Colorado Springs Manifesto: A local revolution?

By: Jesse Paul,
August 7, 2013 Updated: August 7, 2013 at 12:34 pm
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They want to make Colorado Springs an insanely great place to live, but they aren’t ready to tell you exactly “who” they are just yet.

Or ever.

Last week, the Colorado Springs Manifesto Project, also known as COSManifesto, was launched calling for change and the revitalization of the city in an effort to attract young people here. On Tuesday afternoon, through a little investigative reporting (and maybe a little luck), I discovered who was behind this great caper.

I can’t tell you, though.

“We want it to be very easy for people to identify with and take on on there own,” one of the anonymous founders, who identified his/her/itself to me but asked to not be named, said. “We thought if there was no personality to associate with it, it would be easier for people to identify it.”

So far, so good.

In Twitter battles on the interweb, many have been trying to figure out who, or what, exactly this group is. I would compare this movement to Occupy Wall Street: working to change everything, but nothing in particular.

Even though it’s just a few days old, the anonymous founder told me they think they’ve been working on it forever – a perpetual battle for change here.

Are they ever going to tell the public who they are?

“Hell no,” they say. “Anyone who asks me, I tell them that I thought it was them.”

Ryan Handy, one of The Gazette’s youngest reporters, says the movement gives her hope for positive change in Colorado Springs. She loves it, she says, it’s exciting.

So far, the anonymous founder said, they have been funding local businesses, paying the designers of their posters and dishing-out for the high-cost of printing.

There’s talk of buying a billboard, maybe of graffiti and possibly of revolution. I hear undertones of Guy Fawkes. I also think they might be geniuses. I also have my doubts.

Here is the manifesto, taken from their website:

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.



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