"Advertise in your own mind."
This is one of my favorite sayings. I don't know who said it, but it's so on point. It's a call to action, a reminder that even though we're constantly bombarded by outside messages, the best ones to follow are often internal.
I'll keep this in mind as I look towards 2007. As I read fellow bloggers end-of-year sentiments, it seems that many have had a great year and are looking forward to the new one. Yet most still have huge concerns: there's evidence that global warming is excelerating, the Middle East continues to be dominated by chronic violence, and daily life gets faster and more difficult to digest.
I'm optimistic that the future can be better than the past. That's why I'm intrigued by ChangeThis. Here you can create your own optimistic, change-inspiring "manifestos", and upload them for others to read.
At the core of ChangeThis is a belief that the current media negatively contributes to the world's problems. An excerpt from their site:
People call the team at ChangeThis optimists because ... we 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.
The problem lies in the media.
In the old days, we had the time and inclination to consider the implications of a decision. Everyone wasn’t in quite so much of a hurry. At the same time, most conversations (and most arguments) were local ones, conducted between people who knew each other.
Today, it’s very different. Television demands a sound bite. A one hundred word letter to the editor is a long one. Radio has become a jingoistic wasteland, a series of thoughtless mantras, repeated over and over and designed to fit into a typical commute.
To find out more, please download our ChangeThis manifesto.
I'm considering creating a manifesto, though I don't know what it will be about yet. I'm going to create it in January 2007 and send it in. I'll post when I do.
Happy New Year, everyone!
Anybody else find this interesting?
What would you like to write a manifesto about?
Which manifestos would you like to read about?