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Framing in the Field

Early Childhood Development: Last on the Hierarchy of Needs?

by Nat Kendall-Taylor February 8, 2012 Framing in the Field

Short of opening up crania–a task for which we are grossly unqualified–FrameWorks researchers are in the business of looking into people’s heads. We look for patterns of thinking that are evident behind patterns of talking, justifying, arguing and reasoning about issues. This is the reason why Naomi Quinn’s seminal methods account is called “Finding Culture [...]

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The Internet Blackout: A Visual Way to Frame Policy Protest

by Erika Rydberg January 19, 2012 Framer Reads the News

Yesterday, as many of us were browsing the web, we noticed a number of strange things. There was a black box over Google’s colorful label, a Wikipedia “blacking out”, and a service error on the popular technology blog Boing-Boing.  All of these major companies took part in a “black out” protest against the Stop Online Piracy [...]

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How to Win the Public on Policy Change: The Need for Causal Chains

by Frank Gilliam January 11, 2012 Framer Reads the News

What do the Hollywood Community Plan and programs for Early Child Development  in Australia have in common? Seemingly, nothing. But what I am about to show, however, is how policy proposals can produce counter-productive results when officials fail to follow the simple predicates of causal sequencing – what we call causal chains – in communications. [...]

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Framing Social Media for Learning – A Positive Example

by Michael Erard December 23, 2011 Framer Reads the News

Our research has shown that the media often publish stories about the perils of living in a digital world. However, we found a very encouraging example that indicates how to positively frame digital media use for students. In a recent article in the New York Times, a high school English teacher talks about the role [...]

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“But how could empathy be bad?”: The frequently counterintuitive nature of reframing

by Nat Kendall-Taylor November 28, 2011 Framing in the Field

“Oh crap! You know all that stuff you guys just said about what detracts from policy support? That’s exactly what I’ve been doing!” Such was the response of an audience member following a recent presentation of a series of FrameWorks reframing studies on addiction. The reason for telling this story is not to add further [...]

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Darwin Was A Framer

by Shannon Arvizu November 26, 2011 Framing in the Field

The following is a guest post from FrameWorks Institute President, Susan Nall Bales:   According to David Quammen’s excellent biography (The Relucant Mr. Darwin, W.W. Norton, 2006), Charles Darwin gave considerable thought to the order of narrative in composing The Origin of Species.  His thought process should be familiar to all would-be framers who preflight [...]

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FrameWorks and America’s Digital Promise

by Robert Shore November 14, 2011 Framing in the Field

Digital media and learning is hot. Leading thinkers in the fields of education and digital media are pushing for a learning revolution in which highly effective and well-trained teachers act as mentors in student-centered learning environments. We at FrameWorks are doing plenty of learning ourselves on this issue –  and we’re practicing what the experts are [...]

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Occupy Wall St – The Power of the “99 Percent” Stories

by Shannon Arvizu October 12, 2011 Framing in the Field

The most provocative symbol from the Occupy Wall St protests thus far has been the proliferation of the “99 percent” signs. These signs are ubiquitous now – both on the streets and on the web (where anyone can upload a pic on the We Are the 99 percent blog). Why have these signs become so [...]

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How Do Children’s Brains Develop? Dr. Jack Shonkoff on “Education Nation”

by Robert Shore October 6, 2011 Framing in the Field

Recently, NBC news sponsored an initiative to engage the country in a solutions-focused conversation about the state of education in America called “Education Nation.” Needless to say, FrameWorks has been paying close attention. In more than two years of research in the field, on how Americans think about education, we’ve seen the good, the bad, [...]

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Communicating Place-Based Initiatives

by Frank Gilliam October 6, 2011 Framing in the Field

The concept of “place” has become an important touchstone for advocates of transformational social change. A series of government initiatives all fall under the rubric of place-based models. Those include: Promise Neighborhoods, Sustainable Communities, and Hope VI; community-based projects such as the Harlem Children’s Zone and the Los Angeles Urban Leagues’ Neighborhoods@Work; and philanthropic efforts like [...]

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