We are reinventing the future with One Community. What the One Community team envisions is world of collaboration for The Highest Good of All built from a global cooperative of self-sustainable teacher/demonstration communities, villages, and cities. These teacher/demonstration hubs will demonstrate people living lives that include more time to do the things they love to do and little or no bills because they are built on ultra-affordable and sustainable infrastructure. The affordability of the lifestyle coupled with an internal culture of working together to create an enhanced and more fulfilling lifestyle are what we see these teacher/demonstration hubs purposed primarily to teach and share. Our goal is to help lead and organize the initial creation of these through a working example providing an open source archive of tools, tutorial, and resources for duplication of all aspects including food infrastructure, energy infrastructure, housing infrastructure, an education model, asocial architecture and recreation model, a self-governance strategy, a functioning resource based economy, earth regenerative practices, for-profit and non-profit business infrastructure, and more. Combining these things in one place will create a place we see people wanting to visit and duplicate. This is our weekly progress update (#20) covering our accomplishments for the week of July 8th, 2013.
Click on each icon to be taken to the corresponding Highest Good hub page.
In our opinion, the reinvention of the future starts with reinventing how we look at the entire living experience. The SEGO Center Duplicable City Hub is a significant part of this for One Community because it centralizes many of the functions people normally reserve complete rooms in their house for including dining, recreation, laundry, and more. Building the SEGO Center will save huge resources for One Community while providing a 5-star visiting and social gathering experience. Our team, with the help of Karl Harris (Architect Drafter, Designer, and founder of Harris Design & Technology Services) and Andrew Sadera (Architect Drafter and Designer) continues to progress on the SEGO Center 3D! Here is the first timelapse (SEGO 3D 1.0) video showing this structure and the 3D buildout:
One Community’s version of reinventing our collaborative future includes significantly more diversity and higher quality food. More specifically, our initial food infrastructure consists of 6 different aquapini and walipini structures and the Tropical Atrium that we are open source project-launch blueprinting. The Tropical Atrium will host herbs and tropical flowers and plants and there are three primary designs for the aquapinis and walipinis: Large-scale Production Aquapini, Aesthetic and Diversity Focused Zen Aquapini, and the Maximally-affordable Walipini Greenhouse Design. Each of these 7 structures will provide a different internal environment and grow a different variety of food: Tropical Atrium Social Space and Tropical Food Production, Large-scale Production Tropical Aquapini, Zen Aquapini #1: Cloud Forest House, Zen Aquapini #2: Tropical Moist House, Walipini #1: Frost-free Arid Zone Desert House, Walipini #2: Borderline Subtropical House, and the Walipini #3: Tropical House. All 7 structures will be a part of our botanical garden model and will produce a diversity of delicious and nutritious food far beyond anything found in a typical grocery store.
This week we completed final editing and posting of the first 20 plants (of 60) on the Tropical Atrium Planting and Harvesting Page. We’ve had 4 people working on this open source component and these plants went through at least 5 complete overhaul revisions to get to where they are now with complete images, descriptions, placement details, planting guidelines, cultural considerations, and links to more information. Here’s an example of one of them:
Mentha x piperita is a fragrant plant that flowers purple and grows 4-6″ tall. It is used in containers, rock gardens, as a border, ground cover, and in mass plantings. Variegated Peppermint is drought tolerant and resistant to deer, mice, and insects. It is used medicinally in treating indigestion, colds, and morning sickness. It is highly flavorful and used in teas, candy, desserts, and savory dishes.
This plant is not indicated on the planting map but will be used as a filler plant throughout the TA, both on the fingers and the floor of the North 180. Its exact location will be determined near the end of the planting schedule. Its low growing habit, ability to attract bees and butterflies, and strong fragrance are the primary reasons for its inclusion. We will receive this as a rooted cutting. Mint is an extremely easy plant to grow and is nearly indestructible. To reduce its invasive potential, plant it into pots that can be submersed in the ground. After first watering the plant, break up the roots if it is rootbound. Place the plant in a ceramic pot of good organic soil mix, if possible, as this allows the plant to wick moisture from the surrounding soil. Using a plastic pot eliminates this potential and the plant within the pot will dry out sooner, but if holes are drilled in the plastic pot it will allow some seepage and wicking of moisture to the plant. After transplanting, again water the plant well. Most gardeners, due to the vigorous growth of the mint root system will gladly share their mint plants with you as they are usually glad to give away what they don’t need. Simply break off small root clusters and transplant into pots or directly into the ground.Herbaceous cuttings are also easily rooted in water, then planted as described above or if planted in an open garden, space plants 8-12” apart, in rows 2’ apart. With all the mints the spacing is not critical, the further apart you plant the more time it takes to fill in; while closer plantings fill in sooner.
Sow seeds indoors 8-10 weeks before the last frost in loose growing medium. Cover seeds with soil 1/8 inch or 1/4 inch vermiculite. Keep moist. Seed will germinate in 10-14 days. Transplant 12-18 inches apart in a sunny location.
Root division from an existing plant stock, suckers, or cuttings is another recommended method of propagation, best done in the fall. Cuttings will root easily in a moist potting medium, or even in water.
Mint is best when used fresh. Dried mint, when stored in airtight containers, will retain its flavor and scent. To harvest, gather bunches and hang on drying racks or spread on screens until completely dry.
Also on the Tropical Atrium, this structure is designed to be adaptable to almost any environment and this week we finished the page detailing the planned adaptations and possible modifications for this structure. It will be maintained between 60-90 degrees Fahrenheit and 40-70% humidity and we have designed this structure with a combination of built-in heating, cooling, and humidity control methods as well as multiple methods for further modification if the build-in methods are not sufficient. Our entire research and development process will be open source so others can duplicated and further evolve everything we do with their own Tropical Atrium structures. Here is the new page with complete details:
Behind the scenes our team has also completed a significant amount of additional open source creation that we’ll be sharing in the next few weeks. This includes the initial drawing of the Walipini #1 & Walipini #2 planting maps and the complete rough-draft planting schedule for both. Now we are editing all of this information, cleaning up the formatting, formatting the pictures, turning the hand drawing of the maps into a combination drawing/photoshop creation, and preparing it all for posting to the website. This process is engaged by 4 people on the team but the end result is the level of detail you see above for peppermint. As we’re working on all the editing and next steps related to the work that has already been done, we are also now beginning work on the planting plans for the Zen Aquapini #1: Cloud Forest House and Zen Aquapini #2: Tropical Moist House.
Reinventing the future has been demonstrated to One Community to be much more than just sustainable infrastructure, it also takes significant organization and administrative structure. This week we’ve spent a lot of time updating a few of the pages related to what we’ve learned, who we are looking for as an organization, and how we have evolved this structure as an elite group of world-change focused people. Here are the new pages:
This week we completed the update of our Communication page. Communication is a foundational value of One Community that we’ve invested a huge amount of time evolving as a group. Through a consciousness for The Highest Good of All we are forwarding group dedication to clear communication skills, quality feedback, monthly 2-directional reviews, and honing our individual ability to maintain an outward focus of our energy and intent. By so doing we strive to transcend our own (ego) boundaries in order to better help and support each other and the world. In this way we’ve learned we can build trust and synergy internally so we can better perform our function as an open source and world-change organization. Read our new page on communication for complete details:
This week we completed the update of our Who We Are and Who We Seek page. Who we are and who we seek are people with the mentality for The Highest Good of All that are ready to support, help create, share and evolve everything on this site, and all the things we haven’t thought of yet, as we strive to do the absolute best and most intelligent and ethical process we can collectively come up with for creating a better future for everyone. Visit our new page dedicated to discussing this:
As an elite team of professionals working together for dramatic world change, experience has taught us the key elements that are foundational to the smooth and effective operation of our organization as a whole. We have also learned that if we are all accountable to each of the foundational elements, then traditional administration and management is not necessary. This has led to years of evolution in our management process and a hands-off administrative policy that is now detailed on our updated policies and procedures page: