Next week, those of us in the United States celebrate the 4th of July—-our Independence Day.  On that date in 1776, the Declaration of Independence was adopted.   The ensuing American Revolution was based upon the idea that all human beings yearn for independence.  While our country continues to struggle with including all people in the circle of independence, many would say we are gradually making progress.

Our Declaration of Independence was a watershed movement for humanity that asserted a new way of being in social relationship with one another, individually and collectively.  Up until that point in history, most people were dependent on kings, queens, dictators or feudal lords to provide for their survival.

This was a Baby Step—really a quantum leap—in sowing the seeds of humankind acknowledging and taking responsibility for being a Creator, the central role in TED* (*The Empowerment Dynamic) ™.   But being an effective Creator goes beyond mere independence.

In his classic book 7 Habits of Effective People, Stephen Covey writes about the need to move along a “maturity continuum” from dependence to interdependence.   He refers to “dependence” as the perspective of “you.”    You make me feel the way I do.  I depend on you, to take care of me or to give me a sense of worth and safety.

As a child, dependence is a natural stage of development.   But if you carry the dependency mindset into adulthood, it is fertile ground for living in the Dreaded Drama Triangle (DDT)™.   You may feel victimized by your dependency on others and circumstances (i.e. the Persecutor) and search or hope for someone or something to Rescuer you.

As you grow and mature, Covey observes, you evolve into the stage “independence,” which is the declaration of “I.”   I can choose my response to the circumstances I am facing and what I want to create.  Rather than being dependent on outer circumstances and people, you can grow into your capacity to become “self-authoring” as you make such choices.

Adopting a Creator Orientation and claiming your capacity as a Creator and seeing others as Co-Creators, you begin to realize the reality of your “interdependence.”  In this stage, you proclaim the paradigm of “we.”  We are in this together.  We are more powerful and effective together than alone.  We have our differences and, through listening and respecting other perspectives, we are stronger for it.

All creating is collaborative, or interdependent, in nature.   Even as we write this essay we are collaborating with those who created the technology, with those who taught and urged us to write, and with other authors/teachers who have influenced our thinking.

The Power of TED* helps facilitate your movement along the continuum from dependence through independence into interdependence.   TED* helps you gain a “new center” of independence by adopting a Creator Orientation from which to live a life focused on purpose, intention and partnership.

As you grow into TED* and develop the capabilities of the Creator, Challenger, and Coach roles, you will naturally progress into the interdependent stage as you collaborate with other Co-Creators.

Whether you are a U.S. citizen celebrating the 4th of July—-or you are of another nationality—-our vision for life on earth is for all human beings to declare and celebrate their interdependence as Co-Creators.