What’s Your Manifesto?

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We all have something to say and we all want to be heard, but what do we publicly declare of our beliefs, motives, and intentions?

Manifestos have always been awesome tools to motivate people personally and professionally. In many companies today, they have become more powerful than typical mission statements and  inspire every one involved to strive, explore, and have the courage to stand for their truth. Whether it’s a single paragraph or a series of proclamations, great manifestos serve as a constant source of inspiration, remind us of why our work matters, and magnetize the people who love and support what we do.

If you’re thinking about writing your own manifesto and are looking for inspiration to challenge assumptions, foster commitment, and provoke change, look no further. I have gathered 5 of my favorite manifestos to ignite your own bold (and sometimes rebellious) statement of principles.

1. First Things First

Published in 1964 by Ken Garland, over 400 graphic designers and artists supported this manifesto as it challenged designers to shift the way that the design community approached design as a profession. It called for a return to humanistic aspects and a focus on using design for the betterment of society.



2. Go Forth

This Levis campaign brings empowerment to getting dressed in the morning and choosing our own path. It encourages the young and hungry to get up, look on the bright side, and make the world better.



3. A (Red) Manifesto

Always a favorite, (Red) continues to make influential call to actions and inspires the world to deliver an AIDS free generation. Bold and aware of their tremendous power being used for good, this manifesto demands our attention.


4. Wild & Beautiful Truth

A perfect example of more personal declarations that could be placed at home, in your office, or on your favorite sketchbook. Each statement reminds us that we matter and have the right to own our creativity.



5. Daring Greatly

Getting to the heart of vulnerability and leadership, Brené Brown answered the tough questions — “What do we want people to know about us and what do we need from them?”



So again, I ask the question — what’s your manifesto? It’s certainly something to think about.