ChangeThis was started in 2004 by a group of friends who wanted to make a difference via “thoughtful, rational, constructive arguments about important issues.” Their goal was, and still is,”to change minds and spread important ideas.”
ChangeThis stores and shares PDF’s of these arguments, called manifestos* on their site, and all of them are available at no charge.
You can subscribe to get a simple update every 2 weeks on the new manifestos that come in. If you have a burning idea you want to share with other people and think that ChangeThis can help you, you can also submit a 300 word proposal explaining why your manifesto is important. They’ll put it to a vote, wait for 30 days, and afterward, the authors of the most popular proposals will be contacted to write their manifestos.
There are hundreds of manifestos on the site, full of ideas and advice from business titans like Tom Peters, best-selling authors Malcolm Gladwell and Seth Godin, and many more, some of who may not be as well-known, but whose manifestos are just as compelling.
This is an incredible opportunity to include any salient points about yourself, including your blog and your website. Aside from letting people know who you are behind your writing and getting free publicity, you’re given a stage to stand on and share your most important, heartfelt arguments and beliefs with the world.
Here’s a sampling of the most popular manifestos at ChangeThis:
- The Talent Myth by Malcolm Gladwell, author of the best-selling books “Blink” and “The Tipping Point”.
- Beginner’s Guide to Business Blogging by Debbie Weil, author of “The Corporate Blogging Book”
- The Low-Information Diet: How to Eliminate E-Mail Overload & Triple Productivity in 24 Hours by Timothy Ferris, author of “The 4-Hour Workweek”.
- The Personal MBA: Mastering Business Without Spending a Fortune by Josh Kaufman
- The Long Tail by Chris Anderson ( Editor-in-Chief of WIRED Magazine)
- This I Believe! – Tom’s 60 TIBs by Tom Peters (management uber-guru )
- The Bootstrapper’s Bible by Seth Godin “There’s never been a better time to start a business with no money.” This manifesto will show you how.
- How To Be Creative by Hugh MacLeod . An advertising executive and the popular blogger of Gapingvoid.com , MacLeod shares his 26 tried-and-true tips for being truly creative. Each point illustrated by a cartoon drawn by the author himself. Very highly recommended!
*”A manifesto is a five-, ten- or twenty-page PDF file that makes a case. It outlines in careful, thoughtful language why you might want to think about an issue differently.”
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