Ecovillage Design Education Documentary Auroville | Youth Link | GEN | Auroras Eye Films

Ecovillage Design Education The EDE is a course which has been offered
in many communities around the planet. Ecovillage design education to me,
personally, was an opportunity to intensely explore my place in Auroville. For me, at least a very intellectual curiosity about what it meant
to go through a five-week process. It evolved into ah,
I’m going to get all these tools to help me in my future goal
towards community building. More like community building,
for me that’s what EDE is about, it’s like, how to build a community and to look at the different aspects
of community building. It’s an intensive experience of looking at sustainability
on a dimensional level. Perspectives of an ecological, social, economic
and cultural world view of sustainability. Auroville had so much to offer, that we actually had so many different teachers
for all of these topics and ways of using Auroville’s expertise and history
to learn ecovillage design. So for me, Auroville is really a laboratory
that aids the learning of all of these concepts. And we had so many wonderful teachers coming. So it’s looking from those different perspectives and also taking all those into account
for some practice in integrated design, for bringing all those together
to actually design a project that one wants to bring into the world. So just being able to look at where we are, through different lenses
of economy or ecology or world view, and appreciate the wealth of knowledge
and experience that exists. To sort of know where we are, you’ve come to a physical place,
of Pitchandikulam, and a lot of you know Auroville,
some of you don’t know Auroville, which is spread out over 25 square kilometres. But you come to a physical place,
but I think what I wanted to share with you, coming to a body of memories,
and history. We are nearly 50 years. I’m hoping these weeks were… we’re gonna learn a lot, from you. It’s a point in my life, I like to change,
I always like to change, I like to start something different, I’m even a bit, sort of,
tired of some of the patterns you get into you do get into patterns. This, some of this was, you can imagine how nostalgic we are sometimes, oh wow, you remember, because all those images, millions and millions of images are there, You can get stultified,
you can get locked into something that, maybe you like to move to another level. And that, I’m hoping, in these weeks,
we can look at together. So it was very important for us to have a very diverse pool of participants, and to enable international participants to come to Auroville with a purpose, as much as Aurovilian participants to attend in a course that would inform their lives about the place where they live and what they can potentially
bring into Auroville. So, we aimed at having
one-third of the participants from Auroville or its near bio-region, and to have one-third from Asia,
so that we may have connected them to the wider Asian network,
and one-third from all around the world. EDE and similar courses have been held in Auroville
several times before, often inviting student groups from outside, so the entire objective of this course was to make it accessible to Aurovilian groups, and I think it gives a lot to the community, because Aurovilian youth
are re-inspired to live here, they understand and connect, to the dream of Sri Aurobindo and Mother, but also to their parents,
and their reasons, for coming to this community,
so it’s a huge contribution in that sense, because it re-educates our coming generations to their purpose and their sense of place. So that was a lot of young people, who came together,
with the intention to learn and look at their own community,
and the region, in a new light, so the educational experience
I mentioned before, of seeing Auroville in a new way, so we tried to give that immersive experience, where they could say,
they grew up here, but they need to look at it again,
and see where they live. And by creating
such a diverse pool of participants, the participants themselves were informing each other
about ecovillage practices, because we had at least five participants, already living in other ecovillages,
not from Auroville. And these seven or eight Aurovilian participants, informed these other students
about Aurovilian practices in other informal ways, so that the diversity we speak about in community, about embracing diversity, was present in the group,
as a real exercise. And also a huge age range,
from 62 or 63, down to 17. So that made for a very diverse group, which is beautiful
and also many times challenging, we had such a range of experience
and education and background,
and also cultural background, that there were clear points of, just like,
wow, we couldn’t be more divided on how we think about this,
or what we want in a given situation. We had two very different groups
of people coming. People who were born here
and people who went. And that means that, to cater
to the needs of both groups involves, in some ways, reducing the complexity
of what could be done. And I feel very much and strongly
to see how it would have evolved if it was just a local group,
or just an international group. But it’s hard,
because part of the beauty of the course was putting both groups of people together. But I wanted to experiment and see, and I think that part of this course is that there is a beautiful experiment where you put 36 people together
for five weeks so… Social week We visited so many places and get to meet
a lot of different people offering the ideas of the course,
of the overall framework. We did social week first,
to get people into a group, and see what it is to live together. My place is in community and I want to learn
how to make the best of it. How does Auroville do it, how does the region,
how does India and Tamil Nadu, and the bio-region that we’re in,
apply this, these ideas, and where are the points
that we’re still learning, as a society, and culture
and different cultures. What are the learnings from the way traditional Indian society does it,
in terms of rural communities, and how it is organized,
and how these learnings could become some building blocks,
or could supply some building blocks for newer forms of institutions being created. How can I make a mirror from Tamil culture, which is among the oldest cultures in the world, and French culture, where I come from. Our work in this particular class
was to explore gender, and the challenges that women go through in developing their leadership identities. I would like to know how to build a community,
how do people live in a community. The time I spent with the EDE students, we were talking about conflict,
and conflict resolution, and the dynamics of what is conflict
in our lives in communities. If you don’t have a social fabric
that holds your community together, and tools for working together, and learning through conflict,
and coming through conflict, and staying together as a community, you don’t have much
to stay together as a community for. It’s going to fall apart
and then you don’t have the very system of human habitation
that you’re trying to build. Ecology week So in ecology week, we looked at how communities engage
with the environment around them, and what are the responsibilities
humans should take to relate with nature
in a healthy and sustainable way. My primary motivation was
to learn more about permaculture because I’m working in a farm
that practices permaculture. Nature is already perfect, there’s nothing we can do
to improve upon nature. You can have five or ten PhDs but you will never know
how to make this tree. I’m looking for real solutions in Auroville, on how to get people involved
in their local food. The society that doesn’t know
where it’s food comes from is a society without culture, and humanity without culture
is going to perish. And when we look at ecological,
all of these are very important, so we look at food, water
and energy autonomy, how these are happening
in the community of Auroville, how, what are the past systems
that have functioned. So practically, we went to see farms, to understand food,
as well as natural cycles. We went to see places where they work with natural ways of building, with bamboo and earth construction. Different styles, so that people
may see the positives of going academic and well structured but at the same time
going experimental in other situations and trying out new things. I didn’t have a clear picture
of what sustainability is. We just knew about building sustainably
and being sustainable, but a life being sustainable,
I want to learn that. Everything around the week
was about how to use natural resources in a way that helps the planet,
helps the people and helps society as a whole. Economy week The economic week,
where we looked at the current system, the current capitalist system
that’s dominant on this planet, and how destructive it is,
and how it feeds a whole way of being,
which is extractive, and then looked at,
what are the other models that we need to look at,
and shift over to, and how are places like Auroville and other possible systems
being created in the world that can actually be functional,
sustainable models. Capitalism is based on continuous growth,
and that’s clearly not possible. So what is something that is possible. One of the things to join EDE
was like economy, how the Auroville economic system works. What’s really interesting about Auroville and what we could bring to the EDE
on the economical aspect, almost all the different types
of economies we now know in the world are represented here in Auroville. So it was an amazing kind of exhibition hall
for the students to go from a real classical economy, and which is also attuned
with the global economy as we know it now,
and to go towards more local, and alternative,
and also looking at the different tools that the alternative economy has, such as alternative currency, which is not yet implemented in Auroville, but Auroville has experience
with alternative currency. To see that there’s so many
hidden structures in the world. Things of which we think they are like this, and always have been,
but really they are not. First step, to go somewhere,
if you see economy and the problem of sustainability
in a very simple way, you will probably not reach very far. You have to understand the complexity
and then act from there. If you don’t have economic sustainability, how do you function
and continue to function as a community. World view week And then we moved into the world view,
and the cultural dimension where we looked at what are
the background thoughts, and ideas and perceptions
of the way we live in the world that allow us to create the system
that we’re in now and what is the change
that needs to happen to allow us to shift. That was also looking at holistic world view and human health and planetary health and how these are all interlinked. And also the connection with nature and re-connecting with the natural world. All of these are intrinsic and necessary. How to help people to have
three important connection in their life. One is connecting with themselves, connecting with others
and connecting with nature. Whatever it is
that’s happening in you whenever you do whatever, and how whatever you do has an effect in every part of you. You have to be aware of that. Awareness through the body because we use the body,
and the sensations that we have to become aware of everything, of all the rest,
of the mind, of the emotions or their connections with our inner self. Also a world view that is sustainable,
needs to be created in order to actually allow
for all the other aspects to come together. If the world view is still in the old paradigm, and still thinking that there is scarcity and that we need to be fighting each other for limited resources on this planet and that we are not connected to nature, that we’re separate, humans are inherently going to fight
with each other etcetera that’s how we’re going to live. And so how do we shift,
start shifting that world view towards something new, towards building a different way
humans can live. Which, in my opinion,
are the only ways to lead us to a new culture, a new civilization the world is in deep need of
and with urgency. Helping the group to understand how to transition out of an emergency, and how to build inner resilience to avoid a loss of energy
during an emergency situation. Design week So finally, our last week was based
in pulling all this together, and designing a system
that we could practice with. And so the participants
broke into smaller groups. And we chose to use
the Dragon Dreaming method, which brings in dreaming, planning,
doing and celebrating. So we brought the group through this process, introducing them to 25% of celebrating which is often missed in project design. What are the essential things
that need to be done before doing a project. So dreaming a project
in a successful way, so that when you do it,
it won’t fail.
So dreaming a project
in a successful way, so that when you do it,
it won’t fail. I wanted to hear so many people’s stories,
new stories, old stories, and give a chance for more stories to grow. I came here to learn tools, to change the world into a better place. I’m personally interested
in the eco village movement and I’m interested in implementing
what I learn here in the course, at my ecovillage. For me this EDE is about learning
about Auroville as an example. And thats why I’m fascinated,
especially with the attempt to be more of an urbanised place. I live in Auroville, but never saw many places. But when I joined the EDE, I saw many places
and learned a lot of things. This is the human adventure, that is the very precious aspect
of this EDE for me. I have the feeling that now,
knowing all those people, there’s a lot that can go on after the EDE, especially with the community project
that we have together. But in the end it’s sort of,
it just became a very intense space, where I learned not so much from the content,
which was very valuable, but more through a group process, and to realize that you can’t really learn
about eco village design in any meaningful way
in a five-week course but you learn a lot
about the complexity of it and perhaps on where to start.

17 thoughts on “Ecovillage Design Education Documentary Auroville | Youth Link | GEN | Auroras Eye Films”

  1. If you like what you saw, please like and share ! Come on board and try build a new world 😉
    Here is the Auroville EDE PHOTO ALBUM :[email protected]/sets/72157678609973540/page1/

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  2. Thank you dearly to Doris van Kalker for the drone footage used in this edit. You can visit and like also her work on her YouTube channel here :

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  4. Hallo, can you help me to come in touch with this project? I would like to pose some question in order to deeply understand if shall be possible for a young fellow to share the project.

    We am looking to start our own ecovillage if anyone is interested, I have set up a go fund me, as I do not have the funds myself to set this up. We would be greatful for any and all support.

  6. it good and all but i guess most indian guys go there and pretend just for finding a white girls .😂 , becareful .🙏

  7. This place is amazing would like to visit and live there just because it may feel me away from aggression and this toxic person around me. I have heard of this place where human unity take place.

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