Intro to ProxThink

taught by David Loughry

Course description

Let’s Be More Alive

Individually and in small to large groups, we could meet our challenges better and more enjoyably, and thrive more vibrantly. Proximity thinking (ProxThink) is a proximity-focused framework for creativity, innovation, problem-solving, sustainability and living. It is ways of thinking and relating that fit our connected and networked lives. It can create more sustainable variety and vitality, active thinking, and engaged collaboration, helping us be more alive.

This is Your Onramp

You could read pages and pages of the website at, but this course should be a much faster way to start! Plus, knowing about proximity thinking will help you get more out of other projects at that boost sustainable variety, vitality, and being more alive. In this online course you can take at your convenience, you’ll get a big-picture overview, new approaches and next steps, putting you, people you know and others on the road to being move alive. It includes an introduction to the ideas and concepts and an orientation to the website. You’ll also find out about four groups you can join, which leverage your new experiences with proximity thinking. There is no set price, but rather a minimum proxri, an approach designed for our networked world (find more about this in the paragraph before the instructor information). 

Essence of Proximity Thinking

The ProxThink framework 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, helping shared situations come alive.

What You'll Do

You'll start with an intro slides video, which includes a story of the beginnings of proximity thinking. Next is a video introduction to the three main parts of proximity thinking, which also includes an orientation to the website. 

Next Step Groups

You'll also find out about four different 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.

There is No Set Course Price, But Rather a Minimum Proxri

In the course, you'll learn about ProxRewards, also called proxri. It's an approach which may work better in our networked world. At this point, much of our culture and systems are not set up for proxri, including this Thinkific online course platform. As a minimum proxri, I'm asking for a modest amount when you sign up for the course. The minimum proxri could change based on the current state of the course content. However, you should not think of the amount you pay when you sign up as the price of the course, since it's a minimum proxri. You will not be billed more later, and if I adjust the minimum proxri, you won't pay the difference if it goes up, or get the difference if it goes down. Rather, you'll have opportunities to proxri more later as you think appropriate. And, your initial minimum proxri gives you access to the course for as long as you want, with no expiration date.

David Loughry
David Loughry
ProxThinker & Sustainable Variety Experimenter

Hi there!

Sustainable variety? What's that? Well, I've always been interested in what makes life great. What makes people feel alive, excited, vital and engaged? What makes life enjoyable? I think a good answer is what I call “sustainable variety.” You could say it’s variety that continues and grows. It’s variety that doesn’t become static, yet also isn’t so great that it becomes chaotic. You could say that sustainable variety, in many ways, is what nature does. I don’t think sustainable variety in our lives just happens, at least on a consistent basis. I do think there are things we can to do to increase our chances of it.

The idea of sustainable variety grew out of my work developing the proximity thinking (ProxThink) framework. ProxThink is a proximity-focused framework for creativity, innovation, problem-solving, sustainability and living. I think sustainable proximities and sustainable variety evolve together, reinforcing each other. The ProxThink Basics, ProxPatterns and Growth Model help create sustainable proximities and sustainable variety. I developed proximity thinking over decades, integrating a diverse array of knowledge and experiences in the arts, sciences, design and business. I also have a BA in mathematics and an MBA. For some of my other projects to help us create more sustainable variety, see

If you have questions or need to get in touch, please use this contact form on If a phone call seems like a better or more efficient route, send me your phone number via the same contact form, with at least one sentence about your issue and good times to reach you.

David Loughry