Have you ever wondered what makes life great? (my answers in a short script)

New on my ProxThink blog …

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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:

  1. Introduce you to what I call sustainable variety, or SustaVariety,
  2. Say what you can do right now to create more SustaVariety, and
  3. 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:

*** script below ***

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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Want to make Los Angeles better and more alive?

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!

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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!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sustavariety-for-la-tickets-68701220199

SustaVariety for LA

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Upcoming event in Los Angeles for learning more about sustainable variety …

This is going to be a monthly event. Maybe you can make it sometime!

Variety People

Pursuing Sustainable Variety

Thursday, Aug 23, 2018, 6:00 PM

WeWork Pacific Design Center
750 N San Vicente Blvd West Hollywood, CA

0 VariPeeps Attending

Sustainable variety? What’s that? I think sustainable variety is what makes people feel alive, excited, vital and engaged. I think it’s one of the things that makes life enjoyable. 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. In many ways, it’s what nature …

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Live in the Los Angeles area? Join Our Adventure to the Getty Center!

Here’s the next event for Variety People Los Angeles, a Meetup group I organize. If you live in the LA area, or are visiting for the Memorial Day weekend, please consider joining us!

Variety People

Join Our Adventure to the Getty Center!

Saturday, May 26, 2018, 6:30 PM

Getty Center
1200 Getty Center Drive Los Angeles, CA 90049 Los Angeles, CA

1 VariPeeps Attending

This month, I propose we check out the Getty Center! We can also have coffee/tea and a snack partway through. Here are their current exhibitions and installations: http://www.getty.edu/visit/exhibitions/ Parking is $10, but it’s free admission to the museum. Here’s more about visiting the Getty Center: http://www.getty.edu/visit/center/plan/ After …

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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.

Help shared situations come alive.

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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