One Community is one way to make permanent positive change. We accomplish this by embracing open source and sustainable solutions across various domains, including food, energy, housing, education, for-profit and non-profit economic design, social architecture, fulfilled living, and global stewardship practices. Guided by the philosophy of living and creating for “The Highest Good of All.” Our innovative model is designed for self-replication, thus laying the foundation for a worldwide network of teacher/demonstration hubs. Every creation of ours is open source and freely shared, contributing to the advancement oft sustainability and the regeneration of a planet for the benefit of all people and life that share it.
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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 September 18th, 2023 edition (#548) of our weekly progress update detailing our team’s development and accomplishments:
One Community is one way to make permanent positive change 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, Julia Meaney (Research and Web design) completed another week of assisting with research and web design. Julia focused on a range of tasks, displaying a high level of productivity and attention to detail. She dedicated her efforts to reviewing and enhancing the City Center Interior Design Cost Analysis spreadsheet, particularly scrutinizing the incorporation of feedback into the “Room 4 – Retro Vogue” and “Room 5 – Tranquility Room” tabs. She skillfully addressed comments and implemented necessary revisions. Subsequently, she turned their attention to the DIY on Earth Dam Design & Construction Disaster Mitigation Content Google Doc, methodically refining content for grammatical accuracy, spelling, and overall coherence. She also provided constructive feedback and sought clarifications where needed. Additionally, she undertook preparations for seamless site integration, including the creation of tables of contents and the incorporation of guidelines for headings and site formatting. Finally, she continued their diligent editing work on the Net-zero Bathroom and Earthbag Village Water Collection and Septic Design EDITED CONTENT FOR WEB” Google Docs, ensuring content precision and optimal format for final integration. Throughout these tasks, she adeptly formatted resources, reinstated images, and executed other essential adjustments. See the pictures below.
Justin Varghese (Mechanical Engineer) completed another week assisting with the City Center Dome Hub Connector Engineering. Justin dedicated his efforts to the precise alignment of beams and meticulous adjustments to drawings, with a primary focus on correcting angles between them. His goal was to proactively prevent beam and connector collisions, achieve geometric symmetry, and ensure a consistent connector design throughout the project. In addition to these tasks, Justin successfully created and assembled connectors with a standardized thickness of 0.2 inches for rows 1, 2, 3, and 4. See some of the images below.
Loza Ayehutsega (Civil Engineer/Assistant Civil Engineer) completed another week of assisting with Earth Dam Design and construction for Water Retention, Pond, and lake Creation. Loza attended a workshop focused on safer tailing dams, organized by NGI. During the workshop, valuable interactions took place with representatives from ICOLD and experienced dam safety engineers. These discussions revolved around various ongoing projects, fostering meaningful connections and exchanges of insights. Currently, Loza is diligently reviewing comments received on a report as part of their ongoing work. Take a look at the pictures below to get a glimpse of this work.
One Community is one way to make permanent positive change 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) completed the design and modeling of a visitor room for the Duplicable City Center. Amiti achieved significant progress in the development of Duplicable City’s Zen-Garden visitor room, Room 9. Inspired by the serene essence of “Zen,” the room design aimed to evoke the tranquility of a Japanese tea room. Amiti efficiently completed the selection process for materials, furniture, planting, and lighting, harmonizing them to create the desired ambiance. Concurrently, she conducted a meticulous review of the cost analysis pertaining to both Room 4 and Room 5 within Duplicable City, ensuring the utmost precision and reliability in the financial assessments. See below for the picture.
Charles Gooley (Web Designer) completed another week of assisting with web design. Charles dedicated his efforts to enhancing the Water Recycling Net-zero Bathroom Design and Water Conservation tutorials. Under precise guidance from the source Google Doc, he meticulously updated the main tables of contents and sub-tables of contents for both pages. Charles seamlessly integrated new content, covering topics like Net-Zero Bathroom Rainwater Harvesting Design Details, Estimation of Catchment Area of the Rooftop Rainwater Harvesting System, Rainfall Supply, Water Demand, Catchment Area, and Storage Capacity into the Water Recycling Net Zero Bathroom Design. These strategic additions found their place within the Water Conservation tutorial, situated between the Earthbag Village Stormwater Harvesting Design and above the Stormwater Management Plan sections. Both tutorials have now reached completion and are ready for the review process. The pictures below offer a visual representation of this work.
Julio Marín Bustillos (Mechanical Engineer) completed another week of assisting with the City Center Dome Hub Connector Engineering. Julio concentrated on designing additional hub connectors and seamlessly integrating them into the comprehensive assembly. The expansion of the assembly was undertaken to facilitate updates to the overarching model, with the primary beneficiaries being Justin, Yiwei, and the newly onboarded team member, Dipak. Dipak, leveraging his background in Finite Element Analysis (FEA), assumes a pivotal role in evaluating the safety and optimization of the design. The team maintains its unwavering commitment to this collaborative endeavor. The pictures below provide a glimpse of the images.
Ranran Zhang (Architectural Design) completed another week working on the updated video for the Duplicable City Center internal and external walkthrough. Ranran diligently addressed feedback by making necessary improvements to both the Lumion and SketchUp models. Specifically, she focused on achieving a closer match of the wall material in the kitchen area to the source model and introduced a new waterfall feature in the central area of the first floor. In addition, Ranran carried out essential adjustments to the related model near the waterfall to enhance overall accuracy and cohesion. Take a look at the images below to see some of the progress made in this work.
This week, the engineering summary was managed by Arvindh Xavier (Civil Engineer), amalgamating the contributions of team members Anushka Shinghal, Ashlesha Navale, Gregory Quach, Julio Bustillo, and Rihab Baklouti. Notably, Anushka collaborated with a teammate to strategize, focusing on audience development within Google Analytics and the generation of weekly reports for Jae. Addressing challenges with settings, Anushka intends to resolve them while exploring methods to create additional audiences. Ashlesha dedicated her efforts to crafting a Volunteer Announcement, curating web content, and designing nature-based background images and theme-based visuals for social media and YouTube. Gregory focuses on Google Sheets tasks and successfully streamlining column addition through aggregate array formula integration. He also contributed by authoring his profile information for the organization’s website. Rihab efficiently managed tasks, creating non-chronological YouTube updates and Volunteer Announcements, with all drafts approved by the One Community Crew. Julio concentrated on designing hub connectors to enhance the comprehensive assembly, benefiting team members Justin, Yiwei, and Dipak, who specialize in Finite Element Analysis (FEA) for design assessment. See below for some of the images of this work.
One Community is one way to make permanent positive change 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 our review of the open-source Highest Good Food designs. We undertook the task of editing the Food Rollout Infrastructure document, focusing on enhancing its readability and clarity. In this endeavor, we skillfully applied formatting by bolding the segments that require purchased items and further emphasized those needing construction by bolding and italicizing them. These key segments encompassed materials lists, the initial 3, 20 people, and various aspects of soil preparation, composting, vermiculture, soil amendments, and hoop house entities. See the pictures below that are related to this.
Gregory Quach (Data Enterer for Chef/Culinary) continued working on the Transition Kitchen, He conducted a thorough analysis of the Transition Kitchen Recipe Build Out project, placing specific emphasis on implementing the aggregate array formula function to optimize column addition, particularly for shopping lists. Gregory accomplished the task of generating all 15-day shopping lists successfully. Furthermore, he authored his profile information for the organization’s website. See the images below for some of his work.
Shengguang Jin (Mechanical Engineer) completed the work of assisting with Highest Good Food. Shengguang conducted a thorough review of the analytical model’s accuracy, comparing it to the CAD files from Solidworks. During this evaluation, a minor error related to the proper boundary conditions of structural supporting component A was identified. In response, he diligently received a set of equations from scratch, ensuring their alignment with the original model. Additionally, Shengguang calculated the moment of inertia for the member’s hollow square, taking into account both the actual parameters and the proposed material properties. Furthermore, an assessment of the empty chamber’s load-bearing capacity under full weight was carried out, and the results were compared with Solid Works simulation data for validation. See the images below for some of his work.
One Community is one way to make permanent positive change 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:
This week, Brian Muigai Mwaniki (Structural Engineer) completed work helping with The Ultimate Classroom. Brian performed a comprehensive analysis of modified timber trusses and the structural framework, utilizing Staad Pro V8 to simulate various load scenarios on individual members. He successfully derived load reactions from this analysis, leading to a revision of existing foundation drawings, a task efficiently accomplished using AutoCAD software. Following the revision, Brian ensured the accessibility of all relevant files by uploading them to the designated shared Dropbox location. See below for pictures related to this work.
One Community is one way to make permanent positive change 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 67 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.
Another core team member worked extensively with the City Center SketchUp file, performing various tasks. She extracted the central area of the first floor from the latest City Center SketchUp file, which included components like the mechanical room, chairs, side tables, the spa’s latest CAD image, the laundry room wall, the dining dome shell, and the swimming pool. She utilized the waterfall model from a prior design of the central area on the first floor of the City Center. She combined these two models to implement updates, such as relocating the spa pool to create space for a waterfall, removing two chairs and a side table adjacent to the mechanical room, and repositioning a chair and side table near the entry door. Additionally, she reshaped the waterfall model to accommodate the spa pool and made necessary updates to the court’s floor and the first floor of the living dome by eliminating any obstructing elements from the spa area. She then compressed the SketchUp file containing the central area with the combined waterfall and shared it with volunteers on Google Drive. She also combined the updated central area components with the latest City Center model, compressed the final file, and uploaded it to Google Drive for volunteer access. See the image below to view this work.
Jin Hua (Web and Graphic Designer) continued working with NitroPack trying to fix video errors identified by Google Analytics. He also objectively confirmed the improvements this plugin has provided our website. The pictures below show some of this work.
Megan Morelli (Funding Research and Acquisition) hired and trained a new team member named Aaron Wang for the fundraising team. They created a plan for Aaron’s onboarding and his role in fundraising activities. Megan also set up a Zoom call between Jae and the Eckhart Tolle Foundation to discuss potential partnerships and funding opportunities. After the call, she sent a follow-up email to explore future collaboration possibilities with the Foundation. Additionally, Megan spent time researching other organizations for outreach and identified important contacts and groups to connect with in the next week. See below for pictures related to this work.
This week, the Administration Team’s summary, covering their work administrating and managing most of One Community, was managed by Jamie and includes Alyx Parr (Senior Support Specialist and Team Manager), Jamie Cruz (Administrative Assistant and Team Manager), and Olawunmi “Ola” Ijisesan (Administrative and Management Support). Alyx focused on multiple tasks, including reviewing Jamie’s blog content, copying additional summaries, and sourcing images for their side project. She engaged in collaborative work on Google Docs, created collages, and completed graphic design elements for her own blog page. Alyx also proactively managed the team, assessing performance, and strategizing for support, following up with team members who missed their media and summaries. She reconnected with individuals from the previous week and established summaries and content for page 548. Jamie revisited her previous week’s blog, improved tutorials for new volunteers, organized images and summaries for an upcoming blog, and managed administrative responsibilities within her team. Ola completed her assigned tasks, provided feedback on team members’ work, corrected errors, and expanded her role in the PR team by reviewing instructional videos. She also received feedback from Jae on her reviewed work. The collage below shows some of this work.
Analytic’s summary was managed by Alyx Parr (Senior Support Specialist) and includes Anushka Signhal (Machine Learning Engineer) and Tanaya Joshi (Machine Learning Engineer). This week, Anushka concentrated on the development of a measurement plan geared towards enhancing volunteer recruitment and increasing donations and funding. Her responsibilities encompassed the utilization of Google Analytics to optimize volunteer engagement and a comprehensive analysis of conversion rates across all website links. Anushka also encountered some ambiguity regarding the distinction between the donation and funding sections of the website. Meanwhile, Tanaya’s focus this week was on comprehending the existing state of the Google Ads account. She diligently revised the measurement plan and explored methods for tracking social media data, thoroughly documenting the processes involved. Additionally, Tanaya collated insights regarding the current state of the ads account and subsequently engaged in a productive discussion with her teammate, augmenting the measurement plan with valuable input. Her documentation efforts extended to email tracking, social media platform monitoring, hashtag tracking, and the creation of UTM links for marketing campaigns. See the collage below for evidence of this work.
This week, the Blue Steel Team’s summary, covering their work on the Highest Good Network software, was managed by Nathan and includes Haohui Lin (Software Engineer), Kurtis Ivey (Full Stack Developer), Lucile Tronczyk (Full Stack Software Developer), Nathan Hoffman (Software Engineer and Team Manager), Oleksandr Riazantsev (Project Management Advisor), Lawrence Chua (Full Stack Software), Yubo Sun (Full Stack Software Developer), Eduardo Varjao (Frontend Developer), and Yongjian Pan (React.js/MongoDB Full Stack Software Developer). Eduardo developed unit tests for three components, including TeamMembersPopup.jsx, TeamStatusPopup.jsx, and TeamTableHeader.jsx, confirming their proper functionality and subsequently initiating three pull requests for these tests. Haohui concentrated on implementing “Add New User Permissions Role” in PR1307, conducting testing, and handling edge cases for “Gives the user permission to manage individual user permissions” in PR1218 and Backend PR532. Kurtis conducted extensive testing on the updated backend and worked on resolving bug issues related to the new timer. Lawrence delved into the existing YAML file within the frontend codebase, seeking to understand its functionality and interactions with HGN deployments. Oleksandr addressed misspellings causing map component bugs, established a new user profile schema, and configured functionality for retrieving user-profiles and filtering by location data. Yongjian implemented a practical enhancement by enabling clickable Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) names, enhancing user accessibility. Lucile focused on software development tasks, adding explanatory “i” symbols to elements in the app, engaging in PR testing, and contributing to the improvement of information points. Yubo completed various tasks, including merging PRs and resolving issues with failed tests, while also actively working on addressing the ‘Fix profile page Assign Team button’ issue. Nathan addressed Git-related challenges and made progress on the “Restore to Default” task while also managing team hours and conducting reviews. See the image below to view this work.
Expressers Team’s summary this week, covering their work on the Highest Good Network software, was managed by Tim Kent (Full Stack Software Engineer and Team Manager) and includes Gary Balogh (Software Engineer), Yuri Andrade (Software Engineer), Olga Yudkin (Software Engineer), Aaron Persaud (Software Developer), and Veronica Cheng (Software Engineer). Gary conducted extensive code reviews (1183, 1185, 1218+532, 1264, 1270, 1277+530, 1278, 1279+531, 1280, 1281, 1283, 1287+534, 1288, 1291, 1293, 1297, 1298, 1300) for the development team, focusing on unit tests, accessibility improvements, and permissions management functions. Notably, he examined the addition of a Start Date column in the User Management Table and enforced guidelines for links in Google Docs and Dropbox. Yuri addressed the “admin” role issue related to adding a new WBS, identifying it as a code bug, and initiating a solution. Olga conducted a final review of PR#1262, updated PR notes for Task 255, and worked on the Phase II project details page’s design. Aaron resolved alignment and deployment issues in PR1289 and PR1294, respectively, while also enhancing linting scripts (PR1306) and verifying badge component fixes. Veronica focused on permission management issues, refining her testing methodology and revising permission labels, with plans to continue this work and document her findings in the Permissions Management Fixes Excel file. The collage below shows some of this work.
Graphic Design’s summary was managed by Alyx Parr (Senior Support Specialist and Manager) and includes Ashlesha Navale (Graphic Designer), Rihab Baklouti (Freelance Generalist), Yeasin Arafat (Civil Engineer, Graphic Designer). This week, Ashlesha took on several responsibilities, including the creation of a Volunteer Announcement, complete with a bio image and announcement image. She also crafted web content for this announcement and dedicated time to researching and curating a collection of nature-based and theme-based background images for potential future use in Social Media and YouTube Preview/Intro Images. In addition, Ashlesha designed the Social Media and YouTube Preview/Intro Images for a series of blog posts, namely #734, 735, 736, 737, 738, and 739. On the other hand, Rihab focused on two distinct tasks during this week’s activities. For the task involving YouTube previews and update images, she meticulously designed 13 updates in a non-chronological order, providing multiple drafts for each, all of which received final approval from the One Community Crew. Furthermore, Rihab worked on Volunteer Announcements, where she was tasked with creating announcements and bio icons for three individuals: Ramya Ramasamy, Amiti Singh, and Eng. Brian Muigai Mwaniki. Her work in this regard was also successfully finalized and approved for integration into the webpage. Lastly, Yeasin accomplished several projects this week, demonstrating proficiency in graphic design across various assignments. His role encompassed the creation of visual content for both print and digital media, employing a mix of manual and digital techniques to generate fresh and innovative concepts. The pictures below exemplify this work.
Moonfall Team’s summary, covering their work on the Highest Good Network software, was managed by Xiao Tan (Volunteer and Team Manager) and includes Abdelmounaim “Abdel” Lallouache (Software Developer), Cheng-Yun Chuang (Software Engineer), Edwin Estuardo Lau Mack (Software Engineer), Jianjun Luo (Software Engineer), Navneeth Krishna (Software Engineer), Shihao Xiong (Software Engineer), Tzu Ning “Leo” Chueh (Software Engineer), Xiao Fei (Software Engineer), Yihan Liu (Software Engineer), Zijie “Cyril” Yu (Volunteer Software Engineer), and Zubing Guo (Software Engineer). This week, Abdelmounaim made several key updates to the time-off request system and the leaderboard interface. In the time-off request module, he modified the date selector to restrict the selection of leave dates to Sundays only and prevented users from updating the date of leave in the edit modal. On the leaderboard, Abdelmounaim introduced a new indicator feature that displays relevant text and a button, visible when a user is currently on time off or scheduled for time off in the upcoming week. Cheng-Yun dedicated substantial time to reviewing 16 pull requests across backend and frontend repositories, with a particular emphasis on frontend PRs. Edwin reviewed three PRs and contributed to the development of the HGN application, introducing a versatile helper function for permissions management. Jiadong reviewed PRs and addressed complexities in the time log bug, considering future refactoring. Jianjun closed the profile picture task and shared progress on the selection process and front-end components. Navneeth focused on permissions management tasks, reviewed multiple PRs, and conducted thorough testing. Tzu Ning encountered link visibility issues in PRs and attempted to resolve them. Xiao F worked on the ‘differentiate personal max badge’ task, addressing issues and fine-tuning code, and reviewed seven PRs. Yihan worked on creating a manual method for adding lost hours and resolved conflicts in previously submitted PRs, also conducting PR reviews. Zijie dedicated time to improving the efficiency of the “Mark Task Complete” functionality and reviewed six PRs. Zubing focused on integrating the “Write it for me” button into the summary page and restructured backend code for the ChatGPT router, controller, and config files, despite encountering challenges. Look below for a collage of their work.
Reactonauts’ Team’s summary, covering their work on the Highest Good Network software, was managed by Eduardo Horta (Software Engineer and Team Manager) and includes Anirudh Ghildiyal (Software Engineer), Carl Bebli (Software Developer), Eduardo Horta (Software Engineer and Team Manager), Induja Kanchisamudram (Developer), Jacky Li (Software Engineer), Jiangwei Shi (Full Stack Engineer), Jiyuan Xia (Software Engineer), Ramya Ramasamy (Full Stack Developer), Masasa Thapelo (Software Engineer), Shantanu Kumar (Full Stack Software Developer), Shihao Xiong (Software Engineer), Shrey Jain (Software Engineer), and Zuhang Xu (Software Engineer). This week, Eduardo actively contributed to HGN Software Development by conducting comprehensive reviews of the Reactonauts’ team’s work, providing feedback, and addressing bugs and features. He completed the development of a batch email feature, raised PR#1293, and reviewed and approved PR#1211. Additionally, Eduardo initiated work on a lint fix for the Dashboard component and hosted the Weekly Meeting while reviewing team member PR#1183. Shantanu successfully completed a bug, encountering pull request creation errors during the process. Carl addressed the “Suggestion Icon not working issue,” included error handling, and participated in PR reviews. Shrey resolved a project delete button issue, tackled a linting problem, and investigated Sentry errors, while also conducting PR reviews for PR1291 and PR1306. Jiyuan performed ten PR reviews, demonstrated a commitment to code quality, and investigated PR #1288. Shihao created the “Load Badge” button, updated features in PR#1264, and resolved conflicts in PR#1202 and PR#1203. Masasa developed the ‘CreateBadgeOnly’ permission feature, initiated PR#1287, and implemented it successfully. Look below for pictures of this work.
Skye’s summary, covering their work on the Highest Good Network software, was managed by Yiyun Tan and includes Jerry Ren (Full Stack Developer) and YuFu Liao (Software Engineer). This week, Yufu worked on resolving a bug specified by Jae, which involved making columns editable. Alongside this, Yufu addressed a few interface issues: he adjusted the height of the Role dropdown field to match other search fields and centered the Hrs search field over its respective hours. Moreover, Yufu completed two pull request reviews. In a related development, EduardoV opened a task (#1298), aiming to create unit tests for the TeamStatusPopup component. This task has since received feedback, as evidenced by the 14 comments suggesting changes. Yufu also checked the creation of unit tests for the TeamMembersPopup component. And Jerry focused on addressing code change requests on FE PR 1199. His approach involved the creation of a backend feature branch designed to handle 403 errors for CRUD operations on the ‘/api/userprofiles’ route. While browsing open PRs, Jerry noted that PR 1199 shared common files and lines with Edwin’s FE PR 1281. To preempt merge conflicts when these branches get merged into the development branch, Jerry initiated the creation of a feature branch to consolidate the code changes from both PRs. Additionally, he revisited FE PR 1277 and BE PR 530, initiating work on the implementation of a table for permission change logs on the Permission Management Page. 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 (completing a minimum of 10 volunteer hours each) were: Anish Pandita (Software Engineer), Chris Harries (Software Engineer), Gabriel Lima (Software Engineer), Gary Balogh (Software Engineer), Haoji Bian (Software Engineer), Jielin Wang (Software Engineer), Obeda Velonjatovo (Software Engineer), Roberto Contreras (Software Engineer), Shiwani Rajagopalan (Software Engineer), Shree Birajdar (Software Engineer), Shubhankar Mishra (Software Engineer), Tianyuan Nan (Software Engineer), Tuan Dinh (Software Engineer), Vikram Badha (Software Engineer), and Wanting Xu (Sofware 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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