FIVE ProxThink meetups this month!

If you’re not on Meetup and want to attend, just contact me through this site.

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FIVE ProxThink meetups this month! Four are online, so you can attend even if you don’t live around Los Angeles. Use the link below to click through to the group page for more details.
• Intro to Proximity Thinking – Online Workshop – 1/12/17
• Intro to Proximity Thinking – Online Workshop – 1/15/17
• Shared Situation Guide – Online Workshop – 1/19/17
• Shared Situation Guide – Online Workshop – 1/22/17
• Mixer & Possible LA Collabs – 1/29/17

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How Good Feelings Might Arise from Using the Shared Situation Guide

A TED talk by Jonathan Haidt makes it easier to explain some of the potential benefits I see from using the Shared Situation Guide. In this post on the Shared Situations site, I explain why and summarize. But you’ll probably like the talk for reasons of your own too.

Shared Situations

Even though the TED talk below is called “Religion, Evolution, and the Ecstasy of Self-Transcendence,” part of what Jonathan Haidt is talking about is groups coming together around shared situations. Perhaps some of the same effects he mentions (I’ll discuss some below) will result from using the shared situation guide. We’ll have to see. Let’s find out.

Some of the effects he mentions include:

  • Your self-interest and your sense of self becoming less dominant.
  • A sense of uniting into a team and of communal effort.
  • Life seeming more interconnected.
  • The things above feeling good and being uplifting.

Haidt also mentions that nature’s solution to the more destructive extremes of self-interest is containment, or putting related elements “into the same boat.” In a sense, this is what using the shared situation guide does, especially when deployed via our mobile devices (rather than just on our computers). In other words, the people…

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Using ProxThink-Based Shared Situation Guide to Collaborate on Meetup Ideas/Planning

Quick update on the Variety People LA meetup group …

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I’m using the Shared Situation Guide (which uses the ProxThink growth model), as a collaborative document to collect meetup ideas and plan meetups for the Variety People LA meetup group. Here’s an upcoming meetup related to that. If you live in the Los Angeles area, please consider joining us!

If you’d like to adapt this document for your meetup group, or other meeting or event planning, please contact me.

Let’s Collaborate on Meetup Ideas/Planning (it’s also an ongoing mobile process)

Tuesday, Nov 15, 2016, 7:00 PM

No location yet.

1 VariPeeps Attending

I’ve started a collaborative Quip document for collecting ideas for meetups and planning them. RSVP for this event, and I’ll send you details about how to join the document. On the date of the meetup, we can get together for an orientation to the Quip document, discuss ideas for meetups, and have a beverage and/or something to eat…

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Some Situations Call for Proximity-Oriented Approaches Like the Shared Situation Guide, Leading to More Sustainability and Variety

I created proximity thinking to help us with both big and small challenges. The first paragraph of this post makes some points I’ve been thinking about for a while now. Recently I realized I had not written about them! If you know someone who might get this and/or get into it, please pass it on. If you find this post or the Shared Situation Guide beneficial, please proxri via links in the post. If you don’t know, “proxri” (pronounced prox’ree) is short for one or more ProxRewards, which are rewards made with the proximity in mind. My 1987 Saab has 300,000 miles and it’s starting to fall apart. See more about my circumstances, which are part of the proximity of this situation. Thanks!

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Some Situations Call for Proximity-Oriented Approaches

Hello,

Are you, as an individual or in your organization, exploring ways of thinking about and relating to situations that could make more progress on the big and small challenges you face, and humanity faces? Whether you’re exploring or not, what follows will expand your possibilities. First, these four definitions will help with what’s coming up. A situation is whatever you are dealing with or considering. An element is anything you’re considering as separate, including a person, place, thing, idea, feeling, time, group, relationship, etc. A relationship is any kind of association or connection between elements. And, the proximity consists of elements related or potentially related to a situation, in physical, mental and other ways. With the proximity thinking framework I created, you can consider situations and challenges with the four basic terms situation, element, relationship and proximity. Although considering elements, relationships and the proximity may each…

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