Watson Institute at Brown University
Public Policy
Alan Harlam

Alan Harlam

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Swearer Center, 25 George Street


Alan Harlam

Adjunct Lecturer in International and Public Affairs

Areas of Interest: Social entrepreneurship, corporate social responsibility, innovation, human-centered design.


Harlam’s work as a social entrepreneur is informed by twenty years as a consultant, turnaround manager, and community volunteer. Before coming to Brown, he launched a workforce development social enterprise at Amos House in Providence. Harlam is an active leader in the community and currently serves as board chair at City Year Providence and vice chair at Social Enterprise Greenhouse.


PLCY 1910 Social Entrepreneurship

This course engages students in identifying significant global problems and innovative solutions that drive social change. The course helps students understand some of the strategies that social entrepreneurs employ to create high-impact ventures, highlighting unique models for social problem-solving that offer bold solutions to complex and entrenched societal issues.

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Jyoti Sharma

Jyoti Sharma Named Social Entrepreneur in Residence

December 1, 2015

Recently the Taubman Center for American Politics and Policy and the Swearer Center for Public Service announced that they will welcome Jyoti Sharma as as a Taubman fellow and Brown's first social entrepreneur in residence for the spring 2016 semester. Sharma is the founder of FORCE, a New Delhi-based nonprofit that works on issues of water security and sanitation, civic engagement, and sustainable development. We recently caught up with her to get her insight into social entrepreneurship and why she’s passionate about empowering local communities to manage their own water conservation and sanitation.