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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.
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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Quick update on the Variety People LA meetup group …
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.
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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!
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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Love this. Explains a lot of my history! After much wandering and anguish, I settled on this idea of being a variety person, and it’s partly why I started varietypeople.org.
This video may resonate with many variety people. However I think almost anyone can benefit from and enjoy more variety. I don’t think you have to be exactly like she’s talking about here to pursue and enjoy more variety. This video may also help some people understand variety people better.