could copy summaries directly to the clipboard. Xiao began by examining the codebase to identify the root of the issue concerning the ability for owner users to approve and apply ‘suggested’ changes on a task. Yihan focused on two previous pull requests, enhancing the frontend by updating the team code regex check rule and introducing a validator for regex as well as implementing authorization in the backend. Yufu concentrated on making columns editable by Owner on the User Management Page and developed an adept solution involving a popup component. Zijie primarily focused on lint fixing the src/reducer directory, which contained 41 JS files. And Zubing integrated the ‘Write it for me’ button into the summary page, aligning with the development team’s objectives. Look below for a collage of their work.
This week, Reactonauts’ Team’s summary, covering their work on the Highest Good Network software, was managed by Carl Bebl (Software Developer) and includes Anirudh Ghildiyal (Software Engineer), Jiangwei Shi (Full Stack Engineer), Jiyuan Xia (Software Engineer), Masasa Thapelo (Software Engineer), Obeda Velonjatovo (Front End Developer/Software Developer), Ramya Ramasamy (Full Stack Developer), Shantanu Kumar (Full Stack Software Developer), Shihao Xiong (Software Engineer), Shivansh Sharma (Software Developer), Shiwani Rajagopalan (Software Engineer), Shrey Jain (Software Engineer), Shubhankar Mishra (Software Engineer), Vansh Patel (Software Engineer), Vikram Badhan (Software Engineer), Wanting Xu (Software Engineer), Yixiao Jiang (Software Engineer) and Zuhang Xu (Software Engineer). Anirudh worked on addressing the badge component task and resolved the problem with the edit button. Carl resolved the absence of suggestion options in the production environment, actively engaging in peer reviews and implementing suggested improvements. Jiangwei addressed the pending questions from the previous week’s PR and took a hands-on approach by implementing a test for TeamTable.test.js. Jiyuan completed 5 PR reviews, addressing critical aspects of the codebase. He also did a a detailed review of PR #1390. Masasa managed and resolved merge conflicts and aligned the permission list with their respective descriptions. Obeda resolved a failing check in his PR related to Node.js CI/build (14.x) caused by a change in the permission.js file, performed a lint fix on the AutoUpdate component and submitted a PR for it. Ramya raised front and back-end PRs for the Limit-See-All functionality, actively addressed feedback, and worked on lint fixes for the Summary Bar component. Shantanu discovered new findings related to the button functionality. Shihao reviewed multiple PRs, monitored the progress of others, and prepared for an upcoming unit test. Shivansh did an investigation into the current Node.js version within the production environment, tracking the logs of GitHub actions to gather relevant data. Shiwani worked on configuring permissions for total valid weekly summaries, adding them to the user management page and addressing an issue related to edit access. She also tackled linting issues in the constants folder and submitted a pull request. Shrey focused on rectifying the “add team members” functionality within the HighestGoodNetwork project, addressing display and code optimization issues, and actively engaging with the team for resolutions and reviews. Shubhankar concentrated on establishing the work environment and addressing errors from preceding weeks, he approved several PRs without any complications and also identified and assisted in the merging of certain reviewed PRs. Vansh resumed work on implementing reminders for weekly summaries and reviewed PRs following a temporary hiatus. Vikram focused on setting up the frontend and backend environment locally and completed reviews for 5 pull requests. Wanting primarily focused on the development task titled “Make 5-letter codes editable only by Admin and Owner Class,” raising PR #1434 for review and contributing to the review of PRs #1411, #1418, and #1428. Yixiao reviewed two pull requests (PRs) numbered 1429 and 1439 and focused on writing unit tests, particularly for the Checkbox.js file. And Zuhang examined feedback from prior pull request evaluations, tackled existing problems and sought ways to improve the overall project. Look below for pictures of this work.
This week, skye’s summary, covering their work on the Highest Good Network software, was managed by Luis Arevalo (Front End Developer) and includes Bailey Mejia (Software Engineer), Jerry Ren (Full Stack Developer), Mounica Dingari (Software Developer) and Yao Wang (Software Engineer). Bailey focused on addressing the issue with the new personal max badge bug. He duplicated the badge and identified the checkPersonalMax function as the culprit, resolving the issue by adding logs and thorough testing. Jerry reviewed the frontend PR #1282 and adjusted the ‘Create Dev Admin account email verification system’ task. He removed a redundant ‘is-email-exists’ route and implemented conditional rendering of input fields for ‘Actual Email’ and ‘Actual Password’ based on user role selection. He also added form error handling for accurate error messages. Luis completed the user profile’s weekly summary intro button. He implemented the use of the ‘getProjectMembers’ permission, ensuring that the button appears only for Admins, Managers, and Owners who possess this permission. Additionally, Luis addressed a bug that caused crashes when a user wasn’t part of a team by implementing a check to verify the user’s team membership as a requirement for button visibility. Mounica completed testing on PR#1435, focusing on lint fixes for the Constants folder in src/constants/*. She also examined PR#1434, PR#1432 and PR#1413. And Yao continued to address the persistent bug that hinders tasks from reaching the “submit for review” status. He executed thorough testing on PR #1282, confirming the absence of any discernible issues within the pull request. See the collage below for their work.
The PR Review Team’s summary covering their work on the Highest Good Network software, was managed by Shaurya Sareen (Administrative Assistant). This week’s active members of this team were: Anish Pandita (Software Engineer), Chirayu Rai (Software Engineer), Jahanzaib Malik (Software Engineer), John Ifeanyi Omeokwe (Software Engineer), Kaikane Lacno (Software Engineer), Miguelcloid Reniva (Software Developer), Mike – Munkh Erdene Erdenebulgan (Full Stack Developer), Palak Gosalia (Software Engineer), Rhea Wu (Software Engineer), Ruike Qiu (Software Engineer), Savio Mendes (Software Engineer), Shubhankar V (Software Engineer), Yi Lin (Software Engineer), and Ziming Song (Software Engineer). They reviewed all the Highest Good Network PRs (Pull Requests) shared in this week’s update. The collage below shows a compilation of the work from this team.
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