an open manifesto

1. Each generation seems to believe that it has attained some sort of an ultimate truth, when in fact that truth has systematically proved to be nothing else than deceit.

2. Although humans are capable of great insight and some grasp vast knowledge through individual efforts, as a whole, we are very stupid.

3. Socrates said it, fallibilists said it – that we can only know one thing for sure: that we don’t know anything. The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing and we must accept and remember that we are limited in our understanding in order to trigger an advance of society.

4. The planet we inhabit was at one time populated only by basic, pluricellular organisms, with limited sensitivity, who lived driven only by their survival instinct. In an unregimented and uncontrolled context, subject to free competition and to the supreme, unconscious urge to live, they were able to evolve more complex means of perceiving the world around them. This is the way by which they became more and more complex and functional.

5. Is there a difference between saying you know nothing and genuinely accepting this as the only force capable of bringing about constructive change?

6. That difference could be the reason why authoritarian regimes exist, why people kill in the name of beliefs and systems, why so many things planned and created by man go wrong. Because KNOWING WHAT’S BEST and THE AVOIDANCE OF DOUBT are the weapons used by many people who do conscious or unconscious evil.

7. People will do many things to justify what they believe in. People who believe in false truths usually spend more energy in defending them.

8. We have reached a point where design and technology can provide the means for an advancement of society that was previously impossible.

9. Design is a tool, a way of thinking, a way of doing but nothing that’s really important.

10. Assumed ignorance is a pretty good method to assure yourself you’re not a smartass. Assumed ignorance is also a good way to avoid the fall of man, brought not by lack of knowledge, but by the belief that the knowledge we acquired at a point in time MUST be correct.

11. Technology relates to design the same way the organ relates to the sense. Design is to technology what the sense is to the body part.

12. Remember thoroughly, but don’t rely much on history. Trying to revive what failed in the past means forcing old and ossified systems to fit in a new context. Is it worth the time?

13. We know that we don’t know and that is the main guiding force fueling our endeavours.

sign manifesto

By signing this manifesto you show your support to the ideas stated above

Stelian Dobrescu – Graphic Designer
Ana-Maria Grigoriu – Graphic Designer
Andreea Dumuta – Digital Graphic Designer & cat lover
Schmidt Ionut – Creative Shaman
Ovidiu Chitu – Civil Engineer
Oana Mondoc – Communication Specialist @ romania.panda.org
Maria Del Carmen Martín – Frontend @ www.thegrowthland.com
Vlad Mihai – CUTARICA @ www.cutarica.com
Mihai Surdu – Facilitator
Nata Andreev – Freelancer @ www.nataandreev.tumblr.com
Andrei Trubceac – young peaceworker @ www.patrir.ro
Aurora Badiu – Interior Designer @ roradesigns.tumblr.com
Tiberiu Buzdugan – Graphic designer
Kevin Alvarez – President & CEO @  WWW.BLUELYNXMARKETING.COM
Daniel Stanoescu – Developer @  delays.twenfour.com
Eva Butean – Musician
Sebastian Dobrescu – Actor/Director @ asylumlabyrinth.ro
Medine Pop – WEDINER @ wedine.ro
Ana Caizerliu – illustrator @ www.anaillustration.com