Social Innovation


The RGK Center trains and inspires the next generation of social innovators. Through expert speakers and applied coursework, students from diverse backgrounds develop their own solutions to the world’s most pressing social problems.

Austin Social Innovation Network Map

Hello and welcome! You are looking at an open source visualization of Austin’s social innovation space.

What you see here is a network map of the people and institutions in this ecosystem and how they are connected, pulling information from an open source database. The map displays organizations as red nodes and people as teal nodes, along with three types of relationships: executive management, board membership and financing into Austin-based social ventures; thicker edges represent financing.

This project was jointly launched by UnLtd USA and the RGK Center, with support from the Kumu team. As an open source project, we hope for this to become a resource both useful to and owned by the entire social innovation community.

Ready to dig in further? Contribute to the map and join the Austin #Socent Slack channel.

Faculty & Staff

Mark Clayton Hand, RGK Center Professor of Social Entrepreneurship at The LBJ School of Public Affairs

Mark Clayton Hand, MBA
Adjunct Professor of Social Entrepreneurship
Venture Partner, UnLtd USA
Course: PA 388L - Advanced Topics in Management: Social Entrepreneurship - Spring 2016




Meeta Kothare, Adjunct Professor at The LBJ School of Public Affairs


Meeta Kothare, PhD
Adjunct Professor
Founder and President, Neeva Solutions
Course: PA 388L - Advanced Topics in Management: Financial Innovation for Social Impact - Fall 2015


Clare Zutz, Program Coordinator


Clare Zutz, MPAff
Program Coordinator





Alumni Notes

Blogs and articles written by RGK Center alumni working in social innovation

Randall KempnerRandall Kempner
Executive Director
Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs

Austin, Texas

Events Around Town

Wonder Coffee Info Sessions at Impact Hub

First and third Fridays | 8:30 - 9:30am | Vuka

These gatherings are an opportunity to learn more about the developing plans for Impact Hub Austin, Vuka and the supportive ecosystem for Austin's mission-based community.

The Austin Forum on Technology and Society

First Tuesdays | 5:15pm | Location varies

The Austin Forum is a monthly community engagement activity bringing together technology leaders, advocates, and the public to share information and stimulate collaborations to promote technology applications that advance society. Forum topics cover technology applications, opportunities, and policies in all aspects of society: health & medicine, business & industry, science & research, education, government, entertainment, and ‘social good.’


Annual Conference | Austin Convention Center

SXSW Eco creates a space for business leaders, investors, innovators and designers to drive economic, environmental and social change.