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(City Life)
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
(City Life)
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
(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
(City Life)
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
(Economy)
Economics for People and Earth

Today's book launch at the Town Hall Conference Room attracted a large audience, indicating that the topic of the Auroville economy is of great interest to the community. The authors of "Economics for People and Earth", Henk and Manuel Thomas, were introduced by Harini and Guy, and described the book as giving a detailed account of the Auroville economy during 1968 to 2008. Having taken 15 years to produce, plenty of facts and figures support the text. The book was presented by its authors as a labour of love and a gift to Auroville in support of its progress. Read more

Wednesday, 02 October 2013
(Environment)
What`s Up AuroAnnam?
AuroAnnam Farm is among Auroville's oldest parcels of land. Most recently it was a demonstration site for organic cashews. Mawite has been caring for AuroAnnam and putting energy into making it a lively yet peaceful green entryway into Auroville. There is a question whether Auroville will keep the land or exchange it, making future plans for the place somewhat tenuous. Hear Mawite explain the situation at AuroAnnam on Earth Day weekend - first with a walk around the land and chant led by Kaya, then a presentation back at the Farmers' Cafe. Read more

Wednesday, 01 May 2013
(City Life)
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
(Economy)
Masala Fashion (Show)

The students from Lilith apprenticeship program have presented their collections in Kalabhumi in Auroville, on 19 January 2013. The event was a great success! A supportive and enthusiastic crowd cheered and applauded to the models and designers. The designers Leela, Dasha, Ilango and Suhasini presented their creations to an attentive audience of residents of Auroville and guests. In the following links you can see some images shot by Coriolan: www.flickr.com/photos/coriolan/sets/72157632562549538 --> VIDEO by Manohar  Read more

Monday, 21 January 2013
(News)
Dr. Karan Singh Stays
Working Committee shares with the community that Dr. Karan Singh has been once again appointed Chairman of the Governing Board, Auroville Foundation for another term of four years. WC sent a letter to Dr. Karan Singh thanking him for accepting this post and for providing his continuous support towards Auroville. Wednesday 31st of November at 7.30pm at Sri Aurobindo Auditorium , Bharat Nivas, Pavilion of Indian Culture ELECTRIC KONARAK BAND presents Konarak Reddy (electric guitar)Mishko M'ba (bass),Muthu Kumar (tablas)Karan Joseph (keyboards) Read more

Thursday, 25 October 2012
(City Life)
Hunger strike against bullying
Jan, long time Aurovillian decided last week to embark on a hunger strike to speak out against intra-community bullying. Jan says that the recent events at Svaram have instigated him to do some action of protest, and his action of choice is abstaining against food. Please listen to what he has to say, detailing the events of last week's Svaram rampage and Jan's perspective and reaction. He says this is a bigger issue in Auroville, which could be solved if a monitoring committee were to be formed. Read more

Wednesday, 17 October 2012
(News)
UPS to Blame, Badminton
in today's news we feature an excerpt of interview with Jan from Svaram talking on his reasons for hunger strike since last Friday incidents. One would expect that power cuts translate into lower electricity consumption bills but this not always the case. The culprit is the backup inverter with battery storage. About 30- 45% of energy that passes through an inverter system is lost. Tamil Heritage Centre Team invites us to celebrate Dasara Festival of Evolution at ILAIGNARKAL EDUCATION CENTRE every day 4pm to 6.30pm from tomorrow until 24th. Read more

Monday, 15 October 2012
(News)
International Surf Competition
In today's news we feature interview with Juan, who with Samai runs Kallialay, the Auroville Surf School which is main organizer along with Bodhi Beach Cafe.It will be three days long 1st International Surf Competition in India with participants from home and abroad. This Saturday 15ht and next one 22nd of September The Solitude Farm CSA project is inviting all CSA participants and potential CSA participants to join them for a farm tour followed by a lunch at Solitude Organic Restaurant. Tomorrow Vegan sushi with Overseas Music Collective. Read more

Thursday, 13 September 2012
(Education)
Sooner or Later
For his homeback after couple of years Rolf prepared concert on 21st of April at 8pm at Sri Aurobindo Auditorium, Bharat Nivas, Pavilion of Indian Culture in International Zone together with Matt on piano, Suresh on drums and Mishko on bass. Sooner or Later he named the concert which will be consisted of his compositions, and as such would be a highlight of his musical career. Going trough changes and transitions he also decided to change his area of work, and started to teach math at Transition School. Read more

Friday, 06 April 2012
(City Life)
Organization of the Matrimandir
Srimoyi, who is in charge of the organization of the Park of Unity (the amphitheater, the Banyan Tree, the Matrimandir and the twelve gardens including the Garden of Unity), explains the three different booking procedures to enter the Matrimandir. She also talks about the Mother's guidelines and the current difficulties her team has to face. 'It must be solitary and silent. It must have an isolating zone, one must have access to it only with permission.' Read more

Wednesday, 21 March 2012
(Arts & Culture)
Chanting for the Dragon Year
In order to celebrate the turn of the year, Tibetan students from Dharamsala let us listen to their traditional chanting in the Tibetan Pavilion. After their singing the audience was invited to join in meditation. Each year of the 12-year circle of the Chinese calendar is represented by a different animal. This wednesday was the first day of the Dragon year 2139. The day before a new year begins, Tibetans affirm their dedication to the dharma by chanting and meditating. They let go of the old and welcome the new. Read more

Thursday, 23 February 2012
(Spirituality)
Creative Chaos
Uma Haimavati, founder of a design unit at Auroville, shares her experiences of being in Auroville and of the inspirations that the Mother provides her. After experiencing 'extreme vulnerability' during the recent cyclone Thane, Uma's past experience was reinforced that 'creativity' must apply itself to human unity in order to counter the feeling of nullness that arises after a disaster. She strongly believes 'knowledge would be delivered at the doorstep of action,' and looks forward to humanity arriving at its best composite for the future.

Saturday, 11 February 2012
(Education)
Renewable Energy Systems
On the second day of Auroville International conference in Addis Abbaba at the Red Cross Society Training Institute Carsten introduced to Ethiopian audience renewable energy systems in Auroville - what we have achieved in the past, and what we want to do in the future. Carsten is the leading person behind commercial unit AV Energy Products which provide untis and individuals, home and abroad with electronic components for solar systems. Vision is that we should become energy independent and self sufficient with all our energy requirements.

Monday, 21 November 2011
(City Life)
Community Spirit
With sparkling eyes and always present smile on her face Rebecca is one of very interesting long term guest we can see around for almost a year now. Her curiosity and a quest to finish her phd thesis on community and belonging brought her to Auroville. And since the method of research is ethnography in anthropology with participant observation she involved herself in few projects. In one she works for SAVI , interviewing units holders in order to design web page which will bring more useful informations to potential volunteers.

Thursday, 13 October 2011
(News)
The Little Book on Photography
We are invited today at 5pm at the Red Door in Arka by Giorgio to see the Book – they named it the Little book on Photography made in recycled paper. For the occasion, later, the people will have the possibility to experiment with the Chronotype System on the spot. On Saturday 24th at the Unity Pavilion between 5 to 7 pm we can join the World Poetry Movement at poetry tea around peace table. Event is organized by Tamil Heritage Centre and Unity Pavilion. NATURELLEMENT is opening the GARDEN CAFE beside the canyon, next to Verite. Read more

Tuesday, 20 September 2011
(Economy)
Upasana Open House
The textile design studio Upasana had opened their doors last Saturday afternoon to welcome the public with tea and snacks. Many came some even from fare to get to know about the inspiring social development projects that have been created here. During this occasion Uma, the founder of this unit, has shared how she has started Upasana in 1997 in a little hut with only one sewing machine and no electricity and how it developed into what it is today. After Mandakini who is one of the project leaders talked with us about her experiences. Read more

Wednesday, 17 August 2011
(News)
Summer
Tonight the first batch of 26 children is leaving to Auroville Nature Camp - 2011 at Kavunji in Kodaikanal. Which will be between 4th to 12th of . They will leave tonight just after midnight from SAIIER Transport Campus by bus and they will return by bus on 12thMay at 7pm. Some Services and units are closed for a short or longer summer break, and they all advise you to check out the summer timings before you visit them. Tomorrow at 4,30 pm L'AVenir d'Auroville invites all interested at the gate of the Courage community to the 2nd Transit Lounge meeting,to walk to the actual site. Afterwards they will continue the meeting at the Solar kitchen terrace where the talk will be about the site, common infrastructure, number of people willing to commit and any other topics and questions and answers that come up. Read more

Tuesday, 03 May 2011
(Education)
For the End
Younger children of Deepanam School prepared for the end of the year their own unique presentation of their project works. The youngest ones were visiting Matrimandir, while elder were researching their own social and biological environment and others were busy by visiting services and work units of Auroville. Presentation was for their school friends, holders or representatives of units and services they visited and for teachers. Read more

Friday, 29 April 2011
(City Life)
Development
L'Avenir d'Auroville held the meeting with all architects of Auroville on main topic - how to work on development of Auroville, which is so specific and so diverse in purposes and interests. Meeting was called by Governing Board member Mr B. V. Doshi and joined by advisory member Mr. Harijit Singh Anand. As Mr.B.V. Doshi stated at his opening in Auroville many things are unknown and unclear - starting with land, demography facts, activities, housing, institutions and their connections with population, and their purposes. Establishing Development Council, which would be introduced to the Governing Board might bring some clarity and efficiently connect dispersed plans. Read more

Wednesday, 27 April 2011
(City Life)
Ashoka ChangeMakers
« Social Entrepreneurs are not content just to give a fish or teach how to fish. They will not yet rest until they have revolutionized the fishing industry". Here is Ashoka's innovative Entrepreneurship Organization's main motto which was further expalined by Gijs, during a 20-minutes stand at the Multi-Media Center on Tuesday April 19th, 7:30pm. Based on the TED talks model, the Fellow Member of Ashoka living in Evergreen presented the Social Organization's dynamic around the world and how its Fellows generate systemic changes within the Environmental, Human Rights, Democracy, Economy, Rural Development and youth areas. Read more

Thursday, 21 April 2011
(Economy)
Awareness, concern and Love
Found in the forests of Auroville are the basis of the products created at Shraddanjali: flowers, leaves, seeds and seedpods. And love and appreciation for the treasures of Nature. Abha, creatrix of Shraddanjali, puts it this way: to showcase the marvelous miracles of Nature so that viewers get a different perspective, an awareness and concern for this planet is the idea, more than selling... she says that's the tiny attempt they do in their work at Shraddanjali. Those who work with her also share and foster the ideal for a win-win situation: that businesses and education on a world level will aspire to make a paradigm change, in recognizing the simplicity and beauty of Nature. Read more

Monday, 11 April 2011
(Economy)
Varanasi Weaver Exhibition

In a short interview recorded in Pondicherry at the opening of the exhibition "Varanasi Weaver Exhibition... a timeless journey", Uma Prajapati explain the importance of this social project Upasana is running in Varanasi. Quoting from the invitation: " Thousands of looms in Varanasi have become silent in the last decade - cheap, bad quality imitations have flooded the market and left weavers and traders in despair. Eighty-five percent of the weavers have wandered away to pursue other livelihood options. India's largest hand-weaving guild is threatened. Upasana has been involved in helping the Varanasi weavers' community since 4 years. We bring to you an exhibition showcasing Benaras through its textile, and tradition… An effort towards presenting responsible fashion and rediscovering pride in our collective heritage... Come experience a glimpse into the oldest city of India...”. The exhibition will be open till the 19th of February at the Alliance Francais (Pondicherry). Read more

Saturday, 12 February 2011
(Economy)
Auroville Products
Just before the New Year we spoke with Isabele, who is one of the founders of Auroville Market about it. As she told us it started three years ago with mainly Food Link products, and slowly overgrown into a well established Saturday Market with Auroville products. Location is central, in front of Solar Kitchen, and time frame Saturday morning. That way many people do pass by, not necessary with the intention to buy. It seems that Aurovillians, and New Comers do enjoy in the culture of Saturday market, on which, they supply themselves with fresh vegetables and food products, but also exchange the ideas, and socialize... Read more

Thursday, 30 December 2010
(Spirituality)
Bhutan and a new way of management
Marcelo Cardoso is the Senior Vice President of Organizational Development and Sustainability for Natura, one of Brazil biggest companies in the cosmetics field. In his recent visit to Auroville he gave us the opportunity to participate in a very interesting presentation, where he shares with us a new way of management and how they had used in Natura the Bhutanese Happiness Index to develop new strategies on engaging and developing the people working at Nature. In a very deep conversation, Marcelo shows us that is possible to integrate spirituality, happiness and management.

Thursday, 18 November 2010
(Education)
What is ERP?

Mark Twain once said "The difference between a Miracle and a Fact is exactly the difference between a seal and a mermaid". Auroville's literary pilgrimage and tactful metabolism needs a change. We conducted a short interview with the project holder of www.bluelightav.org Software Solution, Mr. Juergen. "Change is a slow process". Despite of the challenges on the ground, each and every day these computer engineers are trying to change the cocoon of working scenario at Auroville. ERP, Enterprise Resource Planning is the first lane of this change - a future solution for Auroville? Read more

Tuesday, 26 October 2010
(City Life)
People persons

Newcomers for Newcomers held one of numerous programs at Town Hall. On this occasion Ross from the Entry Service shared, through informal conversation, some insights with newcomers, pre-comers, and future friends of Auroville. He spoke about the difficulties and beauties of being one of the members of the Entry Service. Among other topics, Ross touched upon the basic question, which each of us should ask when considering joining Auroville – 'Am I here for Auroville or is Auroville here for me?' Read more

Wednesday, 13 October 2010
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