One of my favorite websites is ChangeThis, which serves as a forum for collecting and disseminating powerful PowerPoint presentations that seek to persuade and inform.  These manifestos address a vast array of issues, and many are written by some of today’s leading authors and opinion-makers.

ChangeThis professes to be staffed with optimists – those who “don’t believe humans evolved to be so bad at making decisions, so poor at changing our minds, so violent in arguing our point of view. We’re well aware of how split our country and our world have become, but we don’t think the current state of affairs is built into our very nature.”  It was originated by Seth Godin, I think, so it is unsurprising that it would have good content, provocatively presented.  I want to point you to some of that content.

The selection available on the website is eclectic.  Manifestos may be downloaded as PDFs or shared via links.  People can propose subjects for new manifestos, which are then voted on before being written.  It’s a way of crowdsourcing and propagating memes.

Some of my favorite manifestos from the last few years include the following, each of which provides some aspect of life’s best practices, particularly creativity, mind challenges, and mind tools:

14 Ways to Get Creative Ideas – Mitch Ditkoff riffs on creativity and innovation.

Escaping Adulthood – Jason Koteki provides sound guidance on recapturing the child-likeness that is so important to creativity and wonder.

Elegant Solutions – Matthew May advocates Kaisen.

The 10 1/2 Commandments of Visual Thinking – Visual mind tools by Dan Roam.

The Creative Generalist – Steve Hardy says we should escape the niche.

The Paradox of Choice – Barry Schwartz identifies the mind-numbing effect of too much.

Critical Thinking for Managers (http://changethis.com/manifesto/issue/17.CriticalThinking#view) – Crystal King’s guidance on clear thinking is not just for the managerial class.

A Positive Attitude – Dan Anito provides some solid guidance.

Let me know what you think.

http://changethis.com/manifesto/issue/16.escapeadulthood#view