the gathering for people who change the world.

Gainesville, Florida.


Join us for frank*2021 Extravaganza
April 29, 3 – 6 p.m. ET

We’re connecting communicators, scholars, storytellers and activists working on the front line of social change.

Right about now you’d probably be checking the weather forecast for Gainesville and dusting off your vintage swag as you pack your bag for another three-day lean-in on frank. We ache to greet you all with big hugs and Southern hospitality, but it’s still not safe. We thought we’d do a distanced frank but—and  let’s face it—we’re all in the midst of pandemic fatigue and the last thing any of us want to do is sit in on another Zoom session. So we’re amending our plans for this year and have fingers crossed for a triumphant return with frank 2022

So let us introduce you to frank* 2021
For this year’s frank*, we’re going to convene a handful of scholars for two sessions of our Living Lit ReviewSM process and then invite everyone in our frank family to a frank* 2021 Extravaganza where we’ll reconnect, enjoy some entertainment and vote on and award the 2021 Research Prize.

thomas allen harris at frank2020

We Don’t Settle for Small Change.

Our mission is to curate emerging voices in change-maker communities and infuse research-backed findings in a unique blend of actionable insights. We believe our best work comes from using evidence-based strategies to drive the social change we seek.

frank is different from other conferences. Our primary mission is not to create opportunities to sell yourself or your work, but to learn from each other and be inspired by what’s happening on the front lines.

Hosted by the University of Florida’s Center for Public Interest Communications, frank is infused with the mission and spirit of the Top 10 public research university we call home.

Experience frank in 3 minutes. Watch the video from the 2020 closing ceremonies.

“I love that frank is anchored in people – connecting, talking, sharing, learning from one another.”

Gwen McNamara

Pace Center for Civic Engagement, Princeton University

Inspired by the front lines. Grounded in research.

We are obsessed with highlighting and putting into practice the latest insights from many social science disciplines. To support the growing academic discipline of public interest communications, we create multiple opportunities for scholars and practitioners to come together during the gathering. Our $10,000 research prize highlights the work of scholars whose work will further inform the practice of public interest communications. Read more about the prize and check out the latest edition of the Journal of Public Interest Communications.

“It’s the only conference worth attending; it provides me with hope for our future.”

Courtney Lewis

Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center

“I always tell people that it’s my ‘can’t miss’ for the year. I also tell people that it’s TED talks with a bunch of super smart people working to make a better future.”

Brian Crawford

BC/DC Ideas

“The most unique, fun gathering possible where we can all learn together and improve our craft.”

Amy Lynn Smith

Writer + Strategist

“This is where my world comes together – both aspirational and actionable. It is a community that is making change happen and sharing the tools.”

Mark Dessauer

Spitfire Strategies

In 2020, we dove into the science of emotion and how we can use emotion intentionally in our work.

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