Sustainable Global Transformation – One Community Weekly Progress Update #53

One Community is creating sustainable global transformation through open source and free-shared global-transformation blueprints for The Highest Good of All:

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, helping to create sustainable global transformation. Here is our weekly progress update (#53) covering our development and sustainable global transformation accomplishments for the week of February 24th, 2014:

Sustainable Global Transformation
One Community Weekly Progress Update #53

Here is the bullet-point list of this last week’s sustainable global transformation design and progress discussed in detail in the video above:




  • Completed the rest of the sustainable global transformation planting plan for the complete outer ring of the Earthbag Village  (see below)
  • Victor Herber made more huge progress on the vermiculture toilet engineering (see below)
  • Philip Gill  also updated the murphy bed dome home custom furniture design to have an 8′ ceiling (see below)





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One Community school, One Community education, teaching strategies for life, curriculum for life, One Community, transformational education, open source education, free-shared education, eco-education, curriculum for life, strategies of leadership, the ultimate classroom, teaching tools for life, for the highest good of all, Waldorf, Study Technology, Study Tech, Montessori, Reggio, 8 Intelligences, Bloom's Taxonomy, Orff, our children are our future, the future of kids, One Community kids, One Community families, education for life, transformational livingWe are creating sustainable global transformation 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 last week the core team finished another 25% of the Art/Music and Trade Skills subject image. Education is a big part of our sustainable global transformation model:

Arts and Trades Molecule, One Community

Arts and Trades Molecule In Progress


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This last week the core team ran more sunlight simulations on the Aquapini & Walipini designs to test our newest skylight layout. Sustainable heating and cooling is a big part of our sustainable global transformation model:

We also finished designing the sustainable global transformation passive cooling labyrinth in 3-D:

passive cooling labyrinth, One Community

Passive Cooling Labyrinth

And completed sunlight calculations comparing the current Tropical Atrium design to a 50% glazing with insulating shutters design:

TA Heat Calculations for current SketchUp Model, One Community

Tropical Atrium Heat Calculations

* Note: “Extra” denotes more than the amount of BTUs needed to keep the TA at temperature given perfect thermal mass and transfer at night. Thermal mass capacity needs to be the absolute value of the night BTUs needed.

Zdenek Jurik (P.E. Structural, Civil and Mechanical Engineer and founder of ABC Engineering) continued engineering on the Aquapini & Walipini roof design and has been able to safely reduce the roof beam sizes (and their associated costs) from 16″ to 12″. Keeping costs down is an important part of sustainable global transformation too:

engineering on Aquapini & Walipini roof design, One Community

Engineering on Aquapini & Walipini Roof Design In Progress

David Sweet (Architect – completed the 3rd roof plan for the skylights – getting closer and closer to what we’ll actually be using:

3rd roof plan for the skylights, One Community

3rd Roof Plan for the Skylights

Bupesh Seethala (Architectural Drafter, Designer, and 3-D Visualizer – shared the first real-to-life 3D render of the central pond component of the complete phase I food infrastructure, a foundation of our model for sustainable global transformation:

real-to-life 3D render of central pond in progress, One Community

Real-To-Life 3D Render of Central Pond In Progress


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This last week the core team completed the rest of the planting plan for the complete outer ring of the Earthbag Village, the first village we’ll construct as part of our sustainable global transformation housing model:

Planting Plan for Outer Ring of the Earthbag Village, One Community

Planting Plan for Outer Ring of the Earthbag Village

Victor Herber (Mechanical Engineer) also made more huge progress on the vermiculture toilet engineering which you can see here, further aiding in our goal of sustainable global transformation through ecological human waste processing. The plan now is a steel framework that will support aluminum trays 3′ wide by 7′ long. This will allow us to use the lighter (and much easier to remove and empty) aluminum trays while maintaining the needed structural integrity of the foundational tray system by using heavier steel:

vermiculture toilet engineering, One Community

Vermiculture Toilet Engineering Stress Calculations

Vermiculture Toilet Engineering Materials, One Community

Vermiculture Toilet Engineering Materials Assessment

Philip Gill (Interior and Furniture Designer and Owner of Philip Gill Design) also updated the murphy bed dome home custom furniture design to have an 8′ ceiling, providing us with more loft room and a design consistent with the Student’s Shared Room furniture design and the Children’s Shared Room furniture designs (see below). This innovative approach continues to contribute to our sustainable global transformation

Murphy Bed with Added Loft for Dome Home, One Community

Murphy Bed with added Loft for Dome Home


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This last week the core team completed 3-D details for the aesthetic rock and swimming pool features around the indoor/outdoor swimming pool, another sustainable global transformation:

3-D Details for the Aesthetic Rock and Swimming Pool Features, One Community

3-D Details for the Aesthetic Rock and Waterfall Natural Swimming Pool Features

We also completed a redesign of the first 3 floors of stairs to match Karl’s work from last week, helping in finishing our goal of a sustainable global transformation:

Duplicable City Center Stairs, One Community

Duplicable City Center Stairs Developing in 3D

Douglas Simms Stenhouse (Architect and Water Color Artist) finished the final pre-painting drawing for the Duplicable City Center component of our sustainable global transformation, rendering that will be replacing the current drawing at the top of all the new duplicable city center pages. Here is a picture of this pre-rendering from Doug:

Duplicable City Center Sketch, Douglas Simms Stenhouse (Architect and Water Color Artist), One Community

Duplicable City Center Pre-painting Sketch

Joel Newman (Architectural Visualization Designer has also begun work on real-to-life renders of our sustainable global transformation component, the Duplicable City Center:

Real-to-Life Renders of the Duplicable City Center in Progress, Joel Newman, One Community

Real-to-Life Renders of the Duplicable City Center In Progress

Along with all this, we completed the rest of the new (natural pool and eco-hot tub) open source page and Jennifer Engelmeier (Eco-pool and Spa Specialist and founder of is now 50% of the way done with pricing out all the natural pool hardware originally selected in collaboration with (Swimming Pool Design & Construction Expert and owner of Sorico Design and Consulting). Here is a screenshot of this sustainable global transformation work in progress:

Pool Construction Cost Summary, One Community

Pool Construction Cost Summary In Progress

Last but not least, Karl Harris finished another redesign of the 4th floor including a 2nd women’s bathroom stall and a new roof design to match the design of the existing cupola roof:

Duplicable City Center Women's Bathroom Stall and New Roof Design, One Community

Duplicable City Center Women’s Bathroom Stall and New Roof Redesign


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OVERVIEW       ●       LOCATION       ●       FUNDING





One Community is creating a place to grow together and change the world together. We are creating a space that helps each other live in integrity with each other and the planet as we strive to be the greatest versions of ourselves. We do this by harmoniously respecting each other, nature, and the rest of our one shared planet.

Our goal is to demonstrate what we feel is the most sustainable, healthy, and fun environment we can create. A place based on compassion, kindness, and collaboration. This replicable community will serve as an example for what is possible.

Throughout our design process we are open sourcing and free-sharing everything needed for construction and replication. This includes what we call “Highest Good” approaches to foodenergyhousingeducationfor-profit and non-profit economics designsocial architecturefulfilled livingstewardship practices and more. We are creating these resources for implementation as individual components or complete developments called teacher/demonstration hubs. These hubs will help launch additional hubs as awareness and knowledge grow.


One Community will be the first teacher/demonstration hub. It will function as an experiential-learning model that facilitates mass participation to address humanity’s most pressing challenges through: A replicable model for expansion, building seven self-sufficient village/city prototypes, becoming the world leader in open-source sustainability solutions, and evolving and expanding ALL aspects of sustainable living.



The One Community self-replicating model is capable of creating a sustainable planet within 30 years. We will achieve this by establishing successful teacher/demonstration hubs on every continent. Villages include designs appropriate for each of the five main types of climates. They also include options for even the most challenged economies. These hubs will collaborate with one another, share ideas, resources, and work together as a network to heal the planet. They will also transform the global lifestyle to a more enjoyable, fulfilling, healthy, and sustainable one.

The specifics of how One Community is accomplishing this can be found on the One Community Solution Model to Create Solution-creating Models Page. Research supporting and showing the benefits of a model like this can be found on our Research and Resources Articles Archive.

Even if we don’t achieve our ultimate goal of global transformation, a self-replicating teacher/demonstration model like this will take a relatively short period of time to positively affect millions while inspiring millions more.  For One Community residents (the Pioneer Team), the idea of creating and sharing the social and recreational experience with visitors is also fun, exciting, fulfilling, and an additional reason why we are creating this.



One Community’s four-phase strategy for the creation of solution models that create solution creating models uses open source blueprints for duplication that simultaneously address all aspects of the human experience (food, energy, housing, education, social inequality and injustice, fulfilled living, etc.). We see these areas as interdependent and requiring a comprehensive solution if humanity is to move ecologically, socially, economically, and permanently towards a truly sustainable future for everyone.

Our open source model and blueprints engage and inspire people while simultaneously making sustainable living more affordable and easy to replicate. By free-sharing the step-by-step plans people need for duplication, inviting people to participate, and demonstrating sustainable teacher/demonstration hubs as a more desirable way of living, the model will predictably expand on its own.

It is this approach we see uniting the world and leading to a new Golden Age for humanity. While we understand that not everyone believes this is even possible, we are nonetheless bringing together all those that do see this as possible as the non-profit think tank of forward-thinking individuals willing to design, build, and open source project-launch blueprint and free-share it for The Highest Good of All.



One Community is building solution-creating models designed to create additional solution-creating models to specifically facilitate exponential and sustainable global teacher/demonstration village growth. The following four phases of the strategy we are applying are designed to support each other and accelerate the process globally:

Phase I: Demonstrating a Better Way

We are designing One Community to demonstrate an experience of living that we believe most people will consider to be better because it will be more enjoyable and fulfilling. We also think most people will consider it better because it is made possible specifically through a foundation of sustainable sustainability and a philosophy that is for The Highest Good of All.

Phase II: Open Source Project-Launch Blueprinting

Everything we do we are open source project-launch blueprinting and free-sharing to make it as easy and affordable as possible to duplicate, adapt, and evolve in the manner that suits each individual and/or group’s needs. Free-sharing information like this is our aggressive-exposure engine and an aspect of One Community that will accelerate indefinitely as we continue to build our team, move onto the property, and continuously build and evolve everything that is One Community.

Phase III: Inviting the World to Participate

Everything we are open source project-launch blueprinting is designed to invite the world to participate by duplicating it as either individual components or complete teacher/demonstration communities, villages, and cities that will be able to be built almost anywhere in the world. Additionally, people can join One Community as membersconsultants and/or partners, or use the suggestions links on our open source project-launch blueprinting hubs to help with the design, implementation, and evolution process. Scholarships, weekend learning and work crews, and tourism will be foundations of One Community once we have sufficient infrastructure in place to support these options.

Phase IV: Universal Appeal and Global Expansion

As One Community continues evolving and establishing ourselves, everything we create and promote will serve as the engine to inspire people to align with the concept of open source and sustainable living for The Highest Good of All. We are doing this to create mainstream appeal and our path to achieving this appeal is demonstrating a happier, more affordable, and ecologically friendly model of living that can be built anywhere in the world.

Open source project-launch blueprinting it all is how we believe the model will spread and, possibly most importantly, that it will predictably spread even faster in the areas where it is needed most because building restrictions, the cost of land, and materials costs are in most cases lower in these areas.

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