Social Entrepreneur In Residence

About the Residency

The Swearer Center for Public Service and Taubman Center for Public Policy have partnered to create a semester-long residency program for experienced social change leaders.

The Taubman Fellow/Social Entrepreneur in Residence will serve as an educator, advisor, and convener within the social innovation community at Brown. This includes:

Educating: The Fellow may support the teaching of an existing course at Brown, or may propose a new course in their area of interest/expertise that connects to ideas of social change and social innovation.

Advising: Brown is home to dozens of students who are exploring social innovation, particularly through the development of social impact ventures. These students crave advice and guidance from seasoned professionals who have experienced the various challenges inherent in entrepreneurship. The Fellow will hold regular office hours for these students, serving as a coach, advisor, and connector to these students.

Personal Learning and Growth: The Fellow will have the opportunity to develop a project that leverages the resources and expertise at Brown. This may involve research, writing, or other work. Through these projects, Fellows will convene faculty and other stakeholders with common interests and expertise, either through a formal seminar or more informal learning community.

We look forward to welcoming our first Social Entrepreneur in Residence to campus in Spring 2016 and will be opening up applications for the Fall 2016 semester soon - please check back or contact with any questions.

Meet the Spring 2016 Fellow

Jyoti Sharma
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A social entrepreneur, environmentalist and Ashoka Fellow, Jyoti Sharma is the founder of an Indian nonprofit called FORCE that works for water security and sustainable sanitation. Under her stewardship, FORCE is now a respected NGO working with a partnerships- and innovations-oriented approach to look for sustainable solutions to the overwhelming water and sanitation problems in India. In recognition of FORCE’s impact – especially in partnerships for rainwater harvesting - it was awarded at the National Urban Water Award 2009.    

With her academic background in Business Management and Economics and experience of working in advertising, marketing and academics before she founded FORCE, Jyoti brings an interesting blend of skill sets to her social entrepreneurial venture. As the President and Chief Functionary of FORCE, she has successfully brought together technical experts, community leaders, government and corporates for water and sanitation efforts. She also heads a Charitable Trust – PJRM FORCE Trust – that will shortly be starting an Institution in Water Benchmarking. She is also a nominee on several policy making/advisory committees of the Indian Union and State Governments.