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Newsletter of Project Renaissance and Win Wenger


October 2003





*  Quote of the Month

*  Announcements

*  Events

*  FEATURE ARTICLE: "Goal-Setting in Creative Problem-Solving

      and Accelerated Learning" - by Tijl Koenderink

*  Comments & Feedback

*  Links - archives, back issues, homepage

*  Reader Questionnaire






"Property is the fruit of labor. Property is desirable as a

positive good in the world. That some should be rich shows that

others may become rich and hence is just encouragement to industry

and enterprise. Let not him who is houseless pull down the house

of another, but let him work diligently to build one for himself,

thus by example assuring that his own shall be safe from violence."


                                        --Abraham Lincoln










WELCOME to all new members who have joined us this month. We hope

to hear from you and to give you much food for thought. Back issues

are available upon request. Just add the month to the subject line:




Friday, November 14, 2003, by day, get good footing in the basics

and you can reach higher. Basic techniques of Project Renaissance,

hands-on, professionally guided - mostly by Win Wenger himself,

author of most of these techniques. Learn great methods in great

company! The Beyond-Einstein Training, singular one-day version

leading straight into takeoff into the Double-Festival. See more

information on





Project Renaissance is seeking dedicated individuals who like to

help others help themselves, and who would like to learn the

techniques of Project Renaissance to this end. There will be four

days of intensive trainer training in conjunction with the November

Double Festival, and we are exploring other methods for bringing

training to you.


If you'd like to find out more about the possibility of becoming a

trainer, whether full-time or part-time, please email your interest

to Project Renaissance's Executive Director and Conference Manager,

Tijl Koenderink, at




ANOTHER BRANCH OF THE WORK? Win Wenger believes that his work in

the topic of incentives and political economy is as empowering for

the free human individual as is all the mind- and brain-related

work of his that you've seen here. To discover why, and to find

many ways in which our current troubled times and situations might

be resolved positively, please see Win's latest online book,

"Incentives As a Preferred Instrument of Corporate and Public

Policy."  This hugely significant work is free for you at




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Free monthly meetings of High Thinktank...Open to the public.

Upcounty Regional Services Center -- Room C

12900 Middlebrook Rd., Germantown, MD.

October meeting:  Wednesday, October 15, 2003

7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. promptly


Other Fall dates:


Wednesday, November 26, 2003

Wednesday, December 17, 2003


Meetings begin at 7:30pm sharp. New topics each time.

Please check the Project Renaissance website calendar

for details and directions, at





This year's theme:  "Problem-Solving in the Global Village"


It's a small world, after all. Although absolute distances have

not changed over time, relative distance have, very much. This is

true in a great number of ways. We have come a long way from

measuring distances in day-marches. Where Christopher Columbus

took months of sailing to cover the distance between Europe and

America, it now takes a mere 7 hours. This acceleration has had

a great impact on trade, which in turn caused borders to open and

and a far freer interchange to arise between cultures and once-

distant countries.


In recent decades this interaction has been much enhanced by the

invention of telegraph, television, telephone and, most recently,

the Internet. The entire world is at your fingertips. There is

nothing unusual about knowing within a few hours what happened

15,000 miles away from you.


Where this development has created a wealth of options, such as

trade with many other cultures and a broader understanding of

one's place in the world, it has made problems as well.


Many questions arise. If we are able to influence problems, are

we then responsible for all or a part of them? Should the various

nations of the world dissolve into one global collectivism and

give up their own cultures, or cling even more firmly to ancient

traditions, even as we cling to our own individuality, and our

self-expression? Should we worry about our microcosm, when the

macrocosm appears to have far greater and more important problems?


All these issues exist, but they are ignored by most people, who

tend to avoid so broad a vision. Applying Creative Problem-Solving

techniques should be not only in the scope of one's own life but

looking beyond this.


Win Wenger's Project Renaissance has taken the initiative of

actively raising questions on these issues. In an informal setting

we will use the latest Project Renaissance techniques to address

these problems and interactively discuss and explore them with

participants and a faculty of highly qualified speakers.


Project Renaissance's annual conference, Double Festival XII, will

take place November 14-20, 2003, in the Washington DC area. It

will begin with a condensed course of Beyond Einstein training

(Friday, Nov. 14) and conclude with four days of trainer training

(November 17-20). The main events will be on Saturday and Sunday,

November 15-16, 2003. Attendees can choose to register for some or

all of the sessions.


For further details and registration forms, visit the website of

Project Renaissance at . If

you've ever thought about making a difference in the world, this

is the time. Learn and practice Project Renaissance's powerful

methods for finding answers and resolving conflicts, on both the

personal and the global scale. Tuition costs have been held to

previous years' levels, and some discounts may apply.


The dynamics of working with a group of caring and thinking people

in a highly motivated, enlightened environment is an experience

you will not soon forget and that will have a lasting beneficial

effect in your own life. Register now.





Feature Article:





by Tijl Koenderink



Walking through a forest you encounter a sweaty woodcutter. He is

standing there blazing while trying to chop down a tree with an

obviously dull axe. Trying to help him, you suggest that he should

sharpen his axe, but before you even get a chance to explain, he

mumbles something about no time and starts chopping again.


This story, one that most people have heard many times before in

connection with every single "more effective" technique around,

applies very much to goalsetting as well. What use is there in

driving really fast if you don't know where you're going, or if

you know where you are going but don't know why you should want

to be there?


Goalsetting, or planning in general, has several advantages over

raw chaos. For one thing, it gives a sense of overview and

control of the situation. Instead of feeling insecure and unsure

about what is to be done and what is to come, you could have a

feeling of mastery and a sense of where you are going. It is

also far more efficient, as you are less likely to drift away

from your goal, and you limit the risk of overaccomplishing your

goal. Also, the sense of satisfaction of beating milestone after

milestone, goal after goal, is unequalled by hardly anything else:

the sense of accomplishment of that small checkmark on your list.


Where a lot of books give you very complicated and unnecessary

information on goalsetting, in the end it all boils down to three

things which are really important and directly applicable in


   * The practical goalsetting

   * The personal goal/principle/value to go with that

   * Motivation


You start with the practical planning aspect:  What do I want to

accomplish. Why get myself overworked in becoming a chef if all

I want to accomplish is to impress the family on Thanksgiving.

There would be more sense in investing in a good Turkey book,

and practising that. So be careful not to set your goal higher

than absolutely necessary.


In describing your goal, pay attention to the following details:

Make it a measurable goal. “Doing underwater breathing” is a

poorly framed goal. When will you have achieved it? It's hard

to find a moment which satisfies you and allows you to put down

that checkmark. "Stay underwater for three minutes” is, on the

other hand, a clearly defined, measurable (stopwatch) goal.

Always try to put a timeframe to it: "tomorrow" will never become

today; "October 29, 2003" will.


The next part is a bit harder. It involves some self-knowledge.

It requires you to know your own personal goals and values, and

how to apply them to practical matters. The example above could

perhaps be that one of your values is having a good family life,

and part of that is to be able to host nice family get-togethers.

This goal is easily transferable to the preparation of a good

turkey. Black turkeys generally don’t make for good family get-



If there is no way, direct or indirect, that you can link your

personal values to what you want to learn, it will be hard to

start learning. On the other hand, if something assists a major

value, it will be far easier.


The personal goal isn’t always as direct and clear. Try asking a

high school student how he likes math! But were he to take the

time to realize that when he starts his own business in 5 to 10

years, he will be able to apply economic principles far better,

he might be more inclined to start working on math now.


The last point is not an official part of goalsetting, but it is

very effective. Before you start your learning experience or your

problem-solving session, take time to evaluate the practical and

personal goals involved. Then spend some time on a Motivational

Moment. Imagine and visualise yourself accomplishing that goal,

having the nice dinner, getting the attractive partner you always

wanted, impressing your friends with your guitar skills. This will

give you an energy boost and a reason to start working.


The same three steps go for Creative Problem-Solving. Determine

your goal, the steps toward it, your personal value attached to

it, and imagine it being done. All through life you will get a

benefit from taking two minutes before plunging into something,

wondering what you are going to do, why you are doing it, and how

nice it will be to have it done. This goes for everything from

getting through school, getting that assignment done, having a

relationship, and learning a new language.


Just give the system the benefit of the doubt. Try it in the

coming week. Don’t be like the poorly equipped woodcutter, but

invest those two minutes and be razor-sharp for your next task.


- Tijl Koenderink



About the Author:


Tijl Koenderink became the Executive Director of Project Renaissance

in May 2003. He is an entrepreneur, organizer, trainer, and traveler.

Currently he resides in The Netherlands, spending a few months each

year in the U.S. He practises the vigorous, athletic Latin dance

form called "Capoeira".




To send feedback privately to the author, email Tijl Koenderink at


To send your comments about this article to The Stream, write to:


To post your feedback or promote a discussion of this topic:









Brant Withers ( ) writes:


I wonder how much anyone at Project Renaissance might know

of, or might be interested in, possible applications of Milton

Erickson's utilization techniques to intelligence development.


I know that the Neuro-Linguistic Programming folks (in

particular, Richard Bandler) have done much with the

psychotherapeutic applications of Erickson's utilization

techniques and Bandler himself has something called Design

Human Engineering, where new abilities are designed and

"installed" by use of various utilization processes. And there

certainly are a number of books on teaching and learning which

are based on NLP ideas, but specific applications to enhancing

IQ and intellectual functions per se are uncommon, and the use

of Ericksonian utilization techniques to this end hasn't been

anywhere to be found, in my experience to date.


To attempt to explain utilization as briefly as possible: you

take something that you can do well in one area of your life

(we'll call this a resource) and employ (i.e., utilize) that

ability in another area of your life.


An example of this might be found in one of Richard Bandler's

cases: one man enjoyed ski-jumping (which requires a good deal

of courage) but was afraid to start conversations with attractive

women. The way the resource was utilized was to have the

client "map over" his courage from one situation to the other.


This can be accomplished in a multitude of ways. Any good

book by or about Milton Erickson will present many brilliantly

creative methods: "Conversations With Milton Erickson",

volumes I, II, III; "Uncommon Therapy", by Jay Haley;

"Taproots", by William O'Hanlon; et cetera.


Anyway, I just had the notion there just *might* be something

interesting... and perhaps useful... in this!


- Brant Withers ( )




Win Wenger <> responds:


This method seems sound enough to me. It'd be GREAT if people

were to pick up on this aspect of NLP.


In my own very small way I've urged people who've gotten good at

chess or at some computer game, to the point where they coolly

ace each situation they pass through, to cultivate that cool

clear precise feeling and then bring that with them into the test

or final exam or GRE or whatever. Anchoring that a la NLP would

likely be an improvement on that simple notion....


- Win Wenger




Connie Gruen ( ) writes:


Ladybird Books [mentioned in The Stream, September 2003] has very

good books overall for children! Our Montessori school used a

number of early readers. The children loved them, and so did I!


We have used several image-streaming ideas (modified--hopefully

not entirely butchered) in our state agency, both in a creativity

class and, recently, in an ethics class for social worker

recertification.  Well received! 


Since I'm stuck in a ridiculously petty work problem currently,

... I very much needed your email newsletter to remind me to think

along different pathways this evening, even though I have much

left-brain work to do.


Thank you!


- Connie Gruen









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