Newcomers - A deeper commitment

General Meeting Entry process
by Patrick   
Saturday, 26 October 2013

Santo did the project presentation (Photographer: Patrick)Yesterday a General Meeting was held at SAWCHU, Bharat Nivas. A new entry process proposal, as asked for by the community during the Open Platform meetings. Santo introduced the "3 steps Entry process", based on faith and trust. The project was clearly introduced during the meeting. You may also read the Working draft Entry process , the booklet on joining Auroville, as well as the form 1. Participants stated that the housing topic is related and should be  carefully monitored... Read more

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Presentation for Newcomers
by Monireh   
Saturday, 19 October 2013

Umberto, Fif, Jan-Willen Pieterson, Freek Schiphorst (Photographer: Monireh)Board members of Stichting De Zaaier - Martine Busek, Jan-Willen Pieterson and Freek Schiphorst - are currently visiting Auroville. They have already talked to many people and units about their projects and services. A presentation to newcomers on Stichting de Zaaier had been scheduled and took place yesterday morning in the Town Hall Conference Room. Due, perhaps, to the slight delay and to the work commitment of the 120 newcomers, only Fif participated in the session, along with Umberto from Entry Service. Read more

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Community Discussion on Entry
by Kristen   
Monday, 03 June 2013
A good number of Aurovilians convened at Unity Pavilion on Friday for an open-space discussion on the Entry process. The meeting was a continuation of last month's exploration into how to bridge the gap between the working groups and the RAS. In this second installment, the community reflects on the purpose of the entry process. Residents compare what it was like to join Auroville in the early days to what is required of Newcomers now. Ashatit facilitates as Aurovilians hold a conversation, collectively working out what should be be changed. Read more

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Entry Service Burnt Down
by Nour   
Wednesday, 20 February 2013
Kripa (Photographer: Nour)To whoever that has came to Town Hall early this morning was obvious that something isn't really right , no power, no sound of generator... people gathering at Le Morgan..."Entry Service Burnt Down" where the calls and surprises, and joke followed. Following is a short interview with Kripa, member of Entry Service, explaining the cause of the fire, which has occurred around 5am. Electrical sockets took fire, which melted the wiring, computers melted ... but team is positive; Kripa says "Like the Fenix we will would be re born out the ashes" Read more

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Newcomers and Reality
by Miriam   
Friday, 02 September 2011
Cecilia (Photographer: Miriam)With announcement about temporarily "closed" doors of Entry Service caused for the first time in their mandate since 2009 to get some feedback from a cross section of the community. We need the human asset in order for community to grow, we need energy, expertise, finances - everything that committed new comer can bring. Entry Service is in charge of screening candidates, but if the community doesn't fully open the doors by providing the infrastructure necessary to welcome new comers, the Entry Service is more like bouncers.

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Chronic housing woes
by Andrea and Anitha   
Friday, 26 November 2010

Joseba (Photographer: Andrea)The Newcomer Orientation Programme held on Wednesday, November 25, focused on the housing crisis Aurovilians face. Joseba from the Housing Service said the housing projects initiated over two years back were nearing completion but they cannot take in new people as most of the housing has been booked. He went into the details of the chronic housing crisis that Aurovilians and the new comers are facing and the solutions being worked out. Joseba agreed that the available options were limited. He had a long discussion with the members of the programme responding to their numerous queries.

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Brother & Sister
by Andrea   
Thursday, 25 November 2010

Sonja (Photographer: Andrea)To Be Newcomer is not an easy task. The life in Auroville is so different in comparison with the experiences of most of us had “outside”. These series of meetings are helping aspiring new comers to understand how Auroville works. In this Newcomer Orientation Program Sonja, Shivaya and Ross explored the Auroville's economy and the entry process. Nothing is obvious in a place like Auroville and clear idea are fundamental in order to take the decision to move in. A long list of applicants (300 till date) are in queue waiting to be received by the Entry service in the coming months. Probably some of the participants will make the list longer. Welcome... Read more

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People persons
by Yahalom & Miriam   
Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Ross (Photographer: Yahalom)Newcomers for Newcomers held one of numerous programs at Town Hall. On this occasion Ross from the Entry Service shared, through informal conversation, some insights with newcomers, pre-comers, and future friends of Auroville. He spoke about the difficulties and beauties of being one of the members of the Entry Service. Among other topics, Ross touched upon the basic question, which each of us should ask when considering joining Auroville – 'Am I here for Auroville or is Auroville here for me?' Read more

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