Sustainable global change is possible if enough people want it. One Community sees the path to accomplishing this as making such change easy enough, affordable enough, and attractive enough to spread on its own. We’re designing and will build the first DIY-replicable teacher/demonstration hub to start the process. Over 400 volunteers have contributed to the open source and free-shared plans we’re developing. These plans cover sustainable and “Highest Good” approaches to food, energy, housing, education, for-profit and non-profit economic design, social architecture, fulfilled living, global stewardship practices, and more.
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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 June 21st, 2020 edition (#378) of our weekly progress update detailing our team’s development and accomplishments:
One Community is addressing sustainable global 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 the core team continued work on the Sustainable Site Selection, Planning, and Preparation content. This week’s focus was a 2nd-person review and edits to identify final changes and additions needed to finish the tutorial. You can see some of this work below and this brings us to 98% complete with the behind-the-scenes editing of this tutorial.
Alvaro Hernández (Open Source Tech Consultant, Developer) also finished the second draft of editing and preparing the Open Source Sustainable Parking Lot guide for web publication. You can see some screenshots of the feedback before integration and what the edited page looked like after. We’d say this page is now 70% complete.
Ashwini Ramesh (Civil Engineer and Project Manager) returned to the team after almost 3 years off and continued with her 7th week helping with the Earthbag Village cost analysis and open source tutorials. This week Ashwini continued research and updates to the spreadsheet for all the materials, tools and equipment required for the construction of Earthbag Village and Tropical Atrium. This included updating all the costs and links to purchase the items. You can see some of this work-in-progress below.
Pallavi Samaiya (Business Technology Analyst) joined the team and completed her 1st week researching how to sustainably manage and process non-recyclable waste. This week Pallavi began writing the introduction for this tutorial and completed research on 3 different models which were using sustainable options for non-recyclables and were using recycled materials in construction. You can see some of the results of this research below and we’d say this brings this tutorial to 2% complete.
One Community is addressing sustainable global 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 the core team continued updating the Duplicable City Center 3D model to match the updated floor plans and interior design details. This week we fixed the Dining Dome window frames, missing second floor railing, and inside dome color, Living Dome window frames, and inside color of the dome, the Central Area window frames in all domes, added the waterfall shown below and rearranged the furniture, and updated the Social Dome window frames, removed parts sticking out from the walls, and updated the inside color of the dome. You can see some of these updates below.
Radhieka Nagpal (Volunteer Researcher) also completed her 15th week researching the Most Sustainable Building Materials: Carpet, Flooring, Wood, Etc. This week Radhieka finished all the research and integration of all feedback to produce the final draft of this tutorial, submitting it for final review and preparation for addition to the website. The pages shown below were reviewed and approved for publication and we’d say this brings this tutorial to 90% complete.
Ziqian Zheng (Architectural Designer and Drafter) also continued working on the Duplicable City Center 3D walkthrough and completed his 31st week as a volunteer designer with our team. This week’s focus was fixing textures and adding a diversity of people to all the structures. You can see some of this work below and we’d say creation of this walkthrough video is now 10% complete.
Ian Coletti (Environmental Studies Major Researcher) also completed his 2nd week researching for the Most Sustainable Windows and Doors open source guide. This week Ian continued to look into the product lines of the top window and door production companies. So far he has completed notes for 2 of them. He paid special attention to the merits of fiberglass vs steel and aluminum as component materials. You can see some of this work-in-progress below.
One Community is addressing sustainable global 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 developing the open source permaculture design content. This week we completed subsection Observation And Research By Component within Step 2 of the Permaculture Design Case Study Section, which included mind maps, phased roll out details, conscious application of and thought to permaculture ethics and principles now and always, a list of observational focuses once on the property, and a summarized sector analysis and zones.
Mohammad Almuzaial (Civil and Construction Engineer) continued with his 30th week helping with the Aquapini/Walipini engineering details. This week Mohammad helped with the climate battery designs including: Finalizing annotations for the floor plans and site, exporting 2D drawings, reviewed the climate battery design to detect clashes between the climate battery design and architectural, structural, and plumbing models. He also prepared the outline for the design criteria report. You can see some of this work work-in-progress below and we’d say we’re now about 96% complete with the structural details.
And Jessica Wienke (Food & Nutrition Project Consultant and CEO & Co-Owner of The Artisan Wheelhouse & The Roots of Medicine) and Aly Shannon (Food & Nutrition Project Consultant and Creative Director & Co-Owner of The Roots of Medicine) joined the team and completed their first week working on the Transition Food Self-sufficiency Plan. This week they created behind-the-scenes recipes for Channa Saag Rice and Garden Veggie Stir Fry recipes for the Vegan Rice Recipes page, and Bolognese-Style Pasta for the Vegan Pasta Recipes page. You can see some of this work below.
One Community is addressing sustainable global 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. 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 81st week helping with render additions and finishing work for the rooms in the Ultimate Classroom. This week he helped with selection and addition of new room security for when this structure is used for after-hours events related to and not related to the school. You can see these additions covering the rooms here in view #2 of the central area showing this space being set up for a theater presentation.
Zebao Chen (Structural Designer) also completed her 9th week working on the Ultimate Classroom structural engineering details. This week, Zebao Chen finished the schematic drawings including the floor plan, ceiling plan, roof plan, section, and elevations. The updated plans reflected the new structure layout, room layout, and furniture layout. Zebao also worked on the elevations. You can see some of this work below and we’d say this brings the engineering of this building to 35% complete.
One Community is addressing sustainable global 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:
Henry Nguyen (React Developer) also completed his 20th week with the team and working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Henry added an edit function that lets users edit the task after they create them. The edit function will update the task with new information and also update their parent tasks. The challenge for this task is to work on both front-end and back-end (API). There are some bugs that need to be fixed to remove members from task. It is also still missing the loading bar that lets the user know all information is updating. Additionally, we still have a problem with the re-order functions that make drag and drop inconsistent. You can see some of this work below.
Alvaro Hernández (Open Source Tech Consultant, Developer) completed his 13th week as a member of the Highest Good Network software team. This week Alvaro started to review some code pull requests, one related to a version bump in a software tool we are using inside the webapp and another one from a peer volunteer developer. During these reviews he also added additional content in the Workflow and Github documentation to improve related internal processes. You can see some screenshots of this behind-the-scenes work below.
Ross Edwards (Chief Imagination Officer, G3) completed his 9th 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 continued to promote our project and the One Community helping page to educators, engineers, and various supporters of The Venus Project. You can see below this last week’s list of who he contacted and some screenshots of the overview he shares.
Andon Ignatov (Senior Web Developer) completed his 7th week working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Andon implemented a new API endpoint in the HGNRest API that can be used to request reports and emails for weekly summaries. He also did some file and variable renaming so things are more semantic and easier to understand. Andon also refactored and improved the function that generates the emails of all users weekly summaries, included in the weekly summaries auto-email how many valid summaries have been submitted by each individual up to that point, and helped out with the review and testing of WBS #: 4.2.1 (new pull request). He then finished off the week by working in the HGNApp (frontend) to add a new page “Weekly Summaries Report” which will be used by administrators to generate summaries’ reports for the past three weeks of all users. You can see screenshots of some of this work below.
TEKtalent Inc. (a custom programming solutions company) also continued with their 3rd week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Nithesh and the TEKtalent team completed the code review comments implementation and unit testing of the user management component. The pull request has been completed and merged to the development branch. They also completed version 1 of the WBS item 4.2.4 pause or resume (deactivate/activate a user) functionality so that the admin can pause or resume a user by clicking the Pause or Resume button in the user management table. You can see some of this work below.
And Adam Capdeville (Software Engineer) completed his 2nd week working on the Highest Good Network software. Adam continued to work towards fixing and moving towards completion of WBS 1.4. Starting with profile pictures, the user (when uploading a photo) will either successfully upload a photo, meeting HGN max file size, or encounter a photo upload error. The photo error is a custom modal that prompts the user with why the error occurred, and options to resolve the issue. Adam finished the week by completing WBS uploading user photos (1.4.1) & altering username (1.4.2). You can see some of Adam’s behind-the-scenes work below.
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