Humans think in symbols. Language, Mathematics, Money, Credentials. The symbols we use influence how we think. How we think influences how we act. We believe that representing society in a new way can generate a better world.
Create a world full of purpose and progress.
We believe purpose and progress come mainly from understanding — both ourselves and the world.
At Symbol, we’re building a universally trusted platform to celebrate learning, skills, and what you do with your knowledge and skills.
We approach our vision by helping to generate the following:
1. A society that rewards lifelong learning.
It’s hard to impose top-down goals on society. But if we change the incentive structure, we can design a system that motivates the main source of purpose and prosperity: learning and creating.
By creating a direct link between status and what you know and can do, and making this an evolving symbol in which you can finally see your progress, we’re creating the incentive structure to pursue ongoing growth and skill development.
2. Efficient allocation of human capital.
The biggest asset of humanity is humans. By quantifying human skills and making them visible, we can channel and combine our skills towards the problems that best suit our strengths.
With quantified expertise comes the necessary transparency and data to efficiently allocate human capital in a meritocratic, unbiased, and costless way.
3. A global meritocracy.
We believe talent is universal but opportunity currently isn’t.
We’re building a world where people are seen not by their credentials, but by their true set of skills and what they are able to do with them.