Catalyst: You Need a Manifesto

  • March 20, 2024 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Museum of Design Atlanta

    1315 Peachtree Street Northeast
    Atlanta, Georgia 30309
Ticket Price $22.00 This event is now over

What can we do? What should we do? What must we do? And how?

To answer these questions as they arise in everyday life, we need statements of purpose and scripts for action. In other words, we need manifestos.

Join us for the next session of Catalyst: a series for those who are passionate about design and the ways in which it can change their lives. We’ll dive into the book You Need a Manifesto, written by Charlotte Burgess-Auburn: a designer, artist, and educator who has directed community at the Stanford since 2005.

Facilitated by Kevin Day and Stacey Lee, Impact Design Lab Coordinator and Chief of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Action (IDEA) at the Mount Vernon School, the meet-up will include:

  • An introduction to the book You Need a Manifesto
  • A discussion of the main ideas in You Need a Manifesto (reading the book in advance isn’t necessary)
  • Insight from those who have leveraged manifestos to achieve positive changes in their lives and careers

    . . . And more! Stay tuned for updates to this page!



The cost to attend this event is $22. Each participant will receive a copy of You Need a Manifesto, valued at $16.

Want to pick up your book before the meet-up? Just email Mary at after your register to work that out.


About You Need a Manifesto

Right now, creative work is more powerful than ever — it can move mountains, cure plagues, and change the world for good. But amid the complexity of everyday life, we must be able to determine not just what we can do, but what we should do and must do, plus how.

That’s where manifestos come in. A modern manifesto is a statement of purpose and a script for action. Your manifesto can be a compass to help you navigate the seas of change and a reminder of your agency as a creator and changemaker. In You Need a Manifesto, Charlotte Burgess Auburn explains how to collect, curate, and craft your own manifesto that you can use as an everyday tool for making decisions and taking action.


Cancellation Policy

MODA reserves the right to cancel a program if the minimum enrollment requirements are not met, but don't worry: should MODA have to cancel, we will gladly issue a full refund to all registrants. If you need to cancel your plans for any reason, we kindly request that you notify us at least 7 days prior to the event start. By doing so, we can process a refund for the ticket cost (minus a small $10 processing fee per class). Unfortunately, we cannot provide refunds for cancellations made less than 7 days before an event.‌



Designers with different styles of learning or special needs are welcome in MODA's public programs. We will be able to most effectively help everyone learn and enjoy this experience if we know about those needs in advance of the event. Please email with questions or information.

Date & Time

Wed, Mar 20, 2024 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Venue Details

Museum of Design Atlanta

1315 Peachtree Street Northeast
Atlanta, Georgia 30309 Museum of Design Atlanta
Museum of Design Atlanta

The Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) is the only museum in the Southeastern United States exclusively dedicated to the study of design. Our exhibitions feature various design industries and showcase the power of design to inspire change, transform lives, and make the world a better place! Located in the heart of the Midtown Arts District, MODA is a community hub for all things design including design conversations, hands-on workshops, youth programs, and more!

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