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Introducing “Concept Masonry”—the magical art and science of naming and popularizing concepts that manifest the future of our dreams
Imagine a world where everyone recognizes their inherent power to shape the reality around them. A world where we are not just passive recipients of the status quo, but active participants in creating the future we want to live in.
This is the essence of “Concept Masonry”—my newly coined name for
the art of creating & popularizing foundational concepts that define & shape our reality.
Concept Masonry is a powerful tool that has been employed by visionary leaders throughout history to usher in new eras of human progress; but in today’s world, so many of us have been grown to think we lack this power.
But what if we could democratize Concept Masonry, making it accessible to everyone, and empowering individuals to actively shape the future?
In this piece, I will walk you through the power of Concept Masonry, and how it can be used to lead to a Golden Age for humanity.
The Role of “Foundational Concepts” in Shaping Reality
“Foundational concepts” are abstract ideas whose popularization helps manifest a Golden Age.
Throughout history, Concept Masons have introduced and popularized foundational concepts that have significantly influenced tech, culture, and society.
These concepts often serve as catalysts for change, inspiring people to act or think differently.
Here are some examples of Concept Masons throughout history:
Martin Luther King Jr. 💭
Foundational Concept: "A Dream" of a "Beloved Community"
Impact: Inspired the Civil Rights Movement and continues to influence social justice initiatives worldwide.
Karl Marx 📚
Foundational Concept: “Communism”
Impact: His ideas have shaped the political landscape of the 20th century and influenced numerous revolutions, political systems, and social movements.
Tim Berners-Lee 🌐
Foundational Concept: “World Wide Web”
Impact: Revolutionized the way people access and share information globally.
Rachel Carson 🍃
Foundational Concept: “Environmental conservation”
Impact: Her book "Silent Spring" contributed to the modern environmental movement and led to the establishment of the US Environmental Protection Agency.
Satoshi Nakamoto ₿
Foundational Concept: “Bitcoin” and “decentralized digital currency”
Impact: Revolutionized financial systems and inspired the development of various cryptocurrencies and blockchain technologies.
Buckminster Fuller 🌍
Foundational Concept: “Geodesic Dome” and "Spaceship Earth"
Impact: Encouraged sustainable design and resource efficiency, and influenced the fields of architecture, engineering, and urban planning.
Ada Lovelace 👩💻
Foundational Concept: “Algorithmic computing”
Impact: Her pioneering ideas on algorithmic processes and machine learning continue to shape the field of computer science today.
These historical Concept Masons have played crucial roles in shaping our world through the creation and popularization of new ideas.
By naming and popularizing these concepts, we make it easier for people to talk about them, express desires for more of them, and create gatherings, funding institutions, and other structures to support their growth.
We have to remember that every career profession, musical genre, organizational structure, etc didn’t exist until someone memed it into existence.
Can you imagine a reality in which the following foundational concepts weren’t named and popularized?
“Hip Hop” 🎤—which has birthed a multi-billion dollar global industry of music, fashion, etc and inspired more nascent genres like K-Pop.
“Jazz” 🎺—which has been foundational to so many of the most popular music genres today.
“Limited Liability Corporation” 🏢—which is one of the most popular ways to structure a company.
As our understanding of the world evolves, new Concept Masons will continue to emerge, introducing innovative ideas and concepts that have the potential to reshape our reality.
Democratizing Concept Masonry: Empowering Individuals to Shape the Future
To democratize Concept Masonry, it is essential to make the skills and knowledge needed to create and popularize foundational concepts widely accessible. This can be achieved through education, open-source resources, and fostering a culture of collaboration and shared learning.
By making Concept Masonry accessible to all, we empower individuals to imagine and build the future they desire, rather than passively accepting the world as it is. This not only leads to a more vibrant and diverse society but also increases the chances of realizing a Golden Age for humanity, as more people actively work towards creating a better future.
Examples of Foundational Concepts That Have Gained Traction Recently
Recent years have seen the emergence of numerous foundational concepts that have begun to shape our reality. By popularizing these concepts, individuals and communities can inspire change, innovation, and progress.
Here are some foundational concepts from the past few years that have already begun to shape our reality (including inspiring major career changes):
"Red Pill" 💊: A metaphorical term for acknowledging and accepting a hard truth or reality, often used to describe a shift in perspective or worldview. Commonly used to imply that people are brainwashed and stuck in “the Matrix.”
"Network State" 🌐: A decentralized form of governance and organization—coined by Balaji Srinivasan—that transcends physical borders and is built on digital networks, fostering collaboration and innovation.
"Green Pill" 💚: A metaphorical term for embracing an optimistic, eco-friendly, and sustainable mindset or worldview, often focused on addressing environmental and social issues—coined by Ryan the Coordinator and popularized by Kevin Owocki (among others)
"Solarpunk" 🌞: A genre of speculative fiction and art that envisions a positive, sustainable, and eco-friendly future, blending technology with nature and community values.
"Regen" and "Regen Web3" 🌱: "Regen" refers to regenerative practices or systems that restore and rejuvenate ecosystems, while "Regen Web3" is the integration of these practices into decentralized digital platforms.
"Amapiano" 🎹: A South African music genre that blends electronic dance music, house, and jazz elements, characterized by smooth melodies and a laid-back tempo.
"Phonk" 🎧: An underground music genre influenced by Southern hip-hop, characterized by slowed-down beats, heavy basslines, and samples from various sources.
"Climate crisis" ⛈️: The ongoing global problem caused by human activities, such as burning fossil fuels and deforestation, leading to increasing temperatures, extreme weather events, and ecological disruptions.
"Regenerative Renaissance" 🌿: A term describing a global movement towards restorative and regenerative practices, systems, and values in various fields like agriculture, economics, and governance.
"DAO" ⚙️: Decentralized Autonomous Organization, a digital entity that is governed by smart contracts and operates without central authority, enabling collective decision-making and resource management.
"Teal organization" 🫂: An organizational structure—coined by Frederic Laloux—focused on self-management, wholeness, and evolutionary purpose, fostering adaptability, collaboration, and personal growth.
"DeSci" 🔬: Decentralized Science, a concept where scientific research and knowledge creation are facilitated by decentralized digital platforms, promoting open access and collaboration.
"Quadratic Funding" 💸: A funding mechanism—popularized by Gitcoin—that allocates resources to projects based on the number of unique contributors and their donations, prioritizing public goods and community support.
"Gap Year" 🎒: A period of time, typically a year, taken by students between high school and college or university, often spent traveling, working, or volunteering to gain life experience and personal growth.
Examples of How I Am Stepping Into A Role As A Concept Mason
Being a Concept Mason seems a bit out of the ordinary but I am proof that it is possible.
If I can learn how to Concept Mason, you can probably do it too.
Foundational concepts I am working to popularize include:
“Foundational Tech” 🔧: tech that serves a building block for a Golden Age for humanity.
“Foundational Culture” 🎭: culture that accelerates humanity’s transition to a Golden Age.
“Foundational Concept” 💡: an abstract idea whose popularizing helps manifest a Golden Age.
“Zen Circle” 🧘♂️: a mixed gender discussion circle, usually between 4-8 people, where each participant shares vulnerably with others in the “circle” how they are feeling and what they are working through.
“Public Great” 🌟: someone who does most if not all of their work for the public good
“In-Betweener” 🤝: A Public Great who contributes to multiple organizations, often by weaving aligned Public Greats and forming partnerships between values-aligned organizations that are wins for each organization and also for the public good.
“Coordination Revolution” 🔄: a cultural movement and entrepreneurial trend of building technology that helps people coordinate more effectively for the public good.
“Solutionist” 🛠️: someone who puts the practice of building practically useful solutions over dogma and tribalism.
“Single Issue Policy Entrepreneur” 🎯: someone who focuses intensely on pushing a single policy agenda that has the chance the unite otherwise divided factions.
“ReGen” 🌱: trans-age “generation” that welcomes any American of any race, gender, location, etc. who shares a common goal to regenerate the world.
“Movement Game” or “Massively Multiplayer Movement Building Game” 🎮: A social movement that takes the best features of an MMORPG to make changing the world fun and engaging for a sustained amount of time.
“America 2.0” 🇺🇸: A future where every American has the opportunity to realize their potential to flourish.
“Humanity 2.0” 🌍: A future for humanity where everyone has the opportunity to realize their potential to flourish—this is equivalent to a Golden Age for humanity.
“Concept Masonry” 🧱: the craft of coming up with seeming magical new concepts that describe an emerging reality or distant reality that is desirable to manifest
Conclusion: Grab Your Magic Wand & Unleash Your Power As A “Concept Mason”
Our reality is the way it is in large part because of the concepts that Concept Masons decided to name at some point in history. By democratizing the skills and knowledge needed for Concept Masonry, we can empower more people to actively shape the world around them.
As Steve Jobs once said,
"Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you, and you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use."
Jobs is pointing to how humans have the power to shape the world around them—to be Concept Masons.
By embracing our power to shape reality, we can work together to create a brighter and more inclusive future for all.
It’s time for us to recognize the potential within ourselves and others to create and popularize foundational concepts that can lead to a Golden Age for humanity.
It’s time for you to grab your magic wand and unleash your power as a Concept Mason.
But beyond stepping into your own power, let’s help others step into theirs.
Whether it's through education, open-source resources, or fostering collaboration, let's make Concept Masonry accessible to everyone and empower individuals to imagine and build the future they desire.
As we become aware of our power to shape reality, we can unleash the collective genius of humanity to tackle the most pressing challenges of our time and create a world that is more just, sustainable, and vibrant for generations to come.
So embrace your power as a Concept Mason and help democratize this powerful art, ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to contribute to the ongoing story of human progress.