New Selection Process
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by Tabitha   
Monday, 18 November 2013

2nd General Meeting on a proposed New Selection Process for the Workin (Photographer: Tabitha)Following are the minutes of the 2nd GM on a proposed New Selection Process for the Working Committee and the Auroville Council with a Participatory Working Group Proposal. Due to the rain, the meeting was not well attended. Still, what was exposed was that perhaps a new process will not make the dissatisfaction of the community disappear. It was mentioned, that even the best selection process possible would do nothing until we are ready to tackle the core issues that are burdening the community, causing much passivity and non-participation of its members.

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What is the Participatory Working Group proposal? It aims to widen community participation in Working Groups (WGs), and to introduce pertinent changes to the operational/team structures in order to foster dynamism and participation. 1. New Team Structure: Distributing the work load wisely - If an Aurovilian wants to participate in a WG, s/he can choose between four roles or types of membership: Listener, Coordinator, Facilitator and Resource Person. Each WG will have its unique set of capabilities for the three types of active roles. 2. New Operational Structure: Aiming to be supportive, inclusive, dynamic and adaptable, the new WG sets the goals and defines the roles. Communication between the WGs and the Community is given an important role. All members are connected via an online forum where internal communication can flow and meetings are set up as required. 3. New Selection Process: The big change compared to the previous process to select WG members is that there is no Selection Committee, but a 3-day selection process mediated by the RAS and the Study Group. The candidates interested to join the WC and the AV Council work out the membership among themselves. After a successful process, the newly formed WGs present themselves to the community through the RAS for final approval. Candidates propose themselves to become members of a WG and by encouraging other capable people to self-propose themselves will enhance participation. 2nd General Meeting on a proposed New Selection Process for the Workin (Photographer: Tabitha) 2nd General Meeting on a proposed New Selection Process for the Workin (Photographer: Tabitha) 2nd General Meeting on a proposed New Selection Process for the Workin (Photographer: Tabitha) 2nd General Meeting on a proposed New Selection Process for the Workin (Photographer: Tabitha) 2nd General Meeting on a proposed New Selection Process for the Workin (Photographer: Tabitha) rain (Photographer: Tabitha)