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Protection of Auroville Land

Yesterday afternoon, a very well attended first General Meeting, to present to the community the various options identified by the Study Group, was held at the Unity Pavilion, International Zone. Recommendations for the protection of Auroville lands were given. Please do listen to what was communicated regarding the legal and non-legal options that the community is facing. As everyone can see, Auroville is being exposed to frenetic development and land protection is a crucial matter. It seems we can not afford to postpone decisions any longer. Read more

Thursday, 30 January 2014
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GM Water Maintenance Service

Last Tuesday afternoon a well attended GM was held on the Water Maintenance Service, at the Unity Pavilion. Krishan presented a report on the WMS finances and budgeting and Wazo a proposal on the location for the new building, in the service area, as well as a structure of the global vision of the service. They also gave us a short report on the actual Auroville’ water distribution and maintenance situation. At the end of the meeting, they formulated the following questions for a Residents' Assembly Decision-Making Event, to be held soon: Read more

Thursday, 16 January 2014
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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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Shyama`s Interview Part 2

On December 5th, Francois and Rakhal projected the 2nd part of Shyama's (Certitude) interview. This is an extremely moving movie as Shyama recounts the very beginnings of Auroville, her unique relationship with the Mother, the death of the first Auroson and the birth of the second one, as well as her insights into Auroville today. Shyama had seven children and her life, courage and strength are an inspiration to all. The 5th of December is Sri Aurobindo's Mahasamadhi and it is a fitting day as Shyama, the name given by the Mother, is one of Krishna's names. Read more

Thursday, 26 December 2013
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Shraddhavan filmed interview

Shraddhavan is the Sanskrit name given by the Mother, in June 1972,  to an English woman who joined Auroville in 1970 and has lived here ever since. After studying English Language and Literature at Bristol University in the U.K. she travelled extensively in Europe, Asia and Australia before coming to Auroville. Here, she works as an educator, translator, editor and writer. Several of her poems, stories, essays and book reviews have been published in the Ashram journal Mother India as well as in Heritage magazine. Read more

Thursday, 26 December 2013
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Ultimate Frisbee Tournament

This weekend, the Auroville Ultimate Frisbee tournament was held. It was the first Auroville tournament where we could see the home teams playing other teams of India. For people new to the sport it was a good occasion to discover this unique game, where men and women compete alongside, in a fair-play attitude. The rules of the sport were explained and what stands out is the fact that there is no referee. Every Monday and Saturday about 40 players practice  at 4:30 PM at Certitude. Read more

Monday, 23 December 2013
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Volunteering in Auroville

SAVI is a service welcoming volunteers in Auroville. Last Friday, the 13th, they  organized a second Cafe Auroville Gathering at the Unity Pavilion. Discussions focused on seven topics: 1) Welcoming process, 2) Housing, 3) Food, 4) Transport, 5) Services, 6) Networking, and 7) Socializing. This second Gathering offered an opportunity for volunteers to discuss results obtained at the previous meeting. This time Aurovilians and volunteers were asked to choose their topics and to join a group for sharing experiences and knowledge. Read more

Friday, 20 December 2013
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AV Sustainability Indicators
Auroville Integral Sustainability Institute invited, like last year, 8 post graduate planning students with their Professor from Queen's School of Urban & Regional Planning Canada. They presented their work on AV sustainability indicators yesterday night in MMC. They started some background preparation work in Canada itself and arrived in Auroville 2 Weeks ago for field visit and familiarization with Auroville context.They interacted with many resource persons to get an insight into diverse aspects of community life, issues and challenges. Read more

Thursday, 19 December 2013
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How Close Are We?

The Pavilion of French Culture shows, at regular intervals, video interviews with Aurovilians who knew the Mother. Screenings take place at Cinema Paradiso, Town Hall. As Rakhal explains, until today 25 interviews have been recorded, with more to be done. Rakhal and Francois Gautier are working on them, and, as Rakhal says, in general it is very touchy to record these testimonial reflections on the past and future development of Auroville. At the same time, the interviews are vivid documents of the growth that has happened.

Wednesday, 18 December 2013
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CHIRU Presents IGCS

Last Saturday, on December 14th, Doctor Christoph Woiwode was invited by the Centre for International Research on Human Unity (CIRHU) and the German Pavilion, both in Auroville, to give a presentation. The talk was given in the SAIIER Conference room, Town Hall, and was preceded by the gifting of the Trialog Journal (June 2012) on Urban Development and Spirituality to Auroville architects. Dr. Woiwode is a German research scholar from the visiting Faculty at the Indo-German Centre for Sustainability, Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai. Read more

Wednesday, 18 December 2013
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Behind the Mask

How to improve our communications? Or, how to improve our relationships and business relations? How do we communicate? Verbally or non-verbally? Or both? Are you aware of your non-verbal communication? Often, body language is more effective than verbal communication. Knowing how to use your body language more consciously can help dramatically improve your relationships, personal and professional ones. Sandhi Spiers is the founding Director of the Wholistic Business Network. He works with people in Mind And Body. Read more

Friday, 13 December 2013
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3rd GM new selection process

Last night, the third General Meeting on the new selection process for the AV Council and the Working Committee was held, in the new SAIIER building. Although most Aurovilians will agree that changes are needed, not many attended this Questions and Answers session. Therefore, the study group now faces a choice, to: a) Go for a Resident Assembly decision making event, or b) Go through the selection process and to present the newly elected people together with the new process, for the approval of the community. Read more

Tuesday, 10 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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Selection & Organization Process

Yesterday, a new Organization and Selection Process for the Working Committee and the Auroville Council was presented to the community. The study team gave the presentation at the Unity Pavilion. The Process aims to upgrade the current governance of Auroville, on two levels: Values and Organization. The current draft is available to everyone for feedback. Modifications can be suggested up until the next Resident Assembly meeting, scheduled for November 23rd. Aiming to break with the past and to put the 12 qualities back in the centre, it presents a new approach. Read more

Thursday, 07 November 2013
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TDC Presentation to Gov. Board

On Friday afternoon, the TDC had organised a presentation in the MMC auditorium. Given by Bankim Kalro, the presentation will also be delivered at the coming Governing Board meeting. An attempt to integrate geophysical reality and social and economic development into the design of the galaxy, the Implementation & Development Phasing Program (IDPP) will be the foundation of the Detail Development Plan. This project is a draft that will go back to the community for feedbacks and it was made clear that ideally more people will get involved with city planing. Read more

Monday, 04 November 2013
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General Meeting Entry process

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

Saturday, 26 October 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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GM Entry and Exit policy

A crucial meeting on Entry-Exit Policy was held yesterday at the Unity Pavilion. It was organized by the Working Committee and attended by Mr. Bala Baskar, the Secretary of Auroville Foundation. The Governing Board is scheduled to meet early next month and is eager to read the Residents Assembly Proposal on this vital and complex matter. Following Elvira’'s introduction and Eric's presentation on the draft "Regulations for Admission or Termination of Persons in the Register of Residents, regulations 2013”",  Read more

Thursday, 17 October 2013
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Happy memories

Satyamayi, Chandana, Abinash, Leela, Sai, Aatman, Mira, Aarnav, Hannah, and Datchiany, are all 12 to 14 years old and students of Deepanam School intimately sharing their very happiest memories. When you are a teenager in a city composed of 45 nationalities, in which language do you remember your inner stories? Are you sure this memory belongs to you only? And how deep does human unity run? Find out in this "sound painting" of memories, a workshop offered by Lilaloka: lilalokaproject.blogspot.in (Thanks to Mahavir and Bhakti, Deepanam teachers) Read more

Tuesday, 15 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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Open Platform on MM, Entry
Open Platform was held yesterday at the Unity pavilion in International Zone. It started by a report of the Entry Task force and their proposals to base this process on faith and trust , with one or several mentors for each newcomer at the centre part of it. Their project is yet to be fully concluded. The participants spoke also of the housing task force and asked for more volunteers to enroll. Then came the time of the participating debate about the Matrimandir, and the way to find a new team of executives. Read more

Tuesday, 17 September 2013
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Repos Sandbag Party
On Sunday under the supervision of Satprem and Lara from the Earth Institute, around 50 people answered the emergency call made by Repos’community last residents: Please hurry to come to our beach sandbag party and help us save our last houses. They joined efforts with the Indian working team also present. The assignment was tough, but we all could feel the great joy of achieving something together. Satprem ensure that, yes there is still a chance to save this great location, if our common will is set to it. Read more

Tuesday, 17 September 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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