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One Community Welcomes Stephanie VanderKallen to Our Team of World-change People!

Stephanie VanderKallen, One Community Partner, One Community ConsultantOne Community is happy to welcome Stephanie VanderKallen to the One Community team of Consultants and Volunteers helping with the development of the the Education for Life Program. Stephanie is a teacher and a mental health professional who graduated from California State University Long Beach in 2001 with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Criminal Justice. She then pursued her teaching credential and began teaching special needs students. She has worked in both public and private education settings spanning a broad diversity of socioeconomic background and holding positions including Teacher’s Aide, General Education Teacher (pre-schol, Jr. Kindergarten and Kindergarten), Special Education Teacher (grades 8-12), and Skills Trainer (early intervention in home, elementary and high school; ASD, E/D, Bi-polar, PTSD, MR, LD). Stephanie is now working on her Master’s Degree in Marriage and family Therapy and brings her experience, passion, and desire to create and implement an innovative, collaborative education paradigm that will improve the social, emotional, physical, communicative, academic, and career success of all.

Stephanie’s driving force behind helping and world change is wanting her son to have the best future possible. Combining this desire with her experience and passion for education has led Stephanie to specifically focus on and help us with the development of the Portfolio Template and Collaborative Team Model. Together we are working with Stephanie to evolve our current review and evolution process into a new and improved structure that will better provide the following for all participants in One Community and/or the Education for Life Program:

  • A supportive environment to help in achieving individual learning and growth goals
  • A tool to collaboratively measure results and fine tune strategies for even better results
  • A portfolio for recording growth and development that can be used by the individual indefinitely
  • An on-going record of achievements and learned skills suitable for professional and educational use
  • Easy entry into next level learning and/or desired field(s) of employment and/or contribution

Welcome to the team Stephanie, it is a pleasure to create world change with you!

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Creating a New Earth – One Community Weekly Progress Update #10

One Community is focused on creating a new earth for The Highest Good of AllOpen source project-launch blueprinting and free-sharing a model for self-replicating teacher/demonstration communities, villages, and cities to be built all over the world is our path to achieving this. We believe if we make it easy enough, affordable enough, and attractive to enough people, then we can create exponential growth and develop mainstream embracing of these concepts and literally transform life on this planet for everyone. This is our weekly progress update (#10) covering our accomplishments for the week of April 29, 2013.

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Creating A New Earth
One Community Weekly Progress Update #10

CREATING A NEW EARTH: TECHNOLOGY

The A.C.E. (Accountability – Celebration – Expansion) App is an open source and free-shared web-based application One Community has developed for time tracking and objective data collection. We’ve spent over 6 months designing it, 3 months beta testing it, and now we use it daily to log and organize each of our team’s contribution through on-going records covering all aspects of the growth and evolution of our project as an open source project-launch blueprinting and research and development organization. This week we finished our 3rd blog discussing our journey to creating this and our open source portal for the application including access to the source code and details around how we are developing it further to additionally help with:

● Improving sustainable city efficiency
● Welcome Team and Project Team organization and coordination
● Gathering data and running reports on infrastructure build times
● Gathering data and running reports on complete city social and recreation time
● Improving efficiency and communication during large-scale consensus implementation
● Logging and tracking education components of the Education for Life program
● Logging specific work experience and skills data for individual resume use
● Sharing and collaborating on all the above data to make everything easier for others

CLICK HERE FOR THE ONE COMMUNITY OPEN SOURCE ACE APP PORTAL

HERE ARE THE BLOGS ABOUT THE ACE APPLICATION

 JOURNEY BLOG PART 1    ●    JOURNEY BLOG PART 2    ●    JOURNEY BLOG PART 3

CREATING A NEW EARTH: WEBSITE INFRASTRUCTURE

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CREATING A NEW EARTH: EARTHBAG VILLAGE PROGRESS

The earthbag village (Pod 1) model continues to progress with our intent to demonstrate housing for over 100 people for less than the cost of a moderately priced house in California. We’re now starting to work on the details of plumbing and water catchment and this has led to some changes in the elevations of the different sections of the village as shown here:

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Pod 1 Elevation Updates for Plumbing: Click to Enlarge

These elevation changes will allow us to place all of the plumbing at 5 feet below grade (versus the -12 feet we were expecting in some areas before) and they will also save us about 50% of our planned excavation while reducing labor for earth removal as well.

We also made significant additional progress this last week on the labor projections, materials details, and tools and equipment details for this village model as well as to the Planting Details page for the Tropical Atrium.

CREATING A NEW EARTH: SEGO CENTER CITY HUB PROGRESS

The One Community SEGO Center City Hub is a foundational component of the One Community duplicable teacher/demonstration community, village, and city model purposed to provide an open source and duplicable city center, demonstrate cutting-edge sustainability, to function as a community, village, or city recreation center, dining hall, and laundry facility, and to offer a green-luxury option to donors, major eco-investors, VIPs, or anyone else that might not feel like they are initially ready to stay in one of our earthbagor straw bale hand-constructed homes. Because it replaces individual kitchens, laundry rooms, and living rooms for residents, the SEGO Center also saves significant resources. We’re now working on 3D for this structure. Here’s the most recent export:

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CREATING A NEW EARTH: EDUCATION PROGRESS

The following 3 pages of the open source Education for Life Program are now also complete:

BLOOM’S TAXONOMY REVIEW   ●   STUDY TECH REVIEW   ●   MINDFULNESS & FUN CURRICULUM

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Community Open Source Update – One Community Weekly Progress Update #8

Happy Earth Day, One Community, we are One Community, we are One World, forward thinking, transformational progress, Society, living for the good of all, evolving sustainability, a new way of living, a new way of socializing, for The Highest Good of All, honesty and integrity people, community honesty and integrity, honesty and integrity and teacher/demonstration village, honesty and integrity and One Community, valuing honesty and integrity, open source honesty and integrity, evolving honesty and integrity, sustainability non profit, eco living, ecological values, transformational living, caring about everything, celebrating the human experience, celebrating life, expansive living, open source project-launch blueprinting, emotional sustainability, conscious and conscientious, our honesty and integrity, sharing honesty and integrity, unbiased honesty and integrity, honesty and integrity without limitsThe One Community goal is open source project-launch blueprinting and free-sharing a community open source strategy that facilitates the building of self-replicating teacher/demonstration communities, villages, and cities all over the world. We are doing this because we are a For The Highest Good of All organization and we believe our success has the potential to create a new era of cooperation, collaboration, innovation, creativity, sustainability, and increased peace and happiness for all of humanity.

Here is our weekly progress update (#8) covering our accomplishments for the week of April 15th, 2013 including progress on infrastructure development, open source technology, the Education for Life Program, and more.

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One Community Weekly Progress Update #8

COMMUNITY OPEN SOURCE LINKS AND OTHER DETAILS

FOUR PHASES OF GLOBAL TRANSFORMATION UPDATE

With a mentality of operating as architects of the future intent upon building and living for The Highest Good of All, we have create and are implementing a 4-phase strategy that we feel is capable of positively impacting life on this planet for everyone. The four phases to accomplish this are

  1. Demonstrate a better way
  2. Open source project-launch blueprint it all so people can duplicate it
  3. Invite the world to participate
  4. Leverage universal appeal to facilitate global expansion

4-PHASES OF TRANSFORMATION  ●  ARCHITECTS OF THE FUTURE ARTICLE

FOOD INFRASTRUCTURE UPDATE

We are beginning with open source project-launch blueprinting 3 different types of sustainable food production systems: a Large-scale Food Production Aquapini2 different “backyard version” Zen Aquapini designs, and 3 separate maximally-affordable Walipini Greenhouses. We updated the page describing all of them:

OPEN SOURCE SUSTAINABLE FOOD SYSTEMS HUB

OPEN SOURCE EARTHBAG VILLAGE CONSTRUCTION UPDATE

The purpose of the earthbag village (Pod 1) is to demonstrate maximum affordability and a diversity of earthbag designs that will be able to be duplicated almost anywhere in the world without the need for permits. We will begin building Pod 1 within the first month as a living/rental pod for the initial Community Members, visitors, and students. We are now working on 3D rendering of all the different components of this first village model. Here is this week’s blog about this with images:

3D Rendering the Earthbag Village

EDUCATION FOR LIFE UPDATES

The two new pages we have completed are the Communication and Language Skills Curriculum page and the Sharing, Giving, and Receiving Curriculum page. Both of these pages fall under the broader “Sharing” category of the Curriculum for Life component of the open source Education for Life Program and contain links for input from anyone else interested in international cooperative education, open source development of education, and making the pages and program better! We’ve also finished the foundations of the Contribution and Collaboration curriculum pages.

COMMUNICATION   ●   SHARING   ●   CONTRIBUTION   ●   COLLABORATION

JOURNEY TO ONLINE TIME MANAGEMENT BLOG UPDATE

We completed part 2 of 3 of One Community’s open source and free-shared online project management tool evolution blogs. It took two years to develop to where we are now and we’ve been beta testing and continuing to evolve and develop this online application for about 3 months now.

 ONE COMMUNITY’S JOURNEY TO ONLINE PROJECT MANAGEMENT BLOG PART 2

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One Community’s Online Project Management Tool Journey (Part 2 of 3)

Continued from Part 1

As One Community members learned and familiarized themselves with the ACE Sheet they were posting their contributions and progress and we saw a significant improvement in our ability to stay organized, motivated, and effective. The ACE Sheet was visually appealing, fairly easy to read and modify, and each member had their own unique color so we could see who was working on what.

Additionally, during the consensus training (with facilitators Community consultants Dr. Connie Stomper and Jack Reed) that led to the creation of the ACE Sheet, we had also engaged creating a plan to free up Jae’s time so that he could more effectively work on the broad diversity of tasks that only he could do, to determine what specifically counted as tangible contribution, and to determine how to handle members who have not been contributing or may be drifting away from the project.

Through consensus came the first structure for the Welcome Teams, Project Teams, and the P.E.A.C.E Agreement.

PROJECT MANAGEMENT JOURNEY RELATED PAGES

OPEN SOURCE ACE APP    ●    JOURNEY BLOG PART 1    ●    JOURNEY BLOG PART 3

ONE COMMUNITY OPEN SOURCE ACE APP PORTAL

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Welcome Teams

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Since the beginning of One Community, weekly Monday night calls were hosted to check-in with the team, brainstorm ideas, share announcements, determine the next course of action, and talk about anything else that needed to be discussed. These calls usually last for at least 2 hours, sometimes 4, and on rare occasions 5 or even more! Once the team got larger, not only were the calls getting longer, but socialization and bonding time greatly increased too.

At this point, Jae was doing all of the welcome calls for new members, check-ins on how each team member was doing, checking to see if anyone needed any assistance on anything and if there were any questions, and all the administration related to follow-up on contributions as well. The establishment of the Welcome Teams delegated a large chunk of these activities.

Each Welcome Team at that point included about 3-4 people and the volunteer or appointed facilitator would facilitate that group. Anyone who wishes to can become a facilitator or even go on a rotation between the members if they so choose. Every couple of months, the Welcome Teams also rotate so that eventually every team member gets to know every other team member. The Welcome Teams also have their own weekly calls in addition to One Community’s weekly Monday night calls.

As a result of the implementation of the Welcome Teams, much of the management tasks can be delegated to the facilitators of each team and this increases efficiency. With this, more members are taking on a larger role in the project, it ultimately saves everyone time, there is more “community” to One Community, more bonding and connecting with our One Community Family, more accountability, and more forward moving energy.

Project Teams and Project Flow Charts

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As One Community continues to expand, the amount of projects continue to expand. Another major evolution for One Community was the creation of Project Teams and appointment of Project Team facilitators for these teams to help monitor the productivity and forward movement of specific projects across the diversity of components One Community is engaging. By having separate Project Teams, we can see how much energy is being put into each area of One Community as well as reflect and review on how we can delegate our time more effectively.

Another related implementation that came a later was the Project and Component Flow Charts created at the second consensus training (also facilitated by Community consultants Dr. Connie Stomper and Jack Reed). Sometimes, there are tasks that can be a challenge to organize, document, and keep moving. To ensure that the tasks at hand are moving One Community forward, we have constructed a format to handle larger projects and to keep all the data and advancements documented. This is what it looks like and you can visit the page about it for more details.

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*Note* Most smaller tasks do not need this chart in order to be effective.

P.E.A.C.E Agreement

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As One Community went through the initial phases of trial and error and collaborating on the best way to maintain accountability and team leadership development, the P.E.A.C.E (Peaceful Energetic Assessment of Community Experience) Agreement was also created (like the Welcome Teams and Project Teams) during the first consensus training. We’d realized by that first consensus training that to maintain the forward movement and energy of One Community, a consistency of communication and contribution is necessary. We’d realized and experienced that without what became the P.E.A.C.E. Agreement, dozens or even hundreds of hours could be spent in discussion on what the best method would be to handle the issue of accountability and contribution.

The P.E.A.C.E Agreement is our solution and our way to check-in with members who may not be fully present with One Community. By offering assistance and communication, a solution can now be found that will always be for The Highest Good of All including, if necessary, a member choosing or being asked to leave the team. With these additions in place, the clarity of One Community increased dramatically. Most of the challenges now have a solution, and we have a system that is functional, convenient, efficient, and effective.

To be continued in part 3…

RELATED PAGES

  P.E.A.C.E. AGREEMENT     ●     WELCOME TEAMS     ●     PROJECT TEAMS

Highest Good for All – One Community Weekly Progress Update #7

Here is the One Community Highest Good for All progress update (#7) for the week of 4/8/2013 including the video overview, most recent architectural images, links to the most recently completed pages, and more! 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.

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One Community Weekly Progress Update #7

HIGHEST GOOD FOOD UPDATE

This last week for One Community has been heavily focused on food infrastructure progressDoug Stenhouse (Architect and Water Color Artist) spent the whole week adapting, updating, and finalizing the site layout for all the aquapini, zen aquapini, and walipini structures. These final designs went through three major iterations and redesigns:

SUSTAINABLE FOOD INFRASTRUCTURE SITE PLAN LAYOUT #1

This first iteration was an indicator that we had too many retaining walls and needed to improve our ability to move around the site and structures for maintenance and ease of use.

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Aquapini and Walipini Site Plan #1: Click Image to Enlarge

SUSTAINABLE FOOD INFRASTRUCTURE SITE PLAN LAYOUT #2

This second iterations was true brilliance from Doug! This general design is ultimately what we ended up going with but we wanted to move the solar panels off the water, increase the insulation of the earth around the corners of the subterranean structures, increase seating for the amphitheater this design provides, and we realized we could use the same sloping and planting of the earth to eliminate almost all of the driveway retaining walls.

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Aquapini and Walipini Site Plan #2: Click Image to Enlarge

 SUSTAINABLE FOOD INFRASTRUCTURE FINAL SITE PLAN / LAYOUT

Here is the final layout of the structures including a cross section drawing looking South. This final design features:

  • ADA accessible
  • Water collection from all surfaces
  • Easy vehicle access for food removal from all structures
  • Elimination of almost all retaining walls by replacing them with sloped areas
  • Sufficient distance between all structures to avoid shading of other structures
  • Easy foot travel (with small climb) from any point to any other point in or around the layout
  • Easy lateral expandability in support of our open source goals for adaptability to individual needs
  • Central pond for water storage, aesthetic benefit, edible water plants, and wading/swimming
  • Storage area for tools and equipment between the 2 Zen Aquapinis
  • Plans for a removable dock to assist with functionality for this space as an amphitheater
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Aquapini and Walipini Site Plan #3: Click Image to Enlarge

ZEN AQUAPINI DESIGNS

Doug also completed the Zen Aquapini designs based off the ongoing and amazing consulting of Avery Ellis (Aquaponics Specialist and owner/operator of Integrated Aquaponics). In support of our open source goals, these combination aquapinis are purposed to provide a food production system that will be both functional and a beautiful place to relax or entertain people. Our goal with these is maximum food diversity and inspiring people to build these in their backyard as a way to produce a volume and diversity of food for all their family and friends (and several additional families) while also creating an aesthetically pleasing place to go and sit “in nature” even when it’s cold and uncomfortable outside. Notable features include:

  • Built-in water collection and storage
  • Integration of ground-based growing and aquaponics
  • Sloped South wall for maximum sun penetration in the winter
  • In-ground design for easier temperature control and lower above-ground profile
  • Built in water collection and storage for the entire structure
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ZEN AQUAPINI GROW ZONES

We’re still designing the “zen” and beauty aspects of this structure but here are the grow zones we have to work with:

  • 4 Trees (darker green)
  • Media Beds (light green): 4 @ 8′ x 4′  = 128 sq feet of MB growing space
  • Deep Water Culture (blue): 11 rafts @ 4′ x 4′ = 176 sq feet of DWC growing space
  • Sloped Garden Area (Yellow): 600 sq feet (62′ x 9′ + 1/2 of a 10′ x 10′ square)
  • Drip System Garden Area (white): 48′ x 10′ = 480 sq feet
  • Corner Creeper Grow Zone (orange): 20′ x 1′ = 20 sq feet
  • Pond Surface Area: 50 sq feet
  • Sloped roof growing area (magenta): approximately 10′ x 16′ = 160 sq feet (not included in total below)
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Zen Aquapini Grow Zones

 TOTAL GROWING SPACE PER ZEN AQUAPINI: 1454 square feet

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OPEN SOURCE COMMUNITY TIME USE APPLICATION

We also completed our first blog (of 3) about our path to the design of our open source and free-shared time tracking and assessment application. It’s been 2 years in the coming, over 6 months of development, 3 months of beta testing, and continues to evolve.

READ THE ACE APP BLOG #1     ●     CHECK OUT THE ACE APP

OPEN SOURCE EDUCATION FOR LIFE UPDATES

This past week we additionally completed the research for two more pages of the Education for Life Program and completed the web design for two pages too. Here are the two pages that are completed as part of the open source education hub:

COMMUNICATION AND LANGUAGE SKILLS     ●     SHARING, GIVING, & RECEIVING

SEGO CENTER CITY HUB UPDATES

Karl Harris (Architect Drafter, Designer, and founder of Harris Design & Technology Services) and Charles McLean (Architecture & Urban Agriculture Designer, Professor, and owner of OM Greengroup) also completed the following for the  SEGO Center City Hub:

  • 4th floor bathrooms
  • Space planning of the hallway by Social Dome bathrooms
  • Cleaning closet addition and access through the Library
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All that remains now is the addition of one more emergency exit and we’ll then be back to focusing on 3D renderings of everything while our partners at P2S Engineering are working on what we need to build the SEGO Center as a LEED Platinum certified building.

More info on this component:

SEGO CENTER CITY HUB OVERVIEW  ●  SEGO CENTER DETAILS & OPEN SOURCE HUB

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World Change Progress Update – One Community Weekly Progress Update #6

Here is our One Community written and video progress update (#6) for the week of April 1st, 2013!

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SEGO CENTER CITY HUB UPDATED CAD

Karl Harris (Architect Drafter, Designer, and founder of Harris Design & Technology Services) and Charles McLean (Architecture & Urban Agriculture Designer, Professor, and owner of OM Greengroup) continue to make significant progress for us in the evolution of the  SEGO Center City Hub! Here is the most recent CAD Export:

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SEGO Center City Hub CAD Export (4/7/2013) – Click to Enlarge

SEGO CENTER UPDATES IN THE CAD ABOVE
  • Space planning all Living Dome rooms
  • Changes to the Social Dome bathroom walls to make plumbing easier
  • Redesign of the laundry room for increased convenience for the 100’s of people this room will service
  • Addition of entry way through back of the kitchen
  • Moved Social Dome water fountain by Men’s Room entry

Updates now in progress and planned for completion this week:

  • 4th floor bathrooms need to be added
  • Space planning hallway by Social Dome Bathrooms
  • Cleaning closet access in Library
  • Emergency exit addition under stairs between Social Dome and Living Dome

More info on this component:

SEGO CENTER CITY HUB OVERVIEW  ●  SEGO CENTER DETAILS & OPEN SOURCE HUB

EARTHBAG VILLAGE LAYOUT DONE!!

Doug Stenhouse (Architect and Water Color Artist) has put in a HUGE amount of time adapting, updating, and finalizing the layout for the earthbag village (Pod 1) and we are happy to say we completed it this week!

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AN UPDATED IMAGE AS OF TODAY

The blog post above has all the details on this week’s progress regarding finalizing the earthbag village (Pod 1) but we did add a few details to this image:

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Updated Earthbag 3-Unit Clusters Image – Click to Visit the Earthbag Details and Portal Page

Earthbag home details added to the image above were:

  • Internal height 17′
  • Internal radius 7.5′
  • External height 14.5′
  • Internal height from grade to internal roof 13′
  • Addition of one more indicator that the wall width is 1’6″
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TROPICAL ATRIUM PROGRESS

We’ve also completed the planting details for the Tropical Atrium! The page is still under construction at the time of this posting but you are still welcome to view it as it develops here: Tropical Atrium Planting

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Building with Earthbags – Open Source Earthbag Village Layout Complete

One Community’s first open source project-launch blueprinting and free-shared village model will be created by building with earthbags. Earthbag houses last longer than traditional houses, are arguably the most affordable building method available, and the materials for building with earthbags can easily be shipped anywhere in the world. Thanks to what is mostly the hard work of one of our consultants, Douglas Simms Stenhouse (Architect and Water Color Artist), after over 2 years of discussion and design work, we are happy to share the following finished layout including our updated bathroom and shower designs, integration of the Tropical Atrium, ADA and emergency access for everything, county approved sloping, etc.

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EARTHBAG VILLAGE FEATURES

As the first of the 7 sustainable villages we will build, when complete the earthbag village (Pod 1) will feature:

3-CLUSTER EARTHBAG HOUSE DETAILS

Here is the newly completed layout of the 3-dome home clusters with space planning included in one as well:

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EARTHBAG CONSTRUCTION TOILETS AND SHOWERS

Our earthbag village will additionally incorporate a combination traditional eco-septic with vermiculture solid waste treatment and all natural greywater processing through 4 communal toilet facilities and 4 communal shower facilities. A central Tropical Dome will provide a tropical growing environment, food for the village, and an indoor and outdoor community recreation space. The best part is that everything this village entails is less than 100 yards from your front door because the footprint for this village model requires less than 1 acre.

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Special thanks goes to the consulting and collaborative work of our consultants Betty Lenora (Earthbuilding Instructor and Author) who also worked with our consultant Biko Casini (Sustainable Building Expert, Permaculturalist, and Journeyman Mason) to create the initial designs and concept drawings for the above vermiculture toilet designs.

DETAILS OF THE SOUTH ENTRY TO THE TROPICAL DOME

Here is a newly completed 1/4″ scale of the South entry of the Tropical Atrium also. Some notable aspects of this design include surrounding patios, central sitting area/staircase, and the open and sloped design to support use of this area as a place for hosting music or other events. This design is also purposed to take advantage of this South facing walkway to maximize heating efficiency in the winter.

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Water Conservation Methods and Rainwater Harvesting Methods

Pursuing Rainwater Harvesting Methods

Meg West (Landscape Architect, Permaculturalist, founder of Meg West Design, and consultant to the SEGO Center) recently produced an informational video on water conservation methods and rainwater harvesting methods that we would like to share. Since we are pursuing a mission to open source project-launch blueprint teacher/demonstration communities for the Highest Good of All, we at One Community are continuously searching out the most sustainable strategies to integrate into our own designs.

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Meg’s video is timely because we’ve been recently researching water conservation methods and water catchment to integrate into the design of the  earthbag village model (Pod 1). The water catchment for each different type of building and the seven different village models will be different, but the basics of rainwater harvesting methods and establishing gardens for each area will be similar.  We will base our designs around where the water comes from and how and where to channel it, using the proper tools (such as pulaskis) to move the soil and create the proper channeling.

We plan to apply the principles of both the greywater and water catchment systems specifically to the unique needs of each site, altering as we go to make exceptions for variations in plant species, soil conditions, slope, exposure, and other conditions.  We will also incorporate native plants into our designs where possible in order to utilize all of the catchment water if possible. This will allow us to depend on as little of the spring water as necessary while also ensuring any water that doesn’t get used goes back into the soil and/or eventually to the water table.

WATER CONSERVATION AND RAINWATER HARVESTING

For those who are interested, we are attaching a video on basic water conservation methods focusing on rainwater harvesting methods and how the planetary water cycle interacts with the ocean.  For your convenience, we have included a summary of the key points below the video. Enjoy!

Check out the Video Summary Below

SECTION ONE: THE WATER CYCLE AND RAINWATER HARVESTING METHODS

The water cycle is 100% dependent on our oceans.  Evaporation from our oceans condenses as vapor to form clouds and returns to the Earth as rain, snow, and hail. Since much of it is trapped as ice and snow for what could be years at a time, our immediate reliance is on rainfall.

Typically, much of the rainfall is absorbed by our natural landscapes through plants and dirt.  However, over 70% of our cities are a hardscape (non-absorbent materials like buildings and streets).  This causes the precipitation to run off and pollute streams, lakes and oceans when we could otherwise design our landscapes to take advantage of that water by local utilization. Preserving the water we have is critical because by keeping more water on site, we reduce our irrigation needs and replenish the existing water table.  With greater integration of natural landscape, more water is naturally retained and absorbed into the soil or available to funnel off for other uses.  For example, instead of using drinking water for landscaping purposes, we could use the rain Mother Nature naturally provides that otherwise runs into oceans and streams.

Rainwater Harvesting Methods

One of the rainwater harvesting methods that takes advantage of the rain Mother Nature provides is establishing a rain garden.   This involves creating swales and berms and utilizing native plants, rain gutters, and rain barrels.  Proper plant selection also attracts bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects.  The use of gravel mulches accents the plant selection and encourages proper drainage while organic mulches around trees slowly breaks down and replenishes nutrients for them as well as edible plants.

Filling small swales with bark and gravel retains moisture and allows rainfall to be absorbed into the soil and taken up by plants.  Plants play a significant role in cleansing the environment.  Pervious pavers can also be used on walkways to maintain a clean landscape and to allow water absorption.

Water conservation methods

Rainwater harvesting methods such as establishing rain gardens are most effective once one has a proper understanding of where the water comes from, so it can be redirected for maximum landscape benefits.  Downspouts with splash blocks keep the water away from foundations and also can direct water to plants that can tolerate larger quantities, as well as prevent runoff pollution.

SECTION TWO:  OCEAN FRIENDLY GARDENS

Another method of utilizing the water via rainwater harvesting methods is to create ocean friendly gardens.  Ocean friendly gardens are designed to prevent runoff that would eventually pollute our oceans.  The three primary objectives of these gardens are to:

  • Capture and distribute water
  • Use appropriate plants
  • Allow water to filter down to plant roots

The initial step is to remove the turf, if any, and contour the land with trenches, berms, and swales to capture the water. This enables it to seep into the ground, recharges the groundwater in the soil, and makes it available for plant utilization.  Once the contouring is complete, a compost tea is added that serves as a biological activator.  Then old newspaper, cardboard, or butcher block paper is laid down to act as a weed barrier. Finally, an organic sheet mulch, about 3-4″, is applied.  This also serves as an additional weed barrier and both act as sponges to retain water and prevent runoff even further.  Both of these barriers will break down over time which adds nutrients that help to build up the soil. Additional mulch is added when necessary.

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Before building an ocean friendly garden and implementing rainwater harvesting methods, it is important to understand where the water naturally flows on the land. The best way to determine where your water is coming from and going to is to observe its flow during a rain shower.  Since both soil and plants filter the water before it reaches the water table, the goal is to direct it into the landscape and avoid allowing it to exit on hard surfaces.  Therefore, water coming off a roof or exiting a downspout should be re-directed where necessary by the land contours or with rain diverters (simple extension tubes for your downspouts) towards your swales and holding areas.

It can then settle into the ground and not run directly into the street and end up carrying pollutants (herbicides, pesticides, fertilizers, oil, automobile exhaust that settles everywhere, etc.) into the otherwise eventual destination, the oceans. As a final tip for best results with rainwater harvesting methods, try to divert water 10′ away from buildings to avoid moisture problems, particularly with basements.

Equality and Diversity Good Practice – One Community Weekly Progress Update #5

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Here is our progress update (#5) for the week of 3/25/2013 and a video blog about equality and diversity good practice. We chose to blog about equality and diversity because of what is happening in the news right now and the fact that we coincidentally finished both our Highest Good Society open source project-launch blueprinting portal (that links to our diversity value and open source intentions for diversity) and our Diversity, Differences, and Similarities curriculum page for the Education for Life program! Check out the video blog and then all the other accomplishment details for this week below that.

The first 11:30 of the video below is our weekly progress update and the rest is about equality and diversity good practice, how diversity is foundational to the One Community model, and how we specifically are supporting diversity as an element of creating world change.

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One Community Weekly Progress Update #5

Here are the details of everything discussed in the video blog above.

OPEN SOURCE PORTAL AND HUB COMPLETION

This last week we completed the outlining of the following open source project-launch blueprinting hubs:

See also:

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EARTHBAG VILLAGE (POD 1) UPDATED DESIGNS

This last week we spent a significant amount of time with our architect Douglas Simms Stenhouse (Architect and Water Color Artist) working on the designs of the earthbag village (Pod 1) communal bathroom designs (incorporating vermiculture and traditional septic), our communal shower designs, and our overall layout that will provide convenience, efficiency, and ADA, emergency vehicle, and truck access.

Here is our updated shower and bathroom designs. Doug is now updating the dome shapes so they are accurate for earthbag construction.

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Earthbag Village Showers and Bathrooms Layouts: Click to Enlarge

Here’s the earthbag village layout evolution #5.

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Earthbag Village 5th Generation Layout – Click to Enlarge

For the evolution before this, visit our last week’s infrastructure update blog. We’d discussed a ton of details that ultimately didn’t get included in the above update. Now we’re taking the best of this update and combining it with the best of the last update and we should have what we need later this week!

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OPEN SOURCE EDUCATION FOR LIFE DEVELOPMENTS

The team has also been hard at work this last week working on the open source and free-shared Education for Life Program. The two newly completed pages are:

In addition to the two new pages above we also have now propagated the results of our research into MontessoriWaldorfOrff Schulwerk, and the Reggio Emilia Method across the Curriculum for LifeTeaching Strategies for LifeLearning Tools and Toys for Life, and building The Ultimate Classroom pages so that these pages can start taking form also.

OTHER ONE COMMUNITY UPDATES FOR THE LAST WEEK

This last week we also finished all the planting plans, cost analysis, and layout details for the Tropical Atrium and built an open source testing platform and access to our time tracking and accountability application. We said in the blog we’d been “beta testing this application for a couple weeks” but we’ve actually been beta testing and evolving this for a few months. Both of these updates should be up on this site by the end of this week or early next week at the latest!

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Earthbag Sustainable House Design and Village Model Update

Our sustainable house designs and village model focusing on open source project-launch blueprinting earthbag home construction for under $1,500 continue to evolve. We’ve had to rethink the layout due to the development and 20′ diameter growth of the Tropical Atrium as well as conversations with the county that have led to a much more eco-friendly vermiculture bathroom design and communal shower setup. In accordance with our four-phase global change strategy, our goal with this village model is to open source project-launch blueprint this the Earthbag Village (Pod 1) as a demonstration of over 60 different artistic iterations of maximally affordable earthbag sustainable house designs. We will showcase this as a beautiful, durable, easy to build, and completely ecologically friendly and sustainable home model that can be constructed for around $1000 per structure from materials that can be locally sourced or easily and affordably shipped anywhere in the world for a total cost of less than $1,500 per structure.

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SUSTAINABLE HOUSE DESIGN OPEN SOURCE GOALS

As we continue open source project-launch blueprinting the earthbag village, build it, and problem solve and evolve it for One Community (and with others around the world) we will use this page as the portal to complete details for duplication including the additional portals for the vermiculture bathroom designs, eco showers, and Tropical Atrium, as well as the open source and free-shared specifics related to this village model including:

● Architectural plans for all components
● Detailed materials list for all components
● Detailed equipment and tools needs list for all components
● Cost analysis and best sources for materials and equipment
● How to build, what to watch out for, how to adapt structure
● How to work with local government if permitting is needed
● On-going maintenance and upkeep details per our on-going experience
● Specifics of everything you can grow in the Tropical Atrium and what kinds of yields you can expect
● Complete details on how to build your own Earth Bag Village and how many hours it should take
● How to make your build easier than ours and how to solve any problems we encountered in our build
● Archive and database of others building similar structures including their experiences, adaptations, etc.
● List of everyone who helped us design and build this so they can be contacted to help others change it

The list above will evolve into links for each bullet point to individual pages including all the open source project-launch blueprinting details people need to duplicate every aspect of this component of One Community in part or in whole.

EARTHBAG VILLAGE LAYOUT UPDATE

Here is the first new design layout by architect Douglas Simms Stenhouse (Architect and Water Color Artist) taking into account the new communal bathroom and showers – showers he is designing right now. This is not how it’s going to look as we realized a significant number of additional changes are needed, but it is a start on the new layout.

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Earthbag Village Layout Evolution #4: Click to Enlarge

EVOLUTION OF THE EARTHBAG VILLAGE

Doug delivered the above drawing today and we discussed it for an hour and came up with the following evolutions:

  • Improve flow for people
  • Reduce materials and digging
  • Account for the planned water usage and flow
  • Account for the resident versus visitor population and flow
  • Have adequate access to the 3 entryways of the vermiculture bathroom design
  • Create and optimize 3-unit housing groups and clarify location of the 2 unit groups that remain

Here’s what the notes look like for the next iteration Doug is working on now:

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Next Generation Traffic Flow and Layout – Click to Visit the Pod 1 Details Page

Here are the traffic flow and emergency vehicle notes and planning:

Visitor and Emergency Vehicle Flow and Layout - Click to Visit the Pod 1 Details Page

Visitor and Emergency Vehicle Flow and Layout – Click to Visit the Pod 1 Details Page

Here is the greywater flow and planning from the bathrooms and communal showers:

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