Writing the Offline Manifesto – The beginning
In the next few weeks I’ll be working on crafting my own Offline Manifesto. This evolving document will be the foundation used to build the future of this website. As a digital addict myself I want to put on paper (screen) the values I want to adopt to live a better life. It will be my reference for all further initiative to detox myself from online devices.
We need to challenge the way we use online devices
When I first dialed my way up the internet a bunch of years ago, I had to wait for my PC to boot and my 28K modem to connect. It took a few minutes for me to escape the real world and go online. Now some of us can’t even stand being idle for a few seconds without having to check out our phone. Back then we had to go in a specific place to go online (our home office, the library or school), now the internet follows us everywhere we go. The boundaries that were clear and well defined a decade ago are now fading. I feel like for most people the digital world took over the real world.
What gave me this idea
I was inspired by the Manifesto for Agile Software Development written in 2001 by a bunch of smart thinkers as a mean to challenge the way software development was done back then. Here’s what is commonly called the ‘Agile Manifesto’:
Manifesto for Agile Software Development
We are uncovering better ways of developing software by doing it and helping others do it.Through this work we have come to value:
- Individuals and interactions over processes and tools
- Working software over comprehensive documentation
- Customer collaboration over contract negotiation
- Responding to change over following a plan
That is, while there is value in the items on the right, we value the items on the left more.Kent Beck, Mike Beedle, Arie van Bennekum, Alistair Cockburn, Ward Cunningham, Martin Fowler, James Grenning, Jim Highsmith, Andrew Hunt, Ron Jeffries, Jon Kern, Brian Marick, Robert C. Martin, Steve Mellor, Ken Schwaber, Jeff Sutherland & Dave Thomas
You can learn more about the “Agile Manifesto” on the official site Manifesto for Agile Software Development
Like the Agile Manifesto challenged the way we think about software development, I want the Offline Manifesto to challenge the way we think about our interaction with the online world.
What I’m trying to achieve
My goal with this Manifesto is to challenge our value system and the importance we give to our phones, tablets, TVs and computers. I want to promote offline habits and warn people about the downside of always being connected.
Digital devices are giving us the impression that were smarter, more efficient and happier. I just want to reinforce the fact that we can live without them. By going offline (even for a short period of time), you’ll rediscover who you are and what you truly want to be.
Ultimately, this journey won’t be easy and I’ll be the first one to struggle with it. It’s the reason why I started this blog project. I wanted to find digital detox hacks for myself and share them with others.
The Manifesto isn’t final
The Offline Manifesto will evolve and change responding to your feedback and my own experience during this journey. I hope that it will be useful to others in their search for a more meaningful life.
Let’s start the digital detox adventure!