Economy

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Each gave its powers to help its neighbours’ parts,
But suffered no diminution by the gift;
Profiteers of a mystic interchange,
They grew by what they took and what they gave,
All others they felt as their own complements,
One in the might and joy of multitude.[1]


(Otto:) “If you belong to this place, because you're Mother's child, you will be taken care of, ultimately. This confidence you have to have. And if it's not there, it becomes a mind game, and that is not enough.”[2]


Some old experiments

  • Auras (2012): See Auras
  • ACCESS (2008): Auroville's Conscious Community Exchange System for Sustainability (ACCESS) was active in 2008. It was an online community-based exchange network that used virtual credits - an alternative, parallel, complementary currency system.
  • Circles (2000): Circles were groups of 10-30 Aurovilians working on experimental approaches to dealing with day-to-day economic issues. Circles facilitated sharing and awareness of each others' lives, the idea being for small groups to develop mutual trust and concern. Circles were also a way for participants to better understand the overall economic flows of Auroville.




  1. Savitri, p.326, “The House of the Spirit and the New Creation”
  2. “Fear, Faith and Finance with Otto” (Auroville Radio)


See also