As our first blog post, we want to set forth the theme of reinvention with a manifesto.
Since we are living through times that are equal parts inspiring and unnerving, fascinating and horrifying, it seems like a manifesto is called for. If not exactly a call to action, "Digital Fire: A Manifesto" is a call for communication, inspiration, and connection.
Welcome to the future, we've been expecting you.
When in the course of human events... a new planetary movement springs up and connects all societies, while encircling our planet, it becomes self-evident the time has come to fully embrace reinvention for the purpose of survival. Engage in true passionate creativity, and all that follows from asking more of ourselves, our lives, our minds and hearts, our cultures, governments, organizations and institutions... every day.
Mark it on your Google calendar and ink it on your wall calendar. Draw it in the dirt and write it in the sky with an airplane. Scribble it in a notebook or twitter it to the masses. Text it, email it, blog post it, whisper it, and yell it in the streets. Write it on a cave wall or graffiti it on a brick wall in a devastated urban area as it rises from the ashes. The Age of Reinvention has arrived.
Wonderful and tragic events have unfolded in recent years, and every culture and person on earth has been impacted. Societies and groups and companies and cultures have all begun spiraling in a new direction... a direction with no less an end result than altering the history of the human race.
Interconnected through technology, we've grown new minds and new spines, and we can no longer afford to live stagnant unsurprising lives.
People everywhere now know that open minds and engaged humans are the minds and people of the future. If the current version of our future isn't teaching us the lessons of urgency and novelty and ingenuity, and we aren't at our core already reinventing ourselves, we are on the wrong screen, and need to quickly click away and find the screen showing this crucial idea and vital way forward.
Reinvent or crawl back under your covers for a long nap. Set your alarm for a decade into the future. Rethink where you are, what you can accomplish, how you present yourself to every person you come in contact with. Reinsert yourself into the digital flow and join your life already in progress. Renew how your perception, beliefs, essence of being shapes your real interactions with the people of this world. Reshape thoughts into organic devices able to pinpoint and communicate with a human being on the opposite side of the planet, blasting through language barriers and cultural fences, and getting directly to the point of being alive in this historical moment.
Connecting via email, Skype, Facebook, and cell phones has brought citizens of the earth closer together, and the organic change movement was helped by these devices. Worldwide connections were made. The fuse was lit. Live, immediate transmissions from zones of pain, power, protest, were broadcast and assimilated. Stories got out from far flung locations, old and new media intermingled and keep intermingling. If you are alive, engaged, alert, ready with a spark inside -- you're open to the idea of reinvention happening on a global scale. Welcome, we've been expecting you.
Digital communication devices are accessible to people in the most remote corners of the planet. Reinvention is within their grasp, touch pad, key pad, mobile device, Internet connection. Connect and aspire, inspire, and feel the digital fire. Everywhere, dictators are falling like leaves from autumn trees. The reinvention of getting the word out is complete, and the languages have been decoded, and everyone's ideas about everything are being freely transmitted and encircling the globe.
Imagine if the Declaration of Independence were written on an Apple laptop and emailed to world leaders, kings, tyrants as soon as the virtual ink dried. What if smart phones had been in use during the Salem Witch trials? Strange goings on would have abounded -- voices and images and maps sent from an unknown being from another place and time. Just like our current times.
Free thinkers and open minded dreamers are giving the world a new spin. Free thinkers and people with open minds are permanently altering the future. We've been expecting them.
We are living in an expansive moment in world history. Societies are being turned inside-out. Rethink the way you view the world and how you operate in the world. Brains are being rewired in our digital world -- from continent to continent and pole to pole. Reinvention has been established as the primary goal for billions of people.
Reinvention isn't a commodity. It's an idea, a meme, a fluid structure, a new set of eyes, a way forward. People have hit a wall, and they realize it's time to either knock through it, crawl over it, levitate higher than the tallest building, or just open their eyes to a world where walls only serve to unite, not divide.
Reinvention asks everything of you and it asks nothing of you. You can join the reinvention movement from anywhere on the globe. It's up to each person to rethink thinking and relive being. Dive into the deep end of the ocean of knowledge. The intellectual erosion of humanity has already gone too far. Minds with accumulated useful and fun festive and celebratory creative wisdom in them are needed to get us through the near future to the new future. Smart must be the new strong, the new belief system, the new now. Think. Think of new way to achieve, be, do, act, live.
The future has arrived. We are living in the age of reinvention.
The writing team of Smith and Foster comes from an extensive background of New Media content creation, in both the written and visual content creation side of the web. They are established professionals with writing and art backgrounds, unique perspectives on culture, and two diverse and similar backgrounds.