Creating the Life We Want, with a Tip from Skiing

Ski i Trysil

Ski i Trysil” by Ola Matsson for Trysil is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

I think it’s probably true that we, as individuals and groups, can create the life we want, to a large extent. But I also think it’s a bit like skiing. If you do the right things at the right moments, the ski and the mountain do a lot of the rest of the work. In life, the skis are things like the systems, tools, products and services that we create and we use. When I say “systems,” it includes not just things like infrastructure but things like formal and informal social networks, conceptual frameworks, and processes we use to do things large and small. This means such systems might include the proximity thinking framework, the sustainable proximities approach, the shared situation guide and the shared situations website. I’ve worked very hard to make these ProxThink-related systems be like a good pair of skis. When used with reality (the mountain), they can do a lot of the work for us, and can help make life better and more enjoyable.

As touched on, an important point about the above is related to the word “we,” which can mean ourselves individually, but also larger groups of people, and even all of humanity. So we need to think carefully about the systems, tools, products and services that we create and we use. But I think we especially need to think carefully about the systems, as systems can condition the range of options we have, and our quality of life in general. I’ve thought very carefully in creating the ProxThink-related systems mentioned above, and even about the transitions to using them more often.



Climate Change Project Begins


I’ve started a climate change project which you can read about here. It’s too long for a blog post, and has many links to terms and concepts, so I recommend you read it here.

This climate change project uses the ProxThink Growth Model to deal with climate change. It will require the input, actions, teamwork and care of many people. It’s an instance of a more general Sustainable Proximities approach. It addresses what are perhaps some of our greatest areas of need regarding climate change, which may be coordination and collaboration at local, regional and global scales. It is an evolving approach which can get better and better. It includes some things you and others can begin doing right now. It lists some next steps.

Currently, the main part of the project is a proposal. The proposal not only discusses how the Growth Model can be put to use, but also what it might be like. The combination of the Growth Model and technology can shift a focus on revenues and costs to a focus on ProxMonitors, proxri and relationships for some proximities related to climate change. This might be sort of like the give and take of a neighborhood, relationship, friendship or perhaps being a considerate traveler. You may want the neighborhood, relationship, friendship or location you’re visiting to survive, thrive, and take care of you as you take care of it.

The section on what you can do now has some suggestions and standards for people who have a website, blog or social network page. There is plenty of information available via the media and Internet about things you can do to help with climate change, from lightbulbs to transportation to conservation and more. However, in our proximities related to the climate change situation, we often don’t know what other people are doing, how the proximity is doing and how to connect with other relevant people. The three things you can do right now address these issues, by leveraging existing capabilities of the Internet such as tags and search. The three things involve proxri, ProxMonitors and RelatePoints as discussed in the proposal.

Many people think our climate situation is getting worse. I urge you to see the whole climate change project now. Even if you don’t believe in climate change, the general Growth Model thrust of this approach has potential uses in other situations.

Proxri Deal: As you find our relationship rewarding, proxri with the proximity in mind.