Auroville is an international township near Pondicherry, South India, set up with the aim to experiment with human unity. It is already a hub for many innovations. Examples are reforestation, green building, mobility, co-housing and education as well as many alternative approaches to health and wellbeing -including non violent communication, deep dialogue, watsu, polarity, awareness through the body, etc. Thousands of visitors from all over the world come every year to experience ways of being and living that might help them make changes in their lives and communities.
However, the trends of social business and co-working are not yet represented inside Auroville in a systemic way. We believe this is a huge opportunity. Imagine a centre for experimentation with human well being, social structures and institutions hosting social entrepreneurs and changemakers from across India and beyond, feeding them with inspiration, building peer support networks and giving them a first hand experience in holistic self care. How much stronger they would be when they go back to their project areas!
Once it is done in Auroville, this space could travel across India to host changemakers in their own regions.