Three Quick Tips
As mentioned, our connected world is moving in a proximity-oriented direction and sooner or later we, and you, may be forced to adapt with some painful adjustments, or if we don't act, endure more and more dysfunctional and unenjoyable situations. Why not get ahead of the curve and also reap the enjoyable and life-enhancing benefits of proximity thinking? On the rest of this page you'll find much more about this course and explore more reasons to sign up. But first, here are three quick tips to speed up your explorations:
QUICK START — To quickly start using and benefiting from proximity thinking (without spending any money), watch the two videos above (first, second), read Trials, with Bonuses (Quizzes and Downloads) below and sign up. Then grab your downloads to hang where you'll see them, watch the trials videos, take quizzes, do some course activities, explore and use the ProxThink website, join our Facebook group, and continue your adventures in proximity thinking and a few related sustainable variety (SustaVariety) projects! All without spending any money (although you are encouraged to proxri for your benefits)!
If you prefer more personalized, social and interactive learning, see Four-Week Groups and One-on-One Coaching below. Check out the SPECIAL OFFER for One-on-One coaching and support at that link too!
If the very general reasons to take this course in the first section below the Quick Links aren't your style, then explore How You Might Use Proximity Thinking.
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From Problems and Challenges to Solutions and Opportunities
Do we humans feel vibrantly alive? Are we humans meeting our challenges as well as we might? Doing so enjoyably? Individually and in groups? I suspect most answers to these questions fall in the "could be better" or "could be a lot better" categories! I think two major reasons for this are one, our mental frameworks don't relate well to proximities, and two, our mental frameworks don't relate well to our networked, connected world. These needlessly limit us in working together, creating, innovating, solving problems and living vibrantly. But how can we change? That's what you'll learn in this course, since the proximity thinking framework was created for these problems and challenges. Proximity thinking, or ProxThink for short, is a proximity-focused framework for creativity, innovation, problem-solving, sustainability and living. (See the videos above for a bit more of an introduction.) Proximity thinking is ways of thinking and relating that fit our connected and networked lives. It can create more sustainable variety and vitality, effective thinking, and engaged collaboration, helping us be more alive. For some more specific uses of proximity thinking, see How You Might Use Proximity Thinking. I created proximity thinking, and I'll be your guide in this course. You'll find more of my story in the Your Instructor section farther down this page. But first, you'll find more about the course below. I hope proximity thinking helps you and think it can. It might be fun. And again, our connected world is moving in a proximity-oriented direction and sooner or later we, and you, may be forced to adapt with some painful adjustments, or if we don't act, endure more and more dysfunctional and unenjoyable situations. Why not get ahead of the curve and also reap the enjoyable and life-enhancing benefits of proximity thinking? I invite you to explore it, try it, use it, and benefit from it.
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Here's Your Onramp
You could read pages and pages of the website at proxthink.com, but this course is a much faster way to start! Plus, knowing about proximity thinking will help you get more out of other groups and projects at loughry.com that boost sustainable variety, vitality, and being more alive. You'll find details about the course in the What You'll Do section below, as well as the Course Curriculum at the end of this page. There is no set course price. Instead, you can reward with proxri (pronounced prox'ree), an approach designed for our connected world. For the full course, there is a minimum proxri, but it doesn't mean you have "paid" for the course since there is no set price. (Basically, proxri are rewards made with the proximity in mind. Proxri are part of the proximity thinking framework, and you'll learn about them in this course. A proxri may include money, things, services, ideas, tasks, relationships, actions, and so on, as well as a combination of these. Find out more in the section below called There is No Set Course Price.) You can access some parts of the course on a trial basis, as described in the section below called Trials, with Bonuses (Quizzes and Downloads). The current minimum proxri for the full course is $17 plus your choice of other optional non-financial or financial proxri now and/or later. Non-financial proxri are limited only by your imagination. As far as suggestions for non-financial proxri, in addition to telling people about this course (in person and/or online), here are a few other non-financial ways you might proxri your instructor: writing a review of the course or giving feedback, subscribing on YouTube, liking on Facebook, referrals, networking, speaking or consulting opportunities, collaborations, and trying some of the groups and projects mentioned at loughry.com. A few more suggestions for non-financial proxri are here. Also, this minimum proxri is somewhat of an experiment, while I get more feedback, reviews, and testimonials, and also see if people proxri more after taking the course, based on their benefits and how much they want to encourage the spread of these ideas. In addition to the minimum proxri, there is a suggested proxri. The suggested proxri is the minimum $17 now plus an additional $10 to $30 or more later and/or other non-financial proxri of your choice, which you can explore and initiate here. Another additional proxri option is to become a patron on Patreon, and get access to the four monthly groups mentioned below as well as other benefits, which you can learn about and initiate here. If you're ready to continue your adventures in being more alive with proximity thinking, jump to the signup buttons.
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Trials, with Bonuses (Quizzes and Downloads)
Quickly start using, leveraging and benefiting from proximity thinking by signing up for the Trials + Bonuses option. You'll be able to access trials of some key course videos, quizzes, activities and sections, join our Facebook group, as well as get bonuses (more on those below), by creating a course account with the option to proxri at any time. Use a Trials + Bonuses button on this page to sign up. There is no minimum proxri for the trials, and the trials do not expire after a period of time. (For more on proxri, see the section below called There is No Set Course Price.) The trials will give you an overview of proximity thinking and the ProxThink website, as well as an idea of what the full course is like. You can find out which parts of the course are available as trials by looking at the Course Curriculum near the end of this page, and then checking to see which parts are marked with a capital "T" in a blue square. AS BONUSES, ProxThink downloads and ALL of the course quizzes (see next section) are accessible if you sign up for the trials. So you'll have the complete set of quizzes. See the next section for how that can help you. If you're ready to continue your adventures in being more alive with proximity thinking, jump to the signup buttons and choose Trials + Bonuses.
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All the Quizzes (Trials Bonus)
If you sign up for the trials (see above), you'll also get ALL of the course quizzes as a bonus. So you'll have the complete set of quizzes. You can learn a lot from the quizzes, since when you check your answers there are explanations. If you first watch the trial videos and then also study the ProxThink website, after taking the quizzes, you might find you don't need to take the full course, but you do want to proxri somehow for the trials, site and quizzes. Yet the minimum proxri for the full course is quite reasonable, and you can learn even more by taking it. With the full course, you'll access all the videos, see more examples, practice with more activities, and have a faster onramp to proximity thinking and using the Shared Situation Guide. You can upgrade to the full course at any time. If you're ready to continue your adventures in being more alive with proximity thinking, jump to the signup buttons.
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Essence of Proximity Thinking
The ProxThink framework consists of three integrated parts, described below. See the videos above for a bit more of an introduction.
• 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, helping shared situations come alive. It's available as the Shared Situation Guide on the Quip mobile and desktop collaboration platform. See the next paragraph for more on the growth model.
Avoiding Some Painful Adjustments …
We're moving in a proximity-oriented direction, but many of our systems and modes of thought are not proximity-oriented. Let's expand on that, see the results, and explore solutions: One, our greater connectedness via networks, two, our greater awareness of the connectedness of things in most situations, and three, the greater number of challenges we face that are situational, contextual and environmental, mean we're moving in a proximity-oriented direction. However, many of our systems and modes of thought are still very element-oriented and relationship-oriented. So for some situations, unless we change our approaches, we can get forced into some painful adjustments or undesirable options at the last minute, or if we don't act, endure more and more dysfunctional and unenjoyable situations. The ProxThink growth model offers an approach created for our current more proximity-oriented reality. And the growth model has been applied in the sustainable proximities approach and the Shared Situation Guide, mentioned above. For more, see: For Shared Challenges and Shared Situations, We Need Networked, Proximity-Oriented Approaches.
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What You'll Do in This Course
In this self-paced online course you can take whenever works best, you’ll get proximity-oriented approaches for creativity, innovation and collaboration in our increasingly proximity-oriented world (where we're still using too many element-oriented approaches). You'll start with an intro video, which includes a story about the beginnings of proximity thinking, and gives you an overview of the framework. Next are a number of short videos that introduce the three main parts of proximity thinking, and include an orientation to the website. Along the way you'll take a number of short quizzes and do activities that reinforce what you're learning and put it to use. There are also downloads you can print for quick reference. It includes options for anyone taking the course to ask questions and post comments, which may be replied to by the instructor and/or other students (you might get proxri for your efforts). Questions and comments can be posted in both the course and in the ProxThinkers Facebook group. In the activities for the section about the ProxThink growth model, you'll have the option to begin using the Shared Situation Guide, which will be easier since you're taking this course. Then you'll learn about opportunities for getting involved in and/or adapting some groups and projects which leverage and extend what you've learned in the course. For more, see Next Step Groups farther down this page, as well as loughry.com. If you're ready to continue your adventures in being more alive with proximity thinking, jump to the signup buttons.
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Four-Week Groups and One-on-One Coaching
As mentioned above in What You'll Do, this self-paced course has built-in Q&A and commenting, as well as a Facebook group where ProxThinkers can collaborate, connect, celebrate and support each other. However, if you prefer an even more personalized, social and interactive learning experience, several options are available. One is available now (with a special offer), and two are in development.
One-on-One Coaching - (see SPECIAL OFFER below) - Get one-on-one access to your instructor and guide David Loughry for questions, coaching and discussions. Since not many have taken this course yet, here's a special offer: To help you succeed and help David find out where you may be having issues with this course, proximity thinking, and/or the Shared Situation Guide, you'll get up to two hours a month of one-on-one coaching and support if you're at least a patron at the Liftoff Thrusters for Content level (which is $19 per month, as a minimum proxri for one-on-one coaching and support, and you'll get many other patron benefits as well). Get just one month if you want, or change to a lower patron level and still have access to the ProxThink User Group. We'll connect one-on-one via phone calls and/or online meetings with simultaneous screen sharing and a voice call. You'll get one-on-one coaching and support for a low minimum proxri, as well as benefit future students by helping this content (the course, the guide, etc.) get better. This won't be available indefinitely, or the required patron level may change, so sign up for the full course here, as well as become at least a Liftoff Thrusters for Content patron here on Patreon (link also has more about your many other patron benefits). For questions, more information and/or scheduling, see the end of the Instructor section below for contact options and get in touch.
Public Four-Week Groups - (in development, be a beta-tester!) - Each month, people can join a group taking this online course together. There will be four weekly goals and four weekly online sessions with the instructor. (If you live in Los Angeles, there may be in-person sessions.) This course is in development. To be notified when it becomes available, sign up on this page for the self-paced course or the trials (just your name and email is needed). If you'd like to be part of the beta-testing for this course, see the end of the Instructor section below for contact options and get in touch. If you have a custom group, see the next bullet.
Custom Four-Week Groups - (coming soon) - For your team, organization, neighborhood, group of friends, etc., this option lets a custom group pursue the four weekly goals and experience the four weekly sessions with the instructor together. It provides a customized group experience, and can focus on examples and situations related to your specific group. For more information, see the end of the Instructor section below for contact options and get in touch.
If you need other, more customized learning experiences or have a large organization, please reach out. See the end of the Instructor section below for contact options.
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Next Step Groups
While taking this course, you'll become a member of the ProxThinkers Facebook group. Plus, as mentioned above, you'll also find out about four other groups you can join, which leverage your new knowledge and experience with proximity thinking. These include the Intro to ProxThink User Group, the Artsdown Pioneers, the Shared Situation Guide Experimenters, and the Sustainable Variety Network. For more about these groups and to join one or more of them, as well as get other benefits and help spread and create sustainable variety for yourself and others, visit patreon.com/loughry.
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There is No Set Course Price
In this course, you'll learn about ProxRewards, also called proxri (pronounced prox'ree). Basically, proxri are rewards made with the proximity in mind. It's an approach more suited to our connected world. Proxri, along with three other ProxThink processes you'll learn about in this course, make a proximity more like a neighborhood. The course Trials have an optional proxri. As a minimum proxri for the full course, you're asked for a minimum amount of money plus other non-financial or financial proxri of your choice. The minimum money proxri could change based on the current state of the course content or other factors. However, you should not think of the amount you pay when you sign up as the price of the course, since it's the minimum money proxri. You will not be billed more later, and if the minimum money proxri gets adjusted, you won't pay the difference if it goes up, or get the difference back if it goes down. Rather, you'll have opportunities to proxri more later as you think appropriate. And, your minimum proxri gives you access to the course for as long as you want, with no expiration date.
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