The DREAM:IN Journey across Tumkur district was undertaken by 13 students of NICC from May 18 to May 27.
They traversed the 10 taluks of the district – Tumkur, Tiptur, Koratagere, Madhugiri, Pavagada, Sira, Chikkanaykanahalli, Gubbi, Turuvukere and Kunigal – doing a taluk a day to capture 800 dreams from across all sections of society. Only three students knew Kannada and they, along with Kannada-speaking facilitators from DREAM:IN or local contacts, enabled the harvesting of this large number of dreams. The students were accompanied by DREAM:IN facilitators, for the duration of the journey.
The students found simple accommodation at the Bapuji Hostel in Tumkur which follows the Gandhian principles of service and simplicity. They would travel out each day to one of the taluks, catch dreams and return to the hostel in the evening. The dreams for the day would be compiled and some of them edited in the hostel itself where an editing suite was set up.
The Dream Journey was an experience that opened up the students to the use of field research and ethnographic tools from a design-driven perspective. The students worked as four teams – Agni, Jala, Vayu and Bhoomi. They understood collaborative ways of team-work and gained in confidence and life-skills apart from coming into close contact with grassroots people and their dreams. 80 per cent of Tumkur’s population is engaged in agriculture and face the persistent problem of drought, poor infrastructure and overall neglect. Capturing the dreams of these people opened the understanding of the students to Indian realities they would never have touched in their urban surroundings.
Tumkur district is an administrative, progressive district in the state of Karnataka in south India. The district headquarters are located at Tumkur. The district occupies an area of 10,598 km² and had a population of 2,584,711, of which 19.62% were urban as of 2001. It is a one and a half hour drive from Bangalore, the capital of Karnataka.
It consists chiefly of elevated land intersected by river valleys. A range of hills rising to nearly 4,000 feet (1,200 m) crosses it from north to south, forming the watershed between the systems of the Krishna and the Kaveri. The principal streams are the Jayamangala and the Shimsha. The mineral wealth of Tumkur is considerable; iron is obtained in large quantities from the hillsides; and excellent building-stone is quarried. The slopes of the Devarayanadurga hills are clothed with forests. Wildlife such as leopards, bears and wild boar have been recorded here. The annual rainfall averages 39 inches.
Tumkur is a district that depends on agriculture as its primary source of income. There is a lot of agricultural activity in all the 10 taluks of the district. Apart from Agriculture, Tumkur is home to hoards of small and middle scale hardware industries. The Siddaganga Math is a famous centre for pilgrimage. Siddaganga has a temple dedicated to Siddhalingeshwara on a hillrock which is held in high esteem by devotees. At the entrance of this temple six shrines can be seen. Near this temple, amidst scenic surroundings, stands a Veerashaiva Math. The Math feeds thousands of students and pilgrims daily. This is one of the important educational centres. There are several esteemed (primary and higher) educational institutions across the district, some of which are run by the Math.
According to the 2011 census Tumkur district has a population of 2,681,449, roughly equal to the nation of Kuwait or the US state of Nevada. This gives it a ranking of 149th in India (out of a total of 640). The district has a population density of 253 inhabitants per square kilometre (660 /sq mi). Its population growth rate over the decade 2001-2011 was 3.74 %. Tumkur has a sex ratio of 979 females for every 1000 males, and a literacy rate of 74.32%
DREAM:IN Tumkur is an open project to seed the process of creating new socio economic value, in an inside out developmental approach. DREAM:IN Tumkur gives a platform to the dreams of residents of Tumkur district, creates new knowledge and systems and works closely with leaders and partners to catalayse the process of positive and long lasting change.
The DREAM:IN Tumkur project is an effort to capture the dreams of the people of Tumkur, across 10 taluks and many layers, and take them from imagination to reality through a design-driven open innovation methodology. The objective is to identify viable and sustainable social and business ventures that can be implemented in Tumkur. Starting with a 10 day DREAM:IN journey across the Taluks of Tumkur in the month of May, 2012, where trained students (DreamCatchers) will aim to capture close to 1000 dreams, leading to a DreamScaping session where these dreams and aspirations captured during the journey will be analysed and distilled to create positive solutions and finally a DREAM:IN Conclave, where these ideas and solutions will be presented to the people of Tumkur. Post this, a dedicated team will aim at implementing these solutions to bring about positive change for the district of Tumkur.