Collaborative Doers for Humanity

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.  

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.  

Focusing on Global Health and Well-Being, Sustainability, and Diaspora Giving, 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 to advance Collaborative Literacy, Learning, and Doing across generations, regions, and sectors. CARTHA's Manodharma Program, led by Raj Rajagopal, supports the Winterim India experiential learning courses and a Book Distribution & Literacy partnership with FirstBook of Washington, DC.

Our founder is also an active Rotarian in the Iowa City Noon Rotary Club and will be the Club's 2016-2017 President. She therefore teams up Carthans and Rotarians to advance numerous projects such as greater training, access, and community support networks for the non-surgical Ponseti Clubfoot Treatment Method and collaborations with Rotarians as well as Rotaractors in many other locations, e.g., Rotaract of UN-New York CityRotaract of Iowa City AreaRotary Club of MadrasUniversity of Pittsburgh Rotaract.

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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