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 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.

Thank you!

David Loughry

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.

Kevin Kelly, Intelligence, Social Media, Humanity

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Kevin Kelly’s working definition of intelligence is anything that talks to itself.

Social media is helping us talk to and among ourselves in new and different ways. (By social media, I mean social networks, blogs, Twitter, Facebook, and the wide variety of social websites and social software.)

This is probably ramping up our intelligence, both as individuals and as groups.

Proxri Deal: As you find our relationship rewarding, proxri with the proximity in mind

Major Accomplishments and Continuing Evolutions

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What follows is a list of my major accomplishments to date. Many have long term potential, and present a number of opportunities for people, both individually and in groups. These projects continue to evolve. I hope our relationship will evolve as well.

Thinking and Philosophy
Created a set of ideas (ProxThink) for thinking about and relating to situations and proximities, which is potentially a breakthrough.

Creativity and Innovation
Used the ProxThink set of ideas to create an interactive website feature, which takes words you enter to generate hints questions. The hints can trigger creativity and stimulate thinking and action. The hints use ProxThink ideas and concepts, which are linked to a large set of website pages which explain the ideas and concepts, and help people use them.

Business and Society
Used the ProxThink set of ideas to create a Growth Model that may be a breakthrough evolution for business, collaboration and social interactions generally.

Law
Used the ProxThink Growth Model to create potentially breakthrough agreements for websites, collaboration and intellectual property. Many other such agreements are possible.

Art
My art (painting and drawing, found at loughry.com) played an integral role in the development of ProxThink, and ProxThink ideas and concepts help me create art. This process of creating, and the work itself, are perhaps contributions to the histories and dialogues of art. I’m working on an adaptation of a new way of distributing content (see next paragraph) for my own and other people’s art.

Content Distribution and Social Interaction
Used the ProxThink Growth Model to develop a potentially breakthrough way to distribute, share, interact with and relate to content. (Content in the sense of information, media, arts, communication, news, etc.) The Proxri Deal on this site is an instance of it. I’m now working on a form of the Proxri Deal which covers resources in general, which may be adapted to a variety of different inventions, innovations, social interactions and other situations. With it, I hope to make available some structural inventions I created.

Civilizations
Together, the innovations above may represent a set of possibilities for how civilizations organize themselves. The focuses shift from elements to the proximity. More specifically, the focuses shift from one (just elements) or two (elements and relationships), to three (the proximity includes elements and relationships, for three total).

Science
ProxThink may provide a set of ideas and thinking tools for science which are potentially breakthrough.

Again, each of the above has long term potential, and presents a huge number of opportunities for people, both individually and in groups. Again, each continues to evolve.

I need a better network and proximity, to support and nourish me and these ideas and innovations, as they continue to grow.

I would like our relationship to be part of my network and proximity, and in turn, for our relationship to help you and your network and proximity.

I hope you will do one or several of the following:
a) Reward with a proxri as a part of my Proxri Deal.
b) Join ProxThink.com as a member, as a beginning or strengthening, of our relationship.
c) Tell someone else about these opportunities.
d) Contact me.
e) Do something else which you think may help.

Thank you,
David Loughry

~ Proxri Deal: As you find our relationship rewarding, proxri with the proximity in mind. ~