Category Archives: Governance

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.


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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.

Mallika Sarabhai:interview

At the last meeting of the present Governing Board, Mallika Sarabhai a member of the G.B talks about her experience and her fruitful association with Auroville.She later adds that she would continue her association with Auroville by being an advisor to Bharat Nivas, Pavilion of India, International Zone.

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.


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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.

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.


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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.

End of term G.B

The meeting held at the Unity Pavilion was to celebrate the success of the Governing Board as their term comes to an end. The meeting was attended by Mr. Karan Singh, all the board members, Aurovilians and long term volunteers. The meeting ended with the beautiful poem rendered by Dr. Karan Singh.

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