Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation
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Doing Good Is Worth Doing Well

The Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation is Chicago Booth’s destination for people committed to tackling social and environmental problems.

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Welcome to the Rustandy Center

Learn more about the Rustandy Center and why we believe that doing good is worth doing well.

Who We Are

Accelerating Social Sector Innovation

We believe that solving the world’s biggest problems requires nothing less than the efforts of committed leaders and contributors who are equipped with cutting-edge tools and insights. By integrating Booth’s business fundamentals with research and experience-based learning, the Rustandy Center drives social sector innovation. We equip bold thinkers and doers with the knowledge and tools necessary to positively impact human life and our planet.

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What We Do

Using Business Fundamentals to Solve Social Problems

The Rustandy Center builds upon Booth’s multidisciplinary approach to business education with experience-based learning and research. The center’s courses, research, and events give our community a fighting chance at tackling complex social and environmental problems.

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How We Help You

Equipping Our Community with Tools and Insights

We are a resource for business and nonprofit leaders; social entrepreneurs; Booth alumni, students, and faculty; nonprofit board members; and impact investors—anyone committed to making our world more equitable and sustainable. We share lessons from research and experts on the ground, recruit and train nonprofit board members, and help students and alumni pursue meaningful careers in the sector.

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What We're Learning

Sharing Findings that Guide the Social Sector

By sharing learnings from Booth faculty research and people working on big problems, the Rustandy Center elevates sustainable solutions to seemingly intractable problems. And we’re learning that the lines separating for-profit and nonprofit ventures are blurring—with for-profits adopting social missions, and nonprofits recognizing that business skills are needed to scale their efforts.

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Reaching a Global Audience

We hold events globally, equipping members of our community with insights into how the social sector operates and connections to a broader network. Featured speakers have included Nobel laureates, elected officials, corporate and nonprofit leaders, and the world’s most successful social entrepreneurs.

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How Nudging Can Help Address

From the blog: Nudging toward better sanitation in India

Global Social Impact Practicum students examined the potential impact of entrepreneurship on waste management and developed a plan to get entrepreneurs interested in affordable housing, education, and sanitation.

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Rustandy Center programs and research are designed with one goal in mind: to help our community tackle social and environmental problems. But we can only do this work with your help.

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