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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)

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 Much More for Your Money If you're an Explorer tier patron (link below), you can attend this PLUS another session (ProxThink User Group, Sustainable Variety Network, Artsdown Pioneers or Shared Situation Guide Experimenters), 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! Weekly and Somewhat Flexible This will usually be a weekly online session, and sometimes an in-person session. If the day of the week doesn't work for you, leave your preferences in the comments and maybe we can move a future session. 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

SustaVariety LA

Koreatown Plaza

Let's make ourselves and Los Angeles better and more alive with SustaVariety! That's sustainable variety. It’s variety that continues, refreshes, renews. It can be enhanced with proximity thinking approaches and other approaches we create. Join us! To quickly start proximity thinking, see the suggested course below. You can join us monthly and/or connect online (details to come)! Los Angeles, and the people of LA, have lots of challenges, lots of potential, and already have sustainable variety in many ways. By focusing on sustainable variety and sustainable proximities (which can reinforce each other), we can reorient our efforts, get energized, make ourselves and Los Angeles better, and be more alive. Our approaches should scale beyond Los Angeles, so we may influence the wider world and future too. At the meetup, we’ll start with a quick intro to SustaVariety. Then we’ll develop and update possible shared situations we can collaborate on together, as well as with our own groups of friends, family, associates, neighbors, etc. Then we'll choose a few and start or continue collaborating, using the shared situations approach and/or other approaches we develop. If you have a tablet or laptop, bring it. But your smartphone will work too. We may visit some websites together and interact online, as well as get set up for connecting and collaborating later. Whether you attend or not, you can get involved, in small to big ways, with or without money. Below are things we might do and ways we can create more SustaVariety for ourselves and LA: • For shared situations in our work, organizations, neighborhoods, communities, and region, use the Shared Situation Guide and/or the ProxThink growth model. More at: https://sharedsituations.wordpress.com https://proxthink.wordpress.com/growth-model • For making the arts and entertainment around LA more lively and sustainable, use the Artsdown approach. More at: https://artsdown.org • For creativity that enhances sustainable variety, use the ProxPatterns. More at: https://proxthink.wordpress.com/proxpatterns • For other approaches, we can start with the goal of creating variety that continues, refreshes, renews. Then see where it leads. • For a few other projects and groups for sustainable variety, visit: https://loughry.com Suggested Proxri Let's try no set prices for this. Let's use ProxRewards, also called "proxri," which are part of proximity thinking and are not limited to money (see https://proxri.org). We can proxri people related to benefits we gain from them now or in the future as a result of this event and group, and/or related to our interactions with them in this event and group. For the organizer (David Loughry), the suggested proxri per event is at least $3 via https://loughry.com/proxri, or some ongoing patronage level (getting you additional benefits) at: https://www.patreon.com/loughry Suggested Online Course To quickly start proximity thinking, and so we have some common language, take the online course "Let’s Be More Alive — Intro to ProxThink." There is also a trials option to check it out. More at: https://proxthink.thinkific.com Location, Parking, Transit We'll meet in one of the cafes in this Koreatown Plaza mall, or the food court there, depending on WiFi and group size. For our exact location within the mall, check the comments for this event in your Meetup app shortly before the meetup time. You can also message me within the Meetup app. PARKING: In the mall, there is free parking for three hours with validation. TRANSIT: Public transit is nearby, with a bus stop on Western by the mall, and the Western/Wilshire Metro subway stop not far away. This process 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. I hope you'll join us! —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

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 Much More for Your Money If you're an Explorer tier patron (link below), you can attend this PLUS another session (ProxThink User Group, Sustainable Variety Network, Artsdown Pioneers or Shared Situation Guide Experimenters), 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! Weekly and Somewhat Flexible This will usually be a weekly online session, and sometimes an in-person session. If the day of the week doesn't work for you, leave your preferences in the comments and maybe we can move a future session. 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

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