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What are ProxRewards (proxri)?

A ProxReward is a main process of the Growth Model. ProxRewards aid in Vadi Agreements, such as our Proxri Deal, Collaboration Deal and IP Deal.

A ProxReward is a reward which relates elements in the proximity. As such, it is often a reward made with the proximity in mind. ProxRewards are also called proxri for short (pronounced prox'ree). Here are examples of ProxRewards in Practice.

A ProxReward is a reward which relates elements in the proximity. As such, it is often a reward made with the proximity in mind. ProxRewards are not only money. ProxRewards can be money and/or elements of your choice. ProxRewards can be many different elements or relationships which help relate elements in the proximity. So there can be many varieties of ProxRewards (see Examples and Adaptability below). ProxRewards are also called proxri for short (pronounced prox'ree). We use proxri for both the singular ProxReward and the plural ProxRewards (more on that below). ProxRewards can be an essential part of Vadi Agreements. Here are examples of ProxRewards in Practice.

Examples and Adaptability
In life and situations in which differences arise, rewards can take many forms, so the concept and practice of proxri is general and adaptable to many situations. A reward might be a thank you, a wink, a hug, or a favor owed. A reward might be money or some financial instrument. It might be some service or connection or referral. A reward might be advice. A reward might even be the mutual acknowledgment that nothing is owed — that it is just what friends, neighbors, or associates do for each other. A reward might also be mutual enjoyment or a shared experience. Considered in this broad way, we give and receive a wide range of rewards in life, and these rewards can be considered to be instances of proxri.

A Few Other Examples
Reinforcing how ProxPatterns are woven into the Growth Model, ProxRewards can also come in other varieties. Here are a few: MultiRewards and ProxPatterns-based rewards such as HonorRewards or VarietyRewards. We could associate most ProxPatterns with some kind of a reward.

ProxRewards in Practice
In addition to the examples above, here are some others that are more about what the process might look like. The full discussion is at ProxRewards in Practice, but the quick summary follows here. ProxRewards (proxri) in practice are sort of like the give and take of a neighborhood, relationship, friendship or perhaps being a considerate traveler. You may want the neighborhood, relationship, friendship or location you're visiting to survive, thrive, and take care of you as you take care of it. You may also want it to persist, adapt and change as needed, which is how proximities stay sustainable and life stays interesting. Relationships of this kind persist longer than transactions. Here are the examples of what the process might look like:
• Sometimes you might ProxReward (proxri) based on the other party's needs, to help them meet a goal or do something.
• Sometimes you might proxri to nurture the people and atmosphere of your neighborhood or proximity.
• Sometimes you might consider your position as primary, such as when your resources are especially low in some ways, or especially high in some ways. If your money resources are low, you might not proxri much, or proxri with resources you do have in abundance, such as time or networks or skill. If some of your resources are high, you might proxri a little extra, or for times in the past when you didn't proxri.
• Sometimes you might proxri in relation to your rewards and benefits. Let's say the other party's efforts helped you in a very rewarding way. So, you proxri in a way that is more like paying a commission or consulting fee or a very generous thank you of some sort.
• Sometimes you might proxri to support the other party's efforts, potential, or for other reasons, to some extent regardless of any benefits you may have gained.
• Sometimes you might not proxri. A proxri relationship doesn't require or force you to do anything. It's more like a suggestion or request. Like other standards of behavior, it is voluntary, yet can become customary with room for individuality. Plus, there are limits to what each person in a relationship can know, so sometimes we can't tell what is going on. We also know that situations are variable. But a proxri relationship does offer opportunities to relate.
• Sometimes you may really take the proximity of your relationship with the other party into account, and perhaps using some ProxPatterns, discover some new, better or more enjoyable ways to relate elements in the proximity as your proxri.

Opportunities to Relate
The use of ProxRewards presents opportunities for relationships, remembering that a relationship is any kind of association or connection between elements. Vadi Agreements such as our Proxri Deal ask people to relate (in this case, proxri) with the Proximity of the Proxri Deal in mind, which includes elements in your proximity as well as our combined proximity. The goal of a Proxri Deal is for valuable differences to persist, adapt and change as needed, which is how proximities stay sustainable. Since there are limits to what people can know about each other and about proximities, there are limits to ProxRewards, but the same can be said about money, love and pretty much any other element or relationship. The focus on relationships and the proximity opens up a range of possibilities, from the use of suggested ProxRewards, to situations where some people don't ProxReward (or at least not in the way you were hoping or planning for), to various creative and other possibilities. Perhaps ProxRewards can be more effective in some situations, since the proximity is more explicitly taken into account by the related people. Perhaps ProxRewards may be useful in situations which are informationally or relationally dense, as well as situations which are shared by people, both of which are true of more and more situations.

Insights into ProxRewards
ProxRewards become appropriate in many situations as ProxPatterns and the Core Idea are used to suggest ProxRewards. ProxRewards also invite people to use and consider aspects of the Growth Model, including consideration of ProxMonitors. Additional discussion of rewards of this type can be found at PPs & Rewards and Other Arguments. Other insights into ProxRewards can be found at Some People.

A Shorter Word
As people get comfortable with the ProxReward concept, it will be convenient to use a shorter word for it. We are using proxri (pronounced prox'ree) as short for ProxReward. It does not always have to be capitalized. Like the word reward, the word proxri can work as a noun and a verb. So you can reward with a proxri, as well as proxri someone. The plural is also proxri, and the past tense is proxried. Perhaps even later on, people may just use the word ri. Actually, it may be kind of nice to have three words for the same concept (ProxReward, proxri and ri), to relate to a variety of situations.

Possible New Standard
ProxRewards could become a new standard. We have a need for more flexible and optional rewards, and the awareness that goes with using them.

Adopt Them and Reward
We invite you to adopt the related standards in the Growth Model, of which the ProxRewards are a part. If you do, we ask you to ProxReward us as a part of our IP Deal, for pioneering the standards. For more, see Adopt (r]. Thank you.

[[to come - Perhaps rewrite the ProxRewards process in a more general way, which focuses on relationships instead of rewards. Rewards then become one kind of relationship.]]

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