Category Archives: City Life

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

Rod: Critical Thinking is needed

Rod revisits the topic of change in Auroville, in this hour long conversation we touch the topics of; Ideology, Town Planning, Economy, International Zone, Growth, Statistics, Working Groups, after the Retreat (?) ... and the urgent need for critical thinking in Auroville. He reminds us of the COP21 agreements events furthered in (April and May 2016) to combat Global Climate Change and suggests the occasion to mark change in Auroville.


Comments: 1 Date: 10 Mar 2016

Mobility in Auroville

'Getting Around ... Mobility in Auroville'

Joy of Learning session

A seminar organized by the Joy of Learning group with presentations of projects, research, ideas, questions and answers, suggestions and thoughts of Aurovilians about the development of more effective and eco ways of getting around Auroville as well as public transport implementation and future planning of mobility systems for expanding Auroville.

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:
http://unltdtamilnadu.org/

How building the future? (full)

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: http://sacredgroves.in/?cat=121

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: http://sacredgroves.in/?cat=121


Comments: 0 Date: 10 Mar 2016

Pondicherry Equestrian Challenge

The Pondicherry Equestrian Challenge (PEC) 2016 has been organized for two weeks at the RED EARTH RIDING SCHOOL, Auroville. Many riders from Bangalore, Chennai, Cuddalore, Tirupur, Pondicherry and Auroville have participated in the wonderful event. The local residents and guests and visitors of Auroville enjoyed the Jumping Challenge at this PEC 2016. Events like these make youth energized says a visitor. Parents should make sure of making their children involve in various sports and extra curricular activities which helps their growth in an inclusive manner rather than forcing them to stick to books alone. Books provide knowledge and wisdom and activities like these promotes holistic development. Cash prizes were given to the winners in three categories. CAT A: 135 Cms, CAT B: 120 Cms and CAT C: 110 Cms. The interesting thing about these competitions was that students of grade 8 have taken part. Therefore, there were various levels of competitions depending on the height of their strengths. Programs like these should be encouraged by governments and the civil societies to develop a spirit for Equestrian culture, says Sri, a resident of Auroville.


Comments: 1 Date: 07 Mar 2016
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