News about the Shared Situation Guide

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

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. Let me know!

—David Loughry

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Working on a Modular Version of the Shared Situation Guide

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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How Good Feelings Might Arise from Using the Shared Situation Guide

Even though the TED talk below is called “Religion, Evolution, and the Ecstasy of Self-Transcendence,” part of what Jonathan Haidt is talking about is groups coming together around shared situations. Perhaps some of the same effects he mentions (I’ll discuss some below) will result from using the shared situation guide. We’ll have to see. Let’s find out.

Some of the effects he mentions include:

  • Your self-interest and your sense of self becoming less dominant.
  • A sense of uniting into a team and of communal effort.
  • Life seeming more interconnected.
  • The things above feeling good and being uplifting.

Haidt also mentions that nature’s solution to the more destructive extremes of self-interest is containment, or putting related elements “into the same boat.” In a sense, this is what using the shared situation guide does, especially when deployed via our mobile devices (rather than just on our computers). In other words, the people using the guide for their shared situation are in the same boat in at least two ways:

  1. The proximity of their shared situation is a shared boat. They are more aware of, and can more directly relate to, the elements and relationships in the proximity of their shared situation. Here, the concept of the proximity, and relating to the proximity, is the shared boat.
  2. The networked, mobile shared situation guide is a shared boat. They can more easily relate to each other and their shared situation via the guide. Here the technology and the processes of the guide are the shared boat.

I hope you’ll learn more and try the shared situation guide here. Also, I hope to start having more workshops for getting up to speed on the guide, which will be posted on the ProxThink Eventbrite page, as well as here in the blog.

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Variety People LA Using SSG for Collaborating on Meetup Ideas and Planning

I’m using the Shared Situation Guide as a collaborative document to collect meetup ideas and plan meetups for the Variety People LA meetup group. Here’s an upcoming meetup related to that. If you live in the Los Angeles area, please consider joining us!
—David Loughry

Let’s Collaborate on Meetup Ideas/Planning (it’s also an ongoing mobile process)

Tuesday, Nov 15, 2016, 7:00 PM

No location yet.

1 VariPeeps Attending

I’ve started a collaborative Quip document 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 can get together for an orientation to the Quip document, discuss ideas for meetups, and have a beverage and/or something to eat at a location tha…

Check out this Meetup →

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In Progress: Looking for Groups, Proximities and Shared Situations for Trying the Shared Situation Guide

Just in case I get hit by a truck or something, I wanted to post links to a couple documents I’m working on. These are three Shared Situation Guide (SSG) documents related to testing and trying the guide.

We’re Looking for Groups with Shared Situations for Trying the SSG
Progress Update: As of 11/8/2015, this is pretty much ready for collaboration and worth a look. You can view it at the link above. If you have a Quip account, you can also request to join the document for collaboration.

We’re Looking for Public Proximities for Trying the SSG
Progress Update: As of 11/8/2015, this is pretty much ready for collaboration and worth a look. You can view it at the link above. If you have a Quip account, you can also request to join the document for collaboration.

We’re Looking for Shared Situations for Trying the SSG
Progress Update: As of 11/8/2015, this is pretty much ready for collaboration and worth a look. You can view it at the link above. If you have a Quip account, you can also request to join the document for collaboration.

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Sleek Version of the Shared Situation Guide

Now there’s a sleek version of the Shared Situation Guide, for experienced users as well as people who prefer an uncluttered, minimalist approach! See the following links for more.

For a short introduction, see this link:
http://proxthinkriver.com/2015/10/20/introducing-a-sleek-version-of-the-shared-situation-guide/

To just start using the sleek version, go here:
http://quip.com/CBxbA8V0ymzm

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Starter Set: Shared Kitchen

Here’s a Shared Situation Guide starter set for a shared kitchen. It could likely be adapted for organizing some other shared place, space, room, etc. This set is only one document, which keeps things simple. Below are some highlights. The link to the set is at the end.

Shared Situation

We (Sally, Dave, Frank, Annie, James and Beth) want to manage and enjoy our shared kitchen.

Valuable Differences

  • We want to keep our kitchen clean and well-stocked with food and needed items (napkins, towels, dinnerware, utensils, pots/pans, tools, appliances, decor, etc.).
  • We want to split expenses and tasks based on fairness but also enjoyment and wishes.
  • We want our kitchen to be a nice place to spend time, alone or together.
  • We want to easily coordinate cleaning, shopping, accounting, task choosing, and any shared meals.

Needed or Wanted Proxri

  • Generally, we need each other to pitch in and help to make our shared kitchen the kind of place we’ve described in our Vadi Agreement above. These various efforts are proxri, and some will get recorded in our ProxMonitors below, and some won’t, but that’s OK.
  • We can still use this area for unusual proxri contributions.

ProxMonitors

  • Shopping List – Food
  • Shopping List – Other Items
  • Cleaning
  • Meal Plans for Shared Meals
  • Accounting, Proxri and Preferences
  • Satisfaction with Aspects of Our Shared Kitchen

Link to the Set

Here’s the link to this starter set.
quip.com/5tRlA2FZc8eR

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Starter Set: Organizing a Picnic

Here’s a Shared Situation Guide starter set for organizing a picnic. It could likely be adapted for organizing some other event like a party, dinner or outing. This set is only one document, which keeps things simple. Below are some highlights. The link to the set is at the end.

Shared Situation

Our group of friends would like to organize a picnic late next month.

Valuable Differences

  • We’d like, if possible, for people to contribute to the planning and contribute to the picnic itself, in ways that they find enjoyable and stimulating.
  • We’d like, if possible, for people to enjoy themselves at the picnic.
  • We’d like, as much as possible, to coordinate the timing so it works with people’s schedules.

Needed or Wanted Proxri

  • We need ideas for a good park where we can have the picnic.
  • We need people to collaborate to bring food and drinks.
  • We need people to coordinate for scheduling a good time for the picnic.
  • We need ideas for other fun things to do at the picnic, and/or near the park for before or after the picnic.

ProxMonitors

  • Ideas for a Good Park for the Picnic
  • Collaborating on Food and Drink
  • Coordinating for Scheduling
  • Ideas for Other Fun Things to Do

Link to the Set

Here’s the link to this starter set.
quip.com/EAAhASiGQAkV

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Groups come alive and thrive when …

Groups come alive and thrive when people relate to the proximity of their shared situation. The Shared Situation Guide helps groups do that in mobile, networked ways. This may assist any group with a shared situation, from friends and associates, to neighborhoods and communities, and even to regions and beyond.

This site is an outgrowth of the ProxThink Shared Situation Guide, Workshops and Public Collaborations. Here’s a quick video. Watching it full screen helps with reading the text.

This site has links to begin using the guide, provides starter sets for some common situations, points to workshops for learning the guide, and helps people find and collaborate with others using the guide for shared situations.

We set up the site here since the features of WordPress can help people get more out of the guide, in at least the following two ways:

  1. People can find, share and comment on guide starter sets for some common situations. This can help people get more out of the guide sooner, by leveraging things others have learned and created for similar situations. And thanks to the Collaboration Deal (part of the ProxThink Terms of Use) it’s possible people who share starter sets they created may get proxri for their efforts.
  2. People can find, join and comment on shared situation collaborations (collabs). Some will be run by ProxThink and others will be groups running their own shared situation collabs. This may assist any group with a shared situation, from friends and associates, to neighborhoods and communities, and even to regions and beyond.

We’re just launching this site, so things will become more and more complete. Follow some of the progress here on the blog if you like! As mentioned, the guide grew out of the proximity thinking framework, so links here may take you to pages related to ProxThink or proxthink.com.

Thanks and feel free to contact us with questions or comments!

—David Loughry

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