What’s a Manifesto, anyway?

Besides an important- and defiant-sounding word, I mean. I think that, as with ‘creativity’, it would be useful to know what we’re getting ourselves into here, make sure we’re on the same page. The dictionary offers this:

A public declaration, usually of a prince, sovereign, or other person claiming large powers, showing his intentions, or proclaiming his opinions and motives in reference to some act done or contemplated by him…

A public declaration showing intentions, proclaiming opinions and motives… well, I guess that means it’s time to come clean. As you may have guessed, I didn’t spend hundreds of hours on this for purely altruistic reasons, though I am sincere in my hope and belief that it will help people understand and cultivate their creativity.

This is intended as the beginning of a conversation. I’ll be presenting the basic framework for what has been for me a very fruitful and satisfying way of approaching creativity (although I make no claim to any large or princely powers!). I hope that others – possibly you! – will also take these ideas up, expand and develop them in other directions.

The first way you can do that is to leave comments on the various sections of the book in the Discussion sections at the bottom of each post. Hopefully, these will turn into true conversations about the core ideas I’ve presented, and bring perspectives and insights I can’t provide on my own.

Additionally, I invite you to drop by my blog, where I’ll continue to present my own adventures in and thoughts on creative cliffjumping…

If you’d like to see and hear more of the creative work that has both led to and come from the method I’ve presented here, that’s at my homepage: