What we're about

We're learning some proximity thinking. We're applying it to personal, social, career and business challenges. We're also applying it personally and via mobile apps to challenges we share with other people in groups, organizations, neighborhoods, communities, the Los Angeles region and beyond. Proximity thinking is a proximity-focused framework for creativity, innovation, problem-solving, sustainability and living. You can learn more and use it on your own, if you like, at http://proxthink.com , or more quickly with an online course at http://proxthink.thinkific.com . This group will help make learning and using proximity thinking more interactive and personal.

Upcoming events (5)

ProxThink ➜ Pre-Course Q&A ✿ Let's Be More Alive

Online event

“Let’s Be More Alive — Intro to ProxThink” is an online course for transforming how you create, collaborate and live in four stages. Explore it by watching a few short videos (links below). Then ask your remaining pre-course questions in this online meetup!

The first two videos should help you decide whether to keep going. Watching all five takes less than 17 minutes! The videos will introduce you to the benefits of proximity thinking, show you how it relates better to our connected world (especially in shared situations), give you a taste of the course, and likely trigger some of your questions. This meetup can also help you consider attending additional online sessions when you're taking this self-paced course.

To get the most from this meetup, ALSO SIGN UP FOR the trials version or the full version of the course. Sign up on the page for any of the videos below. Signing up for at least the trials will also unlock more course videos, a few activities, all of the quizzes, and your downloads!

Below are links to the five videos, including a short text intro for each one. There you can also read more about the course if you like.

• Video: ProxThink Origin Story + Begin Your Adventures
https://proxthink.thinkific.com/courses/intro-to-proxthink#Origin-Begin-Video

• Video: Why We're Struggling + How You Can Transform Quickly
https://proxthink.thinkific.com/courses/intro-to-proxthink#Reasons-Transform-Video

• Video: Foundations for Transformation
https://proxthink.thinkific.com/courses/intro-to-proxthink#Foundation-Video

• Video: ProxPatterns for Your Creativity, Innovation, Problem-Solving
https://proxthink.thinkific.com/courses/intro-to-proxthink#ProxPatterns-Video

• Video: ProxRewards (Proxri) for Making Your Approach to Shared Situations More Collaborative, Effective and Enjoyable
https://proxthink.thinkific.com/courses/intro-to-proxthink#Proxri-Video

After watching the videos, either save your pre-course questions for the meetup, or send them ahead of time (via https://proxthinkriver.com/contact). In that contact form, please include your level one proxri contact info (see next paragraph), and the date you'll be attending the Q&A.

During this meetup, things you say or ask might help or benefit others. In such situations, the proximity thinking framework provides processes to help us ProxReward (proxri) others, which relates better to our connected world. So others can proxri you, please be ready to provide your level one proxri contact info as described here: https://proxri.org/how-to-make-it-easy-for-people-to-proxri-you

I'll be your meetup host and I created the proximity thinking framework. The suggested minimum money proxri for me for this meetup is at least $2, via https://loughry.com/proxri or via being a patron (getting you additional membership benefits) at: https://www.patreon.com/loughry

I'm looking into recording this meetup, to share all or parts of it later. I would get your permission first. You might help others and get proxri from this as well.

How We'll Meet Online

We'll use the Jitsi Meet online platform (https://meet.jit.si), which also has apps if you prefer to join via mobile or tablet. Jitsi Meet is recommended by Meetup! The meeting link will be visible once you register for this meetup. If you're joining via computer, you do NOT need a special app, as Jitsi Meet works in your browser without even signing up for an account. The fully-supported browsers are Google Chrome and Chromium (including Edge Chromium). On mobile or tablet, the Jitsi Meet app should open when you tap our meeting link. Try to join the meeting five minutes or so early to make sure things are working for you. The meeting link will be active and live about ten minutes early.

This meetup uses the ProxThink Terms of Use (https://proxthink.com/members/about/terms-of-use.php), which boring as it is, may be the friendliest terms you've seen. Why? It's a better fit for our connected world.

—David Loughry

Create and Collaborate with Proximity Thinking — Online Session

Needs a location

$6.00

By the day before the session, take the online course "Let’s Be More Alive — Intro to ProxThink" (details below), so you can join us for some creating and collaborating using the proximity thinking (ProxThink) framework. We'll generate ideas related to situations, topics and challenges suggested by participants and/or challenges we face in our neighborhoods, cities and globally. We'll collaborate using the ProxThink-based Shared Situation Guide. Join us online with your tablet or computer (details below).

Get More for Your Money

If you're a Sustaining Tiers patron (see link below for details), you can attend this session plus get other benefits. Don't sign up here. Message me and I'll add you as my guest. See all your benefits and become a patron here: https://www.patreon.com/loughry

Taking the Online Course First

By 10 pm on the day before the session, take the online course "Let’s Be More Alive — Intro to ProxThink" so you have some familiarity with proximity thinking. It will make the session more fun and productive, and you can take it for a reasonable minimum proxri (see link below for more). If too many people have not completed enough of the course, I may have to cancel the session. Also, take note, there's something you'll need to do when taking the course. When you're doing the activities in the Growth Model section, choose to use the Shared Situation Guide so you'll have the Quip app and a Quip account. Both the Quip app and a Quip account will be needed in our session. Please use the same email for the course and your Quip account, so I can add you to a shared document. Find details and sign up here: https://proxthink.thinkific.com

How to Attend this Online Session

Join us online with your tablet or computer. Details here: https://proxthinkriver.com/guide-for-attending-online-events

Proxri (ProxRewards) and This Session

Proxri (ProxRewards) are rewards usually made with the proximity in mind. Proxri are part of the ProxThink framework, and you'll learn about them in the online course (for a quick overview, go to https://proxri.org). Like for the course, what you pay for this session is a reasonable minimum proxri. Based on your experiences in the session, your benefits from the session, and other standard considerations when deciding about proxri, you're encouraged to reward with the proximity in mind after the session.

Minimum Number of Participants

To make this session work best for creating and collaborating, and make it so I can take the time for it, we'll need at least four participants unless people proxri more than the minimum. Luckily, this is a weekly event, so you can likely attend a session later if one is canceled. To make sure we have at least four, consider suggesting this to friends!

Responsiveness to Messaging

Please be responsive and get back to me if I email or message you and a response is needed. Thanks!

Schedule a Custom Session

For your company, organization, neighborhood, etc., I can conduct a session like this, or a session for a specific situation. Ask questions or schedule via: https://proxthinkriver.com/contact

Terms of Use

This session uses the ProxThink Terms of Use (https://proxthink.com/members/about/terms-of-use.php), which boring as it is, is probably the friendliest terms of use you've seen. Why? Mainly because parts of it, including the Proxri Deal, Collaboration Deal, Online Session Agreement and Intellectual Property Deal integrate some of the proximity thinking framework. This makes it a better fit for our connected world.

I hope you'll join us!

David Loughry
Creator of Proximity Thinking
ProxThink Collaborator/Coach

ProxThink ➜ Pre-Course Q&A ✿ Let's Be More Alive

Online event

“Let’s Be More Alive — Intro to ProxThink” is an online course for transforming how you create, collaborate and live in four stages. Explore it by watching a few short videos (links below). Then ask your remaining pre-course questions in this online meetup!

The first two videos should help you decide whether to keep going. Watching all five takes less than 17 minutes! The videos will introduce you to the benefits of proximity thinking, show you how it relates better to our connected world (especially in shared situations), give you a taste of the course, and likely trigger some of your questions. This meetup can also help you consider attending additional online sessions when you're taking this self-paced course.

To get the most from this meetup, ALSO SIGN UP FOR the trials version or the full version of the course. Sign up on the page for any of the videos below. Signing up for at least the trials will also unlock more course videos, a few activities, all of the quizzes, and your downloads!

Below are links to the five videos, including a short text intro for each one. There you can also read more about the course if you like.

• Video: ProxThink Origin Story + Begin Your Adventures
https://proxthink.thinkific.com/courses/intro-to-proxthink#Origin-Begin-Video

• Video: Why We're Struggling + How You Can Transform Quickly
https://proxthink.thinkific.com/courses/intro-to-proxthink#Reasons-Transform-Video

• Video: Foundations for Transformation
https://proxthink.thinkific.com/courses/intro-to-proxthink#Foundation-Video

• Video: ProxPatterns for Your Creativity, Innovation, Problem-Solving
https://proxthink.thinkific.com/courses/intro-to-proxthink#ProxPatterns-Video

• Video: ProxRewards (Proxri) for Making Your Approach to Shared Situations More Collaborative, Effective and Enjoyable
https://proxthink.thinkific.com/courses/intro-to-proxthink#Proxri-Video

After watching the videos, either save your pre-course questions for the meetup, or send them ahead of time (via https://proxthinkriver.com/contact). In that contact form, please include your level one proxri contact info (see next paragraph), and the date you'll be attending the Q&A.

During this meetup, things you say or ask might help or benefit others. In such situations, the proximity thinking framework provides processes to help us ProxReward (proxri) others, which relates better to our connected world. So others can proxri you, please be ready to provide your level one proxri contact info as described here: https://proxri.org/how-to-make-it-easy-for-people-to-proxri-you

I'll be your meetup host and I created the proximity thinking framework. The suggested minimum money proxri for me for this meetup is at least $2, via https://loughry.com/proxri or via being a patron (getting you additional membership benefits) at: https://www.patreon.com/loughry

I'm looking into recording this meetup, to share all or parts of it later. I would get your permission first. You might help others and get proxri from this as well.

How We'll Meet Online

We'll use the Jitsi Meet online platform (https://meet.jit.si), which also has apps if you prefer to join via mobile or tablet. Jitsi Meet is recommended by Meetup! The meeting link will be visible once you register for this meetup. If you're joining via computer, you do NOT need a special app, as Jitsi Meet works in your browser without even signing up for an account. The fully-supported browsers are Google Chrome and Chromium (including Edge Chromium). On mobile or tablet, the Jitsi Meet app should open when you tap our meeting link. Try to join the meeting five minutes or so early to make sure things are working for you. The meeting link will be active and live about ten minutes early.

This meetup uses the ProxThink Terms of Use (https://proxthink.com/members/about/terms-of-use.php), which boring as it is, may be the friendliest terms you've seen. Why? It's a better fit for our connected world.

—David Loughry

Explore Proximity Thinking — Attend In Person or Online

WeWork Pacific Design Center - Red Building

If you'd like to find out more about proximity thinking, ask questions, discover more ways to use it, see it in action for idea generation and shared challenges, hear about ongoing collaborations, see how others are using it and share how you're using it, then join us in person or online with your phone, mobile device or computer.

We'll start with a 15-20 minute intro to proximity thinking and some related projects. Then we'll generate some ideas and explore new approaches for shared challenges. Throughout, there will be time for questions and sharing your experiences with proximity thinking. I also hope to start some ongoing collaborations, both online and in various communities, and you'll get updates on that.

So, you'll get a chance to explore proximity thinking as described above, and I'll get a chance to explore how people are using it or want to use it, as well as get feedback and answer questions. You'll get benefits from me and other participants, and I'll get benefits from you and other participants. Which leads me to the following paragraph about ProxRewards.

In pursuit of creating sustainable proximities and sustainable variety, there is no set price for this event. Rather, we'll use ProxRewards, also called "proxri," which are part of the proximity thinking framework and are not limited to money. (See https://proxri.org for more.) We can proxri those who help us, related to the benefits (now or in the future) we gain from them as a result of this event, and/or related to our interactions with them during this event. Closer to the event, I'll email you more details about this.

Attending Online ... You can join us online with a computer (Windows, Mac, Linux/Ubuntu) or mobile device (iOS, Android) including phones and tablets. See this guide for more details: https://proxthinkriver.com/guide-for-attending-online-events/

The most in-person attendees the room can support is in the range of 10-15. The most online attendees is about 180, or a few more if there are fewer in-person attendees.

If this event date doesn't work for you, I'll be having more frequent online-only versions of this session. Watch for and find those here in this meetup group and/or on Eventbrite here: https://proxthink.eventbrite.com

Taking the online course "Intro to ProxThink — Let’s Be More Alive" prior to the event is not required, but highly recommended. The minimum proxri for the course is very reasonable. Alternatively, with an optional proxri, you can access some course trials, use the whole ProxThink website and take all the course quizzes. Here's the course: https://proxthink.thinkific.com

WeWork is in the sky lobby of the red building at the Pacific Design Center (elevator button SL). We'll be in meeting room 7C. When you arrive at WeWork, check in via the guest registration tablet at the front desk, as a guest of me, David Loughry. Bring a photo ID. There is nearby metered street parking for $2 per hour. If you park on the street or arrive via public transit, make sure you enter the red building, as the green and blue buildings might be locked. More about onsite parking (max $10 after 4 pm) and how to get there, can be found at this WeWork page: https://www.wework.com/buildings/pacific-design-center-red-building--los-angeles--CA

I hope to host this event at various places around the Los Angeles area. I'm also available to host it at your organization, building, event, etc.

This event uses the ProxThink Terms of Use (https://proxthink.com/members/about/terms-of-use.php), which boring as it is, is probably the friendliest terms of use you've seen. Why? Mainly because parts of it, including the Proxri Deal, Collaboration Deal, Online Session Agreement and Intellectual Property Deal integrate some of the proximity thinking framework. This makes it a better fit for our connected world.

I hope you'll join us!

—David Loughry

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