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Mar 11th,


My Communal Manifesto

manifesto [man-uh-fes-toh]  a public declaration of intentions, opinions, objectives, or motives.

During my annual reflection period at the end of 2011, I came across the notion of personal manifestos. I first discovered the Holstee manifesto, which I printed out and posted next to my bed. I then wrote my own manifesto, which you can view here. Since then, I’ve become obsessed with reading manifestos – dozens and dozens of them – posted across the web by bloggers, politicians, celebrities, philanthropists, philosophers, and so on and so forth. I started bookmarking links to them, and collecting little pearls of wisdom from my favorites. Thus creating “The Communal Manifesto.”


I’m not very good with InDesign, so I haven’t turned it into anything pretty (…yet – any volunteers?), but I thought, in the spirit of communal sharing, I would post this communal manifesto in case you don’t have your own manifesto and need a little bit of inspiration/validation to get you through the day. Add to it, subtract from it, print it out and hang it somewhere you will see everyday…make it feel personally yours! And if there’s anything you think I should add, tell me….I’m all ears :)

~ the communal manifesto

  • Simplicity is about subtracting the obvious, and adding the meaningful. John Maeda
  • The greatest innovations appear to come from those that are self-reliant. Individuals who go right to the edge and do something worth talking about. Not solo, of course, but as instigators of a team. In two words: don’t settle. – Seth Godin
  • You can choose what you do, but you can’t choose what you like to do.  Gretchen Rubin, The Happiness Project
  • We believe in saying no to thousands of projects so that we can focus on the few that are meaningful to us. – Apple
  • Eat little and avoid sweets. – Leo Tolstoy 
  • Do not wish to be your peers. make them wish to be you. – Mark Pavey
  • Avoid pompous jerks whenever possible. They not only can make you feel bad about yourself, chances are that you will eventually start acting like them.  – Bob Sutton
  • One of the best ways to make yourself happy is to make other people happy; One of the best ways to make other people happy is to be happy yourself. – Gretchen Rubin, The Happiness Project
  • Travel often; getting lost will help you find youself. Holstee
  • Reduce: The simplest way to achieve simplicity is through thoughtful reduction. John Maeda

Did I miss anything?