Creating a new petition
Here is a step-by-step guide for new users who want to create a petition.
After choosing the “Start a Campaign” button at the top of the page, you’ll be brought to the new petition page.
As you create each section of your petition, you will also see helpful tips displayed for each section. Start with your petition name – something short, but that will grab people’s attention.
Next, fill in the person to whom you’ll be sending the petition – the person and decision-maker who can give you what you want. Then explain exactly what you want this person to do.
Next, explain to your supporters why the issue is important – why should they sign your petition?
Choose a category for your petition. You can choose more than one – we recommend up to three. This will make it easier for supporters to find your campaign on the Manifesta site. If your petition does not fit within one of the categories, you can leave it unchecked.
Finally, if your petition addresses an issue that is specific to a local area, enter the location in the first box below “where?” If your campaign does not have a specific location, you can choose the “national or global campaign” option.
Once you hit CREATE PETITION, you’ll be asked to either log in or create a new account. If you already have an account and are logged in, you’ll be brought to the review petition page.
From the review page you can look over your petition and make sure that you have included all the right information. From here you can upload an image to your campaign. Adding a picture is important for your petition, and is displayed when the petition is shared on facebook.
Once you have saved any changes, you’ll be brought to the next screen, which allows you to share your petition as a Facebook or Twitter update.
Additionally, you can invite specific friends to sign your petition or, if you’d prefer to share your petition via email, you can choose the fourth option and a sample message will be made available.
If at any time you’d like to re-share your petition, just log into your account and choose “My Campaigns.” From there, click the specific campaign that you’d like share and then choose “manage,” which is to the right of the campaign name.
From this manage page you can also edit your campaign, add additional administrators, and take your petition offline.
To edit your campaign, choose “edit petition.” To add another administrator, choose “campaign admins,” enter the email address of the person you’d like to add and choose “send invitation.”
If you’d like to take your petition offline and collect signatures in person, choose the “collect signatures on paper” option. You can then print a customized form that includes columns for name, email, post/zipcode, phone number, and the option to join the organization’s mailing list. Once you’re done collecting signatures, return to this window and choose “enter petition signatures.”
Once you are done campaigning, return to the manage pane and choose “deliver petition,” which allows you to download a pdf of the petition. From here you can choose to print the petition and hand deliver it, or save the file and email it to the campaign target.