Greg Costikyan: The Scratchware Manifesto

The Gaming Manifesto

Creator: Greg Costikyan, CEO of Manifesto Games.

Purpose: To inspire the gaming industry to being innovative and exciting and not the “morass of drudgery and imitation” it is becoming.

The Scratchware Manifesto

The machinery of gaming has run amok.

Instead of serving creative vision, it suppresses it. Instead of encouraging innovation, it represses it. Instead of taking its cue from our most imaginative minds, it takes its cue from the latest month’s PC Data list. Instead of rewarding those who succeed, it penalizes them with development budgets so high and royalties so low that there can be no reward for creators. Instead of ascribing credit to those who deserve it, it seeks to associate success with the corporate machine.

It is time for revolution.

The Manifesto defines three gaming industry problems and three missions to overcome them:

Problem 1: Driven by Moore’s Law

Mission 1: Build a viable channel for independently-created games.

 

Problem 2: The narrowness of the retail channel

Mission 2: To create a long tail for games, to allow a thousand different games to find their audience, to smash the iron logic that prohibits innovation.

 

Problem 3: Publisher cowardice.

Mission 3: To sustain the enormous ferment of creativity we’ve seen over the last three decades into the future, even as the mainstream game industry becomes tired and decayed.

 

There are also sections titled:

Games are Art

Creators Should Have an Upside

Gamers Rule

 

And the manifesto concludes with a call to…

Join the Revolution

Join us, and help build a better tomorrow. Get the word out that there’s more to games than you’ll find at Best Buy, and that Manifesto Games is the place to find the best of the rest, the products of individual vision, games created for love and not at the behest of some blinkered suit whose last job was selling Tide.

Let a thousand flowers blossom; let a thousand different games contend.

From now on, we must all strive resolutely to bring about the overthrow of the existing order.

Gameplay over glitz.

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

Source

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

Stephen Johnson: The Third Place Manifesto

Stephen Johnson: The Third Place Manifesto

Creator: Stephen Johnson, Director – Social, Community Engine.

Purpose: To highlight the shift to the ‘third place of discovery’ and the importance of community as capital.

The Third Place Manifesto

The ‘Third Place’ Manifesto: Discovery of Community and Contextual Value Within a Persistently Disruptive, Emergent Social Ecosystem.

We find ourselves today confronted by an overwhelming frequency of radical transformation and information overload.

Extracting meaning from this paradigm and accordingly, addressing opportunities and challenges which arise through ubiquitous connection and socialisation, has become the conversation of our time.

Here, community has become currency, exercising great power and influence over the way we build brands, innovate products and services, solve complex problems and manage, or destroy reputations.

These signals usher us toward a world where knowledge, power and productive capability may be more dispersed than at any time in our history.

This white paper posits that we are on a trajectory toward another sociological tipping point – the paradigm of the ‘third place of discovery’; an ecosystem which demands context and meaning and is represented by overlapping communities of passion; a mix of semi-public, semi-familiar social and commercial transactions, wherein value creation will be fast, fluid and persistently disruptive.

Source

Download the white paper: http://www.communityengine.com/the-%E2%80%98third-place%E2%80%99-manifesto-discovery-of-community-and-contextual-value-within-a-persistently-disruptive-emergent-social-ecosystem

Dmitri Shapiro: The Anti-Facebook Manifesto

The Anti-Facebook or Alty Manifesto

Creator: Dmitry Shapiro, the founder of Veoh and former CTo of MySpace Music has just received startup funding for Altly, an alternative to Facebook.

Purpose: To overcome feeling pressured to ‘friend’ someone on Facebook, Altly will be an alternative social network to Facebook. At it’s core is a different set of beliefs around privacy and the use of our personal information.

The Altly Manifesto

Altly (name may change before we launch) is building a Facebook alternative.  Think of it as a social network for Facebook graduates!

We believe :

• Privacy is ULTIMATELY important.

• We should know EXACTLY who can see what information about us.

• Control of our information should be in OUR hands, and it should be EXTREMELY easy for us to control it.

• WE should choose what information is stored, how long it is kept, and who it is available to.

• Our digital life, our personal information is EXTREMELY valuable, and each of us should not only control who has access to it, but BENEFIT from it.

• Advertisers should be part of our community, but should NOT have an unfair advantage over us.

• All of our data should be OURS, and no one else’s.  If we choose to leave our social network, we should be able to easily take ALL of our data with us, and COMPLETELY delete all data if we choose.

• If other social networks should be developed, they should be able to interoperate with one another.

Source

Author’s complete Blog Article: http://blog.altly.com/2011/05/the-need-for-an-alternative-to-facebook/

Article about Alty Funding: http://www.socaltech.com/altly_posts_anti_facebook_manifesto_gets_funding/s-0035969.html

Ted Kaczynski: The Unabomber Manifesto

Ted Kaczynski: The Unabomber Manifesto

Creator: John ‘Ted’ Kaczynski is also known as the Unabomber is most famous for engaging in a mail bombing campaign in the US from 1978 to 1995.

Purpose: The Unabomber Manifesto is titled ‘Industrial Society and its Future’ and it speaks to the “erosion of human freedom necessitated by modern technologies requiring large-scale organisation.” (Wikipedia)

The Unabomber Manifesto

Introduction

(Opening Sentence only of the Five Points in the Introduction)

1 The Industrial Revolution and its consequences have been a disaster for the human race.

2 The industrial-technological system may survive or it may break down.

3 If the system breaks down the consequences will still be very painful.

4 We therefore advocate a revolution against the industrial system.

5 In this article we give attention to only some of the negative developments that have grown out of the industrial-technological system.

The Manifesto contains 232 Points in Total

Here are the headings within the Manifesto

  • The psychology of modern leftism
  • Feelings of inferiority
  • Oversocialization
  • The power process
  • Surrogate activities
  • Autonomy
  • Sources of social problems
  • Disruption of the power process in modern society
  • How some people adjust
  • The motives of scientists
  • The nature of freedom
  • Some principles of history
  • Industrial-technological society cannot be reformed
  • Restriction of freedom is unavoidable in industrial society
  • The ‘bad’ parts of technology cannot be separated from the ‘good’ parts
  • Technology is a more powerful social force than the aspiration for freedom
  • Simpler social problems have proved intractable
  • Revolution is easier than reform
  • Control of human behavior
  • Human race at a crossroads
  • Human suffering
  • The future
  • Strategy
  • Two kinds of technology
  • The danger of leftism
  • Final note

Source

Complete Manifesto: http://cyber.eserver.org/unabom.txt

About Ted Kaczynski: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ted_Kaczynski

 

Marvin Gaye: What’s Going On

Marvin Gaye Whats Going On

Creator: Marvin Gaye’s music album What’s Going On was released in 1971 by Tamla Records. The single What’s Going On was co-written by Al Cleveland, Obie Benson and Marvin Gaye.

Purpose: The song was written to raise political awareness of the effects of the Vietnam War.

Manifesto

Mother, mother

There’s too many of you crying

Brother, brother, brother

There’s far too many of you dying

You know we’ve got to find a way

To bring some lovin’ here today – Ya

 

Father, father

We don’t need to escalate

You see, war is not the answer

For only love can conquer hate

You know we’ve got to find a way

To bring some lovin’ here today

 

Picket lines and picket signs

Don’t punish me with brutality

Talk to me, so you can see

Oh, what’s going on

What’s going on

Ya, what’s going on

Ah, what’s going on

 

In the mean time

Right on, baby

Right on

Right on

 

Father, father, everybody thinks we’re wrong

Oh, but who are they to judge us

Simply because our hair is long

Oh, you know we’ve got to find a way

To bring some understanding here today

Oh

 

Picket lines and picket signs

Don’t punish me with brutality

Talk to me

So you can see

What’s going on

Ya, what’s going on

Tell me what’s going on

I’ll tell you what’s going on – Uh

Right on baby

Right on baby

Source

General: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/What%27s_Going_On

Lyrics: http://www.stlyrics.com/lyrics/thebigchill/whatsgoingon.htm

Related Song Manifestos

 

Shawna Malvini Redden, Wedding Manifesto

Wedding Manifesto

Creator: Shawna Malvini Redden, Wedding Manifesto, aka the guide to anti-bridezilla-ness

Purpose: Create a reference for planning and designing the ideal wedding.

Shawna’s Wedding Manifesto

1. It is “our” wedding. Not “my” wedding (Shawna) or “your” wedding (Tim).

2. The purpose of our wedding is to celebrate our relationship with family and friends, and to kick off our new life together. It is NOT:

  • To spend a ton of money on ONE day or many trivial details.
  • To impress people.
  • To make anyone else’s dreams come true.

3. The most important parts of our wedding should be:

  • Celebrating our relationship and commitment to each other in front of God and everyone!
  • Making memories that will last a lifetime.
  • Having a damn fun time doing i. and ii.

4. The things I care most about in terms of the actual wedding are:

  • A meaningful location that doesn’t cost a lot
  • Having the people I care about there
  • EXCELLENT photogs
  • Damn good food
  • Everyone having a good time

5. The things I care about less include:

  • A freaking expensive dress
  • Music
  • A full dinner that would preclude inviting everyone I love and care about
  • Decorations, etc.
  • Cake

6. We will NOT:

  • Overextend ourselves financially to pay for the wedding
  • Compromise our relationship or our values to satisfy the desires of others
  • Let family strife, if any, interfere with our big day

7. I will NOT:

  • Talk about weddings non-stop until T’s head pops off
  • Get so stressed out that our relationship is adversely affected

8. We will:

  • Feel special (Shawna)
  • Feel proud (T)

9. Things I do not want to see at the wedding (a slight bridezilla deviation):

  • Tulle
  • Any form of bunting
  • Fake flowers

Source

Blog Post: http://thebluestmuse.blogspot.com/2009/10/shawnas-wedding-manifesto-aka-guide-to.html

Blog: http://thebluestmuse.blogspot.com

 

Alina Tugend: The Mistake Manifesto

Alina Tugend Mistake Manifesto

Creator: Alina Tugend, Author of Better By Mistake

Purpose: Our fear of mistakes has a high cost – we spend energy blaming each other and we avoid daring and innovation.

Manifesto

While I am not advocating that we all run around blundering and goofing up all the time—and certainly none of us like dealing with people who make the same mistake over and over—our fear of mistakes has a very high cost.

We exert enormous energy blaming each other when something goes wrong rather than finding a solution. Defensiveness and accusations take the place of apologies and forgiveness. Mistake-avoidance creates workplaces where making changes and being creative while risking failure is subsumed by an ethos of mistake-prevention—at the cost of daring and innovation.

  1. Teach supervisors about growth mindsets versus fixed mindsets.
  2. Make sure you don’t say one thing and do another.
  3. Mimstakes shouldn’t just be accepted, but rewarded.
  4. Learn to communicate well.
  5. Know how to apologise and how to accept apologies.

Source

Download: http://changethis.com/manifesto/show/81.04.MistakeManifesto

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

Ngahihi O Te Ra Bidois

Ngahihi - The Face of New Zealand

Creator: Professional Speaker Ngahihi O Te Ra Bidois, wearing his manifesto on his face – a Ta Moko or traditional facial decoration of the New Zealand Maori.

Purpose: A public declaration of his dedication to his identity as an indigenous Maori of New Zealand.

Manifesto

Ngahihi Facial Manifesto

Source

Website: http://ngahibidois.com/

Ta Moko: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T%C4%81_moko

Ian Berry: Changing What’s Normal Manifesto

Changing Whats Normal Manifesto

Creator: Ian Berry (2011), change master and founder of Difference Makers.

Purpose: “I wrote this manifesto because I am tired of the status quo and want to co-create a new world.”

Changing What’s Normal Manifesto

  1. The narrower the gap between what we know and what we do, the more fulfilled life we live, and the greater influence we exert
  2. I’m not normal and neither are you! Instead we are all one-of-kind human beings
  3. Change is normal yet it changes what’s normal
  4. The greatest change I have witnessed in my life is society becoming part of the economy.  Social entrepreneurs are leading the way to reversing this.  Success  will mean we have stepped back from the brink of destroying ourselves and our planet
  5. Trying to change other people is futile and is a slippery slope to self-destruction.  The good news is we can inspire others to change themselves by being change masters ourselves
  6. Change is personal first, local second, national third, and international fourth.  Ignoring this order means the great challenges we must overcome to survive and thrive remain challenges
  7. Change begins with what our philosophies about change are and then with intention or purpose which is followed by feelings, thoughts, and behaviour. To focus on behaviour change without aligned philosophies, intention, feeling, and thinking means no long-term behaviour change
  8. Change is social, environmental, economic, technological, spiritual, scientific, and universal, all at the same time
  9. Change is a process and a never-ending journey
  10. Change is pull more than push
  11. Change is both/and, never either/or
  12. Change is simple, which usually doesn’t mean easy
  13. Change is easier when it is driven by enlightened self-interest
  14. Change means why comes before how and how before who, what, and when
  15. Change that inspires and really matters has much to do with appreciating people when they excel and helping them to be accountable when performance is less than agreed it should be.

Source

Personal Website: http://www.ianberry.au.com

Community Website: http://www.differencemakers.com.au