• SustaVariety LA — Joint Meetup

    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 (joint meetup with Proximity Thinkers LA) 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

  • Support and Networking for Variety People

    Urth Caffe

    Being a variety person can be hard. You may be tugged in lots of directions, juggle diverse activities, jobs and people, and people may not "get" your diversity and complexity. We can help each other! Let's meetup to talk, listen, give advice and network for new adventures and opportunities. The Urth Caffé has great coffee, tea and food, with indoor and outdoor seating. If we're getting food and/or drinks, let's try to have them by 8 pm (not required, of course). Parking and Transit: There is nearby street parking for $2 per hour, and maybe some unmetered street parking too. If you know more about parking options in this area, let us know in the comments. There are several major streets nearby, so public transit shouldn't be too difficult. This is a monthly event. If others can help run it sometimes, we could even do it several times a month. We can move it around. If you know good places for this with decent or free parking, let us know in the comments!

  • Vote on Our Monthly Adventure!

    Needs a location

    As each month gets closer, I'll start a poll for what to do and everyone can vote. You can also propose adventures. Vote at the link below. If you're on mobile in the Meetup app, you'll be taken to a web page and you'll need to zoom in. Here's the link where you can vote: https://www.meetup.com/Variety-People-Los-Angeles/polls/ For more info about each poll choice, I'll post links here, since space in the polls is limited. Also, the date and time may shift, based on the adventure. I can organize any one of the choices, but co-organizers could do others if enough people are interested. Interested in organizing a meetup? Let me know. So watch this space, or start a discussion below ahead of time if you have ideas for what to do! Thanks! David

  • Let's Collaborate on Meetup Ideas and Planning (also an ongoing mobile process)

    I've started a collaborative Quip document (also available on mobile) for collecting ideas for meetups and planning them. RSVP for this event, and I'll send you details about how to join the document. On the date of the meetup, we'll have an online meeting using AnyMeeting. I'll do an orientation to the Quip document, and we can discuss ideas and planning for meetups. ATTENDANCE NOT REQUIRED! To RSVP for this meetup, you only need to want to join our collaborative document. You DON'T need to be available to attend the online meetup on the date listed. Here are some of the ideas so far. If some meetup ideas are popular, we can repeat those events if others want to attend, or attend again! For a few of these ideas, I've written descriptions of the meetup, which you'll find under our group Pages tab (you'll only see the Pages tab when viewing the desktop version of the Meetup site). RSVP so you can join the document and conversation, to let us know your ideas! • Monthly mixer. We could mix, talk, network, share variety experiences and tips, and consider options, including exploring experience swaps, developing interest lists, discussing possible meetups, and updating a shared mobile document for ongoing collaboration on meetup ideas and planning. • LA County Museum of Art‎ (LACMA) - area exploration and mixer. • Amateur night for performances. • Volunteer to do something as a group. • Variety people networking and support group. • Job trading or sharing. • Potluck, perform and pickup. • Start some sustainable proximities (which help create sustainable variety) using the Shared Situation Guide (https://sharedsituations.wordpress.com/), which others can then join too. • Dance party, with a variety of kinds of dance. • Art swap. • Make group art, photograph it, destroy it. • Variety workout — some of each: yoga, dance, run, weights, others? • Variety people speed dating. • Events that involve some work, some collaboration, and some play. • Fashion show - attendees are in it, and watch it! • Attend open mic event, and maybe participate! • Beach stroll, chat, picnic and resource sharing. • Online meeting to discuss meetup ideas. • Mashups of any of the above ideas. Again, just RSVP for this event, and I'll send you details about how to join the collaborative and mobile Quip document. On the date of the meetup, we'll have an online meeting using AnyMeeting. I'll do an orientation to the Quip document, and we can discuss ideas and planning for meetups. As mentioned, you don't need to be able to attend the online meeting, you only need to want to join our collaborative document.

  • Boost Variety with Proximity Thinking — In Person or Online

    WeWork Pacific Design Center - Red Building

    Variety that Continues and Grows ... I think sustainable variety is what makes people feel alive, excited, vital and engaged. It’s part of what makes life enjoyable. You could say it’s variety that continues and grows. It’s variety that doesn’t become static, yet isn’t so great it becomes chaotic. It’s what nature does, in many ways. Sustainable Variety and Proximity Thinking I don’t think sustainable variety just accidentally happens, at least on a consistent basis. I do think there are things we can do to increase our chances of it. I’ve started some projects that provide options for creating and spreading sustainable variety. Each of these projects relates in some way to the proximity thinking (ProxThink) framework I created. And using proximity thinking approaches can lead to lively thinking, living and relating. For more about sustainable variety and ProxThink-related projects, check out: https://loughry.com Boost Sustainable Variety I also run a Meetup group related to proximity thinking, called Proximity Thinkers LA. I’ve started a monthly meetup there called “Explore Proximity Thinking — Attend In Person or Online.” By exploring proximity thinking, you'll learn approaches for more lively thinking, living and relating, and you'll get more out of the related projects (at https://loughry.com) for creating and spreading sustainable variety. I'll also touch on sustainable variety during the 15-20 minute intro at the start of the meetup. Attend In Person or Online You can also join us online with a computer (Windows, Mac, Linux/Ubuntu) or mobile device (iOS, Android) including phones and tablets. See this guide for details: https://proxthinkriver.com/guide-for-attending-online-events/ No set price. Rather, please proxri ... In pursuit of creating sustainable proximities and sustainable variety, there is no set price for this meetup. Rather, we'll use ProxRewards, also called "proxri," which are part of the proximity thinking framework and 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 meetup, I'll email you more details about this. How to RSVP You can RSVP either here within the Variety People group, or you can also become a member of Proximity Thinkers LA and RSVP there (see link in next section). It’s up to you. If you RSVP here, I’ll include you as my guests on the Proximity Thinkers LA meetup, so that attendee count will be accurate. If RSVPing here, see full details at link below ... Meetup has limits on how much text I can put here. So, if you’re RSVPing here within our Variety People group (rather than via the Proximity Thinkers LA group as mentioned above), for the rest of the details about this meetup, see this link: https://www.meetup.com/ProxThinkersLA/events/krvljqyxnbhc/ Location, Parking, Check-in 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 Can’t make it this month? It's a regular thing! This is a monthly meetup. I hope to move the location in some months to other spots around the Los Angeles area. I'm also available to host it at your organization, building, event, etc. I hope you'll join us! —David Loughry

  • SustaVariety LA — Joint Meetup

    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 (joint meetup with Proximity Thinkers LA) 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

  • Vote on Our Monthly Adventure!

    Needs a location

    As each month gets closer, I'll start a poll for what to do and everyone can vote. You can also propose adventures. Vote at the link below. If you're on mobile in the Meetup app, you'll be taken to a web page and you'll need to zoom in. Here's the link where you can vote: https://www.meetup.com/Variety-People-Los-Angeles/polls/ For more info about each poll choice, I'll post links here, since space in the polls is limited. Also, the date and time may shift, based on the adventure. I can organize any one of the choices, but co-organizers could do others if enough people are interested. Interested in organizing a meetup? Let me know. So watch this space, or start a discussion below ahead of time if you have ideas for what to do! Thanks! David

  • Let's Collaborate on Meetup Ideas and Planning (also an ongoing mobile process)

    I've started a collaborative Quip document (also available on mobile) for collecting ideas for meetups and planning them. RSVP for this event, and I'll send you details about how to join the document. On the date of the meetup, we'll have an online meeting using AnyMeeting. I'll do an orientation to the Quip document, and we can discuss ideas and planning for meetups. ATTENDANCE NOT REQUIRED! To RSVP for this meetup, you only need to want to join our collaborative document. You DON'T need to be available to attend the online meetup on the date listed. Here are some of the ideas so far. If some meetup ideas are popular, we can repeat those events if others want to attend, or attend again! For a few of these ideas, I've written descriptions of the meetup, which you'll find under our group Pages tab (you'll only see the Pages tab when viewing the desktop version of the Meetup site). RSVP so you can join the document and conversation, to let us know your ideas! • Monthly mixer. We could mix, talk, network, share variety experiences and tips, and consider options, including exploring experience swaps, developing interest lists, discussing possible meetups, and updating a shared mobile document for ongoing collaboration on meetup ideas and planning. • LA County Museum of Art‎ (LACMA) - area exploration and mixer. • Amateur night for performances. • Volunteer to do something as a group. • Variety people networking and support group. • Job trading or sharing. • Potluck, perform and pickup. • Start some sustainable proximities (which help create sustainable variety) using the Shared Situation Guide (https://sharedsituations.wordpress.com/), which others can then join too. • Dance party, with a variety of kinds of dance. • Art swap. • Make group art, photograph it, destroy it. • Variety workout — some of each: yoga, dance, run, weights, others? • Variety people speed dating. • Events that involve some work, some collaboration, and some play. • Fashion show - attendees are in it, and watch it! • Attend open mic event, and maybe participate! • Beach stroll, chat, picnic and resource sharing. • Online meeting to discuss meetup ideas. • Mashups of any of the above ideas. Again, just RSVP for this event, and I'll send you details about how to join the collaborative and mobile Quip document. On the date of the meetup, we'll have an online meeting using AnyMeeting. I'll do an orientation to the Quip document, and we can discuss ideas and planning for meetups. As mentioned, you don't need to be able to attend the online meeting, you only need to want to join our collaborative document.

  • Support and Networking for Variety People

    Urth Caffe

    Being a variety person can be hard. You may be tugged in lots of directions, juggle diverse activities, jobs and people, and people may not "get" your diversity and complexity. We can help each other! Let's meetup to talk, listen, give advice and network for new adventures and opportunities. The Urth Caffé has great coffee, tea and food, with indoor and outdoor seating. If we're getting food and/or drinks, let's try to have them by 8 pm (not required, of course). Parking and Transit: There is nearby street parking for $2 per hour, and maybe some unmetered street parking too. If you know more about parking options in this area, let us know in the comments. There are several major streets nearby, so public transit shouldn't be too difficult. This is a monthly event. If others can help run it sometimes, we could even do it several times a month. We can move it around. If you know good places for this with decent or free parking, let us know in the comments!

  • Boost Variety with Proximity Thinking — In Person or Online

    WeWork Pacific Design Center - Red Building

    Variety that Continues and Grows ... I think sustainable variety is what makes people feel alive, excited, vital and engaged. It’s part of what makes life enjoyable. You could say it’s variety that continues and grows. It’s variety that doesn’t become static, yet isn’t so great it becomes chaotic. It’s what nature does, in many ways. Sustainable Variety and Proximity Thinking I don’t think sustainable variety just accidentally happens, at least on a consistent basis. I do think there are things we can do to increase our chances of it. I’ve started some projects that provide options for creating and spreading sustainable variety. Each of these projects relates in some way to the proximity thinking (ProxThink) framework I created. And using proximity thinking approaches can lead to lively thinking, living and relating. For more about sustainable variety and ProxThink-related projects, check out: https://loughry.com Boost Sustainable Variety I also run a Meetup group related to proximity thinking, called Proximity Thinkers LA. I’ve started a monthly meetup there called “Explore Proximity Thinking — Attend In Person or Online.” By exploring proximity thinking, you'll learn approaches for more lively thinking, living and relating, and you'll get more out of the related projects (at https://loughry.com) for creating and spreading sustainable variety. I'll also touch on sustainable variety during the 15-20 minute intro at the start of the meetup. Attend In Person or Online You can also join us online with a computer (Windows, Mac, Linux/Ubuntu) or mobile device (iOS, Android) including phones and tablets. See this guide for details: https://proxthinkriver.com/guide-for-attending-online-events/ No set price. Rather, please proxri ... In pursuit of creating sustainable proximities and sustainable variety, there is no set price for this meetup. Rather, we'll use ProxRewards, also called "proxri," which are part of the proximity thinking framework and 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 meetup, I'll email you more details about this. How to RSVP You can RSVP either here within the Variety People group, or you can also become a member of Proximity Thinkers LA and RSVP there (see link in next section). It’s up to you. If you RSVP here, I’ll include you as my guests on the Proximity Thinkers LA meetup, so that attendee count will be accurate. If RSVPing here, see full details at link below ... Meetup has limits on how much text I can put here. So, if you’re RSVPing here within our Variety People group (rather than via the Proximity Thinkers LA group as mentioned above), for the rest of the details about this meetup, see this link: https://www.meetup.com/ProxThinkersLA/events/krvljqyxnbhc/ Location, Parking, Check-in 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 Can’t make it this month? It's a regular thing! This is a monthly meetup. I hope to move the location in some months to other spots around the Los Angeles area. I'm also available to host it at your organization, building, event, etc. I hope you'll join us! —David Loughry