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.

Touching Story

Why the touch-deprived can’t wait for Portland’s ‘cuddle shop’

Why the touch-deprived can’t wait for Portland’s ‘cuddle shop’

Last week a cuddling shop opened in Portland, Ore. The runaway success of the venture is part of a broader trend showing that people need to touch and be touched. But unfortunately many are touch-deprived, which can lead to aggression, depression, pain and health problems.

    

Beautiful Thing To Do

Beauty Brand Creates Campaign to Combat Mental Illness

Beauty Brand Creates Campaign to Combat Mental Illness

Nearly 40,000 Americans commit suicide annually, about the same number that die from breast cancer. While countless brands adopt pink packaging for breast cancer campaigns, corporate support for mental illness, the cause of most suicides, is scant. Now Philosophy, the beauty brand owned by Coty, aims to raise $10 million over the next five years to combat mental illness.

    

Recognize Anyone?

Most American presidents destined to fade from nation’s memory, study suggests

Most American presidents destined to fade from nation’s memory, study suggests

American presidents spend their time in office trying to carve out a prominent place in the nation’s collective memory, but most are destined to be forgotten within 50-to-100 years of their serving as president, suggests a newly published study on presidential name recall in the journal Science.

    

Don't Kiss Off These Findings

Straights back legal benefits for same-sex couples, but not public kissing

Straights back legal benefits for same-sex couples, but not public kissing

Heterosexuals have predominantly egalitarian views on legal benefits for same-sex couples but are less supportive of public displays of affection, according to a study in the American Sociological Review. Notes one researcher: “Heterosexuals may be increasingly willing to grant legal benefits to gay and lesbian couples” but “entrenched prejudice that takes on subtler forms may remain.”

    

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.

Lifting People Out of Poverty Is Tough Enough. The Wrong Words Make It Harder.

Lifting People Out of Poverty Is Tough Enough. The Wrong Words Make It Harder.

Poverty is nuanced and complicated enough. So when trying to help people out of it, let’s remember to use the right words.

Hello, My name is Ann and I’m Obsessive

Hello, My name is Ann and I’m Obsessive

I’ll admit it. I’m obsessive. Not about everything, but unabashedly so about things that matter.

Have You Heard? We Have A Science Communication Problem.

Have You Heard? We Have A Science Communication Problem.

The willingness of our political leaders to push for policy without being guided by scientific evidence is evidence that we have a science communication problem.

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.