Enjoying SustaVariety?

A connected world is a proximity-oriented world. Transform how you create, collaborate and live with proximity thinking.

Do we humans feel vibrantly alive? Are we meeting our challenges as well as we might? Doing so enjoyably? Individually and in groups? Could be better? Watch this short video (some parts have no sound). You’ll see why things might not be going well, and how proximity thinking can help. I developed it. I hope it helps and think it can. It should make many situations more enjoyable.
David Loughry

For a faster start to proximity thinking, take the online course Let's Be More Alive — Intro to ProxThink mentioned in the video. You’ll get proximity-oriented approaches for our increasingly proximity-oriented world. There’s no set price, but rather a minimum proxri, which should work better in a connected world. There is also a trials version, with bonuses! At the following link, you’ll also find many more answers to the question Why Proximity Thinking? Learn more and sign up at proxthink.thinkific.com.

Overview

Even though we live in a world of connected devices, connected ideas and connected things and beings…

• We often struggle to use our connectedness for collaboration, in many areas, but especially at larger scales, from neighborhoods and organizations to globally.
• We often don't leverage connectedness as well as we might for creativity (in the arts, design, innovation, science, engineering and everyday problem-solving).
• We can get needlessly stuck in some situations and don’t enjoy enough variety, even though connectedness allows great flexibility.

Frustrating, to say the least. These challenges affect the quality of our lives. Sometimes, such struggles have life and death consequences.

In a connected world, proximity thinking approaches should transform how we create, collaborate and live, enhancing life and helping avoid some painful adjustments. Why? Proximity thinking is built around the idea that being is about relating, which brings us back to connectedness, as connectedness is about relationships.

From this idea that being is about relating (a natural fit for a proximity orientation), and the goals of enhancing creativity, collaboration and life, the ProxThink framework emerged. At the same time, these goals helped create related approaches for sustainable proximities and the associated idea of sustainable variety (SustaVariety), which is variety that continues, refreshes, and renews, and is likely one of the keys to vitality and life.

It turns out that SustaVariety is a useful, compact idea. It simultaneously relates to the processes and results of effective creativity and collaboration (generally and in ProxThink approaches), and to liveliness, vitality, sustainability and proximities. So in short, with ProxThink, we can create and enjoy more SustaVariety.

Why proximity?
Many of our personal and shared situations have a group of elements related to the situation, whether those elements are people, places, things, ideas, feelings, relationships, groups, times, processes, or whatever else seems related to the situation. But we don’t have a frequent way of talking about, and relating to, a group of elements related to a situation. The word proximity, the meaning of which includes nearness in relationship, can help. In proximity thinking, the proximity consists of elements related or potentially related to a situation, in physical, mental and other ways. (For a slightly longer discussion, see the Quick Start page.)

What is ProxThink?
ProxThink is a proximity-focused framework for creativity, innovation, problem-solving, sustainability and living. Proximity thinking is thinking with this proximity-focused framework, which consists of some basic ideas, patterns, models and tools. Proximity thinking can be used in proximities which may be personal, interpersonal, organizational, market-oriented, local, regional, global, or unique to your situation.

Essence of ProxThink
The ProxThink framework mainly consists of three integrated parts: The Basics help us describe and discuss situations. The ProxPatterns are especially helpful for creativity, innovation and problem-solving. The Growth Model boosts collaboration and encourages growth for people who share a proximity.

What to Do or Try Next …

To begin using ProxThink on your own, see New Visitors to explore this site, and/or explore our online course Let's Be More Alive — Intro to ProxThink.

To begin using ProxThink with others, explore Upcoming Events, the Shared Situations site, and our ProxThinkers Facebook Group.

To try the tool below for triggering ideas (just one part of ProxThink) … Enter a word or phrase related to whatever you are considering, and then click ProxThink Hints.
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