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.

Physician Remove Thyself

Top Doctors Demand Columbia University Remove Dr. Oz From His Faculty Position

Top Doctors Demand Columbia University Remove Dr. Oz From His Faculty Position

Columbia University has not removed TV celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz from his faculty position as a group of top doctors has demanded, citing his “egregious lack of integrity” for promoting what they call “quack treatments.” Those pushing for his ouster claim Oz “has repeatedly shown disdain for science and for evidence-based medicine,”

    

Listen Up

Inside the Podcast Brain: Why Do Audio Stories Captivate?

Inside the Podcast Brain: Why Do Audio Stories Captivate?

What makes some audio storytelling so engaging? According to researchers, the best stories will always have an increasing level of tension, and that there exists a type of universal story structure—one in which a protagonist faces some sort of stressful challenge or conflict—that draws attention because it’s engaging emotionally and intellectually.

    

Foregone Conclusion

Gwyneth did the food stamp challenge wrong. So does everyone else.

Gwyneth did the food stamp challenge wrong. So does everyone else.

Gwyneth Paltrow has apparently failed at the food stamp challenge, quitting after four days. The challenge might make for good publicity, but it’s flawed in two big ways. One is that it gets the math on how the USDA hands out benefits entirely wrong. And because of that, it fails to capture the grim reality of being a low-income American.

    

The Beginning Of The End

This Campaign Is Encouraging Women to “Report It to Stop It”

This Campaign Is Encouraging Women to “Report It to Stop It”

Countless women have experienced public sexual harassment, but many of these situations go unreported. One bold new video campaign produced by Transport for London aims to let women know they should refuse this treatment once and for all.

    

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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.

3 Lessons for Nonprofit Writers from Harvard’s Steven Pinker

3 Lessons for Nonprofit Writers from Harvard’s Steven Pinker

Want to write well? Start by looking at the evidence for what makes for effective writing.

Five Takeaways From #frank2015

Five Takeaways From #frank2015

This year’s frank gathering offered many insights and ideas. Here’s a sampling.

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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