Join our SustaVariety membership community! You can get the patron benefits of your membership tier level. You have tier options, with many benefits. You can also follow our community without being a patron. Here are details.

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Why Be a Patron in Our Membership Community?

Why Be a Patron? — Are you benefiting from, or want to benefit from, some of my projects and creative activities (full list here) related to sustainable variety? If so, you can proxri (ProxReward) in several different ways, and help create and spread sustainable variety for yourself and others! One of the better ways to proxri is a monthly proxri of money in our membership community on the Patreon platform, and when you do that, you’re a patron.

Our Membership Community — When you’re a patron, you’ll be able to access different patron benefits and be part of our ongoing community. Patreon is a membership platform that makes it easy for people to be an interactive and supportive part of an ongoing community. In this case, it’s a membership community for our adventures and efforts related to creating and spreading sustainable variety, or SustaVariety. If you’re a not patron, you can also follow our community (look for the Follow button below the membership levels on our starting page).

About Membership Tiers — On the page below, you’ll find the current membership benefit tier levels and links to become a patron. Benefit tiers detail the benefits associated with different levels of financial support. The dollar amount for each membership tier is a minimum proxri, meaning that at any point, please consider also adding to your monthly membership level with a one-time proxri or an increased monthly amount. If your new preferred monthly amount is more than the stated tier amount, or more than your current custom amount for the tier, but less than the next tier up, you can add to your monthly amount for your current tier. You can also switch between tiers, up or down. Since part of the nature of proxri is to consider related context and circumstances (the proximity of the situation), please choose your tier partly in relationship to my circumstances.

Help Spread SustaVariety — Even if you don’t become a patron, you can help create and spread SustaVariety, and I hope you will, by pursuing it, practicing it, telling others about it, getting involved in some of the groups and projects on the home page of loughry.com, and with some of these suggestions for non-financial proxri. And as mentioned above, you can also follow our membership community on Patreon without being a patron (look for the Follow button below the membership levels on our starting page), and you’ll see the public posts and announcements. If you proxri in our membership community at any level, or make one-time money proxri, you’ll be a financial nurturer of sustainable variety. Whether you help create and spread SustaVariety in financial or non-financial ways, or both, you’re helping yourself and others be more alive.


Tier Summaries

There are three groups of membership tier levels: the Sustaining Tiers, the Content Creation Tiers, and the ProxThink Collaboration and Coaching Tiers. Below are benefit summaries for each. Note that if you want to proxri more than a stated tier amount every month, but your preferred amount is more than one tier but less than the next tier, you can choose a tier and add to the monthly amount. You can also switch between tiers as needed. To jump down to the detailed sections, use the Jump to Details links at the end of each summary.

Sustaining Tiers

Your membership in ANY of the sustaining tiers is about how much you want to, and are able to, sustain the creation and spread of more sustainable variety in the world, rather than what you get at different sustaining tier levels. In fact, when you choose ANY membership level in the sustaining tiers group, you can access ANY OR ALL of the sustaining tiers benefits. At any point, you can also add to your monthly membership level with a one-time proxri or an increased monthly amount (described above in About Membership Tiers), which may be suggested for some benefits. It’s also possible to proxri $1 per month, without getting patron benefits, by making what Patreon calls a custom pledge. Jump to Details

Newcomers to SustaVariety
$2 or more per month

Explorers of SustaVariety
$5 or more per month

Nurturers of SustaVariety
$7 or more per month

Extenders of SustaVariety
$10 or more per month

Growers of SustaVariety
$15 or more per month

Content Creation Tiers

These tiers provide higher levels of support for my content creation. You’ll get in-process and behind-the-scenes views of content in progress (videos, art, photos, writing), and more satisfaction and potential benefits for yourself and others from helping provide me with more time for content creation. Each of these tiers also gets the Sustaining Tiers benefits. Jump to Details

Launchpads for Content
$25 or more per month

Booster Rockets for Content
$35 or more per month

ProxThink Collaboration and Coaching Tiers

These major support tiers are similar except that they offer one, two or four hours of ProxThink collaboration and coaching, with you or your team, to develop ideas and work on challenging situations. You’ll get the integrated value of my diverse background, projects and creative abilities, combined with the flexible and comprehensive proximity thinking framework I developed for creativity, problem-solving and collaboration, available via a variety of communication and collaboration methods. Each of these tiers also gets the Sustaining Tiers benefits, as well as the in-process and behind-the-scenes views of content in progress of the Content Creation tiers. Jump to Details

Champions for SustaVariety
$45 or more per month

Partners for SustaVariety
$95 or more per month

Benefactors for SustaVariety
$195 or more per month

Note that benefits provided in the tiers are subject to the terms of use and/or terms of service of the related websites, products and/or services.


Sustaining Tiers

Your membership in ANY of the sustaining tiers is about how much you want to, and are able to, sustain the creation and spread of more sustainable variety in the world, rather than what you get at different sustaining tier levels. In fact, when you choose ANY membership level in this sustaining tiers group, you can access ANY OR ALL of the sustaining tiers benefits listed below. At any point, you can also add to your monthly membership level with a one-time proxri or an increased monthly amount (described above in About Membership Tiers), which may be suggested for some benefits. If you attend more of the online group sessions mentioned below, it is suggested that you choose a higher sustaining tier level, or increase your monthly amount, and/or make additional one-time proxri. Note that it’s also possible to proxri $1 per month, without getting patron benefits, by making what Patreon calls a custom pledge. Since part of the nature of proxri is to consider related context and circumstances (the proximity of the situation), please choose your tier partly in relationship to my circumstances.

Again, patron benefits at ANY sustaining tier level include ANY or ALL of the following benefits:

  • Reap the Benefits of SustaVariety — You’re helping create and spread more sustainable variety. In turn, this should result in a variety of benefits for yourself and others.
  • Connect, Participate, Influence — By participating in discussions, activities and events, you have the potential connect and/or collaborate with other members, as well as influence the evolution of SustaVariety.
  • Download, Explain, Show, Share — To explain SustaVariety to people and show you’re a patron, you’ll get a downloadable PDF you can print, hang, hand out, etc., as well as an image you can share online. These are in development, and will be announced when they are ready.
  • Special Content for ProxThinkers — For those who are in the ProxThinkers group on Facebook, sometimes content and events posted in the ProxThinkers group will be restricted to those who are patrons.
  • Live Stream Notices and Participation — Get advance notice of occasional live streams, some of which may be exclusive to patrons. Also, you’ll have a higher chance of participating in them via video if you wish.
  • Early Looks at Content — Early looks at new content (videos, art, photos and writing). This means that final versions of new content will be posted for patrons days before the public has access.
  • My Art and Photos — You can download or request any of my new or previously posted art and photos (on Patreon or on loughry.com) to display, print, hang, alter and mashup. Creating art and photos creates and sustains variety for me, which helps fuel my projects and efforts for you and others. Details below.
  • Patron-Related Q&A — Post questions about being a patron and patron benefits in a Q&A, which may become parts of an FAQ for new patrons.
  • Online Session Updates — Find out what is happening, has recently happened, or is happening soon, related to the online group sessions (see next bullet).
  • Online Group Sessions — You can attend and participate in a number of different online group sessions that relate to SustaVariety, fostering learning, sharing, supporting, celebrating, collaborating, etc. Attend any or all of the sessions below, if they occur that month. These sessions may be irregular, since scheduling will depend on participant interest levels, my other commitments, and the availability of participants to attend (you’ll be able to sign up for proposed sessions). If you attend more sessions, it’s suggested you choose a higher sustaining tier level, and/or make additional one-time proxri. Some sessions may be limited to a fixed number of participants (to enable better participation and collaboration), so signing up soon after they are announced may be needed to secure a spot. Some sessions may be streamed live publicly, but some of the participation may be limited to patrons. Some sessions, or parts of sessions, may be posted publicly later, even if the session is not public while it’s happening. You’ll be notified of these and other details when sessions are announced. Here are brief descriptions of possible online group sessions (and below this bullet section are longer descriptions of each):
    • Intro to ProxThink User Group — Proximity thinking is one of the keys to sustainable variety and my projects. Join our online group sessions to ask questions, share experiences, connect and collaborate. It’s suggested that you first attend some of these sessions, as ProxThink-based approaches will be used and mentioned in other group sessions. However, if you’ve already finished the online course Let’s Be More Alive — Intro to ProxThink, feel free to join other group sessions without first attending Intro to ProxThink User Group sessions. Also, early on, before lots of people have experience with proximity thinking, there may be more of these sessions than the other group sessions. Details below.
    • Sustainable Variety Network — As we build pockets of sustainable variety in our lives, organizations, neighborhoods and communities, let’s share tips, resources and experiences, support each other, and work together. Details below.
    • Artsdown Pioneers — Join online sessions with other pioneers who are using the Artsdown approach to enjoying and sharing the arts! Details below.
    • Shared Situation Guide Experimenters — Are you trying and experimenting with the Shared Situation Guide? Join our online group sessions to ask questions and share experiences. Details below.
    • Create and Collaborate Experience creating and collaborating with the proximity thinking (ProxThink) framework in these online group sessions. Details below.

Below you’ll find more information for bullets above which mentioned “details below.” You can shift between tiers anytime. Discover more details below or become a patron here.

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As a patron, you can download or request my full-resolution art and photo files from current and past Patreon posts, as well as posts on loughry.comDisplay on screens, print and hang, and even alter (tweak, color, etc.) and mash them up! If you like, show people how you’ve used them in the post comments. Creating art and photos creates and sustains variety for me, which helps fuel my projects and efforts for you and others. Become a patron here.

The rest of the details below relate to the online group sessions mentioned above.

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The proximity thinking framework underlies other approaches for sustainable variety you’ll find here. So you’ll get more out of the other online group sessions detailed nearby if you gain some understanding of proximity thinking. Join one of these Intro to ProxThink User Group online sessions to ask questions, share experiences and perhaps connect or collaborate with others. Many of the sessions will focus on one or another of the four stages of your transformation as you move through the online course Let’s Be More Alive — Intro to ProxThink. To join a session with this group, you’ll need to have taken the course, or at least signed up for the full course (not the Trials). These online sessions will be about an hour. The suggested additional minimum money proxri is $5 per session. If you just want to attend a couple times, I’ll also be posting dates for the online sessions on this Eventbrite page where you can sign up. To easily attend more often, and also to get other ongoing patron benefits as well as help create and spread sustainable variety, become a patron here. Note that this group is in addition to the ProxThinkers Facebook group. Those in the Facebook group can also join the Intro to ProxThink User Group online sessions if they are part of the SustaVariety membership community by being patrons.

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As we build pockets of sustainable variety in our lives, organizations, neighborhoods and communities, let’s share tips, resources and experiences, support each other, and work together. The term sustainable variety is pretty descriptive. So you don’t necessarily need to understand proximity thinking to start creating more sustainable variety. However, you’ll get more out of these sessions if you have taken the online course Let’s Be More Alive — Intro to ProxThink. These online group sessions will be about an hour. If you just want to attend a couple times, I’ll also be posting dates for the online sessions on this Eventbrite page where you can sign up. To easily attend more often, and also to get other ongoing patron benefits as well as help create and spread sustainable variety, become a patron here.

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Artsdown is a place to explore and post downloadable arts and things related to downloadable arts (such as links, reviews, events, products, services, ideas and experiences), as well as a place to comment on postings and reward (proxri) arts creators. Join online sessions with other pioneers who are using the Artsdown approach to enjoying and sharing the arts! Share what you’re doing to use, enjoy and spread this approach, and hear what others are doing. Visit artsdown.org for more about the Artsdown approach. Since a big part of the Artsdown approach is the use of proxri, which are part of the ProxThink growth model, you’ll get more out of these sessions if you have taken the online course Let’s Be More Alive — Intro to ProxThink. These online sessions will be about an hour. If you just want to attend a couple times, I’ll also be posting dates for the online sessions on this Eventbrite page where you can sign up. To easily attend more often, and also to get other ongoing patron benefits as well as help create and spread sustainable variety, become a patron here.

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Are you trying and experimenting with the Shared Situation Guide? Join our online group sessions to ask questions and share experiences. The Shared Situation Guide uses a proximity-oriented approach in a mobile collaboration app. This helps shared situations come alive and feel like living things. It can help groups deal with shared situations more effectively, sustainably, enjoyably. Explore it at sharedsituations.wordpress.com. To join a session with this group, you’ll need to have taken the online course Let’s Be More Alive — Intro to ProxThink. These online sessions will be about an hour. If you just want to attend a couple times, I’ll also be posting dates for the online sessions on this Eventbrite page where you can sign up. To easily attend more often, and also to get other ongoing patron benefits as well as help create and spread sustainable variety, become a patron here.

ProxThink Create and Collaborate Sessions

Create and collaborate with the proximity thinking (ProxThink) framework. In these online group sessions, we’ll generate ideas related to situations, topics and challenges suggested by participants and/or challenges we face in our neighborhoods, cities and globally. We’ll collaborate using the ProxThink-based Shared Situation Guide. To join a session, you’ll need to have taken the online course Let’s Be More Alive — Intro to ProxThink. These online sessions will be about 90 minutes. If you just want to attend a couple times, I’ll also be posting dates for the online sessions on this Eventbrite page where you can sign up. To easily attend more often, and also to get other ongoing patron benefits as well as help create and spread sustainable variety, become a patron here.

Newcomers to SustaVariety — $2

Even if you don’t become a patron, you can help create and spread SustaVariety, and I hope you will, by pursuing it, practicing it, telling others about it, getting involved in some of the groups and projects on the home page of loughry.com, and with some of these suggestions for non-financial proxri.

On Patreon, this Newcomers tier is the minimum. Just $2 a month, or more if you are able and willing, can make a big difference in my circumstances and our progress towards sustainable variety. So I encourage you to proxri at least $2 a month, and I thank you for it! (It’s also possible to proxri $1 per month, without getting patron benefits, by making what Patreon calls a custom pledge.) Whether you nurture SustaVariety in financial or non-financial ways, or both, you’re helping yourself and others be more alive.

As mentioned, when you choose ANY membership level in this sustaining tiers group, you can access ANY OR ALL of the sustaining tiers benefits. At any point, you can also add to your monthly membership level with a one-time proxri or an increased monthly amount (described above in About Membership Tiers), which may be suggested for some benefits. If you attend more of the online group sessions, it is suggested that you choose a higher sustaining tier level, or increase your monthly amount, and/or make additional one-time proxri. Since part of the nature of proxri is to consider related context and circumstances (the proximity of the situation), please choose your tier partly in relationship to my circumstances. Explore higher tiers and tiers groups below or become a patron here. You can shift between tiers anytime.

Explorers of SustaVariety — $5

As mentioned in the sustaining tier above, when you choose ANY membership level in this sustaining tiers group, you can access ANY OR ALL of the sustaining tiers benefits. At any point, you can also add to your monthly membership level with a one-time proxri or an increased monthly amount (described above in About Membership Tiers), which may be suggested for some benefits. If you attend more of the online group sessions, it is suggested that you choose a higher sustaining tier level, or increase your monthly amount, and/or make additional one-time proxri. Since part of the nature of proxri is to consider related context and circumstances (the proximity of the situation), please choose your tier partly in relationship to my circumstances. Explore higher tiers and tiers groups below or become a patron here. You can shift between tiers anytime.

Nurturers of SustaVariety — $7

As mentioned in the sustaining tiers above, when you choose ANY membership level in this sustaining tiers group, you can access ANY OR ALL of the sustaining tiers benefits. At any point, you can also add to your monthly membership level with a one-time proxri or an increased monthly amount (described above in About Membership Tiers), which may be suggested for some benefits. If you attend more of the online group sessions, it is suggested that you choose a higher sustaining tier level, or increase your monthly amount, and/or make additional one-time proxri. Since part of the nature of proxri is to consider related context and circumstances (the proximity of the situation), please choose your tier partly in relationship to my circumstances. Explore higher tiers and tiers groups below or become a patron here. You can shift between tiers anytime.

Extenders of SustaVariety — $10

As mentioned in the sustaining tiers above, when you choose ANY membership level in this sustaining tiers group, you can access ANY OR ALL of the sustaining tiers benefits. At any point, you can also add to your monthly membership level with a one-time proxri or an increased monthly amount (described above in About Membership Tiers), which may be suggested for some benefits. If you attend more of the online group sessions, it is suggested that you choose a higher sustaining tier level, or increase your monthly amount, and/or make additional one-time proxri. Since part of the nature of proxri is to consider related context and circumstances (the proximity of the situation), please choose your tier partly in relationship to my circumstances. Explore higher tiers and tiers groups below or become a patron here. You can shift between tiers anytime.

Growers of SustaVariety — $15

As mentioned in the sustaining tiers above, when you choose ANY membership level in this sustaining tiers group, you can access ANY OR ALL of the sustaining tiers benefits. At any point, you can also add to your monthly membership level with a one-time proxri or an increased monthly amount (described above in About Membership Tiers), which may be suggested for some benefits. If you attend more of the online group sessions, it is suggested that you choose a higher sustaining tier level, or increase your monthly amount, and/or make additional one-time proxri. Since part of the nature of proxri is to consider related context and circumstances (the proximity of the situation), please choose your tier partly in relationship to my circumstances. Explore higher tiers and tiers groups below or become a patron here. You can shift between tiers anytime.


Content Creation Tiers

These tiers provide higher levels of support for my content creation. You’ll get in-process and behind-the-scenes views of content in progress (videos, art, photos, writing), and more satisfaction and potential benefits for yourself and others from helping provide me with more time for content creation. Each of these tiers also gets the Sustaining Tiers benefits.

Launchpads for Content — $25

Be a launchpad for my content creation! Videos, art, photos and writing. You’ll get:

  • All Sustaining Tiers benefits.
  • In-process and behind-the-scenes views of works in progress.
    • Screenshots, clips, notes, and photos posted only for this tier and above.
  • Satisfaction and potential benefits for yourself and others from helping provide me more time for content creation! There are so many content projects in the pipeline, and many I never even get to, due to my current financial circumstances.

Shift between tiers anytime. Become a patron here.

Booster Rockets for Content — $35

Be a booster rocket for my content creation! Videos, art, photos and writing. You’ll get:

  • All Sustaining Tiers benefits.
  • In-process and behind-the-scenes views of works in progress.
    • Screenshots, clips, notes, and photos posted only for this tier and above.
  • More satisfaction and potential benefits than the previous tier, for yourself and others, from helping provide me more time for content creation. There are so many content projects in the pipeline, and many I never even get to, due to my current financial circumstances.

Shift between tiers anytime. Become a patron here.


ProxThink Collaboration and Coaching Tiers

These major support tiers are similar except that they offer one, two or four hours of ProxThink collaboration and coaching, with you or your team, to develop ideas and work on challenging situations. You’ll get the integrated value of my diverse background, projects and creative abilities, combined with the flexible and comprehensive proximity thinking framework I developed for creativity, problem-solving and collaboration, available via a variety of communication and collaboration methods. Each of these tiers also gets the Sustaining Tiers benefits, as well as the in-process and behind-the-scenes views of content in progress of the Content Creation tiers.

Champions for SustaVariety — $45

Provide major support and get one hour of ProxThink collaboration and coaching (see below), to develop ideas and work on challenging situations. Your benefits include:

  • All Sustaining Tiers benefits, as well as the in-process and behind-the-scenes views of content in progress of the Content Creation tiers.
  • Up to one hour of ProxThink collaboration and coaching (see next bullet) per month, with you or your team, to develop ideas and work on challenging situations.
  • For your ProxThink collaboration and coaching, You’ll get the integrated value of my diverse background, projects and creative abilities (see both this overview and this bio), combined with the flexible and comprehensive proximity thinking framework I developed for creativity, problem-solving and collaboration, available via a variety of communication and collaboration methods (phone, email, text, video, in person, online meetings, idea-generation tools, mindmapping, collaboration apps, etc.).
    • The dollar amount for this tier is a minimum proxri, meaning you can, and are encouraged to but not required to, make other non-financial or financial proxri of your choice, at the time of service and/or later.
    • Note that the dollar amount for this tier may not match the minimum proxri (on a per hour basis) for similar or other ProxThink services.
    • This service is provided subject to the ProxThink Terms of Use.
  • The benefits of boosting sustainable variety for yourself and others by helping me quit unrelated jobs and focus on my projects.
    • This would help me make a greater impact with my projects.

Shift between tiers anytime. Become a patron here.

Partners for SustaVariety — $95

Provide major support and get two hours of ProxThink collaboration and coaching (see below), to develop ideas and work on challenging situations. Your benefits include:

  • All Sustaining Tiers benefits, as well as the in-process and behind-the-scenes views of content in progress of the Content Creation tiers.
  • Up to two hours of ProxThink collaboration and coaching (as described in the Champions tier) per month, with you or your team, to develop ideas and work on challenging situations.
  • The benefits of boosting sustainable variety for yourself and others more than the previous tier.

Shift between tiers anytime. Become a patron here.

Benefactors for SustaVariety — $195

Provide major support and get four hours of ProxThink collaboration and coaching (see below), to develop ideas and work on challenging situations. Your benefits include:

  • All Sustaining Tiers benefits, as well as the in-process and behind-the-scenes views of content in progress of the Content Creation tiers.
  • Up to four hours of ProxThink collaboration and coaching (as described in the Champions tier) per month, with you or your team, to develop ideas and work on challenging situations.
  • The benefits of boosting sustainable variety for yourself and others more than the previous tier.

Shift between tiers anytime. Become a patron here.

Note that benefits provided in the tiers are subject to the terms of use and/or terms of service of the related websites, products and/or services.

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