Lecture by Mark Ingham – Wednesday 29 February 9.30 – 10.45 David Fussey Lecture Theatre
University of Greenwich – Design Futures Department
How and Why to Write Your Own Personal Manifesto: bit.ly/y9AUhs
Note: This is a guest post from Zach Sumner.
“I only read nautical novels and my own personal manifestos.” – Ron Swanson
If I were to say the word “manifesto,” you might think of either Communists or serial killers. This is understandable; the word has taken a beating over the years.
But what if I were to tell you that writing my own manifesto has absolutely changed me, for the better, as a man?
A Manifesto: Defined
The word manifesto traces its roots to the Latin manifestum, which means clear or conspicuous. A manifesto is defined as a declaration of one’s beliefs, opinions, motives, and intentions. It is simply a document that an organization or person writes that declares what is important to them.
A manifesto functions as both a statement of principles and a bold, sometimes rebellious, call to action. By causing people to evaluate the gap between those principles and their current reality, the manifesto challenges assumptions, fosters commitment, and provokes change.
While manifestos are traditionally public declarations, every man can also have a personal manifesto.
A lot of people already have books or documents that are important to them and that sum up their beliefs. For some, it’s a religious text, and for others it’s the Constitution. I knew one person who’s manifesto was Machiavelli’s The Prince, and I still don’t know what to make of that.