New on my ProxThink blog …
Have you ever wondered what makes life great? Here are my answers in a short script. Recently I wrote the script (see it below this intro) for a video I hope to make. In answering the question of what makes life great, the script will:
- Introduce you to what I call sustainable variety, or SustaVariety,
- Say what you can do right now to create more SustaVariety, and
- Invite you to join some adventurous projects (and related groups and events) I’ve started to create more SustaVariety.
If you have any comments, feedback and/or suggestions on the script, see the paragraph after the script for details and how you might benefit. Here it is:
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Have you ever wondered what makes life great? What do you think makes people feel more alive, excited, vital and engaged? I’ve thought about this a lot, and a good answer is
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This will be the first one! Hope to do it monthly, with ongoing online collaboration. Hope you’ll check it out and attend, in person or online!
Attention LA people who want to make Los Angeles better and more alive … I’m hosting the event linked to this Thursday, 8/22, 6-8 pm. You can also join us online!
This is a brief summary of my six major accomplishments in life to date, including some of my motivations and background. But before that, below is an introduction to the rest of the page.
To help others and myself be more alive and meet challenges, I leveraged my very diverse knowledge and experiences to create an integrated set of patterns for creativity and innovation. To make the patterns conceptually coherent I created a philosophical structure, and using both I created integrated collaboration processes for our connected world, and then conceptually linked those with our current state of technology and networks. The creativity patterns, the philosophical structure and the collaboration processes are the three main parts of the proximity thinking (ProxThink) framework, and they are called the ProxPatterns, the Basics and the Growth Model. Then I proposed, and continue to propose, using all of this to meet some of humanity’s ordinary and tough challenges like climate change, sustainability and quality of life. I’ve also made attempts to implement all of this in a number of projects, and share it with people using the idea of sustainable variety (which I also created) via groups and online sessions, websites, an online course and a guide within an app. I invite you to help yourself and others by joining me on these adventures for benefits on many levels. For a longer summary and relevant links to more information and how to get involved in the adventures, please see the rest of this page. In light of the work I’ve done and my current circumstances, at the end I’ll ask you to consider a proxri (one of the collaboration processes I created for our connected world, which can help create lively proximities). However, if this introduction has convinced you already, you can explore and join the adventures here and/or proxri here.
Motivations and Background
Below you’ll find some of what motivated me on such large-scope endeavors and the diverse background that helped support and propel them.
NOTES: (1) Related links below that say “desktop” can be viewed on mobile if you zoom in. (2) This is a work in progress, and may get copied elsewhere later. When I’ve finished editing it, I’ll note that here.
I’ve had several goals, described at a big-picture level as helping other people and myself to: feel more alive, be more alive, pursue possibilities, meet challenges and avoid problems. Why? Multiple reasons. To help other people and to connect with other people. For my own sake and for the challenges of such goals. Also, because my father wanted me to do something for the world.
Partly in preparation for what came later, partly to survive and partly out of curiosity, I have …
- explored diverse domains of knowledge (emphasizing the arts, sciences, design and business),
- explored diverse work environments (entrepreneurial, small to large business, government, cooperative, nonprofit), and
- explored diverse work activities (marketing, finance, sales, art, design, business ownership, public interest fundraising, survey interviewing, others),
- pursued many different creative activities (art, design, invention, music),
- earned a math degree and a masters in business along the way and
- met a huge variety of people.
My Six Major Accomplishments, Your Invitation to Join the Adventures, and Questions for You Related to Proxri
Below are my six major accomplishments, and your invitation to help yourself and others by joining me on these adventures! Plus, a couple questions for you related to proxri.
1. Creativity Patterns (ProxPatterns)
Leveraging my diverse knowledge and experiences, I created an integrated set of patterns for creativity, problem-solving and innovation. I call these patterns the ProxPatterns.
2. Philosophical Structure (ProxThink Basics)
To ground the creativity patterns and make them conceptually coherent, I created an elegant philosophical structure that can also relate to mathematics, engineering, business, design, the arts and the sciences. I call this philosophical structure the ProxThink Basics.
3. Collaboration Processes (ProxThink Growth Model)
Then, using the philosophical structure and the creativity patterns, I developed an integrated set of collaboration processes that create new possibilities for collaboration and relating to proximities for our connected world. In addition to creating new possibilities, these processes may augment and/or replace some processes of markets, governments, nonprofits and more. I call these collaboration processes the ProxThink Growth Model. Note that this and the previous two sections form the three main parts of the proximity thinking framework. That is, the ProxPatterns, the Basics and the Growth Model.
4. Linkage to Current Technology (Sustainable Proximities Approach)
Next, I conceptually linked the ProxThink Growth Model with our current state of technology and networks. I call this the Sustainable Proximities Approach.
• Sustainable Proximities Approach — Desktop
5. Proposals to Use All of This (Various Proposals)
Then I proposed, and continue to propose, using all of this (1 through 4 above) to meet some of humanity’s ordinary and tough challenges like climate change, sustainability and quality of life.
• Proxearth Climate Change Effort — Desktop
• (More to come. I need to track down a number of relevant blog posts and pages from various sites.)
6. Attempts to Implement and Share All of This, Including the Related Concept of Sustainable Variety (Various Efforts)
I’ve also made some first attempts to implement all of this (1 through 5 above) in several domains via a number of projects, and share it with various groups of people. These efforts can be grouped within the general related concept of sustainable variety, which I also created. I’ve developed ways people can get involved, from small to big, to create more sustainable variety with my major projects (ProxThink, Shared Situations, Variety People, Artsdown). They can join groups and online sessions, interact with sites, use an online course in proximity thinking, and collaborate using the Shared Situation Guide in a mobile app.
• Adventures in Sustainable Variety — Mobile and Desktop
• (More direct links to come, but there are many links to the ways people can get involved in the sustainable variety link just above.)
• Intro to ProxThink — Let’s Be More Alive online course — Mobile and Desktop
• My Projects (multiple links here) — Mobile and Desktop
Help Yourself and Others by Joining Me!
I invite you to help yourself and others by joining me on these adventures for benefits on many levels!
• Find out why, how and the many benefits of getting involved here.
Questions for You Related to Proxri
Given the six major accomplishments of my life to date listed above, is it right and does it make sense to you and/or feel right to you that this is my personal ProxMonitor? If not, what can or will you do about it (this link explains more about proxri)? You might want to proxri me. Briefly, Proxri (pronounced prox’ree) is short for one or more ProxRewards, which are rewards that relate elements in the proximity, and are often made with the proximity in mind. The proxri process is part of the ProxThink Growth Model, and can help create lively proximities. You’ll find more about how to proxri at the links below. You can proxri once or in ongoing ways, with money or in other ways. Patreon is recommended as you’ll get the benefits of your Patreon tier and all the tiers below it!
I realize the question you’ll read below is somewhat silly, since it would be hard to find anyone like you either if you put together a long, specific list about yourself and asked if people knew anyone else who had the same list as you. But weirdly, I hope you’ll see that posing the question as I have below seems to focus attention better than just listing what I’ve created and done. And I hope you’ll see that perhaps the diverse parts of what I’ve created and integrated might add up to more than the sum of the parts, and are perhaps significant and worth your further explorations. So, here comes perhaps the longest sentence you’ve read, or at least of one the longest.
To help other people and themselves feel and be more alive, pursue possibilities, meet challenges and avoid problems, do you know of anyone else (besides me) who has created an elegant philosophical framework that also relates to mathematics, engineering, business, design, the arts and the sciences, and linked it with an integrated set of patterns for creativity, problem-solving and innovation that they also created, and then linked both of those with an integrated set of rewards processes they created that can augment and/or replace some processes of markets, governments, nonprofits and more as well as create new possibilities for collaboration in our connected world, and then linked all of that with our current state of technology and networks, as well as proposed using all of this to meet some of humanity’s ordinary and tough challenges like climate change, sustainability and quality of life, and made some first attempts to implement all of this in several domains and share it with various groups of people? In this question, I’m referring to my proximity thinking framework and my projects related to it, introduced on the home page of loughry.com.
If you do know of anyone else who has done the above, or even a good chunk of it, please let me know. If you know someone who might know of anyone else like that, please share this post with them, and ask them to let me know.