Do you know of anyone else who has …

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

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.

Thank you!

David Loughry


An easy, useful, pleasurable convention for shared photography and arts images.

I’m suggesting an easy, useful, pleasurable convention for shared photography and arts images. I just wrote a post called Photographers and Artists: Add Proxri Info to the Image Itself over on It relates to images shared on Facebook and social media and the web. People can easily send digital images anywhere, so photographers and artists might as well offer them the chance to proxri and/or get in touch!

The predictability of humans

Humans are fairly predictable in the following sense: we are usually doing things, or trying to do things, that prove we’re not apes. Even though we are apes, we would hate being mistaken for one! So we adorn ourselves with things, experiences, friends, accomplishments, and ideas. And we often prefer doing these things over actually working together to solve real problems. That’s what I often find so funny. Yet I often do it too!

I’m Watching Guns, Germs and Steel on Netflix

Jared Diamond wants to know what created such massive differences in power between civilizations.

So far, it seems to be a pretty persuasive argument, that geography helped create compelling competitive advantages for some groups of people, that continued to compound. Well, I guess geography plus germs.

But I’m afraid it’s not going to ask what I think is a more interesting question: Why don’t people treat each other better? Or perhaps more productively, under what conditions do people treat each other better?

I’ll probably write a bit more after I finish watching the series.

Finished it. I would recommend this series.

Diamond repeatedly says he began this work over 30 years ago. That strikes a chord with me. I began work on proximity thinking over 35 years ago.

The difference of course is, that no one understands my work yet. And no one supports my work. And no one believes in me.

That’s why I’ve been working on ways to put the ideas into action. Pretty much all my projects, and my art, relate to proximity thinking in one way or another.