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Gregory Bateson and other living system theorists recognize a self-organizing Meta principle called autopoesis. Cells differentiate and organize to create a tissue. Tissues differentiate and organize to create an organ. Organs and tissues organize to create the human organism. Humans self-organize to create a culture. In these scenarios communication seems to happen around an attractor that creates something greater than the parts. Similarly generative collaboration creates a new innovation that is greater than the sum of the ideas involved. Generative collaboration is a kind of hive thinking that brings together separate perspectives and resource centres to create something new that is greater than the sum of the parts.
Dilts introduces the concept of inter-vision to differentiate this sharing of vision characteristic in generative collaboration from supervision. In an industrial setting engendering basic collaboration a supervisor is there to coordinate efforts. A supervisor's role is to communicate the dominant vision to the individuals in that organization. Individual visions are subjugated to the dominant vision of the organization.

In inter-vision the separate nodes/perspectives self-generate communication out of which a meta organization and focus emerges that is greater than the sum of the nodes. This gives me a sense of the immense potential of our species to respond systemically to the environmental, economic, social and spiritual crisis that our planet faces today.

Robert Dilts presents a compelling narrative that makes this generative collaboration easily recognizable as a success factor in entrepreneurial ventures that have high impact on our social and economic system. Once we recognize the principle and potential of generative collaboration and inter-vision our next task is to replicate these qualities in innovative ventures. In this second task Dilts is limited by the tools of traditional NLP.

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