Engaging communities through their students:
SSR Project (Student Social Responsibility) and a new concept of citizenship:
Back in India: Amma's blessing on my path as well as: ABC EcoVillage Center on the 22-12-12:
- Setting an Integrated Waste Management Center in Amrita University side in Amritapuri
- A pilot to deploy new technologies in small scale Waste Mgt, simple, affordable, replicable solutions for the BoP
September 2012: through various meetings mixing passionate 'sevite' people ashram side and university experts/teachers:
Building 35 projects on renewable energy and sustainability...
|34 SSR PROJECTS AMRITA UNIVERSITY, SCHOOL OF ENG. 2012|
|CATEGORY||SL.NO||PROJECT SHORT DESCRIPTION||MORE DETAILS|
|ELECTRICAL/ ELECTRONICS (4)||1||Electric/manual barge Valekau bridge: alternative to boat transfers||Building an electric or manual barge transporting/transfering anything up to a small car from ashram side to Valekau side: built along bridge (with a pole traction…) using flux an d reflux back waters to produce electricity with a specific turbine.|
|2||Solar panels Ashram side||Installing new solar panels Ashram and Campus side to reach 50% NRJ usage|
|3||Wind mills Ashram side||Installing wind mills meditation beach side for ABC and Compost centers|
|4||Electricity from waste water||Generating electricity from waste water, ashram side|
|MECHANICAL (5)||5||Robust / light bicycle for waste pickup||Robust and light bicycle with trailer to pick up waste in rural areas|
|6||Machinery: Machines for ABC and compost||list and analyse needs for composting and recycling: process and or machines to improve current efficiency and flow of material|
|7||Plastic compressor: simple and cheap||Plastic compressor: simple and cheap compressing different kinds of plastics|
|8||Shreder for compost||Shreder for compost : cheap and efficient solution, replicable|
|9||Sorting machine for ABC and compost||Sorting machine for ABC and compost: cheap and efficient solution, replicable|
|RENEWABLE ENERGY (12)||10||Bio Gas for private houses||(espc poor villages): best technical solution, cheapest and easiest to implement|
|11||Waste management PILOT for BoP Communties||off grid solutions to make recycling, composting centers self sustained: energy, water…|
|12||AB units for rain water harvesting||Find easy snd cheap solutions to collect and redistribute rain water|
|13||Bio Gas plant for new kitchen in ashram||Study oppurtunity of best renewable energy for new kitchen in ashram(solar cooker, bio gas what is the best solution??)|
|14||Bio Gas plant Amritapuri campus side to reactivate||Study oppurtunity of best renewable energy for all kitchens in amrita campus(solar cooker, bio gas what is the best solution??)|
|15||Bio Gas plant for ayurveda college||Study oppurtunity of best renewable energy for all kitchens in ayur campus(solar cooker, bio gas what is the best solution??)|
|16||No water toilets for ashram (AB units in priority)||Best technical solutions for clean and non- wet toilets|
|17||Cellulose waste into Fuel||Study solution to transform some cellulose waste int fuel|
|18||Planters using styrofoam waste||Using styrofoam waste for each garden of amritapuri, AIMS(composting garden), Tulasi garden.|
|19||Using banana fiber to make paper||Using banana fiber to make paper|
|20||Plastic to oil solutions||Plastic to oil solutions|
|21||Soft plastic solutions: compressing, melting…?||Best technical solutions to dispose soft plastic either by selling or compacting etc…|
|INDUSTRIALISATION / MANAGEMENT PROCESS (13)||22||Waste management PILOT for BoP Communties: process management||Process management: from big scale efficient processes to small scale pioloting, for 1000 to 5000 people, especially in rural and remote areas.|
|23||Waste management PILOT for BoP Communties: building aspects:||All in renewable construction materials, recuperation will be pioloted ashram and university side for recycling and compost centers as well as community gardens|
|24||Data Base for optimised water syst||Collecting data for optimized water mgt in different aspects of ashram and university lives|
|25||Knowledge transfer: community crafts||Plastic bags made by communities, fabrication processes to make simple and cheap|
|26||Cleaning solutions for Dirty Plastic||EM and other organic solutions to clean plastic with a waste market study on soft plastic market in India, where, list of prices…|
|27||Better organic waste processing/ compost improved system||Better organic waste processing/ compost improved system|
|28||Plastic bins to make out of recycled plastic in ashram||find a system to use curent recycled soft plastic and transform it into items especially bins|
|29||Recycled plastic production unit||Study best and cheapest industrial solution to start to produce amritapuri's own plastic out of recycled plastic|
|30||Reusing recycled plastic into local craft through self helped groups||Reusing plastic projects: fabric of local crafting, using bottles for walls…|
|31||1 Distribution center for recycled craft products||1 Distribution center: reusing things at campus level|
|32||University or ashram paper recycling Unit||Study best and cheapest industrial solution to start to produce amritapuri's own paper out of recycled paper|
|33||Build a network of local community people representing cleanliness: 1 trainning table||Set Communication and training system for communities: 1 Cleaning representant every 2 kms: how to train them, keep them informed, easy simple way: 1 presentation table ashram side for visitor to be trained in latest wste management technologies and take them beack to their communities|
|34||build a network of local community people representing cleanliness: 1 communication system||Set Communication and training system for communities: 1 Cleaning representant every 2 kms: how to train them, them informed, easy simple way: 1 communication system to keep people informed trained and motivated|
down to 19 starting projects
-1- Bio gas for new kitchen in ashram
-2- Bio Gas for private homes
-3-Compost: filtering machine for vermi compost
-4- Electricity: Installing Wind mills ashram or Uni side
-5- Electricity: Generating electricity from waste water
-6- Electricity: Solar panels project -off grid systems for university
27-07-12: My own definition of a social entrepreneur:
A social entrepreneur is a maverick out there searching for the perfect wave, the one which will make him feel really good... travelling the world to find niches...sitting alone on his board in the wildest places...way before others even notice the beauty of the place.
He at times gets lonely and starts to travel with others, which makes his journey more lively, more efficient, deeper, more ... impactful.
But after a while, surfing the perfect wave frantically, other surfers appear, building resorts...hotels, government regulating beach access to raise local taxes...
Time for the social entrepreneur to move on to the next spot of his dreams.
21-07-12: French diplomas approved by Amrita Uni, now only math tests and interviews to pass Beg Sept... then 4 years of Research!!
12-06-12: PhD on its way to approval
And here is the 1st official version of my Proposed research area... enjoy :-)
In India, officially 20% of the population is underfed, unofficially 65% of the population lives under the BTL, and 55 persons own 35% of the country’s wealth.
- Icelandic revolution, how a community uses revolution to implement their political vision: collective response and political engagement factors of local communities
- Auroville. How to build a community organically without fiduciary pressure, creating their own support system at the grassroots level: factors that define sustainability and independence at BoP level
- Amritapuri. How can a spiritual master inspire a whole community through compassion, and simultaneously lead the biggest NGO in India
- Maori culture. How native communities in NZ live with nature at the center of their personal and community life.
- Grameen Bank : what are the latest developments of one of the biggest social entrepreneurship movement, and what are the latest projects of Muhamad Yunus, a key BoP figure, if not leader
- Comparative analysis of Collective impact factors (Stanford Social Innovation review 2012, Fay Hanleybrown, John Kania, Mark Kramer) and implementation factors in ‘western communities’, replication opportunities at BoP level
A spiritual journey in India:
Amma sits in a beautiful garnished chair and devotees line up to get her embrace, kneeling at her feet, sign of respect for the master, the line can take up to a few hours...
When I got my 1st darshan, the 31st of december 2010, the long term devotees, the experienced ones were describing their own firsts with pride and emotion: "you'll see, you'll get deeply moved, you may cry... I did"...
Well my truth, my own experience differed completely from the ones of the 'professional sacred cows..operating here...or the IO G.I.s'...many of them...:-): I did not cry nor did I feel anything special besides a nice and sweet feeling of love and compassion (which I could only identify way later...).
It simply felt good, at times a bit intimidating, and alter on, sweet warmth inside a feeling of unconditional love, protecting, caring.
But no tears, no drama!
Just a serene feeling of being taken care of by a Mama love...smily and all round with love (like Rosette my second mother from Guadeloupe, black and so round with love and care)...
Grace and bliss came after, without my noticing.
One of my most memorable darshan took place in Paris last november with my cousin/sister Yael. Amma embraced us together, one on each side, as brothers, inseparable, and linked in this path of love... felt really deep, true and so right.
Then lately, on the 18th of jan this year, my longest darshan ever (I may come up to near 50 darshan with Amma now) and most expressive, compassionate one.
She kept me for maybe 10min, grabbing me back to her each time close, poking my cheek, comforting me. I had prepared a question for her summing my difficulties of adapting to the projects at Amrita University I had come to work on. She surrounded/filed me with so much grace, picking me up as a kitten (a big one:-), that was drowning, by the skin of its neck to place it in a safe place...and letting him recover nicely by her side.
Since then she has been step by step acting more and more strongly as a guiding, educating mother, at time punishing too (see broken board in Varkala, front head wound, ear infections...).
When you come for darshan you may bring gifts to your master, in the form of garlands (100 to 200 Rs, 1 to 3 euros), fruit baskets...sweets that she blesses, as well as questions in english that you have translated in Malayalam by the assessors guiding you to her during darshan.
And the master blesses you with gifts too: fruits (I got an apple when I asked for my job at Amrita, and got a confirmation in Boston in July 2010, then regularly bananas for Amala Bharatam questions...and sweets as well as puta powder..)
Since that 18th of Jan I have started to see/feel her presence beyond her physical appearance, her holy immanence in everything, in my surrounding, in things (manifesting with a white veil irrading a shining white color), in people (even when they shout, act poorly...I still perceive Amma's smile on them).
I do not have visions (no worries) but strongly feel the grace of my master while I am strugglinh on my path, experiencing so many changes in my life, sometimes guiding me, sometimes carrying me!
I now feel every exeperience in my life as a gift of God, a chance to learn, to grow.
Accepting positive and negative experiences with as much detachement as I can in order to take the lessons in, in the most efficient and deepest way possible
Waking up at 4.45am, still dark outside, and right now quite cold as a matter of fact!
Coming down to the main hall, men side in front of Amma's stage to attend archana's from 4.50am to 6am.
Then Chai time, enjoying the awakening of Nature: birds, dogs, all animals starting to buzz around...
Time for a yoga meditation session on the 17th floor of the E-building, with an amazing view on the arabian sea and the backwaters, usually from 7 to 8am.
Then healthy breakfast with fresh seeds, corn flakes, bananas...
Time then to make my way to the university round 9am and set myself for a good 8 hours of social innovation social entrepreneurship projects... either teaching or pushing Amala Bharatam forward, or simply doing seva, composting/recylcing (I tried to do at least half a day per week, to keep contact with the reality of Amala Bharatam and stay humble, connected to the spirit of the place!).
Lunch either on Uni side, or Ashram side if I need to conduct interviews with people here for my research on AB...
Then back to the ashram round 7pm for bahjans, devotional songs...
Dinner from 8 to 9.30pm, followed by a nice fresh juice...
my little room, now sleeping in a proper bed, but on the floor the 1st 2 months:
Sophrology is a personal development method that is designed to reduce stress and promote mental and physical well-being, through easy-to-do mental and physical exercises that can be done any time and anywhere.
SEVA, selfless service:This is for me, the best way, to stay humble, to keep connected to why I am here, to simply practice my spirituality in a simple, basic manner and serve Amma, my community...to avoid arrogance (hopefully it will work...my dear Ujwala, this is all I have to be grounded...I'm trying hard here :-)
I either practice seva in:
Good way to feel 'as a humble piece of grass, as Amma says'.
- recycling, same thing almost, but good for me to feel all the way that needs to be covered to 'Clean India and crearte value'.
Here is the possible topic:
First assignment by the Indian Master, Amma: Recycling
How to clean India and turn it into a sustainable, value creating project?
Other SI/SE ideas, projects:
Community engagement through travel agency, human cafes...