We understand that change is inevitable and uncomfortable, but that providing a VISION for what change will accomplish makes all the difference. The places our Collaborative Design Group seeks to change through drawings and renderings, the Colorado Springs Manifesto Project is putting into words. This anonymous civic group has put forth a refreshing way to enliven our community view and foster a ‘need for civic change’ in our region as follows:
“We will make Colorado Springs an insanely great place to live. Who are we? We are change agents. We are a creative and curious class of doers and entrepreneurs who challenge the status quo. We eschew hierarchy. We are visionary leaders who inspire and take action with civility, humility and transparency. We vote for people and issues that move us forward. We are hungry, and we are foolish. And this is what we believe: we believe in taking risks. We are original, inclusive, and eccentric. We crave a constant culture overdose. We support local. We live a low-impact lifestyle. We will leave this city better than we found it. We seek balance, flexibility, and innovative places to work. We believe in ourselves, our strengths, our community, and in this new identity. We celebrate success AND failure. We believe in respectful disagreement in pursuit of visionary greatness. What will we do? We will create a thriving downtown. We will create innovative companies and hire creative people. We will end this community’s brain drain. And we hereby declare a new era in which radical optimism, possibility, progress, and vision make this community awesome. Great cities are not built by men in suits. It’s our turn and we intend to take it.”
Yes, change is hard but using the right inspiration, it should make us feel downright good! After three decades of creating new spaces and transforming current places in our community, we know this Manifesto to be true and necessary and, yes, change can be very hard but the reward is what makes it so worthwhile.
Thanks to whoever put this inspiring manifesto to pen and let’s resolve to act ‘anonymously in a coordinated manner’ to put a vision to these words. Visit www.cosmanifesto.com and then do the thing toughest in all of us….DO SOMETHNG to start to change this place to make an awesome community.