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An Interview with Graham Powell on WIN ONE, Contributors, and Selection (Part Two)


Author(s): Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Publication (Outlet/Website): In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal

Publication Date (yyyy/mm/dd): 2019/04/22


His Lordship of Roscelines, Graham Powell, earned the “best mark ever given for acting during his” B.A. (Hons.) degree in “Drama and Theatre Studies at Middlesex University in 1990” and the “Best Dissertation Prize” for an M.A. in Human Resource Management from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England in 1994. Powell is an Honorary Member of STHIQ Society, Former President of sPIqr Society, Vice President of Atlantiq Society, and a member ofBritish MensaIHIQSIngeniumMysteriumHigh Potentials SocietyElateneosMilenijaLogiq, and Epida. He is the Full-Time Co-Editor of WIN ONE (WIN-ON-line Edition) since 2010 or nearly a decade. He represents World Intelligence Network Italia. He is the Public Relations Co-Supervisor, Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, and a Member of the European Council for High Ability. He discusses: the current trajectory of WIN ONE; prolific contributors to WIN ONE; differentiation of gifted and talented, and not, content; striking poems; soliciting material; selection processes; and determination of an aspect of mind behind produced content.

Keywords: content, contributors, editor, Graham Powell, IQ, WIN ONE, World Intelligence Network.

An Interview with Graham Powell on WIN ONE, Contributors, and Selection (Part Two)[1],[2]

*Please see the footnotes, bibliography, and citation style listing after the interview.*

1. Scott Douglas Jacobsen: Now, with the current trajectory of WIN ONE, what will be the plans for 2019/2020?

Graham Powell: I am about to collaborate with Krystal Volney, a long-time member of the WIN, on the production of the WIN ONE. Some ideas that are proposed include getting experts from outside the WIN to contribute, the magazine up to now consisting exclusively of material from WIN members. This will involve Evangelos Katsioulis too, the WIN being his creation, and it will need his approval. As hinted at earlier in this interview, I think the WIN ONE will express the results of one-to-one meetings and the results of discussions. Projects will also be relayed. I wish that real life problems be addressed by members and that active participation from WIN members will be encouraged. The high IQ network of societies is large; but the solitary nature of high IQ people in general, as the protagonists for change at the WIN see matters, means that encouraging participation is to be increased.

2. Jacobsen: Who have been prolific contributors to WIN ONE?

Powell: Aside from my own contributions, which have been substantial, the main contributors over the years have been Paul Edgeworth, Marco Ripà, Phil Elauria, Claus-Dieter Volko, Gwyneth Wesley Rolph and Krystal Volney. Paul Edgeworth has been the most prolific contributor over the entire time that I have been the WIN ONE editor.

3. Jacobsen: What seems to differentiate the content produced by the High-IQ community and the non-gifted & talented community?

Powell: The philosophical nature of the contributions, especially ones which question the role of people in society, or papers which attempt to apply complex mathematical or linguistic theories to societal problems (or existential states) all seem to distinguish the contributions from high IQ individuals from non-gifted people, though, as a person from a professional, didactic background, I wish to point out that talents are multifarious and not limited to the ones which can be expressed in a magazine. It is another reason I want the WIN ONE to evolve and attempt to communicate more widely, gaining insights and contributions from those outside what is labelled “The High IQ Community”.

4. Jacobsen: What poems struck a chord with you?

Powell: I delight in reading the poems by Therese Waneck, one of the few high IQ poets I currently rate very highly. Her poems are short, yet gems at capturing moments of emotive intensity.

“Child Carries the Lullaby”, “Umbrella Clown” and “Educated Mime” spring to mind, each one appearing in the WINtelligence Book “The Ingenious Time Machine”. Obviously, my own poems strike a chord, that’s largely why I wrote them, the most endearing being “As promised, a soldier’s love visits in the rain”, “The Physics of Love” and “Reflections on Time and Darkness”.

5. Jacobsen: What are the main pathways for garnering or soliciting material for WIN ONE?

Powell: Most contributors have become friends over the years and I message them individually. They usually respond favourably. I also put adverts in the Facebook groups and on the WIN website. I hope this interview also inspires people to approach me. In the past, the conferences I have attended and the meetings in real life have also spurred people to write for the WIN ONE.

6. Jacobsen: In the process of accepting or rejecting material, aside from formal processes, there is, as an editor, an intuitive, even emotive, selection process within the framework or bounds of the criteria for submissions. Can you explain some of this non-verbal, or pre-verbal, selection process happening alongside regular choosing of content, please?

Powell: The G2G Manifest and the first WIN ONE were in existence prior to me becoming the editor, so people were aware of the content that had been accepted up to the beginning of my tenure. Firstly, I skim the proposed contributions and note my emotive response to them, as well as my cognitive appreciation of what is expressed. As said previously, I have never rejected a contribution, though sometimes the work has been modified in collaboration with the author. Most authors have trusted my judgement on the presentation and ease of reading that is necessary because even the most intelligent and diligent of reader needs guidance in order to get through an in-depth, complex series of concepts. It is also a question of what I would call ‘the greyness’ of a text, the addition of some illustrations or graphics making the experience for the reader more pleasurable. This is an intuitive reaction to the work that is submitted. I see the editor as a guide throughout the magazine and someone who eases the transition from one part of the magazine to the next. The overall style and look of the magazine should be appealing, and it is the same for a teacher as each lesson proceeds. Like any good lesson, or, indeed, novel, the ending should be clear, plus satisfying. It is also a tradition regarding the WIN magazine that the date of publication follows some kind of a sequence, this also influencing the arrangement and presentation of the content. International Pi Day dominated one edition, for example; another had prime numbers as the date… quirkiness seems to appeal to the High IQ community.

7. Jacobsen: In terms of written content, could one, theoretically or actually, differentiate the content produced by someone at 2-sigma, 3-sigma, 4-sigma, 5-sigma, and 6-sigma above the norm – without prior knowledge of the individual’s general intelligence score?

Powell: Within a high IQ group, this was proffered as a discussion piece a few days ago. My initial reaction was that a precise identification of IQ would not be possible based solely on written content, mainly due to the complexities and varieties of language being diverse and non verifiable diachronically, nor upon transcribing from one language to another – I.E., many people write in a second or even third language, or they demand that their original text be translated. This mediates their expressiveness in terms of complexity, lucidity and profundity. Placing the individual within a sigma level, as you query, however, is possible, in fact, most of the time I already know that information regarding a contributor. So, in other words, based on my experience, could someone make a shrewd assessment of another based on their written contribution? Well, yes, I think they could.

8. Jacobsen: Thank you for the opportunity and your time, Graham.

Appendix I: Footnotes

[1] Editor, WIN ONE; Text Editor, Leonardo (AtlantIQ Society); Joint Public Relations Officer, World Intelligence Network; Vice President, AtlantIQ Society.

[2] Individual Publication Date: April 22, 2019:; Full Issue Publication Date: May 1, 2019:


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