8 Inspiring Manifestos for Change

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How do you build a movement? How do you get customers, staff and the public excited about your mission?

What do you really stand for and how do you want to be remembered?

One wonderful way to communicate your vision and values in an easy to digest way is by creating a manifesto. Whether it’s through an infographic, video, or simply a few paragraphs on your about page, declaring why you do what you do and how can be a magnet for customers, supporters, and partners alike.

I couldn’t summarize the reasons behind a manifesto for change better than Acumen:

“The work of change can be bone-tiringly difficult. And there are no roadmaps, just a few newly worn paths in some places, wide open fields of possibility in others.

With this understanding, Acumen decided to write a manifesto, a covenant of sorts, to help guide us through the tough decisions around investing in companies and leaders daring to serve the poor in genuine, empowering ways, not counterfeit, exploitive ways.  It is an aspirational document, a moral compass to ground us in the kinds of leaders we want to be. We find ourselves humbled at how far we sometimes fall short, and are constantly challenged to do better.”

Here’s eight declarations of convictions and commitments from organizations doing good. Get inspired by these manifesto examples from people creating a positive impact in the world!

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Creators for Good

“Creators for Good is not just a consulting company. It is a movement, of people willing to create a difference the world.”

Keep reading.

Acumen

“It starts by standing with the poor, listening to voices unheard, and recognizing potential where others see despair.”

Keep reading.

Danone

“PREPARING FOR TOMORROW IS THE BUSINESS OF TODAY. New ways can and will be found, to better serve this generation and the next, and to bring healthy, affordable food and safe water to the greatest number, across the world.”

Read the manifesto.

Ashoka U

“Ashoka U believes that in order to prepare students and universities to thrive in and make a positive contribution to today’s world, higher education needs to shift from traditional (i.e. slow to change, siloed, risk-averse, hierarchical, rigid, bureaucratic) to more innovative and entrepreneurial (i.e. open to change, creative, collaborative, everyone contributing ideas).”

Keep reading.

Livestrong

“We believe in live. Your life. We believe in living every minute of it with every ounce of your being. And you must not let cancer take control of it.”

Watch the video.

Frog Design

Frog Design Manifesto

“We are fanatical about changing the world. We choreograph cultural change through design.”

Go to the manifesto.

Changemakers Association

“Even if it’s not always understood. Even if it’s overwhelming. Even if it’s lonely. Even if it’s hard. Because it’s meaningful to us and to the world. And it’s worth it.”

Read the whole manifesto.

Holstee

Perhaps the most well-known manifesto out there – you can’t deny reading this is a reminder of what it means to have a life well lived.

Holstee Manifesto

“Open your mind, arms, and heart to new things and people, we are united in our differences.”

Take a look.

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You might notice The Sedge is missing a manifesto…  Bits and pieces of it have been floating around my head for awhile, and it’s coming soon!

Have I missed any awesome manifestos that you know of (or created yourself!)?

Let me know in the comments!

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