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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
10 years, Live Music

On Saturday at 8pm, there will be live music with Nuria, Matt, Martin, Mishko, and Rahul offering Catalan-Spanish Songs at Cripa. On the same day, at 9am, Drupad is giving a 24hr non stop Mime Performance in the Sacred Grove Community. It ends on Sunday January 4th at 9am. On Saturday, Sadhana Forest kicks off its 10th Birthday celebrations, at 1pm. They start with workshops for children and end on Sunday morning. As of Saturday 8pm, there will be Kabir music performed by acclaimed musicians, all night. It is a free event, even providing shuttle buses from and to the Solar Kitchen throughout the day and night. Read more

Thursday, 02 January 2014
Wholistic Business Networking

Last Wednesday, on December 11th, Sandhi Spieres organized "Auroville Networking Night". Having founded the "Wholistic Business Network" in 2002, Sandhi Spieres is a counselor, trainer and speaker who has organized many international workshops and meetings. He notes that nowadays people understand the importance of being at a right place and meeting right people. This Networking Night is about helping people to create the personal connections that they are looking for in their lives. This may also help the communication of the residents of Auroville. Read more

Monday, 23 December 2013
(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
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
(Arts & Culture)

Malu, Joem and Sebastian, making up the heart of Amayama band, performed  last night, with guests, at the Sri Aurobindo Auditorium, Bharat Nivas, Pavilion of Indian Culture in International Zone. They mesmerized the audience with their music, dance and visuals. Using the power of world music rhythms they managed to connect those present in human unity, as has been done down the ages; leaving almost nobody sitting. Visuals and music appear as result of seeking for truths through spiritual practices, prophets, teachers from dawn to todays ones, such as Ama or Don Miguel Ruiz. Good Show!Read more

Sunday, 24 November 2013
(City Life)
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

Yesterday afternoon, Elvira and Sacha presented, at Unity Pavilion, a new project called Koodam. It aims at finding a new approach to resolving conflict. At the moment, anybody who seeks a solution to a dispute has but one choice: The City Council. The Auroville Koodam has been created to support Aurovilians who face difficult conversations, communication blockages or conflict. It is a move away from the idea of wrong vs. right and a judiciary system, and towards, instead, the idea of multiple truths, Read more

Thursday, 14 November 2013
(Arts & Culture)
Thomas Lehmen -  A Piece for You

Thomas Lehmen is on a world tour on his motorbike with the project A Piece for You. Following stops in Europe and Central Asia he is currently in India. He is planning to stay in Auroville for three weeks. His project aims to bring creativity and art directly into social life and it deals with the relations between people. He helps individuals create a performance-present for anyone of their choice. Participants work together with Thomas to present an evening of joy and fun, as a present. Everyone is welcome, with or without previous experience in performing. Read more

Friday, 08 November 2013
(City Life)
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
(City Life)
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
Friday, Friday, Friday

In today's news we are featuring Elvira's thoughts during yesterday's General Meeting (GM) on Land Exchange. Also, from the same event, some words of Auroculture's. Thereafter, a short announcement by Jesse on the Friday night events: 7.30pm Visitor Centre: Classik Stuff by Genius Brothers, and 8.30pm Unity Pavilion: A Lo Latino. Before that, however, another GM, this one on the New Entry-Exit Process Proposal, this at 4.30pm, SAWCHU. On Saturday "Shall we ...Unity?" will be happening at Kalabhumi, at 8pm. Read more

Thursday, 24 October 2013
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
(Arts & Culture)
AV Women Sound Artist Project

This is a sound recording made by a group of women in Auroville. It has been sent in as an entrant for Soundphiles, a new section introduced in the IAWRT Asian Women’s Film Festival, to be held in New Delhi in March 2014. The theme for Soundphiles is “Many Echoes, Many Worlds”. If this sound recording is selected, the news will be relayed in December 2013… Read more

Wednesday, 09 October 2013
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
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
(Arts & Culture)

The completion of Trust, the first song of an album in progress by Taranti and Ruben, inspired us to interview Taranti. She explains that the song was written for a friend who was depressed, to shine a light on the trust that Taranti knows is present in each one of us, even during our darkest hours. She also speaks of the overall aim of bringing meaningful lyrics to the dance floor, through the addition of beats by Ruben. After an intense time singing mainly lullabies, Taranti and Ruben are both excited to be experimenting with music again. Listen to the whole song at the end of the interview. Read more

Wednesday, 02 October 2013
The New Being
On January 1, 1969, starting just after midnight, Mother felt an immense personality, something very material and luminous. It was very powerful but its character was a smiling benevolence, a peaceful joy and a blossoming in the joy and the light. It came directly into Mother's body and gave the feeling of something that had come to stay. Mother wondered if it was the personality which would later manifest in supramental forms of if it would manifest in the body of the intermediary being, the superman. After that , Mother's body no longer... Read more

Tuesday, 01 October 2013
(City Life)
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
Sustainable living, Triathlon, ...

In today's news we are featuring Shefali, from Auroville Consulting, talking on a five day convention: Renewable Energy and Sustainable Living in Remote Areas. Prepared by ANGIRS, a non profit charitable trust and a network of Indian Alumni from German universities. All are invited to the Unity Pavilion on October 7th, starting at 10am. Tonight at 5pm, we are invited to a musical program of Russian Singing Bells by Vera, at CRIPA in Kalabhumi. The 2013 Triathlon will begin on October 13th at 5.30am, starting at La Piscine with Olympic and Sprint. Read more

Monday, 30 September 2013
(Arts & Culture)
Auroville Film Festival 2013
After two years AV FIlm Festival is here again. Many participated in its organization, many participated with art installations, with music and dance at the yesterday's opening, and of course many submitted their films, which would be screen in next five days on three locations at Town Hall. Tom, Sasikant and Marco officially opened the festival with some explanations, categories of films and introducing judges. Despite that this time the budget was very tight, and not secured almost to the end, the overall feeling is vibrant, alive, colorful. Read more

Wednesday, 18 September 2013
(City Life)
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
(Arts & Culture)
Romeo Juliet
Last night the Abhang theatre group shared with the community at Sri Aurobindo Auditorium, Bharat Nivas, Pavilion of Indian Culture in International Zone a play Romeo Juliet. The play unfolds many questions in the context of structure of relationship, choice, innocence, revenge and hatred. A certain sense of incompleteness pervades within each character when he endeavours to transform his fantasy in to a reality. This in turn makes the character fall into the trap of Queen Mab that leads the direction of the play.

Sunday, 18 August 2013
On Auroville
Out of my own curiosity I dwelled into questions on Auroville. Sasikanth and Sandrine openly shares with us their thoughts. What do they thing about Auroville, what should Aruoville become, how does it interact with near and far surroundings. .. Read more

Tuesday, 13 August 2013
(City Life)
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
(City Life)
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
(City Life)
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
The waste management in Auroville

In Auroville there are many places but for cleaning around Auroville and to make our peaceful city without any pollution is the Eco Service ,near Naturallement . Their aim is to reduce the pollution because pollution is destroying the environment, the earth and people who lives here. So at Eco Service are trying to stop it and to keep the city clean, and as close to zero waste as much is possible . The ladies who works there separate each of the wastes into 24 categories. Eco Service also wants to set an example surrounding villages. Read more

Friday, 19 July 2013
Daily Food
We are at Solar Kitchen with Tulsi explaining us how the solar kitchen works and how they cook the food and how many people come everyday to the Solar Kitchen to eat. He also told us that they give food to all the schools in Auroville . And that if you are a guest you should get a aurocard so that you can come and have some wonderful food at the Solar kitchen.

Friday, 19 July 2013
(City Life)
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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