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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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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

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

—David Loughry