Category Archives: Social Development

Vox Pop on Roundabout

VOX POP: it is about taking up any existing issue and collecting opinion from the people about the issue.
This Vox Pop is all about the round about in Auroville near the solar kitchen, and the problems faced by the people while riding and walking across the round about.
We also have the official voice bite from the architect Jan, who has shared his ideas and views from his experience.

Rod: Critical Thinking is needed

Rod revisits the topic of change in Auroville, in this hour long conversation we touch the topics of; Ideology, Town Planning, Economy, International Zone, Growth, Statistics, Working Groups, after the Retreat (?) ... and the urgent need for critical thinking in Auroville. He reminds us of the COP21 agreements events furthered in (April and May 2016) to combat Global Climate Change and suggests the occasion to mark change in Auroville.


Comments: 1 Date: 10 Mar 2016

Meeting of the International Zone

A General Meeting for the development of an International Zone in Auroville has been convened at Unity Pavilion on 22nd, January 2016. Representatives from various nations have presented their ideas and concepts in the creation a pavilion to embark and expose their respective culture. The meeting was lasted for two hours which included a 'future master plan' for the development of Auroville International guest pavilion and also 'sustainable plans being made for the well being of Aurovillians".


Comments: 0 Date: 24 Feb 2016

Understanding Self-Education

Understanding Self-Education: Learning to Ask the Right Questions by Jane V. Wheeler, Ph.D. (Associate Professor, Bowling Green State University, USA)

In this dynamic and engaging workshop presentation Jane shared what she has learned about self-education and the importance of asking questions which allow us to become our best true selves. She discusses the terms 'educing' and 'educating' and argues about the role of an educator in bringing out the potentialities for self-development and knowledge in a student as well as a conscious and present being.

Sri Aurobindo wrote “the chief aim of education should be to help the growing soul to draw out that in itself which is best”; and the Mother noted that education should be given “not with the view of passing examinations and getting certifications and posts, but for enriching existing faculties and bringing forth new ones”.

Together they argued for self-education where we learn to draw out the best in each other and ourselves.

Samuel Chabre en studio

En visite a Auroville Samuel nous confie ses impressions Samuel met un point d’honneur à se sentir bien au travail. « La façon de concevoir sa vie et l’esprit dans lequel nous faisons notre travail sont intimement liés. Et partout il doit y avoir de la joie » Cette convivialité entre collègues se nourrit selon lui de rencontres en dehors du travail. Se retrouver régulièrement à des forums, des conférences, ou des meetings entretient une bonne collaboration une fois revenus dans les bureaux. Et pas question de hiérarchie : ici on parle plutôt de sociocratie ou d’holocratie. Une organisation qui ne serait ni tout à fait horizontale, ni tout à fait pyramidale. Ce qui est important, c’est que chacun sache pourquoi il est là. Pour Samuel, cette conception du travail ne souffre pas de serment exclusif à un seul employeur : avoir plusieurs jobs, c’est aussi avoir plus de missions. Comme ses camarades, Samuel a beaucoup voyagé, il a vu d’autres modes de fonctionnement, il a intégré la protection de son environnement. « Ma vie a plus de sens avec les autres, et nous pouvons construire ensemble un monde plus juste ». Sa génération, affirme-t-il, ne se réalise pas dans la foi en une idéologie, mais davantage dans la mise en place d’actions, ici, près de chez soi. Etre solidaire aujourd’hui, c’est incarner ses valeurs.


Comments: 1 Date: 15 Apr 2016

Pondicherry Equestrian Challenge

The Pondicherry Equestrian Challenge (PEC) 2016 has been organized for two weeks at the RED EARTH RIDING SCHOOL, Auroville. Many riders from Bangalore, Chennai, Cuddalore, Tirupur, Pondicherry and Auroville have participated in the wonderful event. The local residents and guests and visitors of Auroville enjoyed the Jumping Challenge at this PEC 2016. Events like these make youth energized says a visitor. Parents should make sure of making their children involve in various sports and extra curricular activities which helps their growth in an inclusive manner rather than forcing them to stick to books alone. Books provide knowledge and wisdom and activities like these promotes holistic development. Cash prizes were given to the winners in three categories. CAT A: 135 Cms, CAT B: 120 Cms and CAT C: 110 Cms. The interesting thing about these competitions was that students of grade 8 have taken part. Therefore, there were various levels of competitions depending on the height of their strengths. Programs like these should be encouraged by governments and the civil societies to develop a spirit for Equestrian culture, says Sri, a resident of Auroville.


Comments: 1 Date: 07 Mar 2016

Nammal Mudiyam tamil

NAMMAL MUDIYAM THE “WE CAN” PROJECT Edayanchavady Youth foster Well Being Young women and men of Edayanchavady village have identified alcohol addiction as a primary cause of poverty, violence and lack of household resources. They want to highlight these issues, set up supportive structures and reposition a new story of a healthy, empowered, socially engaged village leading positive change. The project begins with a one-day well-being campaign that highlights; the effects of alcoholism, available recovery supports and a suggested refocus of life as well being and health. The event will be presented through; related talks, drama, film, art, martial arts, organic gardening and therapy in Edayanchavady Temple Square,February 28th, 4.30pm to 9pm The event will be followed by a strong alcohol recovery support structure through Alcohol Anonymous meetings, Al Anon family Counselling and De-addiction programs through Auroville Village Action Group and Edayanchavadi Healing Centre/Thamarai


Comments: 0 Date: 22 Feb 2016

Engaging with Unltd Tamil Nadu

Unltd Tamil Nadu was founded by Gijs Spoor in Auroville as a space to search and support exceptional individuals committed to solving problems through their entrepreneurial skills. Essentially it seeks to encourage social entrepreneurs aiming to address the various challenges presented in Auroville and beyond in Tamil Nadu. On 16th March, 2016 they had a Peer Learning Session along with an evaluation meeting wherein presentations were made by the different social startups associated with this initiative.

Supporting approximately 15-20 projects a year, Unltd Tamil Nadu emphasises on peer connection and a sense of community in their approach. Fostering growth through 'changemakers', they provide a sense of security to those looking to work outside of a conventional framework and embrace experimentation and ideation as their core.

We met Gijs, Victor and Shiva at Auromode and discussed with them the feedback that they received at the evaluation meeting, their vision for the future as well as the challenges faced in terms of the connotations attached in Auroville to commercial activity. They also talked to us about a Pre-Incubation Programme that aims at involving youth searching for alternative career options.

You can access more information about them on their website:
http://unltdtamilnadu.org/

Oneness among a myriad cultures

In a recent interview with Mr. Luigi, a lead member of the International Zone  Coordination Group at the occasion of the Meeting held at Unity Pavilion of Auroville on 22nd February 2016, has expressed great impressions on the ongoing infrastructure development plan of the International Zone which is soon being setup in Auroville He has represented all the Auroville guests, visitors and new comers in the creation of a platform for an International Zone to exhibit and exchange various cultures and traditions of different country nationals who join Auroville. This International Zone is an unique place in India, where different parts of lands at Auroville would be allotted to various countries for the construction of their pavilions in their native design and style. This would create an atmosphere for mutual respect and cooperation and above that empowers exchange of culture and promote Peace among the different societies of the world. The interesting part is that, these pavilions would be the permanent mission of Auroville International Zone and would be a symbolic representation of the various regions and continents of the world. He later added that, these development plans are being structured with the help of volunteers from India and African student community of Architecture background. This meeting and interview has convinced me to suggest this International Zone be viewed as an union of a mini world, where various delegates, volunteers of Auroville and other guests and visitors experience the atmosphere of the world cultures at one place, therefore can be regarded as " An Umbrella of myriad cultures ".


Comments: 0 Date: 24 Feb 2016

NAMMAL MUDIYAM English

NAMMAL MUDIYAM THE “WE CAN” PROJECT Edayanchavady Youth foster Well Being Young women and men of Edayanchavady village have identified alcohol addiction as a primary cause of poverty, violence and lack of household resources. They want to highlight these issues, set up supportive structures and reposition a new story of a healthy, empowered, socially engaged village leading positive change. The project begins with a one-day well-being campaign that highlights; the effects of alcoholism, available recovery supports and a suggested refocus of life as well being and health. The event will be presented through; related talks, drama, film, art, martial arts, organic gardening and therapy in Edayanchavady Temple Square,February 28th, 4.30pm to 9pm The event will be followed by a strong alcohol recovery support structure through Alcohol Anonymous meetings, Al Anon family Counselling and De-addiction programs through Auroville Village Action Group and Edayanchavadi Healing Centre/Thamarai Should you like to donate to this work please use Auroville Financial Centre account (251465 Village Alcohol Awareness) and for those in other parts of India or abroad please contact: thamarai@auroville.org.in “Whatever you can do or dream you can; begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now” NAMMAL MUDIYAM !


Comments: 0 Date: 22 Feb 2016
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