The Guild of the ROSE

The Guild of the ROSE is an educational organization that provides a variety of workshops focused on self improvement. Courses are taught by members of the community, and anyone can apply to lead a course. Because of this peer-led structure, we often teach non-traditional topics such as Fashion 101, Character Sheet, or How to Spot a Con.

ROSE workshops also place a strong emphasis on community. Workshops are typically taught to cohorts of six to eight, instead of the hundreds common in a college lecture hall. Lectures are also pre-recorded and students are expected to watch them beforehand -- class time is used to discuss the lecture and work through exercises. Classes are not about rote memorization and Guild progression is not gated behind completing an arbitrary selection of them.

The use of external sources such as Google, StackOverflow, or Wikipedia is not only allowed but encouraged. Rationality is about effectiveness in real life, not an artificial scenario.


Meet the Council

Course Design Director
Matt Freeman

I have a BS., MS., and Ph.D. in engineering, and experience in both academic research and commercial industry. I specialize in building computer models of physical systems. I live in Colorado with my three children.

Gray Morrow

Pessimist by inclination, optimist by experience. Transhumanist because I love humanity too much to not want to improve it.

Anti Systems Engineer
David Youssef

I have worn many metaphorical and literal hats throughout my life: radio DJ, actor, political activist, drug dealer, martial artist, pizza maker, bank teller, physics tutor, wizard, and real estate agent.

In my role as Anti Systems Engineer for the Guild of the ROSE, I use my wide variety of experiences and insatiable curiosity to help find orthogonal answers to unorthodox problems.

Errol Highberg

I have been a Dungeon Master most of my life, a Nuclear Electrician on a submarine for a few years, and a lifelong student of math, science, the humanities, and history.

As Guild Consul, I bring context and an eye for the logistics needed to achieve our goals. Ask me about non-Newtonian calculus or driving a submarine without a driver's license!

Community Manager

My name is Oscar Capraro, I am a student currently enrolled at Brightworks School for Applied Tinkering in San Francisco, and I am one of the Community Managers for The Guild of the Rose.

I have been a member of the rationalist community for the past couple of years, and I joined ROSE because I thought, and still think, that it can become a great way to spread the tenets of rationality to a wider audience.

Community Manager

My name is Raven, and I am myriad: rationalist, artist, antihero. In my role as Community Manager, I mediate conflicts, onboard new members, and shape the future of the Guild. My ultimate goal is to create a garden of community that balances truth with niceness, pragmatism with idealism, and clarity with validity.

Outside of the Guild, I'm a software engineer by day and a writer, illustrator, and gamer by night. You can contact me any time via Discord, or at

Alex Hedtke

My name is Alex, but you can call me whatever you’d like. People have called me "a wizard trying to look like a muggle", "a rationalist shaman", "transhumanist scum", and many others.

I am here because I want to make the world a better place. I firmly believe that a combination of empathetic community and reliable epistemology is how we do that.

Love with your heart, use your head for everything else.

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