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If you do nothing else here, we hope you'll learn about and perhaps spread the sustainable ideas, tools, models and standards which are a part of ProxThink. Given the critical nature of climate change, our mutual survival may depend on such minor acts. However, the sustainability we're talking about here goes beyond just environmental sustainability.
For a quicker read on sustainability related mainly to resources and collaboration, see the Growth Model.
We want ProxThink to be a sustainable resource for you and others, so we created Proxri-Based Membership.
A Short Letter
There is a link between ProxThink and sustainability. I believe proximity thinking and sustainability (in a very broad sense) go together. You do one and get the other, and vice versa.
Although I started out to capture something of what creativity and life are about, if I had to pick one word to best convey most of the benefits, uses and innovations of ProxThink in today's world, it would be "sustainable." Of course there are limits to any one word like sustainability, which is part of ProxThink too (see the Limits of One ProxPattern). Yet it makes sense. Creativity done well, and life itself, are sustainable.
Increasingly, we need sustainability. Sustainable structures for thinking and discussing. Sustainable creativity and innovation. Sustainable growth and proximities.
Just three examples:
A few other examples are sustainable cities, towns and regions, sustainable businesses, sustainable lives, sustainable culture, sustainable growth, sustainable technology, sustainable legal systems and sustainable collaboration.
ProxThink is an integrated set, or framework, of ideas, tools, models and standards for relationships, creativity, innovation, growth and sustainability in proximities. It's more coherent and integrated than some ways we often think about proximities, which you can discover more about at ProxThink Innovations.
To further explore sustainability and ProxThink, please see the next section.
Sustainability and ProxThink
There is much talk about sustainability these days. Why is the topic critical? We face a number of physical challenges, in such areas as energy, population, food, biodiversity and climate. In each challenge and the ways they overlap, more sustainable proximities are becoming more critical, needed and desired.
To meet these challenges, we need sustainable innovation and creativity, sustainable culture, and sustainable growth. It's also quite possible, that to get more sustainable physical proximities, we'll need more sustainable cultural proximities. They probably go together. In this context, the term "culture" means the attitudes, behaviors, customs, arts and social institutions of various social groups.
We're using the term "sustainability" broadly, so here is a definition. "Sustainable" means that the complexity of growth and life can persist, adapt and change as needed. You might think of sustainable as often meaning lively. The ProxThink Innovations can aid this process.
From a slightly different perspective, 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. From this, we can also say, more generally, that a sustainable proximity is one which can support or relate to many different situations, and can persist, adapt and change as needed (see Sustainable Proximities for more).
Although sustainability is related to ProxThink in more detail on the ProxThink Innovations page, the following is part of it in a nutshell. 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. This is a sense in which there is a link between ProxThink and sustainability. Proximity thinking and sustainability (in a very broad sense) probably go together. You do one and get the other, and vice versa.
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