In a connected world, we can thrive with proximity thinking.
(Tip: If the following very general reasons to take this course aren't your style, explore How You Might Use Proximity Thinking. Then come back and start with the second paragraph below called Here's Your Onramp.)
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 nearby video 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. I created proximity thinking, and I'll be your guide in this course. You'll find more of my story in the About Your Instructor section farther down this page. But first, you'll find more about the course below. I hope proximity thinking helps and think it can. It might be fun …
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. In this online course you can take whenever works best, you’ll get proximity-oriented approaches for our increasingly proximity-oriented world. 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 course price. Instead, you can reward with proxri (pronounced prox'ree), an approach designed for our networked 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 below in the Trials section. The current minimum proxri for the full course is $9 plus other non-financial or financial proxri of your choice. Non-financial proxri are limited only by your imagination. As far as suggestions, 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, if you prefer a 100% non-financial minimum proxri, contact David as described in the About Your Instructor section below. In addition to the minimum proxri, there is a suggested proxri. The suggested proxri is the minimum $9 now with an additional $10 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.
Trials, with Bonus
You can access trials of some course videos, quizzes, activities and sections by getting a course account with the option to proxri at any time. Use a Trials 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 get you access to some parts of the course, giving you an idea of what the full course is like, as well as an overview of proximity thinking and the ProxThink website. You can see which parts of the course are available as trials by looking at the course curriculum near the end of this page, and then checking which parts are marked with a capital "T" in a blue square. As a bonus, ALL the rest of the course quizzes are accessible if you sign up for the trials. So you'll have the complete set of quizzes. See the next section for more.
All the Quizzes
If you sign up for the trials (see above), you'll also get ALL the rest 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 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.
Essence of Proximity Thinking
The ProxThink framework consists of three integrated parts, described below. See the nearby video 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 been made available as the Shared Situation Guide on the Quip mobile and desktop collaboration platform.
What You'll Do
You'll start with an intro slides video, which includes a story about the beginnings of proximity thinking. 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 can take a number of short quizzes and do activities that reinforce what you're learning and put it to use. For each part, there is an option to ask questions and post comments, which may be replied to by other students and/or the instructor. 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've taken this course. Then you'll learn about getting involved in and/or adapting some groups and projects which leverage and extend what you've learned in the course. See the curriculum farther down this page for more.
Next Step Groups
As mentioned, 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. If you'd like to join us on a regular basis, get other benefits, and help spread and create sustainable variety for yourself and others, become a patron at patreon.com/loughry.
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 which may work better in our networked world. Proxri, along with three other ProxThink processes you'll learn about in this course, make a proximity more like a neighborhood. At this point, much of our culture and systems are not set up for proxri, including this Thinkific online course platform! 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.