A few of us have had a good time kicking around Doc Searls's Mini-Manifesto on the nature of ideas. Previously, I cut his 10 points down to 5, he liked that. Then he considered further, I liked that. Then I tweaked it. Back here at p0ps blog Les suggested a change, Michael Bernstein thoughtfully rewrote the list. I responded, a couple of days later Michael came back with what I think is the best version yet. It is 6 points, but they are in couplets. It is really like 3 points, each with a clarifier. It has rhythm, it swings and, for me, communicates perfectly. I support this as the "Ideas About Ideas Mini-Manifesto".
- Ideas grow by sharing them.
- No-one owns an idea
- Ideas are powerful when people use them.
- Everyone can use an idea
- Ideas gain value when others improve them.
- Anyone can improve an idea
It's memorable, concise and dynamic. What do you think? Is it usable?
BTW: The image and image title come from Dave Winer who captioned the image on Flickr. "Doc hears that Donald Rumsfeld is going, and he's pretty happy about it. " I'm not claiming Doc has read this post and is happy about Michael Bernstein's formulation of the mini-manifesto. I'm just happy Doc's happy and thank Dave for the use of the image here.