Friday, 4 March 2011

One Minute Manifesto @6BillionWays - SAT 5 MARCH

..the one minute manifesto project will be running throughout the day at the brilliant ‘6 Billion Ways’ event on Sat 5 March…

..come and get involved..

This is a call for participation.
Welcome to One Minute Manifesto. 60 seconds to mean what you say.

This is an invitation to everyone to stand up and say something.

One minute - to share your manifesto, your thoughts, feelings, demands for our future.

A pop-up art project running throughout Saturday, one minute manifesto is about speaking out loud – (to one person, or to many) about what you care about and stand for.

All you need is something to say and a stopwatch.

  • The 60 second slots for ‘One Minute Manifesto’ will run throughout Saturday and can be organised at a time to suit you (recommended during break out sessions and lunchtime)
  • You are asked to bring with you your own personal manifesto (some people choose to write it in advance, some make it up on the spot).
  • You’ll be supported by an artist (Lucy) who will accompany you and faciliate the process. It’ll be fun!

  • Text/call/email in advance OR on the day, we'll meet on Saturday at the conference and you'll briefed as to what will happen next.
  • We will find a spot on which you’d like to stand, Lucy will time the 60 seconds and off you go!
  • You can choose to share your manifesto as a ‘one2one’ where just Lucy will listen. Or you can share your manifesto in a public space, to a group/passers by. It will be a supportive environment.
  • If you can’t be at the event, but would like to participate, you can email your manifesto and have someone read it for you (a DIY version is also available).

  • You only have 60 seconds. No finishing ‘cos you’ve started.
  • Those 60 seconds are yours and you can say what you like - but be prepared for others to disagree with you (please note, those present will be asked to be supportive and listen, this isn’t a debating society, and destructive heckling will be discouraged). We’d like kindness to be in the room.
  • This is an exercise in standing up and simply saying what you think. For some that is a huge thing to do - others not. Be bold.
  • Please bring with you your ‘manifesto’. This is a spoken word event, so you may want bring something written down. Its up to you. Some people brought creative writing, some read lists or shared a quote that means something to them.
  • If you really don't want to stand up yourself, but you would like your words said out loud - then a delegate may also be arranged on your behalf.
  • We would like to document the project, but there’s no pressue to publish your manifesto. Thats fine. You tell us.

  • For some people, if not most, the prospect of standing up and saying what you believe in - in public is terrifying…Don’t be scared! A wise soul said about this project ‘if you feel nervous about the prospect of doing it – that means you probably should do it!’
  • Please note it doesn’t have to be perfect – far from it. The only challenge you might want to take up is for it to be ‘the best I believe at this moment’.
  • Give voice. This project came about because of a growing sense that people are increasingly made to feel unable to participate in political debate – because of their ‘in-expert’ness. Because of the false notion that politics (and political expression) is about perfect expression, that previous qualifications are necessary, slick presentation a must; some sort of kingdom for the confident. That’s a lie. Political expression is not perfect. It oughtn’t be. Politics is messy and perplexing and here and now. It is on the streets and in your school. Don’t wait. We are ‘it’. Have a little confidence and add your voice to the growing call for change.


  • When booking, don’t forget to include a contact telephone number which which we can reach you on the day.

Thanks very much for reading this! - looking forward to hearing what you have in your head..
Lucy E

Twitter? Look out for #1MiniFesto

For more info about how this copyleft project started (AHM artists), please see blog post below. For examples of other people’s manifestos – see:



Thursday, 3 March 2011

Devoted and Disgruntled January 2011: One Minute Manifestos

...had the total honour of listening to one minute manifestos all weekend at this year's #DandD6

Thank you everyone who took part, and to Improbable for the warm invitation and chance to experiment with the 'one2one' version..! here are some pics from the event