Let's Be More Alive

Intro to ProxThink — Overview Video Below

Let’s Be More Alive

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. 

Here's an 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 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 more 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 course price. Instead, you can reward with proxri, 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. 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. For the full course, the current minimum proxri includes this course and the option to join one session of each of the four next step groups mentioned farther down this page. The current minimum proxri for the full course is $2 PLUS telling people if you find the course valuable and/or interesting, OR $2 PLUS other financial or non-financial proxri of your choice. 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, referrals, networking, speaking or consulting opportunities, collaborations, and trying some of the groups and projects mentioned at loughry.com. In addition to the minimum proxri, there is a suggested proxri. The suggested proxri is the minimum $2 now with an additional $6 to $96 or more later PLUS other non-financial proxri of your choice, which you can explore and initiate here. Better yet, after taking the course, become a patron on Patreon for $1 or more per month, and get access to the four monthly groups mentioned below as well as other rewards, 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 provide samples of the course and give you 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. And 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 designed to be very 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.

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. 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. Your minimum proxri includes this course and the option to join one session of each of these four groups. If you'd like to join us on a regular basis (whether you've taken this course or not), get other rewards, 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. 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, I'm asking for a modest amount of money plus some kind of non-financial proxri. The minimum money 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 the minimum money proxri. You will not be billed more later, and if I adjust the minimum, 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.

Intro to ProxThink — Let’s Be More Alive 

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David Loughry
David Loughry
ProxThinker & Sustainable Variety Experimenter

About Your Instructor

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 varietyI 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 loughry.com

If you have questions or need to get in touch, please use this contact form on loughry.com. 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

Intro to ProxThink — Let’s Be More Alive 

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Course Curriculum

The T symbol next to part of the curriculum means if you sign up for trials, you can access this part of the course. See the Trials section above for details. Click/tap the headings below to expand the curriculum sections.

Inviting You to Be More Alive

Intro to ProxThink — Let’s Be More Alive 

See Here's an Onramp above for details.