Category Archives: Social Development
Within the orientation to Auroville and Sustainable Livelihood Institute two day program we managed to talk with one of the participants Sreelekha from Tamindrenvan. With Sustainable Livelihood Institute Sreelekha feels that rural areas of Tamil Nadu are supported by government but her biggest inspiration in past two days came through the message of Auroville to go back, and respect local tradition in many ways, and organic farming with healthy food, which is widely served around here. She is looking forward to share with people her insights and continue with livelihood programs and consultations.
After three months of collecting all the information, data, links new booklet found its way to be printed at Prisma - Auroville Outreach Development Database, made by Kavitha and Paul Vincent on the request for L'Avenir d'Auroville.
The booklet provides information on what we are doing in Auroville and in our bioregion, basics information on what is going on here. It starts with the state of the land, continues with all the activities that provide development.
In second part of the interview with Paul Vincent we touch the work of task force for protecting the Master's Plan.
Sidhartha is the founder of Fireflies Ashram, located outside Bangalore, India. He is a cultural critic and environmental campaigner. He has written books and published articles on spiritual and ecological themes, Fireflies ashram is concerned with transformation at the personal, social and ecological levels.
He will give a talk Thursday, November 13th at 7 pm Tibetan Pavilion.
The "Fair Extraordinaire" at the Youth Centre was indeed extraordinary. The YC team and volunteers made sure that one of the most favored social festivals of the Auroville calendar will remain as such. In addition to regular activities a lot of new nooks and corners, especially catering to to children, had been added. A long list of vendors, a new pizza oven, homebred Auroville bands and Bollywood dancers, made sure that each person could find suitable entertainment. The Cake Competition, and a lot of music were especially appreciated. A mix of sounds recorded at the fair follows.
For the conclusion of Auroville Retreat in which 150 members of the community actively dedicated past two days with brainstorming on possible solutions to move forward in all the major aspect of our lives, we heard some interesting suggestions and words of thanks. But most inspiring were the words of chairman of Governing Board, which members along with International Advisory Council were also present at the occasion, Dr. Karan Singh who amongst others expressed that he can feel a change, shift in the community, and for the first time sees smiles on our faces.
Last night Kalakhoj presented at Unity Pavilion, International Zone talk by Mrs Helene Larsson Pousette, a curator and ex-cultural counselor of the Swedish Embassy in Serbia, who is currently visiting Auroville.
Through different examples of hers and other exhibition she shared with the community an idea on the notion of national identity explored in the cultural heritage's objects, art objects and exhibitions and unique collections. With that note she inspired the audience to start a discussion and questions and answers session.
Hot Saturday morning, International Zone and group of people joyfully participating in a inauguration of Sankalpa Art Center by erecting structure of geodesic dome.
Many years, and perseverance were necessary that it came to this point where dreams and intentions are finally manifesting. Through art therapies that Krupa is offering to the community and surrounding villages as well, beside the healing processes she also try to build the bridge.
Iyyappan joined her inspired by the project while he was helping Krupa with her temporary home in the shape of the blue container on the spot.
WELL: women, empowerment, local, livelihood.
These are the words that sustain this project of social economy. The Wellpaper project recycles paper waste to transform it into useful and beautiful objects. Training and empowering women from the villages develops and maintains a social business unit of great local importance. The workers of this unit acquire a vast knowledge in managing this type of social business and they become agents of replication. Some of them work as teachers in other communities that want to implement the same kind of successful social economy.
Local is beautiful!
Last week we visioned together about how we dream we'd hold conflict in Auroville. People shared a longing for safe spaces, open communication, and a trust that conflict can be seen as an opportunity to move us forward. In today's meeting, we shared in more detail about Restorative Circles, a practice that responds very much to these dreams... A beautiful interactive meeting - learning and information, honest sharing and listening for deeper meaning, a sense of togetherness and hope... Download Doc