Shared Situation Guide

Shared situations can improve and become more lively when people can 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. The Shared Situation Guide grew out of the proximity thinking framework and helps create sustainable variety. Here’s a quick video. Watching it full screen helps with reading the text.

Google Docs Version of the Guide

UPDATE — Nov. 27, 2022
Just Released:
There is now a version of the Shared Situation Guide for use within Google Docs. You’ll need a Google account. I’ll write a longer intro for the Google Docs version later. Here’s the Google Docs version of the Shared Situation Guide.

Quip Version of the Guide

Here’s the Quip version of the Shared Situation Guide. To start using it, including on your mobile, you’ll need the Quip app and a Quip account. For your mobile, get the Quip app (it’s free via the App Store or Google Play). Then, in the app or at on a computer, create an account. It may look like you need to join with a work team or work email, but you don’t. Small groups or groups with low to moderate activity don’t require paid plans, as long as you share documents rather than folders. You can use whatever email and name you prefer. If you don’t want to use your full name, you can put any first name and last initial. Note that when collaborating with the guide on Quip, other people you’re collaborating with will see only your preferred name on Quip, not your email address.

You’ll find a few more introductory details at However, the Shared Situation Guide itself includes most of what you’ll need to know for using it. So you might want to get your Quip app and account as described above, and just start using the guide.