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.

Something Fishy Going On

“Wild-Caught,” Eh? 30 Percent of Shrimp Labels Are False

“Wild-Caught,” Eh? 30 Percent of Shrimp Labels Are False

Shrimp is America’s favorite seafood. However, 90 percent of the shrimp we eat comes from often-fetid farms in Southeast Asia, which tend to snuff out productive mangrove ecosystems and have a sketchy labor record. And even when we do try to choose wild-caught US shrimp, we’re often fooled.

    

Our Uncivil Society

Racial Resentment Drives Tea Party Membership

Racial Resentment Drives Tea Party Membership

A study, just published in the journal Social Science Research, finds a strong link between Tea Party membership and anti-black feelings. “At least to some degree, the Tea Party movement is an outlet for mobilizing and expressing racialized grievances which have been symbolically magnified by the election of the nation’s first black president,” according to the study’s authors.

    

A Little Knowledge Would Help

Why Republicans Keep Telling Everyone They’re Not Scientists

Why Republicans Keep Telling Everyone They’re Not Scientists

“I’m not a scientist” has become the go-to talking point for Republicans questioned about climate change in the 2014 campaigns. Polls show that a majority of Americans accept the science of climate change—and support government policies to mitigate it—making the Republican position increasingly challenging ahead of the 2016 presidential elections.

    

Will Others Follow?

Why Tim Cook coming out is a critical step for the American workplace

Why Tim Cook coming out is a critical step for the American workplace

Until this week, no Fortune 500 chief executive had publicly acknowledged being gay, an omission that has silently pressured other lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender professionals to hide or tone down their identity. That’s despite all the progress for LGBT individuals in other arenas, including entertainment, media, politics, the military, and even professional sports.

    

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.

Lessons From A Really Slick Campaign to Save The Arctic

Lessons From A Really Slick Campaign to Save The Arctic

To make your point and score a victory, sometimes you have to be audacious and even a bit cheeky. Greenpeace shows how.

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.

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.