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

Video Intro to the Shared Situation Guide

Here’s a brief video intro to one of my new projects, the Shared Situation Guide. It shows you how to access and start using the guide on your desktop and/or mobile. Your shared situation can be whatever your group is dealing with or considering. You can learn and use it on your own right now if you like, but stay tuned for upcoming online workshops for learning to use the guide!

New One Minute Overview of Proximity Thinking

I’ve created a one minute overview of proximity thinking, including what it is, why the word “proximity,” and the main parts of the framework.

NOTE — THIS IS A PLAYLIST OF THREE VIDEOS. The first short clip is me introducing the new one minute overview, which will then play next so you can just wait for it to start. Then third, it will play a long video, and if you watch that I highly recommend clicking the FULL-SCREEN button (lower right corner when you hover your mouse over the video).

Getting Tired of Beautiful and Special Things

I don’t know about you, but I can get tired of even the most beautiful and special things. I think this is probably true for most people.

I’ve lived in beautiful places like Boulder and Vail in Colorado, both of which I appreciated less over time. I’ve taken truly special photos, put them on my phone as the background, and gotten tired of them. I’ve made awesome art I loved and grew less fond of it, and seen amazing, historically important art in museums that started to bore me over time. I’ve listened to great music too much and cared for it less and less. You get the drift.

This is why I think differently when I see houses by the beach, or in the mountains, or some other amazing place. I’ve realized, yes, it would be great to live there for a while, but I would not want to live there for the rest of my life, or even for too many months or years. So I would not want to pay the high premiums people pay for houses in those places! For the same reasons, I avoid collecting expensive art, as I would get tired of it so quickly.

This line of thinking also probably implies I would get tired of being wealthy!

The thoughts in this post are yet more arguments for variety. And when you think about variety for a while, you’ll probably realize what you want is sustainable variety. At least that’s what I realized. This means finding ways of living over weeks, and months, and years, that give you variety you don’t get tired of! I don’t want kinds of variety that are like beautiful and special things that I get tired of. I want varieties of variety, and I want that to be sustainable, so I stay engaged and have the potential to keep being engaged. I think probably one of the best ways to get sustainable variety is to also pursue sustainable proximities. I think the two go together. Although that’s another topic, for now, here’s more on what I call the sustainable proximities approach.

If some of this rings true, you might be a bit of a variety person. Check out a project I started called, where anyone can post their own thoughts, wishes and experiences, comment on the posts of others, and share ideas, events, resources and opportunities for other variety people. You might want to join us.

First ClimateProxri Post


I recently started a climate change project which was introduced on the ProxThink River blog. The section of the project regarding what people can do right now has some suggestions and standards for people who have a website, blog or social network page. This post is the first example of using ClimateProxri and ClimateLocation, each of which can be used as both tags and text markers. Find out more at climate change project.

What does ClimateProxri mean? A ProxReward is a reward which relates elements in the proximity. ProxRewards are also called proxri for short (pronounced prox’ree). So a ClimateProxri is a proxri related to climate change. To find out more, see climate change project.

Here are some of my ClimateProxri:

  • I changed all my old lightbulbs to compact fluorescents about three years ago.
  • Our building has recycling now, so I’m recycling paper, plastics, glass and metals.
  • I’ve kept a 1987 Saab 900 turbo running for many years, which according to Wired Magazine, just might be a good idea. Plus, it gets better gas mileage than many new cars.
  • I work in my loft, so I don’t commute. I only drive a couple times a week, and I combine errands when I do drive.
  • I only eat meat a couple of meals a week (saves on methane production by animals and usage of water and energy for feed grain production)
  • I created a climate change project!

What’s a ClimateLocation? It’s a text string you can use as a tag to signal that a GPS location related to climate change is contained in a document, web page, blog post, etc. Then in your text, you can include the GPS location coordinates using the format ClimateLocation (number, number) as a text marker.

Both the tags and text markers ClimateProxri and ClimateLocation make websites, blogs, and social network pages more searchable. Again, to find out more, see climate change project.

Most of the ClimateProxri above relate to my downtown Los Angeles location, which is ClimateLocation (34.043037, -118.255215).

Also, tracks blog postings by neighborhoods and towns. I’m including one of the suggested location tags as well, which is the Google Map link for my location.

I hope you will adopt the ProxThink Climate Change Project standards for your website, blog or social network page. To find out more, see climate change project.

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