a manifesto about manifestos

Posted on July 26th, 2015

A manifesto expresses the vision, what’s important and what’s exciting. This is what it is about.

It’s shared with everyone with a stake, and invites their contribution and co-authorship.

It adopts whichever form and format best suits its co-authors.

There are several practical contradictions of a manifesto:

  • it’s always trying to pin things down – but it is always open to change.
  • it’s always striving for consensus – but any differences that resist easy resolution should be respected, clarified, transformed into questions if possible, until ready to be answered.
  • it helps define the essentials – but if it stops being useful, change it or ignore it – it shouldn’t be prescriptive, nor flatten an individual’s take.

A manifesto tends to be re/written in a punctuation point of a process, reflecting back as much as looking forward.

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