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Future, who are you?

Actually, 125 people are passing their newcomer process to become future Aurovillans. Newcomer Potlucks are a smart way to get in touch with this next generation of the international township, and also for them to know other residents. To the latest Potluck, there also went lots of aspirants planning their newcomer period, so we found a wide range of guests. We spoke with some of them about their life situation, about their start in Auroville and about their visions, as well as with the Entry Service staff who invited to the gathering.

Comments: 0 Date: 11 Feb 2016

Manifestation on the Way Forward PT2

Second part - afternoon session of Manifestation on the Way Forward

Comments: 0 Date: 07 Feb 2016

The True Stories of Volunteers

Volunteers' Presentation talk about social work in Auroville. Once a month, SAVI would like to share with the community the real stories of volunteers and the importance of their involvement and contribution to the development of various local and communal projects. This month, Laura Haslett and Tanvi Gupta present their experiences working with Auroville Village Action Group (AVAG), the background, aspirations as well as past and present outreach projects working with villagers that they have been developing and delivering. Melanie LeFebvre shares her experiences as a long term volunteer at Ecofemme Project. She talks about her involvement in expanding business and marketing side of the project, school outreach projects and raising important issues surrounding feminine hygene. Recorded at the Pavilion of Tibetan Culture on 28/01/2016 Presentation organised by SAVI

Comments: 0 Date: 04 Feb 2016

FAMC Mandate

Featuring the recordings of yesterday's General Meeting on new draft of FAMC mandate.

Understanding Self-Education

Understanding Self-Education: Learning to Ask the Right Questions by Jane V. Wheeler, Ph.D. (Associate Professor, Bowling Green State University, USA)

In this dynamic and engaging workshop presentation Jane shared what she has learned about self-education and the importance of asking questions which allow us to become our best true selves. She discusses the terms 'educing' and 'educating' and argues about the role of an educator in bringing out the potentialities for self-development and knowledge in a student as well as a conscious and present being.

Sri Aurobindo wrote “the chief aim of education should be to help the growing soul to draw out that in itself which is best”; and the Mother noted that education should be given “not with the view of passing examinations and getting certifications and posts, but for enriching existing faculties and bringing forth new ones”.

Together they argued for self-education where we learn to draw out the best in each other and ourselves.

Manifestation to the Way Forward

Recording of Friday 5th February at Unity Pavilion Manifestation on the Way Forward.
How can the administration of an ideal society be structured to enable living human unity in action? What is already in place needs to be added or strengthened? We will look at it from the different viewpoints of education/economy/governance) Imagine the administrative structure of an ideal society as already established, with all bodily needs of each person equally provided for.
· What duties and responsibilities are my contribution to Auroville - the City the Earth needs? For what action am I willing to sign up for?

Waste Water Managemnt for RZ

Today's meeting at SAIIER's conference room organized by TDC/L'Avenir d' Auroville, and presented by Jan was trying to point out that city does need move from ad hoc situation of building (as it was done in past) to an urban region with proper planning, starting with infrastructure. In regards to it also the sewage system has its own place, and for many reasons should be put in place quite soon. Jan presented one of the possibilities for the common waste water treatment of Residential Zone 1 and 2, which is clearly not in favor of the community. Since GOI grants were allocated to deal with those problems , and since the population of the Zone is rapidly growing , a solution needs to be found. After all, water is life, and water contaminated with too many of e.coli can be devastating for the population, apart from many other unwanted ingredients.     TDC announcement

During recent years considerable funds from GOI and other sources have been invested to develop the Sector 1 and 2 of the Residential Zone. As new residences have been built, roads and the technical infrastructure for drinking water supply and electricity network have been expanded. Similarly we would like to build up a waste water management system which is able to deal with the increasing demand. The system should be ecologically sound and provide recycled waste water for irrigation in parks and gardens. A detailed study was carried out to compare different options and determine the best suitable technique. The proposed design consists of a sewer system which connects to a single treatment plant. The treated water undergoes further purification and is then pumped back into the communities to be used for gardening. The sludge, separated during the treatment is post- processed at the treatment plant and can be used as compost in parks and gardens. In the first phase communities along the Vikas Radial are connected to a main sewer that runs along this Radial. A second sewer will be built along the Samasti-Solar Kitchen Radial and the remaining communities are connected in the following phases. The project is expandable to serve the entire planned population of these two sectors of the Residential Zone.

Comments: 0 Date: 27 Jan 2016

Food Distribution and Way Forward

General Meeting on the topic of food distribution has happened this afternoon at Mahalaksmi Park Amphitheatre - beautiful, and inspiring place in the center of Auroville.
RAS has stated that since 93% of the survey participants suggested AV outlets to do purchasing together, they have contacted executives of the outlets and invited them to discuss this possibility.

On Saturday 6th Feb, executives of PTDC, PTPS and HERS met at the RAS room. There was a strong interest and readiness from all the parties to combine their efforts, purchase together and give a better service to the Community.

RAS will follow this topic and will give update to the Community.

Following is the recording of the meeting airing some different opinions, and suggestions.

Info on Restructuring of TDC

Following is a recording of informational meeting on proposed (by Working Committee) restructuring of TDC / L'Avenir d'Auroville . It was an opportunity for clarification and questions.

ARA on Decision Making Guidelines

RAS and Action Governance Group had an Active Residents Assembly meeting at Unity Pavilion on Saturday 23rd.

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