Modern Masters is a project designed to empower individuals and organizations through meaningful learning, collaboration, and entertaining interaction. To do this, we utilize a comprehensive framework through which individuals and groups can work synergistically to bring their goals to fruition.
Our project is built on three pillars:
- Promote personal growth through education and imaginative exercises
- Encourage and support effective community building
- Incorporate proven game techniques to enhance motivation and engagement
Personal Growth Through Education and Imaginative Exercises
The MM network is set up to encourage members to discover truth for themselves. Our method of doing this is to provide a platform for self-directed education through imaginative exercises.
Our network will be open to teachers in many subjects who would like to create lessons and expand their reach. Anyone can become a teacher after demonstrating their abilities.
Lessons in the Modern Masters system are called quests. Inside the system Quests won’t just be online classes, they will be engaging, gamified journeys. Lasting anywhere from a day to a month, the completion of quests will earn the user experience points, quest badges, and magic signals. The Quest structure will progress throughout the network, increasing in complexity until the user attains mastery of their subject matter.
The following are our Core Quest subjects:
Through examination and exploration of a person’s belief system, a more aware and conscious person can emerge. Modern Masters does not adhere to any specific belief system, and our project’s aim is to encourage diverse understanding and cooperation.
Empathy is the ability to put yourself in the shoes of another in more than a superficial sense. We believe empathy can be developed through experiences that create lasting connections with the people and environment we all share. Modern Masters provides opportunities for people to have those experiences.
We realize that the world we live in is inhabited by a diverse and conscious population. To sustain and enhance that population, we seek to reframe the individual’s relation to it from one of ownership to one of stewardship.
Fundamental to any potential change is a recognition of the system we are a part of. Through safe, engaging debate and argument, we seek to understand the system that surrounds us more completely, without dogma and rhetoric.
In order to judge more accurately what is true, Modern Masters provides a comprehensive structure for understanding and developing your intuition. We feel intuition is analogous to a sixth sense—one that has been disregarded and degraded too often by modern society.
Finally, the culmination of all this is to assist our users to develop a stronger sense of self. Our project’s fundamental goal is to empower our users in as many ways as possible. Central to this empowerment is the understanding of who we are and what we are capable of.
For more on producing quests see our Mentor page.
Encourage and Support Effective Community Building
The Modern Masters network is an open source network which allows contributions from all its members. The Lotus Concordia structure is our collaborative structure created to guide these contributions. It allows members of the Modern Masters network to work together. In this way, it acts as a collective production network with skills and abilities as wide as its member base.
The Lotus Concordia works like this:
- Anyone can request a task to be completed, and anyone can complete a task.
- Tasks are broken down into manageable components called Seeds. This makes task-completion simple and rewarding for contributors.
- The issuer can chose to incentivize the completion of a task using game elements or network credits. The more appealing the issuer makes a task the more high-quality responses they’ll receive.
- Inside the MM network, any seed can be re-used and modified. Contributors have a wealth of creative potential at their fingertips.
- Seeds will be cataloged and documented to promote efficiency. Relevant seeds will be easy to find and use.
- Seeds can be stacked into mid-sized or large ongoing projects. These are called Recipes and Organons, respectively.
- Questions of external licensing, contracting, and intellectual property are addressed at each task level. It will always be clear who can use what, when.
For more on the this structure, see The Lotus Concordia page.
Gameplay to Enhance Motivation and Engagement
We’ve called the Gameplay portion of the Modern Masters project the MM22 Meta-Reality Experience. As the term “Meta-Reality” denotes, it weaves in and out of the real world and our network in unexpected ways. A trans-media role-playing game in the largest sense, users can begin their play through our Tabletop RPG Rule Book or through the web app. While it is intimately tied to the system of education through quests, it has its own momentum and ever-expanding story line. It is carefully crafted to create surreal experiences both inside the application and in the real world.
Modern Masters gameplay includes the following features:
- Self-reflection through character creation.
- Reward mechanics for the completion of challenging tasks.
- Questing that increases in interest and difficulty.
- Online meeting spaces for our members.
- Collaborative dynamics and group play.
- A community built around a marketplace of ideas.
- An alternative currency.
- A long-term story line that will be unleashed into real-world play.
- Creative solutions to pressing problems crafted through play.
To read more about Modern Masters Gameplay see our MM22 Manual.