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All PH-L5s involve Communication-RL5

Colour-coding: Orange refers to THEE terminology. Blue refers to THEE-names for specific cells or frameworks. Maroon refers to the Root Levels which are presumed to be necessary for their function.


The function of every PH•Level-5 element has Communication-RL5 as an intrinsic necessary, but often implicit, feature.

What about the other Root Levels?  Closed Any of the other RLs may occur but they are not necessary, and by themselves they would not be enough to enable the function. Further explanations will be offered where there might be confusion.

Note: The elements examined below are not equally well understood.

In Willingness-PH7

Element Function: Provisional Formulation
L5-Tolerating a Risk To be ready to enter into an undertaking despite awareness of a potential for significant harm and loss, or fears of the unknown.

PH7-L5: Risking is about entering endeavours where uncertainties mean that losses or harms are possible. Perhaps others will be put in danger. Even in the absence of external dangers, any new course is liable to generate anxiety about where it may lead. The awareness intrinsic to risking flows from talking about the issue. You must talk to yourself and often discuss with friends or advisors. You may have to explain to others who may be affected.

Example: Investing in a new public company is fraught with danger for investors. So lengthy prospectuses are mandatory to present the case, indicating the positives and identifying the potential for loss. Because the prospectus constructs a reality and those who write them have a bias, complex rules are laid down to safeguard the reader. Each potential investor has to weigh up the risks for themselves personally.

Risking activates other willingness-PH7 functions. However, it does not intrinsically involve taking action-RL1, making inquiries-RL2, instituting change-RL3, using experience-RL4, or having purposes-RL6. These other Root Levels naturally come into play prior to risking and subsequently.

People constantly put themselves at risk through ignorance or blindness, but going into something without awareness of the potential dangers does not entail willingly risking.

In Purpose-PH6

Element Function: Adjusted Formulation
L5-Sharing a Social Value To freely share perceptions of needs within a specific community.

PH6-L5: Social values are only social because they are talked about. Sharing a need depends on communication. Communities engage in discussion and debate in order to clarify and affirm what their shared values are. Universal language, in particular, provides the possibility for a general understanding of values held in common.

Example: Children play in the road and are exposed to danger from traffic. Mothers in the road start talking about the danger and the importance of a playground. The next step is to talk more widely about the need to get the basis for action (i.e. lower level purposes).

Sharing social values inevitably activates other levels of purpose-PH6. However, it does not intrinsically involve taking action-RL1, making inquiries-RL2, instituting change-RL3, using experience-RL4, or being willing-RL7, except as they emerge as part of communication. It might seem that using experiences is intrinsic here, but (apart from enabling communication) it emerges as part of moving to action (i.e. within principal objects).

In Communication-PH5

Element Function: Adjusted Formulation
L5-Agreeing a Name To choose something to make a specific reference to an object or process for use in a particular social context: or regard it as so doing.

PH5-L5: Naming provides the discrimination necessary to portray any relevant reality for those dealing with it. Any term comes into existence by communicating about it so as to get agreement.The process typically involves an assertion and clarification of the connection. If a person lacks the relevant vocabulary (verbal and non-verbal), then communication about that aspect of reality becomes impossible, and the group rejects or ignores the person.

Example: Journalists and politicians commonly seek to discriminate social events by creating a name: e.g. flower-power, obamacare, Reaganomics, Arab Spring.

Except as part of communicating-PH5, naming does not intrinsically involve taking action-RL1, making inquiries-RL2, instituting change-RL3, using experience-RL4, having purposes-RL6 or being willing-RL7. If the endeavour is "to choose a name for something", then of course all Root Levels are used. Here we are merely concerned with naming as an element.

In Experience-PH4

Element Function: Provisional Formulations
L5-Developing an Intuition To provide an unpremeditated appreciation of a situation involving the self.

PH4-L5: Intuiting involves communicating to yourself about how things are overall. Because it is impractical to inquire into everything, or even into most things, endeavours necessarily depend on a holistic perception that only intuitions can provide. Intuitions effortlessly integrate factors like atmosphere, social attitudes, hidden agendas and other intangibles with what is self-evident as well as current knowledge.

Example: You are at work and sense a subtle change in the atmosphere. Asking directly leads nowhere. However, by observing and allowing ideas to emerge, you find you can create a coherent narrative that makes sense of the situation.

Intuition activates other elements of experience-PH4. However, it does not need to involve taking action-RL1, making inquiries-RL2, instituting change-RL3, having purposes-RL6 or being willing-RL7.

In Change-PH3

Element Function: Provisional Formulation
L5-Structuring Management To articulate a stable state including context that is potentially amenable to improvement.

PH3-L5: Managing involves communicating about change issues, because it deals with system goals and environmental pressures. It depends on articulating the state of affairs in some overall way such that, say, stabilization or reform is perceived as necessary, valuable and possible in principle. The sophistication of management will be a function of how reality is constructed.

Example: Managing difficulties with other tenants in your apartment building requires structuring discussions and meetings to develop an understanding of the problems and what changes might be required and possible. This is similar to a work situation where an issue must first be described to yourself, and then this account can be used to guide discussions with colleagues, bosses or subordinates.

Managing activates other elements of change-PH3. However, it does not intrinsically involve taking action-RL1, making inquiries-RL2, using experience-RL4, having purposes-RL6 or being willing-RL7. Of course, the endeavours that are provoked by the responsibility for managing do involve all these levels.

In Inquiry-PH2

Element Function: Provisional Formulation
L5-Recognizing a Relation To postulate an association or influence between two or more entities.

PH2-L5: Relating involves an imposition of our human perspective on some particular situation. Entities in that situation are selected, extracted as it were, and viewed as connected in some fashion. This entails communication because it depends on telling a story about the situation.

Example: Having a hypothesis about a relation before a study is essential. A post-hoc conclusion based on finding a relationship is not regarded as a test of that conclusion. Data-mining may generate patterns but the initial human imposition is absent.

Relating activates other elements of inquiry-PH2. However, it does not intrinsically involve taking action-RL1, instituting change-RL3, using experience-RL4, having purposes-RL6, or being willing-RL7. These other Root Levels are only used supportively or contextually.

In Action-PH1

Element Function: Provisional Formulation
L5-Devising an Intervention To meet a need to produce a particular result within a given situation.

PH1-L5: Intervening depends on a continuous grasp of the evolving situation in order to communicate to others and act appropriately. These actions must be coherent and effectively lead to a specific conclusion. Having a continuous grasp involves constructing what you are willing to take as the reality at every moment, and this is about communicating to yourself as well as those involved.

Example: Removing an employee who is creating havoc is the goal. Intervening to allow that to occur without further disruption, legal issues, unfairness or harm to anyone is a minefield. Effectiveness depends on skilfully communicating both to the employee and to others in the situation during implementation of the decision to terminate.

Intervening activates and entails other elements of Action-PH1. However, it does not intrinsically involve making inquiries-RL2, instituting change-RL3, using experience-RL4, having purposes-RL6 or being willing-RL7. These Root Levels operate in the context, and they will be in evidence prior to devising intervention and during implementation.

Initially posted: 19-Jul-2013

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