frank 2015

#frank2015 is over. It was great to see you all in Gainesville.

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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.

Rooting Out The Problem

In China’s Great Green Wall, 66 Billion Trees Are Sucking Up Carbon Emissions

In China’s Great Green Wall, 66 Billion Trees Are Sucking Up Carbon Emissions

Even though millions of acres of rainforest have disappeared around the world over the last decade, there are now more trees and other vegetation on the planet than there were in 2003. One big part of the reason: China’s “Great Green Wall,” a massive project to line the edge of the Gobi Desert in trees.

    

He's Hooked A Following

Tuna Helper: How a Fish Statistician Got Famous and Changed a Country’s Mind

Tuna Helper: How a Fish Statistician Got Famous and Changed a Country’s Mind

The Japanese eat more fish per capita than almost any other industrialized nation. But Toshio Katsukawa, a Mie University marine scientist, has been trying, for more than a decade, to tell the nation that the future isn’t bright. His plainspoken blog, mostly containing fisheries statistics, has been making inroads.

    

Close The Gender Gap

Black Girls Should Matter, Too

Black Girls Should Matter, Too

Given the growing recognition that race and poverty hinder educational opportunity and outcomes, leaders ranging from policymakers to businesspeople have committed to tackling this crisis. Yet their interventions and solutions are centered on boys of color. This often renders black girls all but invisible.

    

Why It's Called Trial and Error

Science is often flawed. It’s time we embraced that.

Science is often flawed. It’s time we embraced that.

From study design to dissemination of research, there are dozens of ways science can go off the rails. Many of the scientific studies that are published each year are poorly designed, redundant, or simply useless. Researchers looking into the problem have found that more than half of studies fail to take steps to reduce biases, such as blinding whether people receive treatment or placebo.

    

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.

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Read about what’s working and why.

Aim For The Head But Don’t Miss The Heart

Aim For The Head But Don’t Miss The Heart

Change happens when people’s emotional and rational sides are aligned.

Oregon “franksters” Reflect on #frank2015 Experience

Oregon “franksters” Reflect on #frank2015 Experience

Earlier this week, the folks at Prichard Communications convened a group of Oregonians who attended frank 2015 to drink wine, eat coconut macaroons, reconnect and reflect on what they learned.

Let’s Hear It For The Obsessive Dynamo Who Gives Voice To frank

Let’s Hear It For The Obsessive Dynamo Who Gives Voice To frank

frank’s advocate-in-chief, Ann Christiano, named University of Florida’s 2014-2015 Teacher of the Year.

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.

Andy Burness: Tchochkes, Ungulates, and the Lotto
Andy Burness: Tchochkes, Ungulates, and the Lotto
Mark Little: You Say You Want a (Storytelling) Revolution
Mark Little: You Say You Want a (Storytelling) Revolution
Yoo-Jin Kang: beyond statistics into the human stories
Yoo-Jin Kang: beyond statistics into the human stories
Sarah Bleich: A Bottle of Soda Will Cost You Five Miles
Sarah Bleich: A Bottle of Soda Will Cost You Five Miles
David Sleeth-Keppler: Getting Informal on Climate Change
David Sleeth-Keppler: Getting Informal on Climate Change
Corey Zouza: Cultural Change Through Art
Corey Zouza: Cultural Change Through Art

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Who we are

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