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 Social Innovation, Diaspora Givers, and Healthfulness, 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 and philanthropic 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, since inception, has been an enabler and co-sponsor of the India Winterim experiential learning courses for which our close collaborator and CARTHA Ambassador Raj Rajagopal--was recognized with a 2016 national award from the International Institute of Education. Through the Manodharma Program designed by Raj Rajagopal, CARTHA entered in 2014 a Book Distribution & Literacy partnership with FirstBook of Washington, DC.

As CARTHA celebrated her 10th anniversary, our founder was also volunteering as the 2016-17 President of the Iowa City Noon Rotary Club. So, she organized several programs at Rotary which were kindly videotaped by Iowa City Channel 4 TV:

Connecting with writers and poets, we designed a new CARTHA Fellowship in Creative Writing and Humanitarianism. CARTHA also supported the International Writing Program's 50th anniversary celebrations in Fall 2017 for which CARTHA Founding Board Member Yvonne Owuor was back again in Iowa from Kenya. At the December 2016 "GRM" (Great Remembrances and Memories) Glocalizer, there were grief poetry readings to encourage sharing of unresolved grief so that our collective creative capacities do not remain numbed down. At this Glocalizer, we also announced that an Agency Endowment Fund for CARTHA was established at the Community Foundation of Johnson County-Iowa to support Partnerships in Social Innovation.

For 2018-19, we won a grant from Humanities Iowa in support of the CARTHA - Iowa Corridor Sangeet Partnership (led by Nitin Karandikar) and additionally supported by a large and growing number of individual donors and volunteers. We are also planning a series of bilingual glocalizers to be held in local Mexican restaurants to encourage sharing of childhood memories in everyday venues to address loneliness issues (in collaboration with Horacio and Betty Olivo).

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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