Category Archives: Social Development
Couple years ago amazing energy of Mandakini from AVI France gave birth to a vital campaign for obtaining plot of lands in Master Plan which are still in private hands - Acres For Auroville or A4A. And recently we have read the report on Phase 2
This morning Rakhal, and Divya and Sandeep from Land Board shared with us some of the details on the campaign itself, and the work of Land Board in practical ways of purchasing the land.
Rakhal has recently finished beautiful video to support the A4A, and here are links of English and French version.
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.
UnLtd Tamil Nadu (www.unltdtamilnadu.org) est une plateforme de lancement et d'accompagnement d'entreprises sociales cree par Gijs Spoor et basee a Auroville. Ces projets replacent les dynamiques economiques et l'innovation au service de la communaute en s'attaquant aux problemes sociaux et environnementaux majeurs (precarite, acces aux soins, alimentation, education, emancipation des femmes, developpement durable). Fort d'une equipe de 8 coachs, volontaires et nombre d'experts, l'incubateur offre aux porteurs de projets un suivi individualise avec un tuteur dedie, des temps collectifs de formation a la creation et la gestion d'entreprise sociale, des groupes de partage et d'enseignement mutuel ainsi que la mise en contact avec des partenaires exterieurs, investisseurs et mecenes pour perenniser leur activite. Victor Michud (HEC Paris) est responsable des operations, il evoque son parcours, les projets soutenus par l'incubateur, les perspectives d'entrepreneuriat social a Auroville et les problematiques propres a l'incubation sociale.
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.
Koodam is a center that serves individuals and groups who need support with:
Koodam aims to enable a shift in our attitude towards difficult conversations, communication blocks and conflict, away from the idea of wrong vs. right and a judiciary system - towards the idea of multiple truths, conflict transformation and taking responsibility to engage with our own challenges.
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!