Four Personal Powers

A very significant meta-state captured in Neuro-Semantic training is the ownership of ones four personal powers.

To understand the prerequisites for generative collaboration Dilts differentiates the meta-state of inter-vision with the meta-state of supervision. Inter-vision entails a different state of mind from supervision. Like resilience inter-vision is a complex state of mind made up of many layered mental qualities and emotions or meta-states. Similar to resilience the phenomena of inter vision involves complex states that cannot be replicated with traditional NLP modelling.

It would be very fruitful to add the meta-state model to the task of modelling and replicating the phenomena of inter-vision. With the clearing and integration methods used by Dilts only the obstructions to inter-vision are removed. There is no guarantee that an unobstructed psyche will engender inter-vision. The meta-state model provides a means to discover the distinctive qualities of inter-vision that will facilitate its replication in social innovation.

An important meta-state that facilitates resilience and self-actualization is the meta-state of owning ones four powers. There are two internal powers: the power to feel or emote and the power to think. Our two external powers are the power to act and the power to communicate. Instilling ownership of these powers is achieved by using meta-stating techniques to instill a strong sense of ownership of one's personal powers to think, to emote, to act and to communicate. These techniques actually make a robust link that actually facilitates taking responsibility and control over thoughts, feelings, communications and actions.

In addition to being an important quality of resilience and self-actualization it also appears that ownership of ones personal powers seems to be an important aspect of inter-vision and generative collaboration. Owning personal powers is a key component of emotional intelligence and is critical for healthy and collaborative relationships.

I would like to suggest to the Neuro-Semantic community when modelling generative collaboration that a further distinction to meta-stating personal powers be made. The process of meta-stating ownership of powers usually begins by reflecting on early experiences of ownership in our childhood. For example we recognize that we own our body parts. When we are children we also learn to own things and products of our environment. However extending ownership to the products of our powers seems to be a hindrance to inter-vision. It is essential to our personal efficacy that we own our powers. Yet, applying this meta-state of ownership to the products of our powers is detrimental to a groups capacity for inter-vision..
I have known several artists and technical entrepreneurs who never developed their envisioned product because a major focus was protecting their product. They worried so much about having an idea stolen that it couldn't possibly get the exposure it needed to be a success. Possessing the idea prevents collaboration.

When an individual brings an established project to the collaborative table, she will have to get over the urge to supervise the collaboration. As long as she owns the vision of the outcome the inter-vision of potential collaborators will be constrained. Her vision is the product of her powers. The stronger her ownership (meta-state) of this vision the more likely she is to supervise. Supervision prevents inter-vision.

Likewise if one is collaborating with a presenting project one has to let go of the ideas and resources being contributed. As a generative collaborator one has to have the trust that donating resources to an other's project will create a bigger pie and that benefits will spill over. The Open source programming community exemplifies this giving characteristic of generative collaboration. In Open source computing the source code for applications are made public inviting others to contribute to the overall improvement of the original application by sharing the changes one makes to the original code.

Inter-vision is perhaps even more complex a phenomena to be modelled than resilience. Whereas resilience is a personal phenomenon, inter-vision is a cultural phenomenon only occurring in the context of a group. We might even see it as a group in flow state and thus contrast it to self-actualization that is an individual in flow state.

I have suggested that generative collaboration can be seen as an example of autopoesis, the principle of the self-organizing system. Thus, it has been present in emerging cultural phenomena throughout our history. By becoming aware of this phenomenon, defining it operationally and understanding the qualities necessary for its replication, we can consciously implement it to enhance social innovation and the ability of our species to respond to environmental, economic and political crisis.

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