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Working Committee Interacts


Yesterday's General Meeting on interaction with the Working Committee.
Members of the Working Committee gave an update on their work, with clarification on some subjects.

Working Groups Selection Day 1

On the 21st October 2016 Aurovillians gathered at the Unity Pavillion to begin a 3 day process to select new members for the three working groups, The Working Committee, The Auroville Council and The Funds & Assets Management Committee. All came together with hope and enthusiasm to take things forward in a fresh way, with the knowledge that all inspiration and ideas emerge from the silence within and to try to select members, through this seemingly unique process, who could reflect this understanding along with the practical skills needed for the roles. The proceedings were led by Inge Rieck.


Comments: 0 Date: 28 Oct 2016

Mr. Laksminarayanan from SLI

Mr. Laksminarayanan, former AD panchayat, Govt. of Tamil Nadu, & Currently liaison officer, SLI ( Sustainable Livelihood Institute ).
He has over 40 years of experience in working with the grassroot governance institutions. He delivers a powerful presentation, educating the locals upon the up coming panchayat elections. Mr. Laksminarayanan emphasis on the fact that every voting member is a part of 'graham sabha ' and in turn has judiciary powers of the elected panchayat official, if required so. He educates, that Tamil Nadu has had a history of local panchayat governance right from 700 A.D. , and points out to various policies for qualification and disqualification of elected members which have been made clear, even in that era. He emphasis on the role of the Graham Sabha and highlights to the fact, every voting member is automatically a member of the graham sabha and has judiciary powers over the elected members and can bring them to accountability if required. Mr. Laksminarayanan dwells upon these serious issues with a rather jolly mood and reminds the people that, gone are the days when elected members of panchayat can favoritism of any kind and the elected members must work diligently to make sure all the basic needs of villagers are met. He is responsible in his professional life, to have lead and caused up to 31 panchayat elected official, to be disqualified and resign.

Interview with David Stein

David Stein presented his plan for the land use of the green belt area. He also speaks about the ways we can build relations with local villagers to increase on our good will. Currently AVF owns only 25% of the land marked out originally for green belt zone. David prepares us for hard work ahead of us, in areas of resolving local governance issues, preservation of ground level water reserves, infrastructure development by local villagers which can hamper the idea behind green belt use. David gave very specific and enlightening methods which can spearhead growth and development and urged for the people of Auroville to adopt to the proposed plan, so that the real work of implementing the plan can begin. He suggested we are losing on time as the development and in some case depletion of certain resources can strangle the growth of the city entirely, for example the rise in salinity in our ground level water reserves. He points out, Auroville is in India and not in isolation and accordingly we must adhere and manage solution under pretext of existing set of defined rules and not be just stuck by comfortable ideals. He in accord with L'avenier are calling for action by means of adopting to a plan.

Working Groups Selection day 3

On the 21st October 2016 Aurovillians gathered at the Unity Pavillion to begin a 3 day process to select new members for the three working groups, The Working Committee, The Auroville Council and The Funds & Assets Management Committee. All came together with hope and enthusiasm to take things forward in a fresh way, with the knowledge that all inspiration and ideas emerge from the silence within and to try to select members, through this seemingly unique process, who could reflect this understanding along with the practical skills needed for the roles. The proceedings were led by Inge Rieck.


Comments: 0 Date: 28 Oct 2016

The Creative Light of Community


Krishna from Solitude just popped up this morning to our studio, and invited us to "next" Lively Up Your Earth Festival this Sunday 30th of Ocotober at 3.30pm at Town Hall permaculture garden. Since the 5th LUYE was a joyful experience which has proven once more that for the community to be alive needs to celebrate together, participants wanted to continue ....and the result it will be
A Celebration of The Creative Light of Our Community on Sunday. Many different activities, live music.. are being prepared along with a good meal for everybody.

Savi Volunteer Introduction Program

Savi organised a very beautiful program for volunteers for an Introduction of Auroville, called VIP: Volunteer Introduction Program... This Program was lead by Maggie, Boomi and Dominique. They were very dedicated and have put together great effort in this program. Very well picked topics and destinations, awesome food places of Auroville and enlightening and welcoming insights by leading Aurovillians; made this trip a memorable journey of 4 days for all volunteers who participated in it... The program included some movies and video on Auroville's history, group sessions, visits to various communities and an orientation about their activities and also few games and self expression. The activities done during those 4 days included farming, visit to Matrimandir and also visits to some creative and service units of Auroville like Budha Garden, Shradhanjali, Swaram, Solitude farm, Bamboo center, Earth Institute, Food link and Pourtous, Eco service and African Pavillion. And finally, Tibetian Pavillion, where all they did all activities and video were screened. This program was very interactive as well as informative. Movies on Wasteless, Making of Matrimandir; a talk by Manoj on Sri Aurobindo and Mother, question answer rounds made the experience even richer and full of information. In this audio we have archived what each participant experienced in their transformational 4 days experience..


Comments: 2 Date: 06 Oct 2016

Working Groups Selection day 2

On the 21st October 2016 Aurovillians gathered at the Unity Pavillion to begin a 3 day process to select new members for the three working groups, The Working Committee, The Auroville Council and The Funds & Assets Management Committee. All came together with hope and enthusiasm to take things forward in a fresh way, with the knowledge that all inspiration and ideas emerge from the silence within and to try to select members, through this seemingly unique process, who could reflect this understanding along with the practical skills needed for the roles. The proceedings were led by Inge Rieck.


Comments: 0 Date: 28 Oct 2016

Mr. Lakshminarayan from SLI

Mr. Lakshminarayanan shares his views about various aspects of the upcoming local body, panchayat elections for neighboring villages of Auroville. He emphasis on the power a voter has, as member of the graham sabha and educates of the new amendments in seat reservation. He informs about 50% seats being reserved for women in the upcoming elections and points out as a good sign. He believes Women as administrators can do a much better job and is feeling rather optimistic about the upcoming elections. The panchayat elections play a major role in Auroville life as well, as Auroville is surrounded by at least 7-8 local Panchayat bodies and hence, elected officials will play a crucial role in maintaining and even strengthening the relations with the local villagers. Sustainable Livlihood institute SLI , is doing a commendable job in bridging the information gap between the villagers and Auroville and is playing an important role in guiding the locals to a better lifestyle and providing better means of livelihood.

Welcome Talk for New Comers

Noel Parent presents a very welcoming talk for potential new comers and Aurovillians.

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