This toolkit models the recommendations emerging from a Strategic Frame Analysis® – a multi-method investigation into the communications aspects of a social issue that yields evidence-based, actionable reframing tools and strategies. FrameWorks Institute conducted this research on behalf of the National Human Services Assembly (the Assembly), an association that represents more than 80 of the largest national nonprofit organizations. The reframing research and toolkit are a key part of the Assembly’s National Reframing Initiative, which seeks to build public understanding of human services to encourage more vibrant civic participation and deepen support for effective programs. This project is generously funded by the Kresge Foundation and the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
The Sacred Grove of Oshogbo was one place I had been looking forward to visiting in Nigeria. As prevalent as indigenous religions still are in West Africa, it is often hard to find public expressions of them in towns and cities; the Christianity brought by European slavers and colonialists has taken root and pushed most of these religions out of mainstream life. But in the Sacred Grove shrines honor all the local deities, including Obatala, the god of creation, Ogun, the god of iron, and Oshun, the goddess of water, whose aqueous essence is made manifest by the river running through the trees. The place is unique in the Yoruba religion, and that intrigued me.