In 2020, our society is divided. Technological advance has stalled. We’ve lost coherence and dynamism.
People born in the early 20th century saw the arrival of airplanes, telephones, cars, televisions, computers, and spacecraft. They expected continued progress. But somewhere along the line, reality went off-road. Man last stepped on the moon 48 years ago. The sci-fi futures our ancestors envisioned look as far in the future today as they did then.
Most think 2020 will be remembered for its chaos: plans derailed, businesses shuttered, windows shattered, and sidelong glances at masked neighbors. But chaos brings clarity.
We have lost the future because we’ve lost our common cause. If we can return to a society based on shared values, we can converge on a vision for the future. If we share a vision for the future, we may be able to build it.
Today, we must build the future our values demand.
Most dread aging; we seek eternal life. Most gaze passively at the stars; we design the machinery of exploration. Most hope purpose finds them; we live with purpose every day.
We are proud to announce Praxis: a new society that supports ambitious founders, creators, and pioneers in discovering and executing on their life’s work, while working together towards a shared vision for the future.
2020 won't just be remembered for its dark moments. With courage, vision, and faith in the frontier, we can ensure that 2020 is remembered as a turning point:
The inception of a new golden age.
Praxis is a society of founders, engineers, artists, researchers, and young aspirants building towards a shared vision for the future through the pursuit of heroic projects.
Heroic projects are bold ventures focused on physical and symbolic immortality (“eternal memory in the minds of men”), both at the scale of the individual and civilization.
Heroic Projects may include longevity science, spacecraft development, transformative software, art, crypto, statecraft, and new cities.
Praxis Members support each other’s projects and coordinate to build the future we envision. We come together for dinners, digital events, retreats, and adventures, and pursue collaborative projects, such as Praxis Brain, a graph of an esoteric tradition of knowledge curated and created by Members.
Until now, Praxis has been invitation-only. We are excited to open applications so that you can take your hero’s journey with us.
If you have the will to build the future, we invite you to apply to Praxis.
No accepted applications will be turned away for lack of financial resources. Full and partial scholarships are available upon application.
Shared values no longer bind cities. Cities are simply labor markets. Loneliness is malignant. People move to cities for jobs, and hope to find belonging online.
Today, we have an opportunity to reimagine cities. Software engineers built the infrastructure to support the migration of the knowledge economy from the office to the cloud. A virus catalyzed this migration. Now we can live and work wherever we choose, with whoever we choose.
With an abundance of choice, we choose to leave the metropole. We choose to build a startup society with those who share our values. Ancient Athens had 300,000 residents. Renaissance Florence had 80,000. Countless forgotten cities were far larger. The greatness of a city has little to do with its population, and everything to do with its populace.
The internet brings people together around shared passions in digital cities. Now, we can use the internet to bring people together in a city made of atoms. With 2020 technology, we can build a city around shared values with talent and vitality exceeding that of Ancient Athens or Renaissance Florence.
Building a new city from scratch is an opportunity for radical first principles thinking. Modern transportation. Modular construction. Innovative governance. Decentralized currency. Default healthy food, default exercise in nature, default human interaction, and default ownership -- the next Apple might be a city; Manhattan’s land is worth more than Amazon.
Tomorrow’s cities will be organized around the warmth of the tribe and the growth propelled by a unified vision for the future. We envision human potential unleashed, an aggregation of talent never before seen, enabled by the global reach of the internet.
We are building the city Silicon Valley deserves.
We are in conversation with numerous interested governments about partnering to develop the city, but we are always open to new possibilities. Together, we can grow your technology and financial sectors, create skill-building opportunities for ambitious local people, and attract the top technology talent in the world.
If you represent a government and are interested in beginning a dialogue with Bluebook Cities, please reach out.
We are committed to partnering with local communities from Day 1. We are excited to empower local communities by creating high-paying jobs, causing land value appreciation, and offering new educational opportunities. We strive to ensure that locals share in the upside as the city grows in value.
“Peter Thiel, Marc Andreessen and Bitcoin investor Roger Ver [invested] in Pronomos in 2019, a venture capital fund dedicated to building the next charter city. Pronomos is backing Bluebook Cities…”
“Emergent Ventures winners, seventh cohort: [...] Dryden Brown, to help build institutions [...] through his company Bluebook Cities.”
We founded Bluebook Cities to help build a new society focused on a shared vision for the future. We are looking to hire the most ambitious, creative, and focused people in the world. If you want to build the future with us, get in touch.
Prior to founding Bluebook Cities in 2019, he covered consumer and technology at an NYC-based hedge fund. He is an Emergent Ventures winner. Before finance, he was a sponsored surfer and studied philosophy.
Prior to founding Bluebook Cities in 2019, he covered consumer at a NYC-based hedge fund. He began his career with a brief stint on the NFL's Buffalo Bills.