Have you ever wondered what makes life great? (my answers in a short script)

Have you ever wondered what makes life great? Here are my answers in a short script. Recently I wrote the script (see it below this intro) for a video I hope to make. In answering the question of what makes life great, the script will:

  1. Introduce you to what I call sustainable variety, or SustaVariety,
  2. Say what you can do right now to create more SustaVariety, and
  3. Invite you to join some adventurous projects (and related groups, courses, events and more) I’ve started to create more SustaVariety.

If you have any comments, feedback and/or suggestions on the script, see the paragraph after the script for details and how you might benefit. Here it is:

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Have you ever wondered what makes life great? What do you think makes people feel more alive, excited, vital and engaged? I’ve thought about this a lot, and a good answer is what I like to call sustainable variety. Sometimes I call it SustaVariety. It’s variety that continues, refreshes, and renews. Examples include events, friends or activities that keep you engaged, but also keep changing enough so you don’t get bored, although not changing so much it’s crazy, unhealthy, dangerous, or something else unsustainable. How the events, friends or activities change might be why they are more sane, healthy, safe, and sustainable. And how we nurture and encourage those kinds of changes probably makes a difference. Some of these kinds of changes can be guided by the idea and pursuit of sustainable variety. Do you think SustaVariety sounds like something worth exploring and striving for?

The thing is, I don’t think sustainable variety just accidentally happens, at least not on a consistent basis. I do think there are things we can do to increase our chances of it. Here’s something you can start doing right now: When you’re faced with choices, ask which options will enhance sustainable variety for yourself and others? Additionally, you can get involved in some adventurous projects (and related groups, courses, events and more) I’ve developed with proximity thinking that provide options to help create and spread sustainable variety. By getting involved, you will likely create more sustainable variety and have some adventures of your own while trying the projects, growing them, experimenting and collaborating around them, and improving them.

I’m David Loughry, creator of proximity thinking and a sustainable variety collaborator. I invite you to get involved in creating more SustaVariety. I invite you to join me and/or people you know, and probably people you don’t know, in some adventurous projects (and related groups, courses, events and more) in creating more SustaVariety.

I hope there will be real world events, online interactions and ongoing and growing projects, groups and more. I’m in a coworking conference room now where we can collaborate and at the same time, people online can collaborate with us and each other from their locations. I’m based in Los Angeles, so if you’re in the area or traveling through, I hope you’ll come to an event. And if you’re not around LA, I hope to interact with you online. Perhaps if this grows, I can travel to other places for events too.

Check the space around this video for more info, more things you can start doing right now, and links to projects, groups, courses, upcoming events and more. If this sounds interesting, enjoyable and fun, please let other people know about it too! Thanks!

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If you have any comments, feedback and/or suggestions on the script, please let me know in the comments or contact me directly here! By doing so, you’ll likely help the proximity of this situation, you might help others and you might get proxri for it as well, from me and/or other people (if you use some of these suggestions for how to make it easy for people to proxri you).

For info and links to more about SustaVariety projects, events, courses, groups and adventures, and ways you can get involved, with or without money, go to: loughry.com

To encourage, amplify and speed up my efforts to create and spread more SustaVariety, you can proxri my efforts financially and/or in non-financial ways via: patreon.com/loughry

Want to make Los Angeles better and more alive?

Attention LA people who want to make Los Angeles better and more alive … I’m hosting the event linked to this Thursday, 8/22, 6-8 pm. You can also join us online!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sustavariety-for-la-tickets-68701220199

SustaVariety for LA

Old-Fashioned? Shutdowns and Some Governmental Approaches Outdated? Antiquated? What Can We Do? — (Relates to Our Connected World and Collaboration) — MIND MAP Version

Below is a mind map about how the government shutdown and some governmental approaches relate to our connected world and collaboration. It introduces the ProxThink growth model, a collaboration approach created for a connected world. It also shows you the best way to start playing around with and using the growth model (within the Quip mobile app or in your own low-tech and/or high-tech ways). The starting point of the mind map is the large blue bubble that says: Old-Fashioned? Shutdowns and Some Governmental Approaches Outdated? Antiquated? What Can We Do? It’s a work in progress. I hope to make it into a video.

In the video, I’ll narrate and be zoomed in, panning around and opening bubbles and paths. However, I’ve added some numbers and notes for people (like you!) reading the map on their own. For the reading order, follow the numbers, notes and arrows. Begin at the large blue bubble below where it says 1. Start Here.

Click the map to have it fill the window. Then you can zoom in and look around as needed. There is also a PDF version (for ultimate scaling) of the mind map, linked to below the graphic.

Old-Fashioned? Shutdowns and Some Governmental Approaches Outdated? Antiquated? What Can We Do?

Here’s the link to the PDF version of the mind map:
Old-Fashioned? Shutdowns and Some Governmental Approaches Outdated? Antiquated? What Can We Do?

More Lively Proximities — Help Each Other Session … It’s a monthly Los Angeles meetup for five ProxThink-related areas.

This is now a monthly event! I may not post this here every month, but you can always find ProxThink-related events via the Upcoming Events menu item. Details for this one are below. Hope you’ll join us!

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More Lively Proximities — Help Each Other Session

Thursday, Aug 23, 2018, 6:00 PM

WeWork Pacific Design Center
750 N San Vicente Blvd West Hollywood, CA

1 ProxThinkers Attending

Let’s create more lively proximities by helping each other in five ProxThink-related areas. These include the Intro to ProxThink online course, the Shared Situations Guide, Shared Situation Collabs, the Artsdown approach and projects for Sustainable Variety. For newcomers, I’ll start with a 15-20 minute intro to proximity thinking and the other pro…

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Quick Update: Modular Version of the Shared Situation Guide is Now Available

The Shared Situation Guide is built on top of the ProxThink growth model. I’m psyched about this new way to deploy it!

Help shared situations come alive.

The modular version of the shared situation guide is now available!

Why the Modular Version?

  1. It’s easier to focus on each process. The processes are the Vadi Agreement, Proxri, ProxMonitors processes. In the original one-page version, those processes were sections of the document. But in the modular version, they become separate documents, making it easier to focus on each one.
  2. It makes getting around and navigating faster and easier.

If You’re New to the Shared Situation Guide …

Just FYI, this modular version requires a little time to set up the section documents and navigation links. So if you’re new to the guide, you’ll get a sense of it faster with the original one-page version.

You can check out and start using the modular version here. It’s also linked to from the original guide here (see the “modular version” link in the first bullet on the page).

Hope you like it…

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Working on a Modular Version of the Shared Situation Guide

So far, it seems cleaner and easier to navigate!

Help shared situations come alive.

When I created the original shared situation guide, I challenged myself to create just one main document that a group could use to collaborate using the processes of the ProxThink growth model. However, the more I use it, the more I realize that a small set of documents might also work well. So I’m working on a modular version, where the main sections of the original version become separate documents. So far, I’m liking it and excited about it. I’ll let you know when it’s available to try out!

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