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Category Archives: Governance

CAT-3 on Auroville Charter

Mita, Inge and Sandhira were facilitating the CAT-3 ( Create Auroville Together ) on 8th dec2016. All the residents in Auroville were invited to this new form of interactive workshops being organized, which has the intention to revitalize the spirit of Auroville in all its residents and in-turn into all the actions and decisions we make. It is also a space where Aurovillians can come together and put on their thinking cap and maybe look old virtues with new perspective. The mood of the workshop was very joyous and participants were feeling good to mingle amongst each other, as the format of the workshop was very interactive. At the end of the workshop, participants , each gave their personal sharing on their relation with the Auroville charter and what values it imbibe's into them. And as the name suggest, Creating Auroville Together, participants were clearly feeling the joy of being together and looking out for each other. The workshop ended , on a very creative note, the participants together formed , the Auroville Symbol and recited the opening part of the Auroville Charter. " Auroville belongs to no one ... one must be a willing servitor of the divine "


Comments: 0 Date: 13 Dec 2016

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.

GM:decision making system

On Tuesday the 13th at 4.30pm at Unity Pavilion the General Meeting to hear and discuss a:Proposed New Decision-making System for Auroville. The meeting was presided by the Active Residents’ Assembly and the Residents’ Assembly Service (RAS) to encourage the community to hear and discuss their proposal for a new, consensus-driven decision-making system for Auroville. The proposal builds on and develops our existing, naturally-derived consensus systems and takes them one step further. The meeting was attended by around 25 community members and after the presentation, a forum to clarify and to discuss the topic in detail was provided.

General Meeting On Appeal Process

A General Meeting was organized by the Auroville Council and facilitated by Elisa and Niva, representing the appeal process sub-group. The residents of Auroville were invited to be part of this meeting to clear any doubts, to put forth their suggestions and views and ultimately reach a stage were a clear decision on the mandate of the appeal process is possible to be agreed upon. The appeal process comes out in form of a relief for those Aurovillians, who had difference in opinion towards some of the decisions passed by the main working groups for the first year experiencing the process. In the past, Aurovillians had no option but to rely and keep total faith on the good will of the working groups. The basic grievance often experienced is in a situation, where he feels maybe if more vital data or crucial experiences were shared with that particular working group, maybe the decision could have been made under different light. To tackle these arbitrary situation correctly and consciously, the Auroville Council has created the appeal process. The decisions appealed against, will be subject to case by case review with an intention to uphold the ideals of Auroville at all time and support improving the decision making process of the working groups. The final ratification decision of the appeal process will be completed via the RAS . For any further information, the Auroville Council may be contacted.


Comments: 0 Date: 13 Dec 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.

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.

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