frank 2015

The clock’s ticking. It’s time to start planning your frank pilgrimage.

Join us in Gainesville, February 25 – 27.

The people who come to frank are leading minds who drive change by funding it, studying it, or practicing it. The rabble-rousers and the do-gooders, those who look Goliath in the eye, and say “bring it.”

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Finds

Here’s where you’ll find a curated collection of headlines and links to great content from the interwebs that we thought you might love, too. Found something great? Send it to us and we’ll feature it.

Makes You Hunger For Useful Guidance

The Bulletproof Diet is everything wrong with eating in America

The Bulletproof Diet is everything wrong with eating in America

If you took everything that’s wrong with eating in America, put it in a Vitamix, and shaped the result into a book, you’d get the Bulletproof Diet. But there’s a silver-lining: the Bulletproof Diet brings together in one place everything that should make you skeptical of fad diets. It’s a teachable moment and its various offenses serve as a collection of giant, red warning flags.

    

Cracking Under Pressure?

Peace in the Mayo Wars

Peace in the Mayo Wars

Unilever, the maker of Hellmann’s mayonnaise, has dropped a suit against Hampton Creek over the labeling of its Just Mayo product. Unilever’s suit alleged that Just Mayo is not really mayonnaise because it’s made without eggs. Hampton Creek is indexing the world’s plants to create a new breed of plant-based foods that are healthier and more environmentally friendly. Cookies are next.

    

Off Target

Is Protecting Gun Rights Really a Growing Priority for Americans?

Is Protecting Gun Rights Really a Growing Priority for Americans?

The PEW Research Center released a survey this month suggesting that for the first time in two decades more Americans support “gun rights” than “gun control.” But the poll’s question on that point, asking whether it’s more important to “control gun ownership” or to “protect the right of Americans to own guns,” drew sharp criticism from some experts, who say it offered a false choice.

    

Drop It!

Hold the Cookies, Save the Climate

Hold the Cookies, Save the Climate

The benefits of eating less red meat have already permeated the consciousnesses of those seeking a climatically responsible lifestyle. Meanwhile, consumption of processed foods, laden with sugar and oils, has skyrocketed. This trend has helped fuel the obesity epidemic. But its impact on climate gets far less attention than the energy-sucking effect of hamburgers and steaks.

    

What's frank?

#frankspeaksvolumes

frank is a community for people who use communications to drive change. Here you’ll find research, thoughtful blog posts, news from the field, jobs, and—of course—everything you need to know about our annual gathering for change makers here in Gainesville.

frankology

Here’s where we offer summaries of recent peer-reviewed research from multiple disciplines that offers insight that can improve the practice of the field. On frankology, you’ll find the scholarship that’s most relevant to change agents.

frank talk

Read about what’s working and why.

Batman on His 75th Year of Busting Crime (and Gay Rumors)

Batman on His 75th Year of Busting Crime (and Gay Rumors)

The caped crusader was rumored to be gay long before it became a controversy in the 1950s.

5 Rules for Constructive Outrage on Social Media

5 Rules for Constructive Outrage on Social Media

When you want to express outrage online, these tips can help you make your point constructively and increase the chances you’ll be heard.

Hatch: A New Digital Storytelling Platform For Social Impact

Hatch: A New Digital Storytelling Platform For Social Impact

Hatch helps social impact organizations use the power of narrative and networks to increase their reach, resources and impact.

Clips

In this section, you’ll find videos featuring everyone who’s spoken at frank, the annual gathering for social change communicators in Gainesville, plus more great content from the frank community.

Carroll Bogert: The Information Marketplace
Carroll Bogert: The Information Marketplace
Public Interest Communications @ UF
Public Interest Communications @ UF
Jacob Atem: Healing & Teaching the Lost Boys of Sudan
Jacob Atem: Healing & Teaching the Lost Boys of Sudan
Carolyn Day: Utopian Forms of Values
Carolyn Day: Utopian Forms of Values
Cody Romano: Pinpointing Calls to Action: Using GPS for Social Change
Cody Romano: Pinpointing Calls to Action: Using GPS for Social Change
Kristen King: From the Swamp to the Concrete Jungle, Building a Career in Public Interest Communications
Kristen King: From the Swamp to the Concrete Jungle, Building a Career in Public Interest Communications

About us

Who we are

Read about what we’re doing to build the field of public interest communications here at the University of Florida, and read about the dedicated and passionate individuals who work on frank.