The University of Chicago Booth School of Business has been a partner to Impact Engine since the beginning: Linda Darragh was the Director of Entrepreneurship Programs at Booth when she co-founded Impact Engine. Much like Impact Engine, the Booth School of Business has seen tremendous growth in opportunity and action at the intersection of the public and private sector. Today, the Booth Social Enterprise Initiative (SEI) provides educational opportunities and support to Booth students and alumni to impact societal issues and further research on how business institutions help solve social problems. We asked SEI Executive Director Christina Hachikian to share her thoughts on the changing landscape of the social enterprise sector and how Booth’s programs are reflecting this change.
“I’m going to run this country like a business.” Heard this before? In this election cycle, a certain self-professed billionaire has made it the cornerstone of his campaign. She said it too. And so did he.
While this makes for appealing rhetoric, there are many arguments against turning the president into a CEO who needs to maximize profits first. A more interesting exercise is to think about political campaigns as a mirror in which some of our changing ideas about leadership and governance are reflected back at us.
Traditionally, we have seen the private sector as the primary economic driver and looked to the government to address social problems. Increasingly, innovation today emanates not from one side or the other, but from the overlap of the two. At the intersection of the nonprofit, private, and public sectors is the social impact sector. Here, social enterprise flourishes, with its hybrid models and double […]