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Category Archives: Economy

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

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/

Mana Fashion Design Studio

The Mana Fashion Design Studio is a project created and run by a team of 3 Aurovillians, Claire, Rv, and Julie. Each one of them carries an artistic background (painting, graphic designing, music) and they take their inspiration from traditional arts and crafts from around the world. All their products are entirely hand made and every piece is unique with its' own delicate embroidery and special fabrics. At the moment, they open their studio (Located at Sukhavati) every Wednesday and Saturday between 9;30 and 12 for women to come and find the perfect piece of clothing or one of their gorgeous bags as well as interact with the artisans themselves. Mana has a website on which you may look through their designs and learn more about the whole project:
manaauroville.wordpress.com

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

Art Break 2017 5th Anniversary

Listen to interviews from this year's Art Break coordinated by Auroville's own Art Therapist Krupa. She has created a wonderful space and opportunity for visitors and Aurovillians, family and strangers, children and parents to leave their mark on Auroville.

Presentation on GST

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

Marc's Coffees

The Growing Culture Of Coffee In India

India is the sixth largest coffee producer in the world, and although the vast majority of Indians still prefer to start their day with tea, the trend of coffee consumption is changing in India. More and more European style cafés and eateries, where friends can gather and socialize over a cup of coffee, are now popping up all over urban India.
This café trend has introduced in India a variety of espresso, cappuccino, latte and more to people who had far fewer options before. Coffee drinkers now start to develop a palate for quality coffee and crave for more variety.

In the past, because coffee was seen as an export crop only, high-quality Indian beans were sold to European companies who would process them and blend them with other beans. Retailers would then import such products to sell to their own customers. Today entrepreneurs like Marc's Coffees are starting to change all of that.
A number of cafés today are popping up in cities all over India, buying and roasting Indian coffees especially for the domestic market.

India still exports almost 80 percent of the beans it produces, but in the past ten years, the consumption of coffee in India has increased by 40%.
For farmers, this recent domestic demand for coffee is giving hope of expansion and increased profit.

The After Meeting Debate: GST

After the presentation at Unity Pavilion on GST held by CA. Rajendra Kumar P, (a practicing chartered accountant and senior partner of Sanjiv Shah & Associates, Chartered Accountants, Chennai, who is the Head-Indirect Taxation Practice of the firm) we stop some residents and ask their opinion about the new Goods and Service Tax for Auroville.

Pottery with Supriya Menon

Through talks with Supriya, a ceramic artist, we get to know about herself, her studio and her arrival to the city of dawn.
Pottery is the craft of making ceramic materials into pots or Potterywares, one of the oldest occupations of humankind that involves physical, mental and spiritual activity which can give one great pleasure to give shape to clay and birth of a new life with the help of a wheel and a kiln.

Affordable, Healthy Eatery

On Wednesday 10th of May at 6pm we are invited to the entrance of Mahalakshmi Park to witness official opening of new - The Neem Tree Eatery in Auroville. In short interview with Partha, one of the project holders,  we find out that the main inspiration behind the project was to offer mainly aurovilians healthy affordable place to eat. Project holders Partha, Min and Mahavir who cherish good home made meals,  has decided to offer food from different parts of India. In first months the Neem Tree Eatery will run between 6pm to 10pm, offering extra time for late comers, or those who like to attend cultural events in the evening. At the moment they can tend around 50 to 60 people, Desing of the building was done by Partha's wife Sonali(an AV architect) along with Min, keep it simple and beautiful taking in account the sustainability by use of recycled material. For the opening Partha promises us, and invite at the same time to taste some of the Indiand snacks and juices.


Comments: 0 Date: 07 May 2017
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