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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?”

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

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The Quiet Ones

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“There’s zero correlation between being the best talker and having the best ideas.” ― Susan Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

When we think of leaders in society, we often picture the charming extrovert who never seems short of social energy or winces when chosen to speak in front of a crowd. Introverts, on the other hand, are often overlooked because of their philosophical orientation matched with a strong desire to spend their time on deep discussions as opposed to small talk. As you can imagine, this makes room for a lot of awkward moments.

As an identified introvert (INTJ to be exact) I have personally witnessed and experienced the exhaustion that accompanies trying to ‘fit in’ at the workplace, business meetings, and social events. After participating in such socially demanding affairs, I find myself needing twice as much time to recharge in order to face the next adventure. However, during that time, I am able to process information and welcome the opportunity for creative ideas to develop into unique solutions and witness an energy that suddenly becomes boundless.

This quietness (which can be confused with shyness or indifference) has been a defining trait for some of the world’s most respected and admired writers, artists, innovators, and leaders including Bill Gates, Albert Einstein, Mahatma Gandhi, C.S. Lewis, and Rosa Parks, just to name a few.

So what about the quiet ones? How can we find our place in an extroverted world without conforming?

Visually interpreted by RSA Shorts, Susan Cain, author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, talks about how society has come to think of extroverts as the best leaders and that the world needs equal space between introverts and extroverts:

You can also watch her TED Talk: The Power of Introverts. Regardless of which type, I highly recommend it.