Raising planetary sustainability consciousness is necessary if we want to create global sustainability. Showing people how sustainability can improve their lives, health, and happiness while reducing the cost of living is one way to accomplish this. One Community is creating open source and free-shared plans to build and share teacher/demonstration hubs that will do this for “The Highest Good of All.”
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 May 31st, 2020 edition (#375) of our weekly progress update detailing our team’s development and accomplishments:
One Community is raising planetary sustainability consciousness through Highest Good housing that is artistic and beautiful, more affordable, more space efficient, lasts longer, DIY buildable, and constructed with healthy and sustainable materials:
This week the core team continued work on the Sustainable Site Selection, Planning, and Preparation content. This week’s focus was editing the Step-by-step Process section. You can see some of this work below and we’d say we’re about 80% complete with the behind-the-scenes editing of this tutorial.
Dean Scholz (Architectural Designer) continued helping with the Earthbag Village (Pod 1) 4-dome cluster designs. This week was week #189 of Dean’s work and the focus this week was textures and minor edits to the hot tub area and french door.
Ziqian Zheng (Architectural Designer and Drafter) continued working on the Earthbag Village walkthrough and completed his 28th week as a volunteer designer with our team. This week’s focus was adding a diversity of plants and rocks and redoing the flyover and walkthrough video showing one dome, then a 3-dome cluster, then a 6-dome cluster, and finishing with a fly through and over the complete village. He also created a new video featuring a fly by a single dome, then a 3-dome cluster, a 6-dome cluster, and then a complete village. You can see some screenshots of some of this work below.
Ashwini Ramesh (Civil Engineer and Project Manager) returned to the team after almost 3 years off and continued with her 4th week helping with the Earthbag Village cost analysis and open source tutorials. This week Ashwini worked on establishing the center point for a 3-dome cluster, recalculation and checking for accuracy, and working on the quantities as per the drawings. You can see some of this work-in-progress below.
Angela Mao (Sustainability Researcher) also completed her 4th week as a member of the team and researching Clothing Recycling/Repurposing Options. This week Angela completed her 1st draft of the clothing recycling tutorial. This included adding various DIY recycling products that one person or a community could duplicate and possibly resell for a profit, edited the tutorial, and adding in videos and graphics. She then began research on paper recycling methods and potential business opportunities for paper. You can see some of this behind-the-scenes work below.
One Community is raising planetary sustainability consciousness through a Duplicable and Sustainable City Center that is LEED Platinum certified/Sustainable, can feed 200 people at a time, provide laundry for over 300 people, is beautiful, spacious, and saves resources, money, and space:
This week the core team continued updating the Duplicable City Center 3D model to match the updated floor plans and interior design details. This week we mainly worked on the Dining Dome. Work completed included merging the latest dome structure, basement design, bathroom design, under-stairs storage, appliances, first floor furniture, second floor with all furniture, update color of the window frames, update color of the dome and inside walls, reset the texture of the concrete of the first floor, and adding the tiled columns feature. Pictures of some of this are below.
Radhieka Nagpal (Volunteer Researcher) also completed her 11th week researching the Most Sustainable Building Materials: Carpet, Flooring, Wood, Etc. This week she worked on formatting the content to match existing tutorials, editing and polishing it further. The introduction was especially edited to emphasize more on the need for this research, while adding some statistical figures. Radhieka also added an introduction before the ranking to explain the idea behind the ranking. While formatting the company rankings, she worked on editing the content there as well and worked on some of the pre-existing comments. This included further research into some aspects and rearranging the attributes based on importance for the first 4 companies. You can see some of this work-in-progress below and we’d say this brings this tutorial to 70% complete.
One Community is raising planetary sustainability consciousness 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 developing the open source permaculture design content. All mind maps have been developed and some have been finalized. The phased rollout table was transposed, as well as made for individual components for easier sharing and reading. All tables have been formulated on how each component takes into consideration permaculture ethics and principles. A list has been started for each infrastructure component of observation aspects that serve as a guide to conscientiously observe and learn from once on the property. The Energy Infrastructure section within Step 2 of the Permaculture Design Case Study was restructured and improved too. You can see some of this behind-the-scenes work below.
Mohammad Almuzaial (Civil and Construction Engineer) continued with his 27th week helping with the Aquapini/Walipini engineering details. This week he started preparing construction documents and 2D drawings including the site plan, level 1 architectural plan (ground level), level 2 architectural plan (recreation level), roof architectural plan, roof structural framing plan, structural foundation & columns plan, water supply plumbing plan, drainage & ventilation plumbing plan, sections, elevations, and 3D views. You can see some of this work work-in-progress below and we’d say we’re now about 94% complete with the structural details.
One Community is raising planetary sustainability consciousness through Highest Good education that is for all ages, applicable in any environment, adaptable to individual needs, far exceeds traditional education standards, and more fun for both the teachers and the students. This component of One Community is about 95% complete with only the Open Source School Licensing and Ultimate Classroom construction and assembly details remaining to be finished. With over 8 years of work invested in the process, the sections below are all complete until we move onto the property and continue the development and open sourcing process with teachers and students – a development process that is built directly into the structure of the education program and everything else we’re creating too:
This week Dan Alleck (Designer and Illustrator) completed his 79th week helping with render additions and finishing work for the rooms in the Ultimate Classroom. This week he finished view #1 of the central area showing this space before setup for a theater presentation. Final additions included more items on the shelving, new and additional people, shadows, and the outdoor scene through the windows.
Zebao Chen (Structural Designer) also completed her 6th week working on the Ultimate Classroom structural engineering details. This week Zebao updated the structure design to remove the skylight and add storage in the attic. The dimensions were updated to match the code requirements per building code in California. Zebao has designed the structure to avoid columns in the middle of the public space, which would benefit the community to plan flexible events and activities during the school beaks. She did the analysis to design individual structural elements and found out that 4 of the roof rafters, which were designed as beams, cannot resist the loads. This result will require shorter spans or more columns within the space. You can see some of this work below and we’d say this brings the engineering of this building to 15% complete.
One Community is raising planetary sustainability consciousness 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 Tengxiao Wang (Software Engineer) completed his 17th week working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Tengxiao connected the Timer component with the backend APIs and MongoDB database. He created Redux actions and reducers to manage the state of the timer component. When opening the page, the timer will now load with the exact time at which the timer was paused. You can see some of this work-in-progress below.
Henry Nguyen (React Developer) also completed his 17th week with the team and working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Henry developed the ability for the app to renumber tasks after we deleted a task. He also made an algorithm to update hours of the parent tasks and grandparent tasks, so all tasks will be updated every time we add or remove a task. He also implemented a little change in the WBS structure so that the first task will start with 1 instead of zero now. You can see some of this work below.
Wen Zhang (Software Engineer) completed her 9th week as a volunteer working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Wen continued working on the badges. As badges are a new collection, she needs to play with the database. Her free trial of Studio 3T (GUI for the MongoBD database, where she can add or modify data) just expired, so she started using Compass this week instead. Her focus was working on the backend, adding logic for getting badges, posting a new badge, and assigning badges. For the frontend, some styling was done according to the latest approved mockup. Some screenshots of Wen’s work-in-progress are below.
Alvaro Hernández (Open Source Tech Consultant, Developer) completed his 10th week as a member of the Highest Good Network software team and web design team. This week Alvaro did some mock up ideation for the HGN leaderboard, continued working on the checklist to review new One Community web pages, and reviewed the new content added to the open source sustainable parking lots behind-the-scenes Google Doc. You can see some screenshots of this behind-the-scenes work below.
Ross Edwards (Chief Imagination Officer, G3) completed his 6th week helping promote One Community. Ross is someone who found our project, loved what we are doing, and offered to just help contact people he (and we) thought might be interested in what we’re doing. This week he promoted our project and the One Community helping page to educators, engineers, and various supporters of The Venus Project. He also created the first draft of a 12-page One Community overview that he will be sharing with media outlets. You can see this last week’s list of who he contacted and some screenshots of the overview below.
And Andon Ignatov (Senior Web Developer) completed his 4th week working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Andon moved his work mainly in the backend section (HGNRest). He did more research into the existing HGNRest codebase related to assigning blue squares, sending auto-emails out and cron jobs. He also worked on implementing the weekly summary tabs content in the backend (HGNRest) so now the tabs content is automatically shifted once the week ends each Saturday at midnight (PST) so the new week starts with a blank summary. Then Andon modified the weekly summary and countdown timer components to now use PST time as initially it was implemented using local time. You can see screenshots of some of this work below.
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