frank 2015

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.”

Think you have what it takes to be a frankster? Join us for frank: amplified.

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.

Not Just The Climate That's Heating Up

Environmental Issues Become a Force in Political Advertising

Environmental Issues Become a Force in Political Advertising

Ads mentioning energy, climate change and the environment—over 125,000 spots and climbing on the Senate side—have surged to record levels during the 2014 midterm election cycle, reflecting the priorities of some of the nation’s wealthiest donors, with Democrats now pouring millions into campaigns to match Republicans.

    

No Missing This Message

Transgender FDNY firefighter tapped as inspirational icon for global campaign

Transgender FDNY firefighter tapped as inspirational icon for global campaign

The FDNY’s only transgender firefighter is earning fans around the world as the poster child for a global campaign to raise awareness for gay and transgender rights. Brooke Guinan decided to participate in the Vocal Organization for International Courage and Equality’s “So Gay So What” campaign to challenge perceptions about what it means to be a firefighter.

    

Everyone Is Being Hurt

The Long-Term Price of the Gender Pay Gap

The Long-Term Price of the Gender Pay Gap

With women representing an increasing portion of household breadwinners and co-breadwinners pay equality is not just a woman’s problem. It’s ultimately everyone’s problem. Does anyone truly want their mother, daughter, sister, wife, niece, aunt, and female friends to end up facing severe financial headwinds because they were afraid to speak up in the workplace and ask to be paid fairly?

    

Unfortunate Loss

I’m a Black Journalist. I’m Quitting Because I’m Tired of Newsroom Racism.

I’m a Black Journalist. I’m Quitting Because I’m Tired of Newsroom Racism.

It’s a strange and incredibly demoralizing time to be a black person in American media. The words “racist and “racism” have cynically become clickbait, all while various newsrooms are claiming that they want to hire more writers and reporters and editors of color, but don’t. What it feels like you are hearing is: We’re not really trying to diversify our newsrooms, because we don’t actually have to.

    

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.

Artivism and the “Aha” Moment

Artivism and the “Aha” Moment

Some people call it creative activism–imaginative social campaigns that derive their power from incorporating elements of art, theater and performance. Maybe a better name is “artivism.”

Go Ahead And Laugh. It Might Do Some Good.

Go Ahead And Laugh. It Might Do Some Good.

Sometimes it’s ok to use humor to bring attention to deadly serious topics.

If You Want To Get Somewhere, You Need A Good Map

If You Want To Get Somewhere, You Need A Good Map

How MoveED is helping groups working on efforts to boost college completion rates find and connect with each other.

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. 

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