This YouTube video discusses Auroville, a cooperative community in South India, and its focus on creating a community for unity and developing a sense of oneness where education is child-centric and not just focused on exams. The video explores Auroville's unique approach to money, incorporating ideas such as gift economy, free shops, and volunteering in exchange for accommodation and food. The speaker describes numerous initiatives and projects undertaken by the Auroville community in India, including a town plan based on zones and green practices like permacultures and waste management. Additionally, Auroville has a unique shopping experience called Portuguese where residents can take what they need without any exchange of money, and any surplus goes to help those in need. The video highlights Auroville's emphasis on beauty, with architects drawn from all over the world to learn about their innovative approaches.
The speaker in the video discusses different models for creating cooperative communities, such as Auroville, Yogananda's model, and the Keirsey model. Auroville is presented as more flexible and open to different ideas, while Yogananda's model had a narrower focus. The speaker also talks about the importance of planning and building a community, including the components needed such as land, food, housing, infrastructure, safety, economy, fundraising, and more. They emphasize the need to establish a clear vision, legal structures, leadership teams, conflict resolution tools, and links with successful communities and expert mentors. The speaker also discusses the feasibility of land use and financial aspects, as well as the importance of choosing safe areas for new communities in South Africa. Finally, they call for properly planned movements with help from successful communities like Auroville.