As most of you already know, the travelling Indo-German Urban Mela has been in Bangalore this past week. The Mela has finished it’s first round in Mumbai and is in Bangalore until the 1st of July. On the occasion of completing 60 years of Indo-German diplomatic relations, a collaborative celebration titled “Germany and India 2011-2012: Infinite Opportunities” is being held in India.
Several German companies that have operations in India are hosting pavilions at the Mela to showcase innovative products and ideas. After visiting the various pavilions at the exhibition, we’re sure that you will find that the Deutsche Bank Pavilion stands out. Why? Because apart from hosting a solar powered airplane project and a $300 house, they are also home (at the pavilion) to one of the Mela’s biggest attractions – The Dream tree by DREAM:IN.
After a very successful run at the Mumbai leg of the mela (where the tree collected some 3000 odd Dreams) The Tree is now in Bangalore and seems nearly ready to harvest! The (scaled-down version) of the Dream Tree being featured at the pavilion has been planted to capture the people’s Dreams for their city.
The concept of the Dream tree goes back to the ancient Indian tradition of tying ‘wishes’ on special trees in holy places. We, at DREAM:IN, believe that a person’s dream is one of the most pure and special attributes that defines that person. Apart from being successfully installed in New York and Sao Paolo, we also have a Dream Tree at the DREAM:IN Center in Bangalore. This tree is designed to capture a persons aspirations, by simply writing down (and tearing away) their dream on a tag, then tying this tag on to the Dream Tree. These Dreams, then are in turn tweeted out from the Dream Tree twitter account to hundreds (slowly growing to thousands and more) followers on twitter and blog. (We are currently working on building a technology platform of our own to feature these Dreams)
Apart from being showcased on the internet and having these Dreams viewed by Big Dreamers to the ‘aam aadmi ‘ we’ve also got lots of plans for the Dreams that are being collected on the Dream Trees (we’ll share these plans with you very soon).
The Dream Tree is a part of a mechanism of a growing movement that is DREAM:IN, where we believe that everyone, everywhere has the right to Dream and has the right to an equal future. So come, become a part of the movement and drop by the Deutsche Bank Pavilion, to share your Dream and show that you care about your city. (send us a photograph with you and the Tree to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll feature it on our Facebook page)
Come, Start Dreaming with us!
The DREAM:IN Tumkur conclave was a gathering of leaders, designers, academicians, business professionals and students that came together for a day long session at the SIT MBA auditorium in Tumkur. The aim of the conclave was to formally introduce DREAM:IN Tumkur to the people of Tumkur and to share the ideas that were developed at the DreamScaping session with the people of Tumkur. The participants will came together to absorb the dreams
harvested from the 10 taluks of Tumkur district and discuss the DreamScapes developed. Also to determine the steps needed to realize them as social and business enterprises. The objective was to share the ideas as open source, to seed the change process and to give shape to four or five sustainable ventures that could be taken forward as fast as possible.
Following the conclave, a Plan to take these ideas and projects forward was formed. Currently, these projects are being developed, DREAM:IN is partnering with various champions from Tumkur, people are being enrolled, funds being raised and other plans are being made to fully REALISE the ideas that were developed during the DreamScaping session. A plan to create prototypes of some of these ideas has already been made and is currently underway.
Dreamscaping is that part of the DREAM:IN methodology whereby design thinkers, policymakers, business and thought leaders, social workers, entrepreneurs, educationists and students absorb dreams in intense dream-viewing sessions, discuss and brainstorm on core idea-clusters for social and business ventures identified in the dreams and draw up scenarios for such ventures using powerful analytical and visual techniques.
60 Dreamscapers gathered together were involved in three half-hour viewing sessions to absorb and sift through the harvested dreams. The Dream Capsules were differentiated as Tumkur 1.0 (dreams pertaining to basic needs, fears, anxieties), Tumkur 1.5 (dreams pertaining to making better what already existed in varying degrees in Tumkur) and Tumkur 2.0 (dreams that looked to the future of Tumkur). These sessions were punctuated by short trigger-talks by Mr Balachandran Warrier of Manipal Foundation, Suman Ramachandra and Murali of the Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement, Praveen Dwivedi of Future Group, Dr M R Shollapur, Director of the post-graudate MBA department of SIT, Tumkur and Alexandra Rose, Dean of Students of NICC.
After absorbing the dreams, the teams set down to the task of visualising, ideating and future-casting the potential
for Dream Ventures that could come alive and be realised, when fleshed out and detailed, in Tumkur. The scenarios that emerged by the end of the 10-hour session pertained to projects and ventures in the sectors of education, agriculture, water, youth, farm festival and farmer’s market, wellness and ecotourism. Each team presented its scenarios On the second day of Dreamscaping, the seven teams were reshuffled into four and the tougher task of incorporating the ideas into one overarching, composite metaphor began apace. By the end of the day’s session, the central character in the scenarios was identified as the future Agripreneur of Tumkur. All other systems and products imagined would revolve around this character.