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Presentation of Inuksuk

Auroville radio was there last Sunday, to capture the peaceful moment around the Inuksuk (stone figures created by the first inhabitants of the Canadian north, the Inuit). It was built in the International zone by AVI Canada, along with Aurovilians born in Canada. A presentation of the monument and a meditation was followed by a round table to share experiences. Aurovilians, volunteers, newcomers and guests all took part, creating links between people of good will who would never have met all together otherwise, so: many thanks to Canada for such a great action for unity! Read more

Friday, 07 February 2014
(Education)
Interview Dr Unni Karunakara MSF

We had the great pleasure to interview humanitarian Dr. Unni Karunakara, 2010-13 International President of Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres, or MSF), fresh from a bike ride, at Aurovelo. Following his medical studies, Dr. Unni wanted to practice medicine in a different way, and therefore focused on public health, which is more about preventing disease than treating it. To him, prevention is every doctor's responsibility, and that is one of the reasons he joined MSF in 1995. That year, he set up a tuberculosis control program in Ethiopia. Read more

Thursday, 30 January 2014
(Education)
Presentation Unnicycles for MSF

"Unnicycles" a cycle tour across India to support Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres), with its (2010-2013) International President Dr. Unni Karunakara, was in Auroville last Wednesday. Starting from the Solar Kitchen and ending at Aurovelo, he took Aurovilian children for a ride. At Aurovelo, over delicious chocolate ice cream,  Dr. Unni told the kids the story of his great humanitarian project. They were also asking him questions about his job as a humanitarian doctor around the world. Read more

Tuesday, 28 January 2014
(Education)
NESS Auroville annual  open day

The annual open day in New Era Secondary School (NESS) was a success. Everybody was welcomed to witness the accomplishments of the 9-12th grade students during 2013. The NESS is unique in its attempt to combine Integral Education with the CBSE curriculum program, and they would like to take this opportunity to invite everyone from the community to listen to their presentations and live performances which included a variety of short skirts, dance, poetry and much more! But let's first start with the interviews. Read more

Wednesday, 22 January 2014
(Education)
Development Communications

In short interviews with Charles Talcott and Tanya Elder, as well as with Aurovilian Ana, we found out about some interesting presentations held this morning, at the Town Hall Multimedia Centre, by students of two universities; AUP (France) and Linneaus (Sweden). For the last six years they have come to Auroville for a "Sustainable Development Practium". Through interaction with units, services and NGOs in and around Auroville, they create practical solutions in the field of development communications. Within this intensive program students are enriched by some specific lectures and talks from Auroville. Read more

Saturday, 11 January 2014
(Education)
Concrete Jungle Skate park

Uriel took a little time off to inform us about the skate park project that he and Florent are busy undertaking. They want to develop the place into a Concrete Jungle: fun, dance, and sports, also not forgetting the parents that will accompany their kids. Skaters can already access existing facilities. About 20 of them attend on a regular basis. So for the Christmas holidays, tell your kids to come skating!

Tuesday, 24 December 2013
(Education)
Dr Ajay Agarwal, Michael & Bailey

Listen to Dr Ajay Agarwal, Michael and Bailey talk about the presentation they are giving on December 18th. You are welcome to listen in at Cinema Paradiso at 4-5.30pm. It was the Auroville Integral Sustainability Institute that invited Dr. Ajay and eight Master of Planning students from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada to help develop performance measures for sustainable development in Auroville. The objective is to assess whether the present course of development in Auroville meets the community's needs in both the short (next ten years) and the long term. Read more

Monday, 16 December 2013
(Education)
LATINOAMERIKA

Last weekend, the community had the chance to explore some views on the culture of the Americas. The atmosphere, at the Unity Pavilion in the International Zone, was relaxed and friendly. It was in particular the Latino countries of Central and South Americas that were covered. Also in the news:  three days of the theater show - Sri Aurobindo's Viziers of Bassora - is being put on stage by Aryamani. Auroville also had a chance to see some good films, taste mate, coffee and tamales, in addition to seeing and participating in dance workshops. Yesterday, Christmas songs were shared, and a salsa rueda performance held, with a workshop. Read more

Monday, 16 December 2013
(Education)
Ceremony of the Pachamama

11-12-13, December 11th, 2013: Ceremony of Pacha Mama (Mother Earth) "The mother, who we are accustomed to evoking for her giving birth and taking care of life, also has a phase in which she receives, calls to herself, and waits"”. In the Andes, there is a ceremony of offering, or simply “AYNI,” or reciprocity, to Mother Earth, who gives us life. In that way, we also give strength to the Pacha Mama, so that she is able to go on generating life. During the ceremony, prayers are ... Read more

Friday, 13 December 2013
(Education)
New” SAIIER building

After many years, and having, since 1984, resided at Bharat Nivas, SAIIER (Sri Aurobindo International Institute for Educational Research), has finally got access to its new office. The official inauguration took place this morning, next to the Auroville Foundation building of the Town Hall complex. SAIIER is the covering umbrella for all education an transport activities and projects in Auroville. Starting with an invocation song by Joy, during the ceremonial Dr. Karan Singh presented gifts to the architect and the builders. The people gathered were also invited to visit the new space. Read more

Friday, 08 November 2013
(Education)
Personal Commitment

Freek Schiphorst, one of four board members of Stichting de Zaaier, is currently visiting Auroville together with Martine Busek and Jan-Willen Pieterson. Here we interview him. After briefly introducing Zaaier, Freek explains that the Auroville visit is an exploration of what is happening here, not an evaluation mission. Especially for him and Jan-Willen, who are here for the first time, the aim is to get a "feeling" of what is going on. Freek has been deeply moved by the Auroville youth, and by the personal commitment of community members.

Monday, 21 October 2013
(Education)
New Colors Masala Stage

New Colors is a learning and social support center for underprivileged children living in and around Edayanchavdy. Nikadass, alias Kumar, opened it in 2002. He was born in Auroville on March 9, 1979 and is an Udavi School Grade 3 teacher of Sports, Tamil and additional subjects. In 2006 Kumar married Israeli native Renana. They live together in the village. Renana has a high school diploma in agricultural geography and economics, a degree in civil engineering, and a degree in architectural and interior design engineering. Read more

Monday, 14 October 2013
(Education)
ANGIRAS - talks

The afternoon session of ANGIRAS - Renewable Energy and Sustainable Living in Remote Areas - started with Toine talking on sustainable energy solutions, raising the question if sustainability is not first and foremost about choosing a life style that takes into consideration the environment and already badly depleted natural resources. Nick continued with a SEDAB presentation, focusing mainly on the bio-region and its development. Gijs shared an interesting story about organic cotton and its value chain. At the end of presentations, Chamlaji Gupta from the ashram shared some thoughts on the beginning of a search for "unconventional sources of power". He said that the Mother, in 1966, after the construction of the first solar device in Ashram, commented " ...blessings for the efficacy..."

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Tuesday, 08 October 2013
(Education)
Creation of a Community FabLab
Cesare Montresor held an open discussion about Opensource Hardware & Community FabLab, a follow-up to its presentation of Opensource Hardware in order to explore (together) with the Auroville community the requirements and opportunities for the creation of a Community FabLab. Creating a community oriented FabLab would enable the Auroville community to dispose of a communal space where to learn, experiment and eventually build their own goods with sustainable materials, thus reducing the costs of production and their impact on the environment.

Sunday, 14 April 2013
(Education)
HW & SW Do It Yourself
Cesare Montresor presents a different way to access to goods and technology, getting the inspiration from the world community. "Opensource Hardware", "Community FabLab" and the "Do It Yourself" philosophy are the main concepts to enable a high quality, local and flexible production while providing a public infrastructure for knowledge, creativity and continuous learning. By enabling aurovilians to produce their own goods, a community fablab would on the long run become a way to grow toward a more self-sufficient and sustainable community. Read more

Wednesday, 10 April 2013
(Education)
Lilaloka takes form
The project of Lilaloka, 'the place to play' in Sanskrit, was founded thanks to the determination of five women with educational background. Neither school nor airy center or nursery, Lilaloka goes further, offering a new educational approach centered on the joy and the game. The future center will offer various activities for all children, promoting self-learning and avoiding the competition and judgment. Yvelise, one of the project holder, explain the meaning and the organization of Lilaloka. Contact: lilaloka@auroville.org.in Read more

Tuesday, 09 April 2013
(Education)
The Fascination of Words
Starting with the first word fascination, and dwelling into many, which are commonly use in our daily lives when we're talking on certain subjects-that was Prof. Edwin Zappe lecture on The Fascination of Words yesterday in Unity Pavilion in International Zone. Zappe's lecture was fascinating to the audience, has took us to our thoughts reaching further, beyond the mental understanding of particular word. The new world has opened in front of our eyes.The joyful way of displaying the vast knowledge of Prof. Zappe has brought smiles on the faces Read more

Saturday, 16 February 2013
(Education)
Chanting to Goddess Sarasvati
Nishtha has translated all main and sub-hymns to Sarasvati in the Rig-Veda. In this first lecture Nishtha brought back the rhythm and tone that was used originally in Sarasvati. So instead of having the dry mechanical tone and rhythm we now have the chants by the Rishis in beautiful poetic sounds and rhythms. Participants also had the chance to join in the chants to the Goddess Sarasvati (the flow of Divine Inspiration) as was heard originally in the vision and spiritual experience of the Rishis of the Rig-Veda. Read more

Thursday, 14 February 2013
(Education)
West Africa and Yemadas

Last night event organized by Africa House and Windarra Farm at Unity Pavilion in International Zone was initiated by Isis, volunteer from Benin, currently working with several NGO's, on Agro Ecological Federation of Benin, at Family Jah - Rastafari Community. As Isis has soon found out that in Auroville the presence of African Culture is very poor, she shared with the community pieces of African culture from West Africa. With Windarra Farm team she has put all her energy to provide the dinner, and Yemadas concluded the night with world music. Read more

Saturday, 02 February 2013
(Education)
African Night with Isis
What have started as invitation to an African Night on Friday 1st of February at Unity Pavilion in International Zone, extended into an open interview about many topics. Isis a volunteer from Benin (former Dahomey) will share within Africa House, Pavilion of African Culture, one of the introductory insights in the form of a talk on "Lost Kingdoms of West Africa". And as she says, when there are Africans is the sharing of festivity and joy, so the evening will continue with sharing of West African meal, and conclude with music. Read more

Tuesday, 29 January 2013
(Education)
Building with blocks book release
With a great support of the children of the kindergarten, the Auroville Press and SAIIER released this week proudly the book “Building with blocks at Auroville Kindergarten” by Odile Fouldaoux. Besides illustrating and showing how children develop by the way they build with blocks and how their social skills evolve it is a book about children development through a beautiful playful instrument like natural wooden blocks in specific dimensions. Read more

Friday, 25 January 2013
(Education)
Auroville as World heritage Site
In this presentation Martine gives an overview of world heritage sites and how they got their status. Which criterion Auroville fits to and the process to get recognition. If the Auroville would get the World Heritage site status from UNESCO that would bring world wide recognition from 190 countries. Along with many benefits it will also provide Auroville with land protection. Some negative aspects would be in influx of tourist. The presentation concludes with a question and answer session. Read more

Thursday, 24 January 2013
(Education)
Communication practicum
This has been the fifth year running that communication and political science students from the American University of Paris have been coming to Auroville for their undergraduate practicum. Also for the past few years they have been joined by students from Linneaus University in Sweden. Auroville provides a perfect platform for the students with all the different projects and activities they can get involved in. To round of their 2-3 week visit they all gave a presentation of the work they have been doing in Auroville. Read more

Thursday, 17 January 2013
(Education)
Be true not violent
This is a peace program for children, youth and adults, about how they can solve their conflicts peacefully. This is for creating awareness at every age in order to create peaceful surroundings.Be True Not Violent is a violence prevention programme for schools and social institutions. The curriculum is structured in a way so that it can be used internationally: for children in trouble spots, in developing countries and also in a daily environment in the western context.It was written by Rita Erben, Astrid Kummer and Emanuele Scanziani. Read more

Tuesday, 15 January 2013
(Education)
Pioneers of Humanity
Jean Fracois Noubel made a presentation on the 8th of January at the MMC. "Today many humans follow the perilous journey of inner transformation and awakening. They want to build a society that embodies the consciousness that animates them, hence they invest themselves in pioneering projects like new cities, new enterprises, new collectives. New vessels get rigged to reach the shores of the next humanity. We already know a certain number of things about this new world. Some have reached the shores a long time ago and have lived there. Read more

Thursday, 10 January 2013
(Education)
Eight Years Old

Yes, AurovilleRadio started with first streaming on Internet exactly eight years ago - on December 5th 2004. In this interview is Andrea reflecting on past events, how the radio was evolving, how many passionate and dedicated volunteers contributed for the project to become the reality... Despite the troubles and obstacles Optimism, and deep faith in The Dream is always present, and the passionate service for the community with the radio is going on. At the end of the day the thought to warm ones heart is appreciation of the listeners. Read more

Wednesday, 05 December 2012
(Education)
Glimpses of Ethiopia, AVI

Whole day event of the Africa House-Pavilion of African Culture at Unity Pavilion in International Zone was dedicated to Ethiopia. After simple, yet very delicious, and spicy dinner cooked - supervised by Haimanot Alemu and Taher, community had a chance to learn a bit about Ethiopia. Vani on the behalf of AVI team which organized last year AVI Meeting in Addis Ababa shortly introduced the conference. Evening was concluded by one of Haimanot's film on personal relationships, and invitation to a Shakespeare's play 12th night (7.12. Bharat Nivas)

Tuesday, 27 November 2012
(Education)
AV Integral Sustainable Institute

A new initiative aligning with the time-Auroville Intergral Sustainability Institute, and following is interesting interview with Lalit on it. Institute is intended to evolve as a platform which would work towards bringing various interlinked branches of "integral sustainability" together through documentation, research, information, dissemination and publication. Suitable collaborative associations are expected to develop with other activities, institutes, centers and individuals. They hope that Institute will play a role in further education. Read more

Tuesday, 27 November 2012
(Education)
Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony
Whole day event for the Africa House - Pavilion of African Culture in International Zone was dedicated to Ethiopa. Remembering on this country we cannot avoid coffee. The morning started with aromatic smell of it, burning incense and fresh pop corn - Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony. This was followed by interesting film with some facts and history on coffee. The event is one of the first events which will follow for 12.12.12 , and this one was first presentation on pavilions activities presented in Unity Pavilion in International Zone. Read more

Monday, 26 November 2012
(Education)
Is Auroville An Eco-Village?
IS Auroville an Eco-Village? This question is not a new one, but twice a year a group of students from North America come to Auroville to study on the university program Living Routes. They come each time fresh and curious, wanting to see what Auroville has to offer and struggle to understand the complexities alive on the ground here in Tamilnadu. Listen in with their lecture/discussion with Bindu and B, who were invited to discuss the topic with the students. Listen in for some critically-supportive academic discussion.

Tuesday, 16 October 2012
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