change the world, 500 words at a time

Please submit a mini-manifesto.
I have to say, after writing an under-five-hundred-word mini-manifesto, I find myself quite taken by the format. Somehow the brevity just clicks for me.
Why take 50,000 words [the length of your average business tome] to say what you have to say, when 500 will do? Brevity. I love brevity. We’re both in a hurry.
So I’m thinking, well, there’s also a lot of people out there besides myself and the bloggers I read, with ideas needing spread. Powerful ideas that could be easily summed up in 500 words or less. And I would really, truly, seriously like to do what I can to help get them out there.
So here’s the deal. If you’ve written a manifesto in 500 words or less, and you want help spreading the word, just e-mail it to me, or send me the link. If it’s any good I’ll either link to it, or post it here on gapingvoid [under the same Creative Commons terms with which I publish my own work].
It doesn’t necessarily have to be about a topic I’m professionally close to. Nor does it have to be the greatest piece of writing since Cluetrain or Purple Cow. Just make sure it’s written with authority and passion. Just make sure it’s good.
Two points to consider:
1. I’m interested in changing the world [however you wish to interpret that statement]. And I believe gapingvoid readers tend to be interested in writers who feel the same. That’s the quality we’ll collectively be looking for, so please keep that in mind.
2. I am more likely to publish something “specific”, as opposed to “general”. By that I mean, I prefer manifestos that are about something tangible, for example, accounting or driving in Phoenix, than vague, self-help/lifestyle coach/quasi-spiritual/motivational “Go, Me!” stuff. I hope that makes sense…
Thanks. Let’s see what happens…
[Manifesto archive is now here.]

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