Making your teams’ values and rules explicit and visible

Practical Information

What is this tool?

A manifesto is a declaration of your team’s or projects shared values and beliefs, motivations and intentions.

Why do we use it?

This tool allows you to make the intentions of your team or project very explicit in a co-creation setting, it allows all team members to participate. It can provide guidelines when you need to choose a direction or make a difficult decision.

Design phase:

Setting the scene, Handover


Pen and paper, Post its, Online tool


30 minutes - 1 hour

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A step-by-step guide

1. Bring the project team together and make sure to listen to and include every team member’s perspective.

2. Give your team a name. This can be the name of your project or organisation, a skill that defines your group members, or a cause that everyone stands for. Write your group name down on top of a  large piece of paper or on the worksheet.

3. Brainstorm the key themes and topics that the manifesto should address and write them below your group name. Do not spend time perfecting the themes and topics before you write them down - add any that come to mind!

Some examples: 

• Honest work culture

• High-quality results

• People-centered processes

• Gender equality
• Yes and ... - communication

4. Review all the ideas and make a selection of 5-10. Use a voting system if you need help deciding. Transform the selection of 5-10 ideas into a list of declarations (e.g. “We believe in a honest work culture”; “We strive for high-quality results”). Keep the declarations short, clear and engaging... If you miss any crucial themes or topics, add them to your manifesto.

5. Design your manifesto in a visually-attractive way. The style and colours should represent and be attractive to your team. Make sure it gets a prominent place, where you are reminded of it regularly.

Tip: You can create a manifesto at any moment during a project. It is especially important when a project is started or in moving to a next phase. If you see that a team is having problems in collaborating, you can use the feedback manifesto worksheet to establish how to communicate as a team.

How other organisations used this tool

How to use the outcomes of the tool?

Once you know what matters most to your team, all of your decisions can be made based on these values. This tool can also be used when new people are brought into the team.

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