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If You’re Going to Change the World, You Better Bring Your Stories: An Interview with Andy Goodman

Posted: September 26, 2016

This Wednesday, storytelling coach and guru Andy Goodman will be live on Twitter to answer questions for the frank community. We talked with Andy about his career journey, the craft of storytelling and how organizations can use stories to communicate who they are better. We hope you enjoy this conversation as much as we did.    Storytelling is obviously a passion of yours, where did it all begin? Well, it’s funny, my dream growing up was to write for television. I wanted to write sitcoms. I thought that would be the most fun. I moved out to Los Angeles in 1991…

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Storytelling Exercise: Write Your Story in One Sentence

Posted: September 14, 2016

By Brandon Telg and Jaron Jones One of the biggest hurdles to overcome when writing one’s story is knowing where to start. For this reason, it is helpful to start with parameters. So we challenge you to write your story within this parameter: one sentence. What is your story in one sentence? Take some time and think about this. You may be saying to yourself “one sentence? I’ve had way too many life experiences for one sentence.” Certainly you can’t share every detail about your life in one sentence, but limiting yourself to one sentence helps you identify the essence.…

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A Storytelling Takeover

Posted: September 11, 2016

By Brandon Telg and Jaron Jones Over the next week, Self Narrate, a Gainesville-based nonprofit run by two franksters, will be taking over frank’s social media presence. To kick off the week, we wanted to introduce ourselves and what we do to the frank community. Self Narrate is a nonprofit organization dedicated to personal story development. The co-founders, Brandon Telg and Dr. Jaron Jones, empower their community by helping people craft and share their personal stories. Storytelling is a powerful tool for developing self-efficacy, building relationships and gaining perspective. Self Narrate started with a simple challenge: “Tell me your story.”…

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Social Issues + Motion Pictures = Reel Impact

Posted: May 25, 2016

An inspiring video can enliven a campaign in progress or spark a new one. Alina Evans, account coordinator at Spitfire Strategies, shares five points to think about if your organization is considering getting behind the camera.

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Why I Am a frank Scholar

Posted: May 4, 2016

Dr. Natalie Tindall, associate professor in the Department of Communication at Lamar University, tells us about her experience at frank (scholar), the launch of the first ever frank (scholar) project and her efforts to build a new future for public relations.

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21 Ways to Tell a Nonprofit Story

Posted: April 27, 2016

From oral histories to games to traveling exhibits, Paul VanDeCarr, managing director and co-founder of Working Narratives, shares 21 ways to tell your nonprofit stories

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How Your Nonprofit Can Stay on Message

Posted: March 16, 2016

Use this one tool to stay on point with your nonprofit message, from Prichard Communications.

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5 Black Scholars Driving Change that You Need to Know

Posted: February 4, 2016

From public health to the front lines of the feminist, climate justice and #blacklivesmatter movements, these five scholars are driving change with their work.

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Movements that defined 2015

Posted: December 31, 2015

As we make resolutions for 2016, it is important that we reflect on the profound movements of 2015. This list is certainly not exhaustive, but it reminds us of the great work that has been done and inspires us for the work ahead. See our three favorite movement moments of 2015.


Fellow Friday: Putting all the puzzle pieces together

Posted: November 20, 2015

The Frank Karel Fellowship places undergraduate students who are first-generation college students and/or represent diverse racial, ethnic and social backgrounds in an 8-week summer internship within the communications team of a carefully selected nonprofit organization. Read about Nergis Lemus's experience at Special Olympics.