ENTREPRENEUR | DANCER | PIANIST
“I would like to help families home-school children with different interests and abilities, and to encourage all children to learn music and dance.”
— Ananth Raghunandan, Co-Founder
While I (Rama) encountered The PhD Project (a national organization that seeks to diversify the workforce by diversifying business school faculty) as a business school professor, it is my journey as a home educator that has kept me engaged in this work for over a decade! The Growing Systems of Success is a unique perspective on how to help every individual reach their potential through a balanced consideration of opportunities, goals, and systems. While I learned a tremendous amount through my study of The PhD Project, homeschooling played an important role in helping me transform this learning into an educational practice. Homeschooling provided me a space to experiment and to make discoveries. Ananth has been a part of this journey from the outset. His interest in visual, tactile, and kinesthetic learning tools has influenced the delivery of "The PhD Project for All" model through the ADDIT Together canvas and through the Growing Systems of Success approach. More importantly, our experience with varied tools has set the stage for the development of the notion and practice of learning as playing it forward. Picasso Einstein and Boaz Branding played an important role in helping Ananth and me take years of exploration and shape it into the Growing Systems of Success approach and ADDIT Together tools. As seen from The Influencers section, many others have contributed to the growth of this work. We hope to ADDIT Together with many more individuals and groups in the future and grow our systems of success while helping others grow their own!
Dr. Rama's journey as a homeschooling parent, professor, and entrepreneur has led her to develop ADDIT Together. Ananth has has been a part of this journey for over ten years as he has explored a variety of manual and technology-based tools with Dr. Rama to find ways to deliver the ADDIT Together message, tools, and practices to a variety of users. The Growing Systems of Success method was created based on work Dr. Rama did on The PhD Project (a national organization that seeks to diversify the workforce by diversifying business school faculty). Dr. Rama's interactions with those in The PhD Project network and others continue to shape the Growing Systems of Success work. She is currently developing concepts, tools, and practices for learning by playing it forward, an idea rooted in the PhD Project's notion of paying it forward as well as in learning through exploration and play.
Ananth enjoys playing the piano and dancing. He has learned the piano for ten years and enjoys performing in Senior Centers and at community events. He has also been learning Bharatanatyam (an ancient classical Indian dance form) for five years. Ananth’s goal is to help families educate children with different interests and abilities, and to encourage all children to learn music and dance. Along with his mother (Dr. Dasaratha Rama), he is currently creating a cloud-based (Ananth Plays it Forward) environment to demonstrate the use of transmedia tools (e.g., Plectica, Thortspace) for learning.