Cultivating Collaborative Doers

CARTHA (doer in Sanskrit) cultivates Collaborative Doers for Humanity ("Carthans") who bridge technological and social innovations to advance glocal good. An acronym coined by our founder, CARTHA stands for Collaborative Arts in Research Translation for Human Advancement.

Carthans are scientists, physicians, filmmakers, artists, writers, and public citizens in our growing cross-sector networks of Collaborative Doers spanning 6 continents and 3 generations.  In these pages, you can read about us and how and why CARTHA was founded in 2006.

2014-2019 Strategic Framework                

CARTHA specializes in the design and launch of humanity-centered, intergenerational partnership models, curricular programs, and community dialogues ("Glocalizers"). Not guided by money or prestige concerns, we leverage the energies and talents of high-aspiration individuals:

  • To link academic research translation to human endeavors and community partnerships; and thereby,
  • To produce collaborative leadership development programs with Carthans to advance humanitarian endeavors.

Our C2G2 training model (described in our founder's 2009 paper) produces Glocalizers that are practical, flexible, and timely:

  • Collaborative Literacy (e.g., The Derek Project): Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 programs focus on art-based education programs in schools to explore themes in happiness made possible through intergenerational idea-sharing and community-building).

What are your aspirations for humanity? and Why do you wish to affiliate with CARTHA? are the two questions which guide our selection of CARTHA Fellows who then get to hone their Collaborative Competence skillsets in our non-hierarchical Aspirations Exchanges. 

To support and participate in our work or to partner with our 501(c)(3) nonprofit, please contact our founder Usha R. Balakrishnan.

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