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Your Inclinations

Whether you are more inclined to concepts, innovation and creativity, or real world solutions, there is probably a ProxThink innovation for you. Hopefully more than one will appeal. And actually, they overlap, blend, work and play together in many ways as an integrated set.

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Why Sustainability?

For a short discussion on sustainability, please see the Sustainability page for an introduction, a short letter, and a section on Sustainability and ProxThink.

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Three for Sustainability

There are three chief ProxThink innovations. Each individually enhances sustainability and relationships among elements. Taken together as an integrated set, or a framework, the three ProxThink innovations present many possibilities for sustainable proximities and better relationships among elements. The Underlying Concept of ProxThink is that being is about relating, so please keep in mind that individually and together, these three support relationships in the proximity of situations.

The three ProxThink innovations are:
1) A structure for thinking with scope broad enough for us to consider, discuss and relate to very diverse proximities and situations.
2) Patterns and tools for idea generation and evaluation with scope broad enough for us to generate and evaluate ideas for, and relate to, very diverse proximities and situations.
3) A model for growth with scope broad enough for us to encourage, manage and enjoy growth, and implement ideas, in very diverse proximities and situations.

As you see here and will further see below, each ProxThink innovation has broad applicability. Each also presents ways to see and benefit from commonalities among very diverse situations, which might not ordinarily seem related or be related. The Potential Benefits and Hello pages give a glimpse of the possibilities.

Many of the Ways to Use ProxThink follow from the ProxThink innovations, and are themselves innovative. Three of the most interesting Ways to Use ProxThink might be: Global Warming and Climate Change, Downloadable Content and Media, and Web Growth Models.

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1) Structure for Thinking

A core part of ProxThink is a structure for thinking with scope broad enough for us to consider, discuss and relate to very diverse proximities and situations. Yet the structure is compact, concise and elegant. This structure is the ProxThink Basics.

What kinds of situations can the ProxThink Basics relate to? The possibilities are many, from relating to simple objects and daily concerns, to social situations, to business situations, to community situations, to creative situations in the arts and design, to theoretical situations, to physical situations in engineering and science.

The ProxThink Basics begin with a basic philosophical concept to which are added four simple terms, to create a structure for thinking which includes the proximity or proximities. The concept of proximity can be used loosely or more specifically (ProxSet) in thinking about situations. Considering and relating to proximities seems to be part of relating sustainably.

Taken together, the Basics provide a common structure for thinking about, discussing and relating to a wide variety of proximities and situations which might not ordinarily be connected or related.

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2) Patterns and Tools

ProxThink provides patterns and tools for idea generation and evaluation with scope broad enough for us to generate and evaluate ideas for, and relate to, very diverse proximities and situations. Patterns refers to the ProxPatterns. Tools refers to the ProxThink Hints, as well as ProxSet (discussed above) and ProxPatterns (which are both patterns and tools).

What kinds of situations can the ProxPatterns and ProxThink Hints relate to? The possibilities are many, from relating to simple objects and daily concerns, to social situations, to business situations, to community situations, to creative situations in the arts and design, to theoretical situations, to physical situations in engineering and science.

The ProxPatterns and Hints can assist sustainability in two ways: 1) They can help us sustain the generation of quality ideas. 2) They can help us generate ideas for more sustainable proximities, relationships and elements and situations.

The many Hints tools are built around the sixteen ProxPatterns, and both are built on top of the Basics (see 1 above). The ProxPatterns are an integrated group of related patterns for relating to situations. A single ProxPattern describes how elements can or do relate in the proximity of a situation. As a group of related patterns, ProxPatterns are valuable in relationship with each other. If one ProxPattern doesn't apply in a situation, another one probably does. They often work together and play off each other. ProxPatterns can generate proximities and situations which have some of the complexity and rewarding qualities of life, and which can persist, adapt and change as needed. Further, ProxPatterns can assist us in creating proximities, relationships and elements which support or relate to many different situations. Through the above qualities of ProxPatterns, the Hints and ProxPatterns serve idea generation and evaluation, and sustainable ways of relating.

As part of the patterns and tools, here are a few examples of using ProxPatterns for Conversation, Negotiation, and Writing.

Taken together, the ProxPatterns and Hints provide common patterns and tools for generating and evaluating ideas for very diverse proximities and situations, which might not ordinarily be connected or related.

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3) A Growth Model

ProxThink provides a model for growth with scope broad enough for us to encourage, manage and enjoy growth, and implement ideas, in very diverse proximities and situations. That model is the ProxThink Growth Model.

The ProxThink Growth Model provides a shift in emphasis that focuses more on the proximity. It is for people who share a proximity. It may be an evolution for some markets, and serve some proximities which markets don't or can't serve. It may be an evolution for some open source practices. The Growth Model can also serve situations which have nothing to do with markets, but something to do with growth, which includes many situations. The possibilities are many, from relating to simple objects and daily concerns, to social situations, to business situations, to community situations, to creative situations in the arts and design, to theoretical situations, to physical situations in engineering and science.

Of course, the proximity includes elements and relationships. But often when we think about growth, we take the perspective of an element, such as the growth of a person, business, idea, organization or group. This Growth Model includes a larger role for the proximity, which seems to go with sustainability.

The ProxThink Growth Model is built on top of, and uses, the Basics and ProxPatterns (see 1 and 2 above), and is an instance of ProxGrowth.

ProxGrowth and the Growth Model can be used to implement ideas developed with ProxPatterns and Hints (see 2 above).

Each of the four Growth Model processes (RelatePoints, ProxMonitors, Vadi Agreements and ProxRewards/Proxri) build on concepts from the Basics and ProxPatterns, to further promote and provide sustainable ways of relating. The four Growth Model processes were designed to be robust enough to become standards, for both online and offline growth.

The Growth Model has the potential to be sustainable, flexible, healthy, fun and efficient for people in the proximity of situations in which it is used. In turn, these qualities can help people grow, change, survive and thrive. The Growth Model also plays a central role in an approach for developing Sustainable Proximities.

One of the four Growth Model processes, Vadi Agreements can be used as models for developing sustainable agreements, relationships and collaborations. We used the Vadi Agreement model to develop our Proxri Deal, Collaboration Deal and Intellectual Property (IP) Deal. To find out more about each of these deals, see the About section of the User Area.

The Growth Model provides common models and processes for growth in very diverse proximities and situations, which might not ordinarily be connected or related.

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Conclusion

One of our taglines is "relate, create and grow with proximities in mind." If we relate, create and grow with proximities in mind, more proximites may become more sustainable. We believe the integrated ProxThink innovations can assist us in this process. If you believe the ProxThink innovations may assist us in some ways too, please visit the Dear Visitor page.

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