Experience Bharat... Explore yourSelf...

A walk of discovery, hope, and inspiration...

an 8-day walk through rural Bharat, garnished with inspired talks that shall...

invoke soul, provoke thought, & inspire action

Join us , if you believe that it is time to
"Walk the Talk" and not just "Talk the Walk"...

"December 22, 2019 through December 29, 2019"

walkwithin - The Walk will be led by Dr. R. Balasubramaniam The Walk will be led by Dr. R. Balasubramaniam...

Having embarked on his journey in the development sector by living and working for several years among remote forest based tribal communities in the southern Indian district of Mysuru, Dr. R. Balasubramaniam (Balu) is a widely respected development activist, leadership trainer, thinker and writer.

He has uniquely been able to combine a vast development sector experience with studying and teaching at the world’s leading school of policy and development including Harvard and Cornell Universities.

He has also been a special investigator for Lokayukta Karnataka (Anti-Corruption Commission) in addition to holding membership and consulting positions in government bodies and commissions, academic boards and development agencies including the World Bank. He is a visiting professor at Cornell University, USA and IIT-Delhi, India. He has also served as the Professor and head of the Vivekananda Chair of the University of Mysore twice.

Dr. Balasubramaniam, the founder of Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement and Grassroots Research And Advocacy Movement embodies a rare blend of grassroots and macro perspectives on development and policy through his multi-faceted experience of more than three decades.  His books, ‘i, the citizen’ and ‘Voices from the Grassroots’ present an alternate approach to human development with focus on engaging with communities and addressing ‘Voice poverty’.   He writes regular columns in both Kannada and English dailies and a popular blog at rbalu.com

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walkwithin - The Walk will be led by Dr. R. Balasubramaniam 8 days... 8 Themes... 360° View, grassroots connect...

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    8 days covering 80 to 100 kilometers...

    Physical fitness & a willingness to soak & absorb the harsh realities of rural life is prerequisite..

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    Ingest, Digest, and Reflect on the "SWOT" of India's Villages...

    Does India really live in her villages?

    What's happening in our villages?

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    Learn about Poverty, Human & Social Capital, What it means to "Democratize Development" & much, much more...

    What does it mean to be poor?

    How do Human & Social Capital dovetail into Economic Development?

A Typical Day with opportunities A Typical Day with opportunities to explore, learn, reflect...

5:30 - 6:30 Yoga, Pranayama, Meditation, Gita Chanting - anyone or a combination...
7:00 - 7:30 Assemble for light Breakfast
7:30 - 8:30 Topic-of-the-day (Sanitation, Poverty, Culture, Livelihoods, Development, Religion, Health, Education...) - what to look for & what lens/frame to use to view realities
8:30 - 12:30 PRA/Transact Walk - reflect on morning talk/discussion & map to reality, make notes...
12:30 - 14:30 Break for Lunch/Rest
14:30 - 16:30 Transact Walk continues
16:30 - 17:30 Rest, Refresh
17:30 - 19:30 Topic-of-the-day (Sanitation, Poverty, Culture, Livelihoods, Development, Religion, Health, Education...) - De-brief, discuss - reflect on what we thought we knew and what we learnt - making meaning out of the day's experience...
19:30 - 20:00 Dinner
20:00 - 21:00 Practicing Silence, Meditation, Discussions on Culture & our shared heritage...

A Typical Day with opportunities A few points to note...

Join us , if you believe that it is time to
"Walk the Talk" and not just "Talk the Walk"...