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Extra ”Fair Extraordinaire”

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. Read more

Sunday, 29 December 2013
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New Selection Process

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. Read more

Monday, 18 November 2013
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GM on Land Exchange #2

Yesterday, a second General Meeting on a land exchange proposal concerning the North Eastern Greenbelt was held at the Unity Pavilion (International Zone). Organised by the LMTF, the meeting was divided into two parts. First Fabian, on behalf of the LMTF, again presented the current situation. Supported by maps, he clearly indicated the areas for possible exchange and development. In the second part, the members of the community had a chance to express their feelings and concerns, and to ask questions in order to clarify anything unclear or confusing to them. We can expect a follow up. Read more

Thursday, 24 October 2013
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Presentation for Newcomers

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

Saturday, 19 October 2013
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Clowns for light and transformation

Take it all is a silent and poetic play about a happy relationship of two clowns that is gradually destroyed by an escalating conflict about money. The two clowns behind it are Erika and Ovidi, a Swedish-Catalan couple. They performed the play on Saturday night at CRIPA, to the delight of their audience. For the next six months they will travel around India, visiting places and people to shine their much needed love and light. They also hope to break down barriers that people may have against clowning and its transformative power. A conversation with them reveals what it is that makes them do what they do. Read more

Tuesday, 01 October 2013
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Entry Service Presents
Yesterday the Entry Service team presented to the community a clarification on its actual role and last year’s data and figures. The presentation began with the introduction of each team members ,then Kripa took over with a brief history of this service through the years and its different appellations, followed by a complete and detailed resume of last year activity and results. With dedication she went through sensitive points regarding all those wishing to join the community, and clarified the position of the Entry Service within Auroville... Read more

Sunday, 15 September 2013
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What Auroville Needs?
Yesterday's very well attended General Meeting on proposed large land exchange in North Eastern Greenbelt by The Land Matters Task Force (LMTF) clearly showed that the decision will not be easy. Members of community are divided by which way to follow - either trust to an logical explanations or to follow heart while deciding on such an important matter as it is large land exchange or land sale. As somebody commented - "we really need to go within to derive to the common conclusion what would be the best for Auroville"... Read more

Thursday, 12 September 2013
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GM on MM executive Selection #2
Follow up on Matrimandir Executive Selection yesterday at Unity Pavilion in International Zone again hasn't brought clear solutions or resolvement. Many different proposal and suggestions were given on the table but none convincing enough to pass as a common consensus to call a Residents Assembly on it. And if the Matrimandir should represent the soul of Auroville, there should be peace and harmony amongst those who are offering service to care and develop Matrimandir with its surroundings. 50th anniversary of Auroville is approaching fast. Read more

Thursday, 29 August 2013
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The Greatest Love of All

There are teachers, and there are Teachers, but the following are some short interviews with teachers of Nandanam, to whom all is common that they share the love for the children, and find joy in being with them, around them, share with them whatever they know.. Read more

Tuesday, 13 August 2013
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Home Building for Dignified Livin
After three week long Auroville Green Practices Summer School 22 students, mostly of architecture, yesterday presented to the community their work - From House to Home Building for a Dignified Living. Divided in teams, each working on specific part of construction, living and human activity, with limited budget they were searching for best possible solutions satisfying parameters existing in today's life. Yet they went further in their search of sustainable home, off the grid(water, electricity), possible to survive natural calamities. Read more

Sunday, 11 August 2013
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Mahakali Park
This morning at Conference Room in Town Hall four internship students of landscaping presented their vision of Mahakali Park - From forest to the public park in Revelation. All four of them are students of ENSP Versailles School of Landscape in France, and were under the supervision of landscape architect Marie. The Revelation Community was established years ago with the main purpose to extensively plant trees, but now they would like to share the beauties and responsibilities of it with visitors and wider community. Read more

Friday, 09 August 2013
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Open Platform - Entry #5

With continuation of Open Platform sessions, and with the work of task group on certain issues things slowly starting to get a form. How to simplify the bureaucratic ways in order to bring to Auroville more people, especially young, and from the under privileged countries was the main discussion on Friday's Open Platform at Unity Pavilion in International Zone. As the topic is very complex, with aspects ranging from The Mother vision and guidance, to Indian law , and to past experiences of the community, finding the clear way isn't easy Read more

Monday, 05 August 2013
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TDC Development Studies
Visit of Advisory Group of Town Development Council/L'Avenir d'Auroville has concluded with yesterday's morning presentations at Conference Room in Town Hall. In more than three hours we had a chance to listen to five presentations, all related to TDC development studies and work in progress - interesting one on water conservation; about land use, mapping of the present state of the area; on institute of sustainable habitat; plan for development of Residential Zone 1 and 2. Read more

Tuesday, 30 July 2013
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Community Involvement
Yesterday's workshop to design methodologies to involve the community in the progress of Auroville held at the Unity Pavilion in IZ with the Town Development Council/ L'Avenir d'Auroville Advisory Group has brought some hope and clarity to the participants. At the same time the plan of the members of Advisory Group was to really actively involve Aurovilians to participate. Observations of TAG were summarized that we do need people, land, structure and a new economy (new form of organization) as a frame to achieve material realization. Read more

Monday, 29 July 2013
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Triple 3 or H3

Within Summer School Program organized by Auroville Green Habitats (Auroville Consulting) Stefanie Overbeck, an architect started the first week of the school. With the participants, mostly Indian students of architecture , she has shared triple three or H3 methodology which was basically developed to link not just academic learning abut also wisdom space - from the Hands, to the Head and a Heart. Within interview Stefanie talks also about the complimentary currency or how to handle social exchanges within the community. Read more

Saturday, 27 July 2013
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Open Platform on Entry #4
Yesterday's open platform on Entry process with Housing at SAWCHU, Bharat Nivas, Pavilion of Indian Culture in International Zone tried to focus on the changes of the Entry Process with the opening agenda-How to implement the changes required to simplify the Entry Process? After the review of current process with defined vision, wish list came up with some suggestions for change. Debate was heated up, for participants hard to keep it strictly on changes of Entry Process but finally the task force team was volunteered to prepare the proposal Read more

Tuesday, 16 July 2013
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Yesterday Unity Pavilion in International Zone hosted General Meeting to discuss recent incidents of violence in the Auroville area with the presence of certain working groups - Auroville Security Team, Working Committee members and Safety trough Art. Some brave victims shared their stories on incidents of violence that has happened to them, some shared stories of others. Continuation was more in tone of finding some solutions, but as is lately becoming a regularity, time was too short, and of course the GM on Violence part 2 will follow. Read more

Thursday, 11 July 2013
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What do we think
We brought together the ideas and opinion of younger and elder Aurovilians in a small track to show you different ways the violence affects people and what they thought about it. Read more

Wednesday, 10 July 2013
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WMS #2
Yesterday's continuation from 10th of April on Water Maintenance Service brought up two, three and the fourth proposal. Members of the community were trying to establish what might have been the real cause of friction between all those involved in activities of WMS. By that it was clear that maybe in the community itself the distinctions between services and units are vague, and that maybe it is time that we do remember again what is the purpose of one or another. Conclusions? unit should carry on working until new proposal for next 2 months. Read more

Friday, 05 July 2013
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Housing and Entry 3
Despite the hot and tiring afternoon Unity Pavilion in International Zone yesterday afternoon was well attended by residents to participate at open platform - a community meeting, continuation from 31st of May - on housing and entry policies. Again many ideas, thoughts, points were brought on the "table" yet without any specific conclusion but with a promise for continuation of the discussion. Read more

Tuesday, 02 July 2013
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Collective Yoga
Minutes of General Meeting on Auroville Water Maintenance Service to clear out the dead point on the unit(or service???) closure, splitting assets...In the goodwill of all present resident, with the reminder of Residents Assembly Service before the beginning to keep it to the agenda which was (except little outburst of "washing the laundry") kept at most of the time, the meeting was steered in real process of work - collective yoga. Result is a suggestion that last existing team along with Marcus and Dirk find the proposal for the new AWMS. Read more

Wednesday, 10 April 2013
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Agenda or Not Agenda?
Featured are minutes of yesterday's General Meeting at Unity Pavilion in International Zone which was very well attended. Proposed agenda was about Working Committee sharing agenda points fro the upcoming Governing Board, which they have received from the Secretary's office : 1. process for procedure for selection of WC. 2. suggestions on term&mandated for the WC. 3.process&procedure for constituting various working groups of the RA.4. suggestions on securing land for the Master Plan&manifesting the city. That agenda was impossible to keep. Read more

Wednesday, 03 April 2013
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The  Doors to Auroville
Featuring recordings are of yesterday's one day workshop on the research on the 12 qualities and their practical implication in the relationship with those who come to Auroville - tourist, guests, volunteers, newcomers at Unity Pavilion in International Zone. Participants, of which all are on daily basis in contact with all those who come to Auroville by different reasons and purposes, sincerely dedicated their time to explore and go through 12 qualities without looking for problems or solutions but merely searching for a useful tool. Read more

Sunday, 31 March 2013
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Transparency and Transformations
Yesterday's General Meeting called by a group of Aurovillians concerned about the work of Working Committee, facilitated by RAS in Unity Pavilion has attracted many. Politics in its worst to some, struggle for power ,and who got control, or what it is perceived by some to opposite of what we might expect from working groups...what are spiritual core vision and values of Auroville. All those questions and some particular answers were given to the table, and a call of many for a transparency and sincere service to the community with interactions Read more

Thursday, 21 March 2013
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Steps Ahead... International Zone

Extract of an interactive session within Steps Ahead, Sri Aurobindo Centre for Studies-India and the World (Bharat Nivas) held yesterday at Unity Pavilion in International Zone. Interesting session where the discussion revolved around the present state of the International Zone and the possible courses of action. Most participants  were active members either of pavilion groups of core group of International Zone. They expressed dissatisfaction with the speed of the development. Read more

Thursday, 14 March 2013
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Back to Normal Routine
After electrical fire two week back at the rooms of the Entry Service in Town Hall, the facilities are already restored, and beside only missing fans things work as usual. As members of the Entry Service Team explains it was due to the quick response of the several working teams as ACUR, Blue Light, BCC and Electrical Service, moral and enthusiastic support , and understanding of many that they have been able to return to their work in merely a week after the fire. Read more

Wednesday, 13 March 2013
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AV -World Heritage Site #2
Second part of informative session on if and how Auroville would become a World Heritage Site under UNESCO. Gathered residents yesterday clearly expressed many doubts, and over all was the tone that we still don't know enough to take a clear decision if YES or NO. Decision making process supposed to start this Friday, and end in two week. The fact is that Auroville needs to consolidate and protect the land of the master plan, where green belt is of huge importance. The question would be which price are we prepare to pay? Read more

Tuesday, 12 March 2013
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Sustainable Habitats-Introduction
This morning within Sustainable Habitats Workshops under the umbrella of Auroville Green Practices, and organized by Auroville Consulting, Toine has started with brief introduction of Auroville. Small number of participants, mainly architects will deepen their knowledge on sustainability in the next few days, while the lectures and workshops will be going on on different locations, until Friday. This morning Suhasini was talking on principles of design and evaluation processes of architecture in Auroville and other cities. Read more

Tuesday, 05 March 2013
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AV - a World Heritage Site? #1
The purpose of yesterdays's General Meeting at Unity Pavilion in International Zone was basically to explain the criteria on which a site can be on the tentative list for applicants for the World Heritage Site at UNESCO. Luigi and Toine have done that, which was followed by the discussion. It is inevitable for development to happen in the area, and the increased flow of the tourist has started to burden Visitor Centre and city itself already. Yet the biggest concern residents has expressed yesterday was how much more that would increase if Read more

Saturday, 02 March 2013
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Entry Service Burnt Down
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

Wednesday, 20 February 2013
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