On the occasion of Auroville’s 50th anniversary, an Experimental Collaborative Research Encounter, The Bridge, will present and share the Auroville laboratory with researchers engaged in relevant fields around the world. The event aims to convey the full potential of this laboratory for a future society and issue an open invitation to start joint projects, conduct research on and actively engage in this experiment together. We aspire to bridge Auroville with the world, the inner and the outer, ideals with reality as well as knowledge and practice - across disciplines. Join us in...
...a welcome on Feb 22nd, followed by five days of field-demonstrations and sharing of Auroville’s experiments, presentations of current research relevant to the fields and collaborative workshops, for researchers from around the world and Auroville’s experimenters to exchange and consolidate partnerships across fields, Feb 23rd - 27th. We hope The Bridge will act as an incubator and launching pad for ongoing collaborative research projects.
...the formulation, initiation, planning of and commitment to collaborative projects between Auroville practitioners and researchers from India and around the world, inspired by the Auroville charter as well as current projects happening in Auroville, that can yield valuable insights and innovative applications for Auroville and the world.
...engaging with the growing international civil society and transdisciplinary network of practitioners and researchers, dedicated to working for human unity in diversity around the world, sharing their inspiration, knowledge, skill, technology and heart for the benefit of all.
Educational initiatives and approaches that seek to foster experiential and life-long learning, resonate with the vision of integral education, and aim to deepen individuals’ connection to their inner being in all fields of action.
Societal and economic practices that deliberately attempt to unify individuals in conscious collectivity, reflecting an ethos of care and solidarity for one another and the planet.
Practices and approaches that aim for a lasting balance of individual, social and environmental systems.
Diverse artistic expressions and cultural practices that strive to transcend boundaries and transform our relationships with each other, our surroundings and the world. These are key to the development of new forms of collectivity, such as Auroville, a “universal township in the making.”
“Auroville will be a site of material and spiritual researches for a living embodiment of an actual human unity." (From the Auroville Charter)
“Auroville stands as one of the most courageous and hope-giving models of what is possible when the human will and spirit unite in a common action.” (David Brower)
Auroville is an international, experimental township in South India, constituted of about 2,700 members from over 50 nationalities. It is based on the teachings of Sri Aurobindo – renowned Indian yogi, revolutionary, and poet – and was founded by his spiritual counterpart, Mirra Alfassa, in 1968. The largest and longest-standing intentional community in the world, Auroville is practically researching into transformation of cultural, social, environmental and sustainable living, and spiritual needs for the evolution of humanity. Over the last 50 years, it has been developing innovative and alternative forms and practices, some of them award-winning, inspiring people and projects worldwide.
Auroville sees itself as a place of research and experimentation for humanity as a whole, looking into the establishment of a practical human unity. The township is supported and encouraged by the Government of India and is endorsed by UNESCO and other international bodies, who acknowledge its value as a potential catalyst and beacon for changing global perceptions, lifestyles and practices. UNESCO recognises “...that the aims of Auroville are to promote international understanding, peace, innovative education, a learning society, and all-round material and spiritual development for harmonious individual and collective growth” and “the value of such civilizing experiences as an invaluable and integral part of the commonly shared human experience.”[UNESCO, Commemorative Activities for the 40th Anniversary of the Establishment of Auroville, an International Township (Paris: UNESCO, 2007).]
To participate in The Bridge, please send a short note describing your interest in attending this event in Auroville, and a sample of or link to your research, to firstname.lastname@example.org, by October 1st, 2017. The number of participants at the event is limited. However, we will help facilitate other means of bridging about collaborative research projects for all those who submit an abstract, even if attendance at The Bridge itself is not possible.
Criteria for selection include:
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