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Category Archives: Auroville’s Economy

FAMC quaterly presentation

As per the new mandate, the FAMC must take initiative to meet with the community every 3 months and make a presentation of situations. This is was the very first such a kind of presentation. The presentation was conducted by Angelo, Chandresh, Lyle, Shaoli, Ayesha, Yuval, Amy, Ulli, Prabhu and Bindu (was out of station). The new FAMC team declared to the community what has been its objective for the past few months since it has taken charge. 1. Increase transparency and accountability, 2. Increase accessibility to DATA related to assets and finances, 3. To improve the efficiency in use of Collective wealth 4. To review and improve the maintenance system The new mandate given to the FAMC seems like a challenging one to which the new team is working diligently towards, but has made a suggestion to create a transition period for new teams to come into work given them time to understand each other as a group and also the the work set upon them this will save the team and the community huge amount of time and energy.


Comments: 0 Date: 06 Oct 2017

Presentation on GST

Mr. Rajendra Kumar P, an expert on GST from Chennai shared his insights at Unity Pavillion.

CAT12: Progressive Economy

Economy is the topic everyone in Auroville is pondering on and has a reasonable idea on what is going wrong, but how to get it in line with the ideals of Auroville is the question? How can the economy of our future be, progressive, inclusive and sustainable? The Lotus group, represented by Micheal and Yves made a fantastic presentation in the last CAT's get together. The presentation was structured, rehearsed and beautifully articulated. It was designed in a unique manner, so that all the content of the matter is properly presented and no clutter of opinions is created. All the questions regarding the presentation can be directed to the Lotus group for which they will answer on the Auronet. Anyone who has an opinion or wants an idea on economy must listen to this program and then participate in the series of round table discussions which will be organized by the group to formulate their final proposal which hopefully can be presented and later acted upon by the Community. To download the pdf in English click here To download the pdf in French click here


Comments: 0 Date: 14 Mar 2017

ad-hoc Resource Mobilization Team

Gijs introduces us to the work of the ad-hoc Resource Mobilization Team (Taranti, Marieke and Gijs). They meet every Wednesday morning in Upasana. Listen to how project holders can get help from the team in; project writing, organizing and matching them with funders and more. In cooperation with PCG the team is looking for other sources that could match the needs of funders and project holders. Gijs is also the founder of Tamil Nadu Ultd http://unltdtamilnadu.org/ which helps to fund social entrepreneurs.
You can also look here: http://wiki.auroville.org.in/wiki/Ad-hoc_Resource_Mobilisation_Team


Comments: 0 Date: 29 May 2015

CAT – ‘ Exploring Prosperity ‘

5th Sept 2017 - CAT - ' Exploring Prosperity ' Auroville is approaching a landmark date, 50 years of existence. This is a wonderful opportunity to come together and celebrate our unity and resilience but is an even bigger chance for us to go into an introspection of where we are and what should be our route map for the future. A group of Aurovillians have taken up the challenge to address core issues in Auroville, in areas regarding Human resource, services, commercial units, farms & forest, education, fixed assets and self governance. The core team comprising of Pashi, Umberto, Luigi, Joseba and Giacomo with a support group of Anandi, Mita, Srimoyi, Rita, Paulette, Jaya, Romel and Mimansha. Listen to the meeting as Pashi and group explore deeply into the Mother's actual original plan with facts and figures for developing Auroville - A city the earth needs. The group identifies itself as 'exploring prosperity' and can be contacted at exploringprosperity@auroville.org.in . this is an open group and is open to all ideas related to steering Auroville onto a sturdy path progress and collective prosperity.


Comments: 0 Date: 11 Sep 2017

Auroville Economy Fundamentals

A new study group has been inspired, to brainstorm and create a resolute economy structure for Auroville of the future. Spearheading this endeavor is Jaya and Divyanshi, in collaboration with other team members. We have a tendency of approaching economy in a very logic frame of mind, based on financial rules and principles and tend to have rigid parameters, here we have a refreshing new approach to economy with spirituality at its base, guided by the principles of only The Mother, and fundamentals derived from interpretation of the Matri-Mandir gardens. Yes! the Matrimandir gardens is like a matrix in its own, gifted to us by the Mother and can bring enormous insights into designing of lifestyles and ecosystems, as Jaya elaborates in this interview. They propose, for an out-of-the-box solution is required to shape an economy, which should have no parallel in the world, as it should very well be like an invention, such is the theme set for Auroville. It is an interesting and thought provoking point-of-view where you have flowers, gardens, spirit and feelings as a vocabulary to design an economy which serves the people rather than an economy designed to enslave the talent and power humans can produce. This group has started off with small steps but with great intensity into research and problem solving methods, starting right from the micro level and building up the economy story. Anyone listening to this interview and is related to Auroville economy must consider offering time and energy to this special group, determined to achieve The Mother's Dream, "Money is no longer the sovereign lord of people"


Comments: 0 Date: 07 Apr 2017

CAT on Economy


Well attended 2nd CAT (Create Auroville Together) yesterday at Unity Pavilion with the title "Where we are to Where we can be... " has brought forward some fresh and "new" ideas. Partialy meeting, partially barnstorming workshop in groups, has united different members of the community in the quest to look at our vital part of our life - economy.

Acres for Auroville

After three successful years, Acres for Auroville stepped into the 4th phase of its journey today on the 15th August, the auspicious day of the Independence Day of India and the birthday of Sri Aurobindo. We had a presentation for the Auroville's 50th birthday shown along with a healthy discussion amongst the Aurovillians and Aryadeep, Mandakini(who was available on Skype), Sigrid, Marco and Priya, on the land of Auroville.

Check out more on
https://www.aurovilleradio.org/uniting-for-aurovilles-land/

BCC presents Auroville accounts

The BCC has taken an initiative to hold open meeting with the members of the community, in their effort to make matters more simpler. The presentation speaks about the accounting performance for the year 2016-17 in comparison to the previous year, 2015-16. The presentation was given jointly by members of Budget Cordination Commitee, BCC, which is a sub group of the FAMC, member from Human Resource Team, HRT, which is subgroup to BCC. This is seen as a healthy move and generally in a good direction as during the presentation it was noticed, community members were able to share their grievances but also were able to seek relevant information, thus strengthening the notion of transparency of the systems. Many suggestions were provided to the presenting group by the members attending the presentation which indicates such presentations act as a bridging instruments and should be encouraged. A major topic of the discussion was the status quo of maintenance and the policies surrounding it, a notion was passed around to have a study group formed which can formulate and help finalize maintenance policies which the community at large can comprehend and are in line with the ideals of Auroville.


Comments: 0 Date: 19 Mar 2017

IEL Open House on 'Marketing'

The Integral Entrepreneurship Lab (IEL) conducted a session on the concept of 'Marketing'. The session at the very onset was one where there was a deconstruction of the term and emphasis on how it tends to be viewed in a negative light. While the more conventional aspects involve greed and push-selling, IEL seeked to shed light on its intentional aspects. Thus, they wanted to interpret marketing in an Auroville context where it could be meaningful rather than inethical.

The session was interesting and interactive, with hints of humour and ardent audience participation. After the initial presentation (which can be heard alongside), the group was divided into four parts via pizza box tool kits and interacted with the entrepreneurs about topics ranging from branding and packaging to humour and graphic design. Some of the important points raised in the session regarding Auroville as a 'brand' involved both positive as well as problematic criteria and one could detect a collective need to branch out. A point raised repeatedly was the urgent need for social media service in any kind of marketing venture.

The co-working space in Auromode was raw but looked promising and it was refreshing to see a desire for action and the spark in the people involved. A bazaar atmosphere could be detected as people milled about the room. Though a lot of the ideas are in their formative stages, the IEL can be contacted on iel@aurovilleorg.in for further information.