Auroville 2: We didn't have very high expectations that Auroville could have achieved anything substantial given the extraordinary aims of the place, but we've had a few surprises. As might be expected, there are still some 1960's and 1970's people hanging around, and some seem pretty loopy. The surprising bit is the younger people in their 20' and 30's who are genuinely convinced that they can make a difference, and some seem to be doing just that. One set of tree planters (this is their big communal meeting room) as their contribution to human unity chose to trap monsoon rainwater from running away and plant trees in a desert created by deforestation over the last 100 years. In the last 10 years they've raised the water table by 6 meters, and the local village people now have water in their wells again. There has been a steady stream of inventions and contributions pouring out into the neighbouring Indian villages as different groups define their 'contribution to human unity' - sophisticated but simple composting toilets, superior brick-making presses, free dental clinics, free education for local children, etc. These contributions come from the steady stream of volunteers and residents who are inspired to come live and work here for a few months to many years.