A manifesto is a published verbal declaration of the intentions, motives, or views of the issuer, be it an individual, group, political party or government. A manifesto usually accepts a previously published opinion or public consensus and/or promotes a new idea with prescriptive notions for carrying out changes the author believes should be made. It often is political or artistic in nature, but may present an individual’s life stance. Manifestos relating to religious belief are generally referred to as creeds.
A creative manifesto is a creative hypothesis
A scientific hypothesis is an idea about how things are that we set out to demonstrate. A creative hypothesis is an idea about how things could be that we set out to create. A creative hypothesis is a creative story for creative enterprise. We create our story as we make choices about what we do and how we choose to respond to our experience of life. We improve our ability to create our story by increasing our conscious appreciative exploration of our experience of life, of the experience we are creating, and of the opportunities we have to create with our experience.
A creative manifesto is a creative story
A creative story tells what we are doing, why we are doing what we are doing, and what we are contributing to creating so everyone in the communities of common interest, the communities of common enterprise, and the creative community can understand our creative enterprise and connect with the ideas we are creating with and the opportunities we are creating to benefit from, contribute to, and create relationships with our enterprise.
We are creating our story
There is no place to hide who we are and how we are in our theatre of the new world. We are all on the stage. We all have skin in the game. We are all playing a part. We are all creating visible pointillist portraits of ourselves, knowingly and unknowingly, and we are all subject to having our stories observed on and told by others. Irresponsible behaviour to create fear for political mileage is discernible. If we are playing an active part in our digital theatre and in our community and care about the story we are creating we are well advised to tell our own creative story. If we do not tell our own story, someone else will.
Being clear about our creative story improves our ability to create our story. What is our story, what is the story we are creating, what is the story we are telling? What is our creative story? What are we doing? Why are we doing what we are doing? What are we imagining we can create? What are our creative interests?
The Leap Manifesto
The Leap Manifesto, a call for Canada based on caring for the earth and one another, appears to be a political manifesto. The views of the people and enterprises signing and endorsing the manifesto are that Canada is not the country it could be. The motives are that Canada could be a country whose interests, enterprise, and actions are based on caring for the earth and for one another. The intentions are to call on those seeking political office to seize the opportunity and embrace the urgent need for transformation. All we need is the right policies.
The Leap Manifesto calls for our governments to implement ideas and take the actions articulated in the manifesto to create a Canada known for caring for the earth and for one another.
The Leap Manifesto is prompting discussion about the merits and practicality of the ideas our governments are being called upon to act on.
Creating a Canada that cares
What we can do
What we can do is leap from the idea of a political manifesto to the idea of a creative manifesto.
The Leap Manifesto calls on our politicians to address our concerns and realize our possibilities. If this is a call for creating a Canada that cares about our world and our future, we could begin by exciting our creative community, – the community of people and enterprises contributing to creating our culture, our community, and our world, – to explore what we can do and how we can do things to create the Canada we imagine ourselves to be part of creating.
We could call on our creative community to explore the creative interests we have in common, as a country, as a culture, as a contributor to our world, and as a contributor to creating our world.
We could call on our creative community to explore who we are and where we are in our creative evolution, explore what we have learned from our experience, explore what we are doing, explore what we are experiencing, explore what is contributing to and militating against our creative interests, and explore what we can do and how we can do things to create the possibilities we imagine for Canada as a community.
We could imagine how the motives, views and intentions of the Leap Manifesto could be expressed as a creative manifesto. A creative story for Creative Canada.
Creating a Canada that cares
Creating a Canada that cares. Creating a Canada known for caring for the earth and for one another. Creating communities without borders around ideas and opportunities to create a better future for ourselves, for one another, and for our world is how we create a new world and how we create a better future for our world. A Canada that cares is a creative Canada
We start from the premise that we are at a turning point in the evolution of our world and Canada has the greatest opportunity in our evolution to contribute to creating a better future for our country and our world.
We are doing well. We have demonstrated our interests in contributing to creating better possibilities for our future by what we say and do and how we imagine ourselves as a country and a culture. We can do better. A Canada that cares is a creative Canada.
We imagine Canadians to be a culture which
-respects and appreciates the cultures and contributions of our indigenous peoples to our identity and our culture,
– is respected and appreciated for our contributions to improving the life, the circumstances, the opportunities, and the possibilities for other cultures and countries in our world to create a better future for themselves
-respects our common interest and common responsibility for ensuring the basic human rights we all deserve and need for ourselves and for one another to create a better future,
-respects and appreciates the contribution of our diversity of cultures,
-respects our common interest in creating an environment of custodial stewardship for our world to create a future for our environment
Canada has created and can create a place in our world contributing to creating communities without borders around our common human interests in pursuing creative possibilities for our future and the future of our world.
Imagining the possibilities
We could live in a world powered entirely by renewable energy and woven together by accessible public transportation,
We could create a world in which everyone in our different communities of common interest has opportunities to create a place for themselves to contribute to creating a culture, a country, and a world which systematically eliminates inequalities
We could create an economy rooted in caring for one another and caring for our world, investing in increasing the size and contribution of creative enterprises contributing to creating a better future for ourselves, our communities, and our world.
We could create an economy where more people have the opportunity to creatively increase their contribution and value to the enterprises and communities they are part of and have more time, resources and ability to enjoy their experience of life and of their community.
The time for creating new ways of doing things has come
We know there is some urgency. We are told we are at a tipping point where decisive action in this decade is essential to prevent catastrophic global warming. Small steps will not get us to where we need to go. We need to make a quantum leap to create new ways of seeing and doing things to address this urgency.
The world is our backyard. Whatever harm we do to our world we do to ourselves. Our environment is our common resource, our common life system, and essential for all people, for all life, and for the future of our world. Whatever harm we allow, we will all experience.
Indigenous communities have been at the forefront of protecting rivers, coasts, forests and lands from out-of-control industrial activity. We can begin caring for our backyard by strengthening the role and contribution of our indigenous peoples and creating more opportunities for indigenous communities to contribute to protecting, preserving and creating a future for our natural resources and our environment.
We can explore and invest in opportunities to capitalize on technological breakthroughs to create sustainable energy sources that never run out or poison the land. Research shows it is feasible for Canada to get 100% of its electricity from renewable resources within two decades and have a 100% clean economy by 2050.
We can comprehensively analyze the economic argument and explore the business case for investing in new infrastructure projects that lock us into increased extraction decades into the future.
We can comprehensively analyze the economic argument and the business case for energy development that contributes to increasing our risk of permanent and irreversible damage and loss to our natural environment.
We can explore how Canada is benefiting the interests of Canadian mining companies and how the business decisions and practices of Canadian mining projects around the world are contributing to our economy, our interests, and how we are known as a country, a culture, and a citizen of our world.
We can demonstrate how we can create new energy systems using sources of energy which give our communities more ability to control our energy sources and ensure we have the energy we need for our future.
We can create innovative community ownership structures, democratically run, creating employment opportunities, revenue and a more sustainable economy for the community.
We can focus our creative investment in communities who are most in need, our indigenous communities and communities who are experiencing the greatest health challenges dealing with the impacts of industrial pollution.
We can explore the business case for investing in enterprises which contribute to creating sustainable economic development, which contribute to reducing environmental and ecological damage and loss, and which contribute to creating a clean energy economy, an experience economy, and a creative economy.
We can explore ideas and opportunities to invest in creating energy efficient communities and energy efficient transportation
We can explore the business case for investing in our most valuable resource, our human resources, to excite their interest, improve their ability, and increase their contribution to the economic, social, and creative development of our communities and to creating a better life for themselves.
We can invest in creating our recovery systems, our food systems, our water systems, our energy systems, and our economic systems in preparation for the impacts of climate change on our infrastructure, our supply of food, water, and energy, and our global economy.
We can restructure our trade deals to support the growth of local economies, regulate corporations and stop damaging extraction projects.
We can invest in building energy efficient homes and in retrofitting existing housing,
We can invest in the lowest income communities and neighbourhoods first and provide employment opportunities and training in these communities to reduce poverty over the long term.
We can create opportunities for workers currently employed in carbon-intensive jobs to create a place for themselves in contributing to the clean energy economy.
We can invest in high-speed rail and affordable public transit powered by renewable energy to unite every community in this country.
We can invest in our public infrastructure to improve our ability to withstand increasingly frequent extreme weather events.
We can move to a more localized ecologically-based agricultural system to reduce our consumption of fossil fuels, capture carbon in the soil, absorb anticipated shocks in the global supply, and produce healthier and more affordable food for everyone.
We can restructure our trade deals to support the growth of local economies, regulate corporations and stop damaging extraction projects.
We can create ways to ensure immigration status and full protection for all workers.
We can demonstrate leadership in welcoming and creating a better life and a safer place for refugees and migrants.
We can invest in expanding sectors of our economy in care-giving, teaching, social work, the arts, and public interest media that contribute to creating stronger and more resilient communities to better respond to and survive the challenges we are going to face in the future.
We can explore the idea of introducing of a universal basic annual income as a safety net to help ensure that no one is forced to take work that threatens their children’s tomorrow, just to feed those children today.
We can explore ways of financing our creative initiatives by reducing subsidies on fossil fuel extraction, increasing resource royalties, increasing tax revenue from corporations and high income members of our community, reducing military spending, and increasing revenue from financial transaction activity.
We can call on all those seeking political office to seize this opportunity and embrace the urgent need for transformation”.
We can call on all those in our creative communities to create opportunities for communities to gather together for creative conversation to explore ideas on what we can do locally and what we can do as communities of common interest and common enterprise to contribute to creating a more sustainable economy locally, nationally, and internationally.
We can explore how we can create strong, self-sufficient, and sustainable communities as we can to prepare ourselves for the challenging future we are coming to realize we are facing.
A sustainable enterprise is creative enterprise. A sustainable community is a creative community. Creating sustainable communities is how we create a sustainable world.
Now is the time
Now is the time for the creative leadership, creative entrepreneurship,
and creative contribution. Now is the time for creative community enterprise. Now is the time for the quantum leap.
Why a quantum manifesto
If we have reasons to argue for and excite political action we have reasons to explore ideas about what we can do and excite action from our community.
We have reasons to increase our understanding of our global challenges and increase the size and contribution of our community of creative people and enterprises who are contributing to creating a better future for our world.
We have reasons to explore what we can do as communities of common enterprise in responding to the global challenges we are experiencing at this point in our human journey.
We can begin with the people and enterprises that have expressed their interest and demonstrated they care by what they are doing and how they are doing things.
We can begin by agreeing we can explore new ideas and new systems and new ways of doing things as an alternative to trying to work within the limitations of our existing ideas, and systems, and ways of seeing and doing things.
We can start the conversation about what we are doing, about what we can do, and about how we can do things to make this possible. We can become and become known as creative Canada.
This is how I see, think, and feel about who we are, and how we are, and what we can do as a creative community, a culture, and a country that cares about our experience of life, about the experience of others, and about creating a better experience of life for our future.
We demonstrate we are part of creative Canada by what we say and do and how we say and do things, by contributing to the idea of Canada, to the ideas we have in common about who we are as Canadians, and to the interests we have in common as a culture, a country, and a community. We have the creative resources, the creative contributors, and the creative interest.
I think the Leap Manifesto is a contribution to some of the conversations we are currently involved in, – exploring how we can improve our ability to create a better future for ourselves and our world as we become more conscious of where we are and what we are experiencing and what is happening at this time in our creative journey.
A quantum manifesto for a creative Canada imagines a Canada we could aspire to creating with some quantum changes in the way we see and do things, some quantum initiatives in changing what we are doing and how we are doing things, and a quantum enterprise to excite our creative caring community in creating the possibilities we imagine for ourselves.
What we can do
We can connect and create connections for and create relationships with our creative community contributors to increase their contribution to our creative interests as a community and a country with a creative community media system.
We can increase understanding and appreciation and excite creative connections, creative conversation, and creative ideas to increase the size of our communities of common interest and the contribution of our communities of common enterprise.
We can contribute to making democracy work better at every level of community government by making our political choices more open and transparent and making our politicians and elected representatives more aware of our interests and our expectations of our government agencies.
We can explore our heritage to learn about and reconcile with the actions we have taken and allowed in our creative and cultural evolution as a country and a community.
What do we imagine for our country?
I would focus the conversation for Creative Canada on a creative exploration of the idea of the Canada we imagine for ourselves, on exploring our creative interests as a community, and on exploring what we are doing, what we are creating, what we could be creating, and what we can do as a creative community enterprise.
How are we known as a country and a culture? How do we want to be known as a country and a culture?
Canada has a brand. We are known as a country and a culture that cares. Does our brand and our culture have integrity? Are we doing what we say we do? Are we who we say we are?
Have we articulated who we are and how we are and who we like to be and what we want to do and how we want to be?
If we want our politicians to be of a mind, do we want to explore and agree on what we have in our mind for our country as a community?
Do we want to excite a creative conversation about how we become known as creative Canada, creating communities without borders around ideas and opportunities for creative community enterprise to create a better future for ourselves, for our world, for one another, and with one another?
Do we want to create a Canada like this? Are these our interests as a creative community and a creative Canada?
Taking the quantum leap
If these are not interests we have in common, would we like to take the leap to creating a future for our world around the interests we do have in common, – the common interests we have in creating a better future for ourselves and for the world we know. Would we like to explore the creative interests we have in common and the creative possibilities and the opportunities we see for creating a better future for ourselves and our world?
The quantum leap
The quantum leap to changing the way we see, think, and feel about who we are, how we are, and what we care about
The quantum leap from changing to pursuing creative interests which contribute to our creative and cultural evolution as a community and to our ability to create possibilities for ourselves and the future of our community and our world.
The quantum leap to changing the language and ideas which contribute to creating us and them to language and ideas which contribute to creating we.
The quantum leap to become a creative Canada, exciting our creative imagination and creative possibilities for the future of our world
What we can do
We can create a communication system, a process, a structure, a language, a culture of community, and a way of doing things to make creative community enterprise and deliberative democracy possible.
We can create and excite our community around ideas and opportunities for creative community enterprise to imagine and create possibilities for the future of our country and the future of our world that contribute to our common human interests
Creative Canada is our creative community. We create our experience of Canada and our experience of our world. We are the people and enterprises who care to contribute to creating a better experience of life for ourselves, for one another, and with one another.
We are the community of creative contributors, creative leaders, creative entrepreneurs, creative storytellers, creative producers, community leaders, and community journalists who contribute to creating our community and to creating a future for our community.
A creative enterprise is a sustainable enterprise. A creative community is a sustainable community. Creating sustainable communities is how we create a sustainable world. We create sustainable communities and improve our experience of life with creative community enterprise.
We need to make big changes quickly
We need to move from anger and blame to exploring what we are doing and what we can do to create community around our common and creative interests.
We need to create a way of doing things as a community that moves us from us and them to we.
We need to accelerate creative conversation without divisive language.
We need to demonstrate it is possible to create community around our common interests and communities without borders around our common enterprise.
We have the ability to communicate.
What we say and do and how we say and do things is how we create a better future for our community, our world, and our selves. What we care about, how we care, and what we do to care.
We have the ability to demonstrate our interests as a culture and a country by what we say and do and how we say and do things.
We have the ability to make creative community enterprise and deliberative democracy possible.
We have a creative community of creative leaders, creative entrepreneurs, creative enterprises, creative storytellers, creative contributors and community leaders who are contributing to creating our community and to our creative interests as communities and as a community
We have the ability to create an independent, self-sustaining enterprise owned by the community, operating free from the need for government and philanthropic funding and the interests of corporate and business ownership, and making deliberative democracy and creative community enterprise possible.
Imagining Our Possibilities