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New Secretary Presents Himself

Yesterday afternoon at UP in International Zone new secretary of Auroville Foundation Mr. Mohan Verghese Chunkath has presented himself to the members of the community. After short address and a quote from The Mother Mr. Chunkath was open for the questions from the community; followed by free conversation with refreshments.

Comments: 1 Date: 22 Jun 2016

Be like a flower by the Mother

Within the series of True Stories of Volunteers organized by SAVI at Pavilion of Tibetan Culture, International Zone past Thrusday we heard Avigal, long time volunteer with her story on the work with Auroculture.

Comments: 0 Date: 02 May 2016

Housing for Avi International

On Friday the 19th of February the Housing service presented their work to Auroville International

How to build the future? (short)

Accompanied by construction noises from a new concrete building site behind SAIIER, workers and supporters from Sacred Groves were discussing with opponents of the Sacred Groves project, skeptical Aurovillans and deputies from the Housing Board above big issues: How exactly should Auroville build its future? Manu begins with an introduction about the importance of ecological construction and about the Sacred Groves housing project. The following discussion sets up all critical points about the project: It is supposed to take too long, to be too costly, and a couple of architects who are present dont believe the buildings to maintain stable into the monsoon. The questions are answered by the founders of Sacred Groves and its volunteers. The music is taken from the German Combo "17 Hippies". The Sacred Grove Video showed during the introduction:

Comments: 0 Date: 10 Mar 2016

Vox Pop on Roundabout

VOX POP: it is about taking up any existing issue and collecting opinion from the people about the issue.
This Vox Pop is all about the round about in Auroville near the solar kitchen, and the problems faced by the people while riding and walking across the round about.
We also have the official voice bite from the architect Jan, who has shared his ideas and views from his experience.

Discuss Kalpana Project G.M.

General Meeting to Discuss the Kalpana Project and our development priorities and methods. The Residents' Assembly Service (RAS) invited the community for a General Meeting to discuss the Kalpana Project on Friday, April 15 at Unity Pavilion
The meeting has given residents an opportunity to: a) Discuss concerns; and b) Seek clarifications regarding the project.
Representatives of the following groups attended this meeting
• The Town Development Council (TDC),
• The Funds and Asset Management Committee (FAMC)
• The Project Holders
Approximate speaker timings:
Intro Jesse and throughout, Alok 8.20 min, Ange 16.32, 2.14, Satyakam 18.28, 40.49, 1.10.14, Devasmita 36.18, Susan P 46.20, JFP 49.50, Vani 50.04, PCS 55.44, Renu 1.02, 2.02, Aneeta 1.06, Sauro 1.13, Ambu 1.26, PVC 1.29, Alain B 1.31, Elvira 1.34, Manolo 1.36, Ramnarayan 1.37, Anita 1.42, Angela 1.46, Helgard 1.48, Olivier B 1.53, Noel 1.55, Sindhuja (AVC) 1.59.30, Aneeta 2.08, Paulien plus several - end

Residents Assembly Preparation

The Auroville Council was inviting us to come at Unity Pavilion on Thursday 24th. This meeting is the preparation for the Residents Assembly Decision Making Process on the newly proposed FAMC Mandate.

Comments: 0 Date: 25 Mar 2016

Planning Workshop (2 days)

Auroville value-based Town Planning and Development Workshop took place on 30th of April and 1st of May, from, 8:30 am to 5 pm
The workshop marks the 1st phase and is meant to build up energy, align our vision and values and prepare the ground for a further participatory process which includes the whole community. “Auroville is conceived as an urban experiment that would address the work of the ‘evolution of consciousness’: a spiritual way of life while dealing with challenges posed by the economic, sociological and cultural factors of the region.” (The Mother, 1970)
Workshop Objectives:

1. To generate a shared vision for planning as a true base for collaboration and initiating a participatory process for emerging from values into action

2. To find agreement around key issues with regard to Town Planning and Development in Auroville and how we can work together with integral vision and inclusiveness towards their realization.

3. To identify levels and stages of participation to put in place a process of a larger community participation in order to encourage and gather community input to Auroville planning.

4. By November, create a strong, vibrant and collaborative l’Avenir d’Auroville with an integral approach which takes into account all the facets of Auroville’s ideals and development, working together, transcending opinions and positions.

Samuel Chabre en studio

En visite a Auroville Samuel nous confie ses impressions Samuel met un point d’honneur à se sentir bien au travail. « La façon de concevoir sa vie et l’esprit dans lequel nous faisons notre travail sont intimement liés. Et partout il doit y avoir de la joie » Cette convivialité entre collègues se nourrit selon lui de rencontres en dehors du travail. Se retrouver régulièrement à des forums, des conférences, ou des meetings entretient une bonne collaboration une fois revenus dans les bureaux. Et pas question de hiérarchie : ici on parle plutôt de sociocratie ou d’holocratie. Une organisation qui ne serait ni tout à fait horizontale, ni tout à fait pyramidale. Ce qui est important, c’est que chacun sache pourquoi il est là. Pour Samuel, cette conception du travail ne souffre pas de serment exclusif à un seul employeur : avoir plusieurs jobs, c’est aussi avoir plus de missions. Comme ses camarades, Samuel a beaucoup voyagé, il a vu d’autres modes de fonctionnement, il a intégré la protection de son environnement. « Ma vie a plus de sens avec les autres, et nous pouvons construire ensemble un monde plus juste ». Sa génération, affirme-t-il, ne se réalise pas dans la foi en une idéologie, mais davantage dans la mise en place d’actions, ici, près de chez soi. Etre solidaire aujourd’hui, c’est incarner ses valeurs.

Comments: 1 Date: 15 Apr 2016

Engaging with Unltd Tamil Nadu

Unltd Tamil Nadu was founded by Gijs Spoor in Auroville as a space to search and support exceptional individuals committed to solving problems through their entrepreneurial skills. Essentially it seeks to encourage social entrepreneurs aiming to address the various challenges presented in Auroville and beyond in Tamil Nadu. On 16th March, 2016 they had a Peer Learning Session along with an evaluation meeting wherein presentations were made by the different social startups associated with this initiative.

Supporting approximately 15-20 projects a year, Unltd Tamil Nadu emphasises on peer connection and a sense of community in their approach. Fostering growth through 'changemakers', they provide a sense of security to those looking to work outside of a conventional framework and embrace experimentation and ideation as their core.

We met Gijs, Victor and Shiva at Auromode and discussed with them the feedback that they received at the evaluation meeting, their vision for the future as well as the challenges faced in terms of the connotations attached in Auroville to commercial activity. They also talked to us about a Pre-Incubation Programme that aims at involving youth searching for alternative career options.

You can access more information about them on their website:

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