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Valentin Martino de Collectif Bam

Collectif Bam, un groupe de 'open-source' designers dans le but de créer des produits innovants et des artefacts porteurs potentiels de réduction de l’impact sur l’environnement. Mais, quel est l’impact environnemental de ces nouvelles formes de consommation? https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=collectif%20bam


Comments: 0 Date: 24 Apr 2017

Entervista informal con huespedes

Que sienten los huespedes de Auroville cuando visitan el parque de la Unidad del Matrimandir? Que experiencia vivencian cuando ingresan a la camara de concentracion?
Mientras cenamos entre amigos en un restaurante local, entrevistamos a Jimena, una Argentina. Aqui les compartimos esta entrevista informal, que surgio espontaneamente.

The Joy of Impermanence

CIRHU started "Aurovillian Conversations", a series of weekly reflections between students, volunteers, newcomers and interested people with Aurovillians and friends of Auroville with experience in specific fields of knowledge.
This week Michael shared his passionate outlook and ideas on the building of sustainable communities based on the joy of impermanence. He spoke with a clarity of vision which all appreciated, it felt like a fresh breeze on a hot summer's day.

Woman in Auroville and Bioregion

This week, on Thursday 16th of March at 10.30am SAIIER Conference Room interesting presentation awaits us on Auroville Women's Health Survey. Paula Murphy along with Michel Mussies who have designed and executed the survey, will be presenting it.
Paula , who is a midwife by her profession, shares with us some insights, thoughts on the survey. in which almost 300 women from Auroville and the bioregion participated.
What does it means to be woman right here, right now? How do we address sexual education in our schools? Do women feel safe here or how do they take care of their safety?
Many topics, many issues touching a healthy life of a woman ....

EH Meeting at Unity Pavilion

There was a European House meeting as a part of regular meetings of International Zone on Monday (17 April) in Unity Pavillion. Main agenda of the meeting was to discuss building of European Pavilion. Meeting was of 30 minutes and it was joined by a few people from european house. A new improved design was proposed in the meeting for the building, various ideas were shared. Not many people participated in the meeting despite it being open for all was disappointing for a few present there. And the main concern was to build a managing team for the project including with making a plan and acting on it, and also the management of construction and the cost related details. The members of the meeting reached upto a conclusion of planning out the details and then immediately bringing it into action.


Comments: 0 Date: 23 Apr 2017

Interview with Dominique

We invited Dominique to speak to the radio about her project SAVI and the circumstances for volunteers in Auroville. The zeal and passion for making a difference stands out while speaking with Dominique as she narrate's the challenges and opportunities volunteers possess while contributing to Auroville. She points out volunteers are an integral part of the Auroville story, "We have Auroville because of the volunteers efforts over the years". In this high energy exchange of ideas, she laid out various plans and ideas the community could adopt to safe guard their greatest asset, the volunteer workforce. In the recent past the change in visa policy of the Indian government has made things already tough for volunteers to freely come and participate in the Auroville experiment. She emphasis, the community too has developed some policies which make it difficult for the volunteers to imagine contributing to growth of the community. How have we reached a place where the volunteers are not only, not encouraged, but strangely are sometimes not even acknowledged for their unconditional giving. Recently she made a presentation in the CAT's program, underlining the exact amount of contribution the volunteers make towards Auroville's overall wealth. She has made some ground breaking discoveries and has also developed a detailed plan, to help the community reverse this situation of not being an ideal choice for volunteers coming from all over the world. Auroville belongs as much to them as to the people living here. With this strong determination to cause a break through, she will soon be initiating her LEAD project, to know more, support and contribute towards this endeavor you can contact her on her email- dom@auroville.org.in "when the going gets tough, the tough get going"


Comments: 0 Date: 11 Apr 2017

Collective Transport

This morning we had Raju of Auroville Vehicle Service , and his year and half old daughter Yamuna visiting us in the studio. Raju is the man standing behind AV Vehicle Service, and he talks about all that they do, and initiatives he is involved in. Passionate about transport and Auroville community they have started AV Vehicle Service in 2001 providing different ways of help to the member of the community, long term guest and AV workers regarding vehicles, and driving incenses, insurances .... They are liason between the community and Pondicherry and Tamil Nadu Transport Department. Unfurtunately new law will impose on foreign members of the community with an option to obtain a driving licensee according to the validity of the visa. Raju talks about Accessible Bus which after a year of operating does run on a plus, providing transport to members and visitors  to Pondicherry  and SriMa Beach. Shortly we talked also about the new parking shed coming up at the Town Hall, which will give space to 30 official rental cycles ... Raju is looking ahead with the community and its needs in the vision along with care about our environment ...


Comments: 0 Date: 24 Mar 2017

How magic happens!

How it feels when you finally 'realise' that this is what you've been looking for... On Tuesday, 18th April 2017, SAVI hosted a volunteer presentation in Tibetan Pavillion, two volunteers Jyothirmayee and Mayank, working in “Kenji’s Japanese Carpentry workshop" shared their life experience and how Auroville managed to give them what they have been looking for their whole life. They shared how they managed to deal with all the problems , how they managed to keep their basket full of questions aside and have an empty basket for answers on them. Jyothirmayee told a story how she felt magic happening when her 40 year plan started in like a snap. Mayank shared his love for wood, how they speak to him. After years of struggle inside out, they found something they have been looking for. All you need to do for yourself is keep cleaning the stream of your flow and to put mind, body and heart in harmony and the magic will happen. This is how one can find that one "thing" they are looking for. The applaud at the end of each talk spoke how everyone was so deeply touched by their stories.


Comments: 0 Date: 23 Apr 2017

CAT13: Auroville is Volunteerland

This CAT's meet (Creating Auroville Together) was on the most crucial topic to Auroville, which are the volunteers. As someone once said, without volunteers there would be no Auroville. And for this utmost important service of facilitating the volunteers, we have the SAVI service. SAVI had created this CAT's meet and gave a heart touching presentation on the workings of SAVI to support the volunteers and also an insight into the contribution volunteers are literally making into the Auroville lifestyle, with an underscore that they are being perhaps taken for granted rather than cherished. Who were the first set of Aurovillians, the Volunteers! SAVI team through its members gave a presentation based on facts and figures about their day-to-day working and in a unique manner invited an entire array of real-time sharing from existing volunteers, something the audience could relate to. SAVI pointed out about the stringent rules of the visa process and also some of the rules of Auroville community are not so encouraging for volunteers. They with proper projections proved the actual accounted contribution done by volunteers which is more than 3.5 crores, and a question was naturally left imposing to the participating community members, why so are volunteers preferred lesser than visiting guest in terms of housing and contributions? In simple words why are the volunteers often found in hardships and how can we create resources which give the message of Auroville being a Volunteerland, WELCOME VOLUNTAIRE'. To download the presentation PPT - click here


Comments: 0 Date: 27 Mar 2017

How can we restructure the TDC ?

Presentation by the core group, selected to come up with 'Terms of Reference' which will further enable the Auroville Council, and the community on the whole in fulfilling this daunting task of re-structuring the Town Planning & Development Council (TDC). Last year, the Auroville council was asked to facilitate a process to restructure the TDC, the core group working on this comprised of Martin, Sauro, Pashi, Shama, Suhasini, Mamta, Elvira, Lionel and Christiane. The presentation was fully loaded with useful content and consist of guidelines through which restructuring of TDC could be accomplished. The depth of the content and the importance of this procedure saw the meeting going into overtime with only a few people ready to leave this discussion midway. A lot of healthy debate and constructive insights were offered by the members of the community attending the presentation. The group had invited a special artist to create infographics (www.weibkekodi.de) to help break down the heavy content and had created many posters and charts to help envision the key points in reference and the overall presentation was concise. But a point noted by Sauro was, "in the meeting too much time was used in discussing the organization and selection process rather than the content" but maybe that underscores the people's intimate involvement and keen sense for details for restructuring of one of our most important working group, which will directly be responsible in shaping our future in Auroville. To download the PDF presentation click here


Comments: 1 Date: 19 Mar 2017
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