proxEarth – What You Can Do


The proxEarth climate change project and its “What You Can Do” section may interest you. The full proxEarth project is here. Here’s the idea behind the “What You Can Do” section: Many people have blogs, websites, and use social software sites (social networking, social bookmarking, photo and video sharing, etc.). Related to these, we could use some global collaboration standards which relate to the global challenge of climate change.

Some standards for tags and text on blogs, websites, and social software sites could turn the whole global Internet into a kind of Web 2.0 application for climate change. This could create the beginnings of a broad participation platform for information sharing and collaboration related to climate change. As a start, I’m suggesting a few simple standards for tags and text that leverage processes of the ProxThink growth model. The ProxThink growth model, especially when used in combination with the Internet, has the potential to be sustainable, flexible, healthy, fun and efficient. When used in searches, these tags and text markers can find pages, posts and other information related to climate change. Further, web pages can be created that track and update recent information which includes these tags and text markers, including tracking by geographic location. Even now, the Technorati and Delicious sites allow you to get an RSS feed of posts/pages tagged with tags of your choice.

The proxEarth tags and text markers use what we already have, which is search engines and huge numbers of blogs, websites, and users of social software sites. Anyone who has a blog or website or uses social software sites can participate, which is many millions of people. Not only does this give people ways to get involved, it creates greater visibility and awareness of what people from many regions and walks of life are doing to help slow, stop or reverse climate change, creating a self-reinforcing process that gets stronger, better and more connected and collaborative over time.

There is also a more general proxEarth proposal, which can be used for further developments, and upon which people can base their own innovations and implementations.

For the suggested proxEarth tags and text markers, and more information, see

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

Sustainability and ProxThink


How does ProxThink support sustainability? This post is a short introduction.

I believe the meaning of sustainability supports the possibility that diversity and complexity can persist, adapt and change as needed. In this sense, you might also think of sustainable as meaning lively. ProxPatterns, and ProxThink Hints built with them, stimulate creativity, innovation and liveliness partly by how they work together and play off each other. Further, much like the way emergence works, individual ProxPatterns are patterns for relatively simple interactions, yet when combined can generate complex behavior and order from a more general viewpoint. This enhances sustainability by supporting diversity and complexity.

The four processes of the ProxThink growth model build on the sustainable qualities of the ProxPatterns, and the processes are proposed standards. The growth model has processes for connecting with people (RelatePoints), proximity awareness (ProxMonitors), sustainable agreements (Vadi Agreements) and rewards which relate elements in the proximity (proxri). By focusing on proximities, the growth model is an integrated way to more sustainably coordinate, collaborate and manage resources for proximities, and supports engaging and lively transitions to the approach.

Also, regarding a strength of proxri, as we worry about avoiding monocultures and ensuring biodiversity for greater sustainability, we should probably also encourage many kinds of rewards related to proximities, such as proxri.

For more on sustainability and ProxThink, see Sustainability and Sustainable Proximities.

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