Issue No. 355, February 2019
A new way forward?
For six days in early January there was a collaborative planning workshop or charette involving over 60 Aurovilians and visiting experts. The stated aim of Auroville - A Way Forward was to “bring the purpose of Auroville into our life, built environment and organization’. It was also an attempt to come up with a road map for Auroville’s development. “This is the third attempt in the last decade to chart a way forward for Auroville,” explained Andreas von Sadow, one of the visiting experts, who chaired the process. The first attempt in 2010 culminated in the Integral Sustainability Platform (ISP) concept. The second was the 2015 Retreat which was designed to come up with a road map for the ensuing three years. While both the ISP and the Retreat threw up many interesting ideas, most of them have not manifested on the rocky ground of Auroville. This time it was decided to try another way. It was to be a hands-on planning charette with input from visiting experts. Th...