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


Our Cages and Happiness

Our Cages and Happiness

You’re in cages of one sort or another. We all are. All the time. The cages might be physical, mental, conceptual, social, etc. and on and on. The cages might be chosen by us, or they might be constraints we can’t change. Often both. Often we’re in multiple cages simultaneously.

Since we are in these cages, we might as well make our lives as engaging and stimulating as possible. Of course, this may also entail testing the limits of those cages. Or seeking to evolve those cages.

There’s a video about happiness, which talks about how, when we are faced with a difficult and unchangeable situation, our brains are perhaps wired to help us be happy with, and face, that situation. Acknowledging the fact of our cages seems to be similar. Both knowing about the cages, and that even if we’re seeking to change our cages, knowing that those changes will lead to other cages of different sorts, weirdly, oddly, seems to make me happier.

Flow of Life


Ultimately, perhaps there is no reason to get up in the morning, or to start, stop or continue doing anything, or to enjoy anything, other than this reason: to be in the flow of life.

Being in the flow of life is another way of saying being related to life. Being is about relating, which is one of the foundations of ProxThink.

Many organizations, systems and processes, or parts thereof, from philosophy, religion and books, to businesses, markets and governments, to friends, networks, associations and family relationships, exist at least in part to keep us in the flow of life, or encourage us in the flow of life.

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

Major Accomplishments and Continuing Evolutions


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.

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

My art (painting and drawing, found at 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.

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).

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 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. ~

On Getting Out of Your Cages


John Cage, the composer, was once asked what advice he would have for people. He said: “Get out of whatever cage you are in.” Apart from this being a clever spin on his own name, it’s really a very profound bit of advice. So we need to sometimes ask: What cage am I in? What can I do to get out of it?

I created ProxThink to help with getting-out-of-cages situations, among others. To explore them, and help generate alternatives. ProxThink cannot help every situation, and that fact is even built into it, with the Limits of One ProxPattern (join ProxThink to find out more).

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