Options for Sustainable Variety

Sustainable variety? What’s that?

What is sustainable variety? Well, I’ve always been interested in what makes life great. What makes people feel alive, excited, vital and engaged? I think a good answer is what I call “sustainable variety.” You could say it’s variety that continues and grows. It’s variety that doesn’t become static, yet also isn’t so great it becomes chaotic. You could say sustainable variety, in many ways, is what nature does. 

Options for sustainable variety, for lots of people.

I don’t think sustainable variety just accidentally happens, at least on a consistent basis. I do think there are things we can do to increase our chances of having sustainable variety. I’ve started some projects that create options for lots of people, to help create and spread sustainable variety. You can see introductions to these projects farther down this page (see the bullets in the “get involved” section below).

Options for sustainable variety, for me.

I’m trying to create sustainable variety for myself by valuing, allowing, seeking and managing variety in my life. This includes creating videos, downloadable art and photos. It also includes pursuing my various projects described below as well as here, and pursuing sustainable variety in my personal and everyday life.  

I invite you to get involved, in a variety of ways!

I invite you to get involved. There are a variety of ways you can do that! You can explore and try one or more of my major projects that help create and spread sustainable variety (see bullets below). You can access some of my other projects and creative works (full list here). You can follow or connect on social media. And you can proxri me and these projects (see the next major section below).

• Collaborate with the Shared Situations Guide

Shared situations can improve and become more lively when people can relate to the proximity of their shared situation. The Shared Situation Guide helps groups do that in mobile, networked ways. This may assist any group with a shared situation, from friends and associates, to neighborhoods and communities and beyond. The guide grew out of the proximity thinking framework and helps create sustainable proximities and sustainable variety. The Shared Situations site introduces the guide, has links to begin using the guide, provides starter sets for some common situations, points to workshops for learning the guide, and helps people find and collaborate with others using the guide for shared situations.

• Join and/or Create Communities for Variety People

The variety people site aims to encourage variety and help variety people manage the dance between variety and stability. It’s a largely user-generated place to connect and share experiences, resources, ideas, events, articles, questions and ways of managing variety. In the process, perhaps we can become happier, healthier and more sustainable. And we might get what you could call some sustainable variety.

If you live in or near Los Angeles, you might be interested in joining the Variety People Los Angeles meetup group.

• Try Variety-Enhancing Ways to Distribute and Enjoy the Arts

Easy downloading and sharing on networks creates opportunities for more variety, exploration, richer lives and rewards that relate. If certain information is attached to artistic works, we can relate to and reward creators no matter how we access or get their works. And, networks let rewards for the works relate to the enjoyments, benefits, people and circumstances in the proximity. Such rewards are called proxri. Artsdown is a place to explore and post downloadable arts and things related to downloadable arts (such as links, reviews, events, products, services, ideas and experiences), as well as a place to comment on postings and reward (proxri) arts creators.

• Learn and Use Proximity Thinking for Ideas and Collaboration

Proximity thinking provides a conceptual framework for sustainable proximities and sustainable variety, as well as creativity, innovation, problem-solving and living.

You can proxri for your benefits.

Are you benefitting from some of my projects and creative works (​full list here)? If so, you can proxri (ProxReward) in several different ways. What are proxri? Here’s the brief answer: Proxri (pronounced prox’ree) is short for one or more ProxRewards, which are rewards made with the proximity in mind. Basically, you consider your enjoyment and benefits (from my projects, arts files, videos, art, photos, writing, websites, etc.), your circumstances, my circumstances, and some related people and circumstances, and then proxri as appropriate. Proxri may include money, things, services, relationships, actions, etc. Find more details about proxri here. You can proxri one time or in non-financial ways here. You can set up a monthly proxri of money via Patreon and also get updates and many other potential benefits here on Patreon.


Thanks! I’d be interested to hear about your experiences with any of my works or projects.
—David Loughry