Harvey Ball: Smiley Face

Creator: In 1963, Harvey Ball, an American commercial artist, was commissioned by an advertising agency to create a happy face for the New York radio station WMCA.

Purpose: WMCA were running a competition was to promote ‘WMCA Good Guys’ and as a result the smiley logo was designed to fit on a button.

Icon Manifesto

Smiley Face


Smiley Face on Wikipedia

Upstart Investing: Financial Manifesto

Upstart Investing Financial Manifesto

Creator: Dexter and Meiko, bloggers at UpstartInvesting.com

Purpose: A framework for guiding your investment decisions and achieving your financial goals.


What’s a financial manifesto?

It’s a bold statement on your financial goals and objectives.  It must state actionable items that will guide you in your investment decisions.

1. Know what you want to really achieve.

Most of us do not really know what we want.  The truth is we know what we really don’t want. We don’t want to be poor. We don’t want a monotonous job. You have to be specific with your intentions.

In my case, I want to be financially free by the age of 40.  My plan of actions will over a 20-year period will be the following:

  • Establish an emergency fund equivalent to a year’s worth of expenses.
  • Attain a 10% return on my long-term investments.
  • Find multiple sources of income.

2. Write your financial manifesto clearly.

Your manifesto must be related to your goals. Each specific goal should have at least one manifesto. If you have no idea what to write, you can look at the manifesto of other people.

For my specific goals, the following are my manifestos:

  • a. Establish an emergency fund equivalent to a year’s worth of expenses.
    • I will regularly save every month until I achieve this goal.
    • I will use this fund only in cases of emergency.
    • I will always replenish after I have made withdrawals.
  • b. Attain a 10% return on my long-term investments.
    • I will only make investments that I understand.
    • I will look at the “downside” first before looking at my returns.
    • I will be conversative in my actions and will not risk my capital in exchange for juicy returns.
  • c. Find multiple sources of income.
    • My day job will not only be my source of income.
    • I will start a business/venture that I love.
    • I will construction a portfolio of passive investments (i.e., dividend-paying stocks and fixed income) to supplement my long-term investments.

After writing them down, you have to make your manifestos visible so that you can see them everyday. For me, I have them in my cork board.

3. Make your financial manifesto public.

It’s a good way to share your financial manifesto with other people. Choose someone who geniunely believes in you. There will be better accountability when other people know your manifesto and there would be a good chance that you’ll stick with it. And lastly, don’t forget to make a regular review of your progress.


Authors’ Website: http://www.upstartinvesting.com/whats-your-manifesto/

Jodie Benveniste: Parent Wellbeing Manifesto

Creator: Jodie Benveniste, Director and Founder of Parent Wellbeing, creator of toolkits for family wellbeing and author of inspirational pregnancy and parenting books.

Purpose: Worry less as a parent and enjoy it more!

Parent Wellbeing Manifesto

Jodie Benveniste: Parent Wellbeing Manifesto


Download the manifesto: http://www.parentwellbeing.com/file.php?f=Gl1CiH.ibm6kz.99

Author’s Website: http://www.parentwellbeing.com/

Bobby McFerrin: Don’t Worry, Be Happy

Creator: Bobby McFerrin released the song ‘Don’t Worry, Be Happy’ in 1998 (Capitol Records) and it rose to #1 on Billboard and won a Grammy for Song of the Year in 1989.

Purpose: The saying ‘Don’t Worry, Be Happy’ was made famous by Meher Baba. And McFerrin wrote the song because it was a “…pretty neat philosophy in four words”. (Wikipedia)

Song Manifesto

Bobby McFerrin: Don't Worry Be HappyHere is a little song I wrote

You might want to sing it note for note

Don’t worry be happy

In every life we have some trouble

When you worry you make it double

Don’t worry, be happy……


Ain’t got no place to lay your head

Somebody came and took your bed

Don’t worry, be happy

The land lord say your rent is late

He may have to litigate

Don’t worry, be happy

Lood at me I am happy

Don’t worry, be happy

Here I give you my phone number

When you worry call me

I make you happy

Don’t worry, be happy

Ain’t got no cash, ain’t got no style

Ain’t got not girl to make you smile

But don’t worry be happy

Cause when you worry

Your face will frown

And that will bring everybody down

So don’t worry, be happy (now)…..


There is this little song I wrote

I hope you learn it note for note

Like good little children

Don’t worry, be happy

Listen to what I say

In your life expect some trouble

But when you worry

You make it double

Don’t worry, be happy……

Don’t worry don’t do it, be happy

Put a smile on your face

Don’t bring everybody down like this

Don’t worry, it will soon past

Whatever it is

Don’t worry, be happy


Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don%27t_Worry,_Be_Happy

Lyrics: http://www.lyricsondemand.com/onehitwonders/dontworrybehappylyrics.html

Matt Sweeney: The Geek Culture Manifesto

The Geek Culture Manifesto

Creator: Matt Sweeney, database programmer and author of free_geek (because cool kids are boring)

Purpose: Promotion of geek culture as a separate and distinct culture.

The Geek Culture Manifesto

To whom it may concern,

This is ours. It is by us, for us, and about us. You are more then welcome to indulge in our world if you want, but you must understand that it is our world. There is no use in ridiculing our actions. If you do not understand what we are doing, then you are not one of us, and so this is not for you. Your ridicule only proves just how out of step you are with us. It only serves to show that you don’t get it.

What we do is not a joke, except when it is. It is not parody, except when it is. It makes sense to us and that is all it needs to do. This is not something that we will translate for you. We will not explain it to you. Not out of spite, but because it is something that you can only understand if you are one of us.

If you can not understand why we do what we do, then that is fine. This is not meant for you, it is meant for us. We do not ask you to understand. We do not ask you to come to terms with what we are doing. We simply ask that you leave alone those things that you do not understand. Pretend that we do not exist, that is fine with us. Do not try to explain us though. Do not try to understand where we come from or what motivates us. If you are not one of us, then you will never understand these things.

This is ours. It will always be ours. You will never grok it, unless you become one of us. Do not try to make it yours. Do not try to co-opt it for your own ends. If it inspires you to create your own thing, then fine. The thing that you create though is not the thing we have created. Do not pretend otherwise.

You are welcome to join us. Otherwise, leave us alone.

The Geek Community


Website: http://tsuibhne.net/the-geek-culture-manifesto/

Simple Shoes Manifesto

Creator: Simple Shoes – shoe geeks making a new shoe-topia!

Purpose: 100% sustainable shoes for a Happy Planet

Simple Shoes Manifesto

With all the over-built, over-hyped products out there, it’s pretty hard to ?nd sustainable shoes that you can live with. So we started Simple, your stereotypical, anti-stereotype brand offering good shoes and a big dose of reality.

About a gazillion pairs later… give or take a few… we’ve managed to learn a few things. Well, actually a lot of things. And none more important than this: HOW we make our shoes is just as important as WHY we make them. That means finding more sustainable ways of doing business so we can make a gazillion more.

Which pretty much is where we are today… at the crossroads of here and now, aware of our responsibility to the planet while trying to pay the bills. The nice little shoe company getting in touch with its inner hippie.

Simple Shoes Manifesto


About Us: http://www.simpleshoes.com/info/index.aspx?g=info

Manifesto: http://www.simpleshoes.com/info/manifesto.aspx?g=info

Video Story: http://www.simpleshoes.com/info/storySimple.aspx