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Category Archives: Economy

Fair Trade & Climate Change Walk

'Go Push go' were the words heard from the group of people supporting Pushpanath for the 450 km long walk, which commenced from Gandhi Thidal in Pondicherry on the 20th of November, Friday. The intention of the walk is to create awareness about climate change and support the newly proposed Fair Trade Twin Towns - Pondicherry and Auroville. Even though the 64 year old activist has 'ageing legs', as he said, the 'extra-ordinary' downpour of rain, in fact encouraged him more for the walk, as the cause for the same was more important and needed for the living community around the globe. The first stop being Auroville, we saw Push sipping cups of chai and grabbing some pieces of cake at the Visitor's Centre. Listen to what he has to say about the incredible journey and his ideas of climate change. Join hands with him by knowing more about his stops between Pondicherry and Ooty, his final destination. The walk ends on the 10th of December!

Comments: 1 Date: 23 Nov 2015

Varuna- Electricity (part 1 of 3)

This is the first of three topics presented by Micheal Bonke on Sep. 1st at the Unity Pavilion on the Varuna concept for Electricity and the energy in kind scheme- with Q&A session at the end. We have separated the 3 hours into three seperate 1 hour sessions based on each topic. Topics: - status of Auroville wind park and Energy-in-Kind scheme - status of the desalination project - status of the research on Matrimandir Lake project - questions and answers

Comments: 0 Date: 07 Sep 2015

PTDC – Collective Experiment

Pour Tous Distribution Center celebrates today 9th birthday; place is decorated by many flowers, cakes are on any corner and open doors to new storage space at the back in shape of two containers generously donated by member of the community inviting us in .... Anandi shares with us grateful thoughts on that collective experiment which was established nine years back with aim to provide for basic needs to members of the community. From 156 members in the start, now the family of PTDC counts almost 1500 members who obtain their daily  food and some household items there. Team of almost 20 service us with joy and love.

Comments: 2 Date: 14 Mar 2015

La Maison de Jeunes

La Maison e Jeunes - House for the Young, new alternative housing project just next to Citadine is coming up. Louis Cohen talks in featured interview about that project, and what inspired him to start it. Fully dismountable rooms will serve future volunteers to reside even when they are limited with the budget. On the other side this can could be also  an example in some other areas for the temporary, and affordable housing. Briefly he also talks on Habitat in International Zone which would serve to bring life into the zone with more permanent housing.

Comments: 1 Date: 28 Oct 2014

Twin Towns and 450 km walk

This morning Pushpanath Krishnamurthy, Anjali Schiavina, Devina Singh and Uma Prajapati visited us in our studio to share some exciting news on Fair Trade and the first Twin Towns in this part of the world - Pondicherry Auroville. To support the cause of Fair Trade itself Pushpanath will undergo for a 450 kilometers long walk from Pondicherry to Ooty, passing farms, villages, producers, craftsmen, and other Fair Trade organizations... as he has been inspired by Gandhi peaceful movement, but Push will walk for eradication of poverty through this movement. Walk will start on 20th of November from Gandhi statue in Pondicherry, passing through Auroville on its way. On Facebook: Fair Trade Twin Towns Puducherry & Auroville From the web: "What is Fair Trade? Currently the most widely recognized definition of fair trade was created by an informal association of the four main Fair Trade networks (Fairtrade International, World Fair Trade Organization, Network of European World Shops and European Fair Trade Association). Fair Trade is a trading partnership, based on dialogue, transparency and respect, that seeks greater equity in international trade. It contributes to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to, and securing the rights of, marginalized producers and workers - especially in the South. Fair Trade organizations (backed by consumers) are engaged actively in supporting producers, awareness raising and in campaigning for changes in the rules and practice of conventional international trade. Fair Trade's strategic intent is: Deliberately to work with marginalized producers and workers in order to help them move from a position of vulnerability to security and economic self-sufficiency To empower producers and workers as stakeholders in their own organizations To actively to play a wider role in the global arena to achieve greater equity in international trade."

Comments: 1 Date: 06 Nov 2015

Resource Mobilization Update

Gijs gives us an update on the new Resource Mobilization Team (Gijs, Taranti and Marieke). What they want to do, how they do it and who does what.
A service unit for fund-raising!

Comments: 0 Date: 05 Jun 2015

Decentralization and Future

Karthik Iyer talk with the title "Decentralization and Humanity's Future" despite very cold and abundant monsoon rain attracted quite a some this morning to SAIIER conference room.
In his overview of history Karthik looked at the forces that they shaped and caused the big shift from decentralization to centralization and touched the current forces shaping the new wave towards decentralization.
Listeners had many interesting questions after the talk, especially touching sharing economy, spirituality movement...

Comments: 0 Date: 29 Nov 2014

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 for further information.

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

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Comments: 3 Date: 19 Nov 2014