Let’s Be More Alive

Are we humans meeting our challenges as well as we might? And doing so enjoyably? Individually and in groups? More importantly, do we feel vibrantly alive? Proximity thinking (ProxThink) is a proximity-focused framework for creativity, innovation, problem-solving, sustainability and living. It is ways of thinking and relating that fit our connected and networked lives. It can create more sustainable variety and vitality, active thinking, and engaged collaboration, helping us be more alive.

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You could read pages and pages of this site, or get a much faster start with our Intro to ProxThink online course. Plus, knowing about proximity thinking will help you get more out of other 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 price, but rather a minimum proxri, an approach designed for our networked world. Learn more and sign up at proxthink.thinkific.com.

Why proximity?
Many of our personal and shared situations have a group of elements related to the situation, whether those elements are people, places, things, ideas, feelings, relationships, groups, times, processes, or whatever else seems related to the situation. But we don’t have a frequent way of talking about, and relating to, a group of elements related to a situation. The word proximity, the meaning of which includes nearness in relationship, can help. In proximity thinking, the proximity consists of elements related or potentially related to a situation, in physical, mental and other ways. (For a slightly longer discussion, see the Quick Start page.)

What is ProxThink?
ProxThink is a proximity-focused framework for creativity, innovation, problem-solving, sustainability and living. Proximity thinking is thinking with this proximity-focused framework, which consists of some basic ideas, patterns, models and tools. Proximity thinking can be used in proximities which may be personal, interpersonal, organizational, market-oriented, local, regional, global, or unique to your situation.

Essence of ProxThink
The ProxThink framework mainly consists of three integrated parts: 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.

What to Do or Try Next ...

To begin using ProxThink on your own, see New Visitors.

To begin using ProxThink with others, explore Let's ProxThink or our Shared Situation Guide, Workshops & Public Collaborations.

To see more videos, check out the ProxThink YouTube Channel.

To try a tool for triggering ideas (just one part of ProxThink) ...
Enter a word or phrase related to whatever you are considering, and click ProxThink Hints.

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