Social Innovation: A Dozen Top Stories from 2018

In an annual tradition, we look back on Dallas Innovates’ most-read stories in each of our buckets of innovation: Startup, Invention, Education, Social, Creative, and Enterprise. Here’s a roundup of the “Top 12” in Social Innovation for 2018.

As we move into 2019, we’re reflecting on the social stories behind the people and places that grabbed our readers’ attention this year. From combating food deserts (UNT, Toyota, DART) to awarding nonprofits grants (Capital One) to transformative conservation projects (Texan By Nature), our most popular stories spanned the vast range of social innovation in Dallas-Fort Worth.

Here are the 12 most-read stories on for 2018.

1. Movers + Shakers: North Texas Social Innovators You Should Know

Dallas-Fort Worth is home to dozens of creatives who are changing the face of urban planning, social, and educational innovation.

2. Business as Mutual: Leaders Give Insight on How Collaboration + Innovation Happens in DFW

This wide-ranging discussion covered how to foster collaboration, the role of technology, and many examples of DFW coming together to improve business, create social change, and simply make a positive impact on the region.

3. How Large Corporations, Nonprofits Face Challenges of New Technologies

Representatives from American Airlines, Pizza Hut, Hypergiant, and the United Way to Metropolitan Dallas talk about how digital innovation affects their organizations.

4. How Dallas Has to Become a Tech Hub From the Inside Out

Capital One’s 2018 Future Edge DFW survey shows that 85 percent of residents believe the area is a place for tech-related jobs and innovation. But, if the region is going to become the go-to place for technology, it has to be a collective effort from within, says Sanjiv Yajnik, head of the company’s financial services.

5. Collective Impact: Social Innovation in Dallas-Fort Worth

In this three-part series, a panel of experts explores Dallas-Fort Worth as a destination for global impact work.

6. UNT Dallas, Toyota, DART Launch Mobility Initiative to Combat Food Deserts in Southern Dallas

The farmer’s market on wheels will sell locally sourced produce to Southern Dallas residents.

7. Dallas Women’s Foundation Honors 6 Female Empowerment Leaders

The awards dinner in April commended these women for their positive influence on women and girls.

8. Laura Bush’s Nonprofit Looking to Recognize ‘Transformative Conservation Projects’

Through its TxN Certification program, Texan By Nature highlights efforts that are “benefiting the state’s people, prosperity, and natural resources.”

9. A Walk in the Parks: Study Notes Dallas’ Efforts to Improve its Existing Greenspace

The Trust for Public Lands study released Wednesday shows that 60 percent of Dallas residents live within a 10-minute walk to a park.

10. Capital One Marks 10 Years in Plano With Grants, STEM Education & a Look at the Future

The financial services company awarded grants to 10 nonprofits and hosted dynamic speakers to talk about empowering the next generation of engineers and scientists through education.

11. Making the World a Better Place: The Power of One Conference

The March 10 conference highlighted people who made a social impact with their work.

12. If You Can’t Take the Heat, Plant More Trees: The Cool and Connected Oak Cliff Project

The urban “heat island” effect has major consequences on the quality of Dallas life. This project is planting trees to lessen the effect’s impact.