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In commentaries, blog posts, and interviews, FrameWorks social scientists often weigh in on timely communications topics – and on occasion, we’re in the news. You can browse our clips here. We hope you find these public-facing explanations of framing a good complement to our  peer-reviewed publications. And, if your organization is interested in having FrameWorks contribute a guest blog post, let us know!

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A Peek Inside the FrameWorks Institute

September 14, 2016  What does it take to find the right frame for an issue? Read all about it in “Words That Change Minds.” This in-depth organizational profile of FrameWorks appeared in the September 2016 issue of the Chronicle of Philanthropy.

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FACTS IN A 'POST-TRUTH' WORLD

April 04, 2017  Do facts matter in a 'post-truth' world? We tend to think of this question in simple terms: They either do affect how people think and act—or they don’t. The truth is somewhere in between. Facts do matter and do have persuasive power—but only if they are well framed. FrameWorks CEO Nat Kendall-Taylor explains why.

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Reframing the Post-Election Discourse

February 16, 2017  In a new analysis in Nonprofit Quarterly, FrameWorks Institute CEO Nat Kendall-Taylor and founder Susan Nall Bales analyze the election's impact on public thinking and discuss the implications for nonprofit communications.

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AN ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT ON AGING

May 10, 2017  Are you part of the effort to reframe aging? FrameWorks Strategy and Outreach Associate April Callen explains how to spark more productive conversations around aging in this blog post for the Institute for Public Health at Washington University in St. Louis.

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CREATING A CLIMATE FOR CHANGE

April 12, 2017  Research suggests that a climate change communication project taking place at parks, aquariums, and zoos is helping the public understand climate change and drive more productive conversations about it, according to this article in Pacific Standard.

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NEW TOOLS TO COMBAT AGEISM

April 05, 2017  In this HuffPost column, John Feather, CEO of Grantmakers in Aging, explores new research and resources that aging advocates can use to reframe the public’s understanding of aging from a period of decline to one of dynamism and to reduce ageism in society.

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BETTER HOUSING MESSAGES

April 05, 2017  This piece published by the Sightline Institute offers advocates a “blueprint” for better housing messages—and highlights FrameWorks findings about why some of the field’s current messages can backfire.

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A CORE STORY ON CLIMATE AND OCEAN CHANGE

April 05, 2017  This seven-part series covers research conducted by the FrameWorks Institute on how to frame climate and ocean and change. It was published on Climate Interpreter, a community of science interpreters, and in in partnership with the National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation.

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CHANGING MINDS ON POVERTY

April 01, 2017  Changing minds is a “non-negotiable part of achieving social change,” according to this commentary in the Guardian. This commentary cites FrameWorks research on how to do so on the topic of poverty in the United Kingdom.

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THE FUNDAMENTALS OF FRAMING

March 15, 2017  This opinion piece in PR Week explains why framing matters and explores five framing tips that public relations professionals can use to strengthen their communications practice.

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BEYOND THE “GAME IS RIGGED” MODEL OF THE ECONOMY

March 06, 2017  Framing the economy as a system that is rigged against ordinary people may resonate with the public--but also stirs anger and fatalism. How can we tell a more productive story about the economy? This blog post, published by the Public Interest Research Centre and drawing on research conducted by FrameWorks, has answers.

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A “STEM” STORY FOR EARLY STEM LEARNING

February 10, 2017  In this opinion piece published by EdSurge, FrameWorks founder Susan Nall Bales offers evidence-based advice to advocates working to increase young children’s access to early STEM learning opportunities. In a nutshell, she recommends telling a STEM (setting, tension, explanation, and metaphor) story to increase access to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) learning.

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REFRAMING SUBSTANCE USE

December 16, 2016  In this piece in Health Affairs, the Hilton Foundation’s Alexa Eggleston spotlights FrameWorks’ research on how to help the public move beyond the belief that substance use is a “rite of passage” and spark more productive conversations about it.

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A SCIENCE-BASED APPROACH TO SCIENCE ADVOCACY

May 17, 2017  How can scientists translate their research and communicate it to the public so that it informs policy-making and social change? FrameWorks CEO Nat Kendall-Taylor explains how in this peer-reviewed article in Neuron, an influential journal in the field of neuroscience.

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Getting the Urban Into Nature

November 17, 2016  The benefits of nature go far beyond "simply getting away from it all." In this blog post, FrameWorks founder Susan Nall Bales explains why--and how a science-based communications strategy can boost support for policies that promote it.

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How to Persuade the Public to Care About Other People's Problems

November 14, 2016  When talking about how to solve social problems, it's not what you say, it's how you say it. FrameWorks CEO Nat Kendall-Taylor explains why--and what this message means for nonprofit communicators--in this Q&A with Governing magazine.

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Climate Change Alliance Highlights New Products

October 22, 2016   In its quarterly newspaper, the Climate Change Education Partnership Alliance highlighted new products FrameWorks produced with partners. These include a new online course in climate communications, a new toolkit on visual data, and strategically framed climate videos.

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Reframing Human Services

October 03, 2016  In this piece in Policy & Practice, the American Public Human Services Association explores the rationale against framing human services as a charity and for framing it as a system of supports that helps people from allwalks of life achieve their potential.

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Giving and Leading: FrameWorks Institute—A Better Message for Nonprofits

September 17, 2016  Tara Jackson, president of Arizona Town Hall, explains FrameWorks’ mission, method, and impact on Arizona public television. She also talks about the effectiveness of using evidence-based metaphors, like Serve & Return, Educational Orchestra, and Heat-Trapping Blanket.

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Researchers Say Metaphors Can Help Public Better Understand Juvenile Justice

September 06, 2016  The Juvenile Justice Information Exchange reports on FrameWorks research to help the public see the criminal justice system not as broken and unfixable but instead as in need of improvement.

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Q&A with Julie Sweetland, Sociolinguist

April 04, 2016  In this interview with the Science Communication program at the University of California, Santa Cruz, Julie Sweetland, FrameWorks’ vice president for strategy and innovation, talks “word kitchens,” “swamps,” running with metaphors, and more.

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To advance more humane refugee policies, we must reframe the debate

June 28, 2016  FrameWorks’ newly-announced CEO Nat Kendall-Taylor comments on a contemporary concern in Open Democracy, a website for debate about international politics and culture.

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Black and Brown Boys Don’t Need to Learn ‘Grit,’ They Need Schools to Stop Being Racist

May 02, 2016  In this article for the Hechinger Report, Moira O’Neil, FrameWorks’ directory of research interpretation and application, explains how framing resilience as “grit” undermines support for systemic solutions needed to support children.

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Taking the Guesswork out of Communications

March 29, 2016  FrameWorks CEO Nat Kendall-Taylor offers his take on the value of multi-disciplinary communications research for the Global Scholars Group, an organization that promotes scholarship aimed at addressing the world's challenges.

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Advocating for Aging Services in a Digital World

January 25, 2016  Julie Sweetland, FrameWorks’ vice president for strategy and innovation, explores the possibilities and perils of social media for Aging Today. Followers matter, she concludes, but not more than frames.

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Seven Questions to a Linguist: Framing the Issue with Dr. Julie Sweetland

December 19, 2015  Julie Sweetland, FrameWorks’ vice president for strategy and innovation, talks about the role of language in social justice efforts in this Q&A.

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Shaping Professional Discourse: An Analysis of the Frames Employed by Organizations Working in Aging

October 22, 2015  FrameWorks staff explore the often unproductive stories that advocacy groups and the media tell about aging Americans. Even positive portrayals, they find, can be unproductive.

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Tips for Telling Stories That Move People to Action

March 18, 2015  When it comes to nonprofit storytelling, FrameWorks advice goes with the research, but against the grain.

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Disrupting the Dominant Frame

February 05, 2015  In this classic interview with NonProfit Quarterly, FrameWorks founder Susan Nall Bales talks about FrameWorks’ mission, history, and impact in the wake of being named a 2015 Creative & Effective Institute by the MacArthur Foundation.

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Nine Nonprofits Awarded for Exceptional Creativity and Effectiveness

February 04, 2015  This release announces the news that the FrameWorks Institute was selected by the MacArthur Foundation as one of nine nonprofit organizations named a Creative& Effective Institution in 2015. The award carries a $1 million prize.

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Reframing Issues in the Digital Age: Using Social Media Strategically

August 29, 2014  Julie Sweetland, FrameWorks’ vice president for strategy and innovation, and Rob Shore, explain how to use “clicks,” “views,” and “likes” to tell a story that helps people understand complex social issues.

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The Case against Rainy-Day Framing of Budgets and Taxes

April 19, 2013  FrameWorks founder Susan Nall Bales explains why public revenue and spending is every advocate’s “second issue.”