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


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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Limits of competition in a networked age?


Regarding Seth Godin’s post Everyone gets paid on commission: I don’t agree that web traffic equals impact. It may say more about the limits of competition in a networked age.

Proxri Deal: As you find our relationship rewarding, proxri with the proximity in mind.

Banality is Deep


The banal is often the most deep. However, it can take some effort to see it. But you can go from “The sky is blue” to “The sky is blue! (And so amazing it’s about to blow my mind.)” This can be done without drugs. In fact, it’s way, way better without drugs. Nature doesn’t have an advertising agency, which is a shame.

Of course, you can’t be this way all the time. You’d never get anything done. But in this there’s another banal but deep observation: You can’t do anything all the time anyway.

~ Proxri Deal: As you find our relationship rewarding, proxri with the proximity in mind. ~

Van Gogh Loses Value

Whenever I’m at the Getty Museum, which is frequently, I swing by the room where van Gogh’s “Irises” is on view. In the art market, it is worth tens of millions of dollars. Yet for me, it has become worth almost nothing. There is little value yet to be extracted from it, and moving on to other visual experiences is more valuable by far.

This also brings into question part of the art market. If people can get tired of almost anything, why would they pay so much for them? I guess part of the answer is the art market is more about collecting than looking and experiencing. It’s more like collecting antique furniture or stamps. The thrill is in the hunt, not the art. I’m more about the thrill being in the visuals.