Proximity thinking (ProxThink) is a proximity-focused framework for creativity, innovation, problem-solving, sustainability and living. It is ways of thinking and relating that fit our connected and networked lives. It can create more sustainable variety and vitality, lively thinking, and engaged collaboration, which make for more enjoyable living in a networked world.
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More about Proximity Thinking
Proximity thinking is thinking with this proximity-focused framework, which consists of some basic ideas, patterns, models and tools. Proximity thinking can be used in proximities which may be personal, interpersonal, organizational, market-oriented, local, regional, global, or unique to your situation.
We don’t have a frequent way of talking about, and relating to, a group of elements related to a situation, whether those elements are people, places, things, ideas, feelings, relationships, groups, times, processes, or whatever else seemed related to the situation. This way of talking and relating needs to encompass general concepts like contexts and environments. Yet it also needs to be flexible enough to handle elements that are related to a situation but not part of the immediate context or environment. And, it needs to handle groups of elements related to situations as diverse as those involving regions, communities, neighborhoods, offices, projects and even parties and conversations. The word proximity, the meaning of which includes nearness in relationship, can help. In proximity thinking, the proximity consists of elements related or potentially related to a situation, in physical, mental and other ways.
You can often benefit from ProxThink without understanding every part of it. Why? Because ProxThink uses fairly basic words in pretty typical ways.
Where to start?
The conceptual parts of the proximity thinking framework consist of the Basics, the ProxPatterns, and the Growth Model. Each builds on the last, but you can start with whichever one interests you. They are related, so starting with one will lead, sooner or later, to the others. The ProxPatterns are perhaps the most useful for everyday thinking and relating, so you might want to start with the ProxPatterns.
- Basics — for describing and discussing situations.
- ProxPatterns — for creativity, innovation and problem-solving.
- Growth Model — for people who share a proximity.