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Ways to Use ProxThink

You and perhaps people you know can use ProxThink in some of the following ways to relate, create and grow. Many more are possible. Lists 1 - 3 move from more general to more specific.

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A Wide Variety of Situations
Keep Loosely in Mind
Try ProxThink Hints
Innovation, Problem-Solving, Creativity
Conceptual Tools
Unusual Situations

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Strategy and Implementation
Business and Growth Models
The Arts
Design and Planning
Web Growth Models
Create Sustainable Resources
Collaboration
Managing Change
Conflict Resolution
Interpersonal and Social Relationships
Life Balance and Variety
Social Flexibility
Managing Shared Resources
Growing Community

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Downloadable Content, Media, Software
Intellectual Property Law
Global Warming and Climate Change
Open Source Evolution
Web Applications
Suggestion Systems
Writing

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A Wide Variety of Situations

What kinds of situations can ProxThink serve? Many kinds of situations, 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.

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Keep Loosely in Mind

One way to use ProxThink ideas, concepts and tools is to keep them loosely in mind and use them as appropriate as you deal with situations.

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Try ProxThink Hints

ProxThink Hints are custom questions generated using words you enter. ProxThink Hints can trigger ideas, possibilities and options for relating to your situations. More information here or try ProxThink Hints here.

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Innovation, Problem-Solving, Creativity

ProxThink serves innovation, problem-solving and creativity. ProxThink can help sustain the generation of quality ideas, as well as generate ideas which help make situations and proximities more sustainable. The ProxPatterns are an integrated group of related patterns for relating to situations, and are especially helpful for creativity, innovation and problem-solving. Our Start area includes suggested Action Steps for idea generation, evaluation and implementation. Idea generation and evaluation are supported by ProxThink Hints and ProxPatterns. Idea implementation is aided by ProxGrowth and the Growth Model. See also How does it help? and ProxThink Innovations.

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Conceptual Tools

The ProxThink Basics are a structure or framework for thinking with scope broad enough to consider, discuss and relate to a variety of disciplines, domains and situations. The ProxThink Basics are the foundation on which the rest of ProxThink, including the ProxPatterns and the Growth Model, is built. The Basics are very general conceptual ideas, terms and tools. For more, see Structure for Thinking in ProxThink Innovations.

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Unusual Situations

ProxThink is designed to serve creative and innovative thinking and action in both familiar situations and unusual situations. ProxThink captures and leverages common features and aspects of diverse situations. The Basics help us describe and discuss situations with common terms applicable to a wide variety of situations. ProxPatterns suggest some very general relationships and patterns common to a wide variety of situations. When using ProxThink in unusual situations, you can begin with some valuable general ideas, tools and good guesses about at least some relationships and patterns.

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Strategy and Implementation

Our Start area includes suggested Action Steps for idea generation, evaluation and implementation. ProxThink can be used for the wide range of thought and actions required when moving from strategic thinking to implementation. ProxThink also complements other ideas and systems you may use.

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Business and Growth Models

The ProxThink Growth Model is perhaps a basis for new business models and/or growth models. It can be can tested, tried, adapted and adopted. It can be implemented gradually and in limited proximities or implemented more broadly. The Growth Model can be used online (see Web Growth, Downloadables, Open Source and Web Apps), as well as offline. Businesses, communities, regions, organizations, groups, non-profits, governmental and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and others may benefit. It may be an evolution for some market systems as well as open source practices, support some proximities which markets don't or can't serve, and serve various situations which involve growth. Many proximities and situations in which the Growth Model is used could become more sustainable.

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The Arts

The ProxPatterns, especially when used as a group, provide generative concepts for art-making, in areas such as music, film, art, dance, screenwriting, comedy, theatre, literature, poetry and so on. ProxPatterns can generate and sustain situations which have some of the complexity and rewarding qualities of life, which is often crucial in the arts.

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Design and Planning

The ProxPatterns, Basics, and Hints present concepts, patterns, tools and possibilities for designers (graphics, architecture, fashion, industrial, advertising, etc.), planners (urban, landscape, county, etc.) and others. In particular, the ProxPatterns offer additional basic design principles and techniques, and when used in combination with the Growth Model, can promote sustainability.

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Web Growth Models

The ProxThink Growth Model may be particularly helpful on the Internet for websites, blogs and web-based applications, as well as with downloadable content. As such, the Growth Model may be an alternative or complement to current subscription, advertising and other models. The four Growth Model processes (RelatePoints, ProxMonitors, Vadi Agreements and ProxRewards/Proxri) were designed to be web standards.

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Create Sustainable Resources

In ProxThink terms, a sustainable resource is a proximity, relationship or element which can support or relate to many different situations, and can persist, adapt and change as needed. The sustainable features of the ProxThink Innovations, especially the Growth Model, combined with ways you can use ProxThink for Design and Planning, Strategy and Implementation, Conflict Resolution, and Managing Change, creates frameworks and processes to create sustainable resources. Add to these the network technologies enabling communication (such as mobile phones, satellites, GPS and the Internet), sensing technologies (such as for heat, light, vision, motion, chemicals, etc.), and database technologies, and the possibilities for sustainable resources and proximities expand. The Growth Model and these technologies might assist us in shifting from a focus on revenues and costs for companies, governments and individuals to a focus on proximities, ProxMonitors, proxri and relationships for some resources, proximities and situations. See Sustainable Proximities for an expanded discussion. Also see our Climate Change Project for examples of some of these points.

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Collaboration

The ProxThink Growth Model, ProxPatterns, and in particular the Collaboration Deal, may provide some new concepts, agreements and processes for more sustainable collaboration.

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Managing Change

ProxPatterns and the Growth Model may assist in managing change. The concept behind the Growth Model is to apply ProxPatterns to collaboration and managing resources, both of which relate to change. Also, better conflict resolution relates to managing change. ProxPatterns can generate and sustain situations which have some of the complexity, rewards and sustainable qualities of life, and life involves change.

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Conflict Resolution

The ProxPatterns and the ProxThink Growth Model may present possibilities for conflict resolution. In particular, the Limits ProxPatterns may provide better understandings of possibilities and positions, and the Combo ProxPatterns options for possible solutions and resolutions.

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Interpersonal and Social Relationships

In both interpersonal and social situations, the ProxPatterns can aid in relating to people. Much like a group of people, ProxPatterns are valuable on their own as well as in relationship with each other. If one ProxPattern doesn't apply in a situation, another one probably does. Further, they often work together and play off each other. So ProxPatterns can assist with individual interactions and groups of interactions.

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Life Balance and Variety

The ProxPatterns, especially when used as a synergistic or combined group, can serve considerations and actions which promote variety and balance in life.

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Social Flexibility

When living in ProxPatterns-related ways, we may become more aware of valuable differences and relationships in social situations. Some situations might transition to a greater emphasis on preferences to create valuable differences.

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Managing Shared Resources

For shared resources, the ProxThink Growth Model and the ability to create sustainable resources provide options. Shared resources include resources which people in groups, communities, regions, and the world share access to, use, and perhaps depend on in different ways. These resources range can from shared space, parks and buildings to larger infrastructure and environments.

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Growing Community

Given the capabilities shown here in this section number 2, ProxThink may aid in helping to grow communities along a number of dimensions. These dimensions include, but are not limited to, personal, interpersonal, social, cultural, organizational, structural, and environmental. Further, such growing communities may boost their sustainability.

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Downloadable Content, Media, Software

The ProxThink Growth Model, and in particular the Intellectual Property Deal and Collaboration Deal, may provide some solutions to the logistical, legal and financial challenges of downloadable content, media, music, movies, arts, books, video, software, etc. The Internet can enable not only different distribution methods, but different ways for people to relate to each other regarding downloadables, via the four processes of the Growth Model. In the process, sustainability is enhanced as well. To see a downloads proposal for many kinds of downloadable creations, and a site prototype we created for downloadable visual art, visit artdown.com.

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Intellectual Property Law

The ProxThink Growth Model, and in particular the Intellectual Property Deal and Collaboration Deal, may provide potential evolutionary paths for some of the challenges facing intellectual property law in a networked world, and provide greater sustainability in the process.

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Global Warming and Climate Change

Note: The following is a brief introduction. You can also see the full Climate Change Project.

Regarding global warming and climate change, perhaps some of our greatest areas of need, which may be coordination and collaboration at local, regional and global scales, are those which the ProxThink Growth Model addresses. The shift in emphasis focusing more on proximities serves efforts to deal with climate change. On a global basis, people can implement this approach using the four processes of the Growth Model: We can monitor proximities using ProxMonitors, connect and relate with RelatePoints, develop strategies and agreements as Vadi Agreements, and encourage and use ProxRewards (proxri). With databases, the Internet, and Vadi Agreements which coordinate some of the collaboration, these processes seem quite possible. Even better, they could be fun and self-reinforcing. See the full climate change project here.

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Open Source Evolution

The ProxThink Growth Model, and in particular the Intellectual Property Deal and Collaboration Deal, may provide some evolutionary paths for the development and distribution of open source software. The Growth Model addresses many of the logistical, legal and financial challenges of open source practices, and promotes sustainability.

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Web Applications

The growing practice of accessing software and applications via the web may benefit from using the Growth Model. See Web Growth Models above.

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Suggestion Systems

Suggestion systems for improving organizations and communities may be served by implementing the Growth Model in some of their proximities.

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Writing

Given the capabilities to support creativity in a variety of situations, combined with capabilities to aid strategy and implementation and collaboration, ProxThink may be of assistance to various kinds of writers. The assistance might range from sustainably generating quality ideas and content, to coordinating and collaborating with other related people, to managing careers and projects.

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Other Proposals

Several other proposals related to ways to use ProxThink are described in the users area, including possible websites and other possibilities.

These proposals include some possible websites, such as: 1) Translations of ProxThink ideas, concepts, models and tools for other languages and cultures, as well as perhaps different subcultures, groups, disciplines and idiomatic or casual speech. 2) Developing ways to use and implement the Growth Model for various proximities. 3) Needs Doing: a place for people to find out what needs doing in different proximities they are a part of. 4) Sites that help people coordinate and enhance balance and variety. 5) Sites that leverage ProxThink ideas and the Growth Model related to the arts and music. 6) A site providing descriptions of different disciplines (academic, business, sports, arts, etc.) using some of the concepts and terms from ProxThink, to help people more quickly learn the disciplines and also communicate with others in the same or different disciplines. 7) Using the Growth Model to serve people in sharing, collaborating and growing related to inventions, writing and other creations.

Some other possibilities for ways to use ProxThink include: 1) Ways to apply the ProxThink set of ideas and the Growth Model to energy use and management. 2) Ways to adapt the ProxThink set of ideas in ways that allow greater social flexibility. 3) Ways to use ProxThink for large scale change. 4) Ways to use ProxThink for long time change. 5) Adaptations of the ProxThink set of ideas to create more practices and Vadi Agreements customized for conflict resolution.

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