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Workshop: Values-based Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship

Presented by Alan Harlam & William J. Allen

The workshop will provide an overview and introduction to Social Entrepreneurship with a focus on those components of social entrepreneurship which we believe are part of models of practice which can lead to transformative change and a more just world. These factors are:

• Unjust Equilibrium
• Innovation
• Impact / Outcome
• Scale
• Financial Sustainability
Bill Allen has held senior management positions at three United Ways, most recently as Executive Vice President of Community Services at the United Way of Rhode Island (1977-2004). In this position, he built a team that leveraged funds to achieve impact in affordable housing, community development, family support, workforce development and out-of-school-time activities. He was a leader of a coalition which designed and successfully lobbied for Rhode Island’s welfare reform legislation. He received a Master of Social Planning degree in 1971 from BC’s Graduate School of Social Work. He currently serves on several Rhode Island-based nonprofit boards and is on the part-time faculty at Brown University’s Taubman Center for Public Policy, BC’s School of Social Work and the Feinstein Institute for Public Service at Providence College. He is also an associate partner at Social Venture Partners Rhode Island.

Alan Harlam is the Director of Social Entrepreneurship at the Swearer Center for Public Service at Brown University. In that role, he launched the Social Innovation Initiative (SII) that has expanded Brown's curricular and extra-curricular resources for social entrepreneurs. He teaches the introductory course in Social Entrepreneurship and is leading launch of a Social Innovation Concentration within the Masters of Public Affairs degree in the Fall of 2012. Alan also leads the CV Starr Social Entrepreneurship Fellowship, a three semester program that supports students through the process of launching or growing a social venture with funding, mentoring, and skills development. Alan's work as a social entrepreneur started with the launch of More Than a Meal, a catering social enterprise in Providence and is informed by his 20 years as a consultant, turnaround manager, and community volunteer. He currently serves on the boards of City Year Rhode Island, Social Venture Partners of RI, and Generation Citizen, as well as an advisor to Gardens for Health International, Real Food Challenge, Mali Health Organizing Project, Public Trust Project, and Runa.
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