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Category Archives: Auroville’s Economy

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 which helps to fund social entrepreneurs.
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Comments: 0 Date: 29 May 2015

The Auroville Economy

Today the SAIIER conference room overflowed with Aurovilians eager, interested or merely curious to attend the first Joy of Learning session, titled "The Auroville Economy - are we different?". Divya first presented a comparison between the world economy and Auroville's ideal internal economy, and introduced the concept of 'social capital'. She reflected on the maintenance system, and identified gaps in AV's economy. Lyle guided us through some of Auroville's basic financial realities and emphasised the need for more analysis of the data we have, posing some provocative questions - "what do we know about the health of Auroville's economy?" Suhasini and Chandresh joined the panel for a question answer session from the audience, and each panelist offered one idea for improving the Auroville economy over the next five years. The session was the first in a series offered by the Auroville Campus Initiative."

Comments: 1 Date: 02 Sep 2014

The Creation of the Aura

On January 1, 2012, the Aura was introduced to Auroville. The Aura, not quite a currency, but more of a symbol of exchange, was created to expand Aurovillian's ideas of ways to deal with money. I took some time to speak with B about the emergence of a symbol of exchange that is a wholly Aurovillian concept, and the question of how money is handled in Auroville. The Aura is made out of waste paper, printed at the Auroville press, and embellished with the well-known symbols of Auroville.

Comments: 0 Date: 07 Mar 2012

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Comments: 3 Date: 19 Nov 2014

Renewable Sources and Planning

As a part of Sustainable Habitats - architecture programs for professionals, organized by Auroville Green Practices Workshop with Auroville Consulting this morning three speakers addressed aspect of renewable sources of energy. Toine was presenting Sustainable Urban Energy Solutions, Joerg was talking on solar PV installations and from Satprem's office Amanda was going deeper into embodied energy in the buildings

Comments: 0 Date: 07 Mar 2013

CIty Services Budget

On August 18 2011 the Budget Coordination Commitee (BCC) had a meeting at Cinema Paradiso. Lyle, a member of the BCC, presented the City Services Budget for 2011/2012. He informed the participants of the budgeting process and demonstrated the total budget and its allocation for the upcoming year. Moreover he gave a comparative resume of the past budget allocations. The presentation opened an interesting debate on these topics. At the meeting were present also members of Fund Asset Management Commitee. Click here to download the presentation.

Comments: 0 Date: 18 Aug 2011

Auroville Units & Services

This was the 2nd session of 'Joy of Learning Series', organized by Auroville Campus Initiative, ACI. Joy of Learning Series is an attempt to create space for collective learning environment on various aspects related to Auroville's growth. Still within the theme of 'Auroville Economy Overview', this session was planned to cover: 1) Evolution of The Mother's vision on Economy - by Gilles G 2) A chronological account of Auroville's Economic Experiments since beginning - by Alain Bernard 3) Overview of Auroville Services Landscape - by Nicole and Isha Next session is proposed to address the overview of 'Diverse practices of Units'. The report of first session covering 'Unique Features of Auroville economy and Financial Structure' could be accessed on Aurowiki: The recording could be accessed on Auroville Radio: To contact, please write to Auroville Campus Initiative (ACI) Team - Lalit, Mike, Min

Comments: 0 Date: 24 Oct 2014

Collective Intelligence Day

Jean Francois who held the last weeks presentations and discussions about collective intelligence built the bridge between our own individual being and the collective in a special manner on a one day workshop. He started off in introducing a couple of profound questions which firstly every individual had to answer for oneself and afterward were discussed in small groups. He guided the group into a self-created market place. It finally lead to the request if there is an alternate currency possible in Auroville.

Comments: 0 Date: 12 Jan 2013