Where do you get fresh ideas? The blogosphere is the place.
There is a blog site that publishes manifestos by bloggers that can be downloaded for free. The site is ChangeThis and is the brain-child of Seth Godin.
There are several things I like about this free service.
1. I get to read in areas that I have no background or knowledge.
2. I get to read some acknowledge experts.
3. I get to read some new voices.
4. I like the design. It is smart and easy to read.
5. The blog pubishes a few new ones every couple weeks, so it isn't an overwhelming amount of information.
6. The manifestos tend to be short enough that I can print them off and hand them out, or, at recommend to people knowing that it will probably be read.
Here are some of favorite manifestos to date
Tom Peters - 100 Ways to Help You Succeed/Make Money, Part 1
I wrote about this earlier here .
Hugh MacLeod - two manifestos from this honest, irreverent cartoonist/marketer
How to be creative -
"MacLeod highlights the value of authenticity and hard work, and reveals the challenges and rewards of being creative."
The Hughtrain -
“The market for something to believe in is infinite.”
We are here to find meaning. We are here to help other people do the same. Everything else is secondary. We humans want to believe in our own species. And we want people, companies and products in our lives that make it easier to do so. That is human nature. Product benefit doesn’t excite us. Belief in humanity and human potential excites us. Think less about what your product does, and think more about human potential. What statement about humanity does your product make? The bigger the statement, the bigger the idea, the bigger your brand will become."
Oliva and Toscano - The One-Minute Site
from the manifesto -
"THEY’VE RIPPED YOU OFF!
The Web service providers have palmed you off with a Website modelthat will set to zero your chances of getting new clients through the Web. No one has ever had the courage to say that this model is at loggerheads with the SMBs’ potential new clients’ way of using the Web. The One-Minute Site Manifesto tells you how to get rid of this model that doesn’t work and prevents you from getting what you were promised from the Web."
Chris Anderson - The Long Tail
"Forget squeezing millions from a few megahits at the top of the charts. The future of entertainment is in the millions of niche markets at the shallow end of the bitstream."
Brad Feld - Financial Fitness for Entrepreneurs
While creating a growth business can be exhilarating, many entrepreneurs—especially those starting a company for the first time—don’t pay enough attention to some core issues surrounding the financial management of their businesses.