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Newsletter of Project Renaissance and Win Wenger


December 2003                          HAPPY HOLIDAYS! HAPPY NEW YEAR!





*  Quote of the Month

*  Announcements

*  Events

*  FEATURE ARTICLE: "The Problem of Problems - A Meta-Level View"

      by Kate Jones

*  Comments & Feedback

*  Links - archives, back issues, homepage

*  Reader Questionnaire






"Truth does not change because it is, or is not, believed by

a majority of the people."

           -- Giordano Bruno {1548-1600, Italian Philosopher}










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:





members of Project Renaissance, all those who had attended the

Double Festival's trainer training sessions in November, undertook

a fascinating experiment: For 3 weeks straight, every day state

three questions and answer at least two of them, using any means

desired, but particularly Image-Streaming or the other main

methods of Project Renaissance. Write a summary of each question

into a journal, including notes on the process used, the results

obtained and the effectiveness of the solution enacted. Share

them with a "buddy", a partner, through a brief email report.


The  goal of the experiment was to reinforce the important action

of formulating questions and the ready use of Project Renaissance

techniques in obtaining useful solutions. Most participants had

difficulty maintaining the full schedule of 3 questions per day

for 3 weeks (63 questions in all), but did report a good success

rate of those questions they did process.


We'd like to modify the original terms of this experiment and

invite you to participate and report back on your results:


1.  Formulate 2 questions a day, 3 days a week, for 3 weeks.

2.  Keep a written journal (notebook or electronic format).

3.  Have a partner with whom to exchange findings, in person

or by email.

4.  Answer at least one of the two questions, leaving any

unanswered question open for future developments, since your

subconscious resources will continue to work on it unbidden,

intensifying its urgency over time.


Your questions can be on any subject or problem that you

need to have resolved. Part of this experiment is to practice

the art of asking questions. Questions are the portals to



Please advise us of your intended participation by email to: . If you do

not have a partner, let us know and we will try to connect you

with another participant. Please tell us your preferred start

and finish dates encompassing the three weeks.


At the conclusion of the Experiment, we will summarize reports

and publish an analysis. Your names and private details will

not be revealed.




TESTIMONIALS COMPENDIUM - Project Renaissance is collecting input

from successful users of its methods. Have you used Image-Streaming,

Borrowed Genius, Toolbuilder, Windtunnel or any of the many other

powerful problem-solving and creative solution-finding methods

of Win Wenger and Project Renaissance? Have you found them to be

personally helpful and effective for you? Do you think they are of

value to people in their everyday life? Would you take a few minutes

and write a short account of how they have helped you, and email it

to Project Renaissance's Executive Director, Tijl Koenderink, at . Your name will not be

published without your authorization.





Project Renaissance is seeking additional dedicated individuals who

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

techniques of Project Renaissance to this end. We are planning

trainer workshops through various channels.


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, Tijl Koenderink, at


A special workshop will be held in Pasadena, MD, in May 2004. Look

for further announcements here and on the website calendar soon.




SUBSCRIBER OR MEMBER? If you currently only subscribe to The Stream,

you can upgrade your participation in Project Renaissance to full

membership, free. Membership in Project Renaissance entitles members

to additional benefits. If you're not yet a member, please register

now, here: - or from link on

the homepage, .




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issue of The Stream, please let us know by replying to:




How you can participate...


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about any Project Renaissance topic and join any ongoing

discussions. No log-in required. Please visit the homepage at and click the Discussion Board link.

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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.


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

Please check the Project Renaissance website calendar

for details and directions, at


Due to the holiday rush there is no December meeting. The next

meeting will be in January 2004, date and topic to be announced.

We wish all our friends and participants a very joyous holiday

season, by whatever name you celebrate these days.




January 10, 2004 -  9:30am to 5:00pm


Registration and social from 9:00-9:30am

Center for Being and Becoming

2352 Wisconsin Ave., NW Washington, DC, 3rd floor


This workshop will be limited to 20 people.

Tuition: $250 per person.  Half price discount ($125) for

independent professionals and self-employed entrepreneurs.

To reserve a space, please send a nonrefundable deposit of $25 to: 

            Michelle James

            1602 Wrightson Drive

            McLean, VA 22101 

The balance can be paid at the door.


Directions and a visual map:




May 13-18, 2004 - Project Renaissance Workshop and Training,

Pasadena, Maryland. Details to follow. Mark your calendar now.







Feature Article:



                          by Kate Jones



Problems are juncture points along the road of life. A problem is a

situation where a decision must be made, a choice selected. We can

formulate the problem as a question for which a suitable answer is

to be found.


Any problem can be broken down into smaller parts that build towards

its resolution. And its source can be traced to preceding events. In

fact, it is only a situation that has existed and moved along for a

long time until it develops to a point where it begins to interfere

noticeably with our comfort, convenience or happiness, where we no

longer get or have what we want or need.


Some people manage to minimize problem moments by arranging their

lives with some foresight and vigilance, keeping as much freedom

of choice and flexibility as possible. Always have an alternative

to fall back on. "Plan B" is not a joke; it's a vital strategy.


It is a sad moment when someone is forced into a course of action

because "I had no choice."


The future unfolds through the intermingling of the countless

choices people make every moment of their lives. We perceive the

changing patterns with curiosity or equanimity until something

arises that impinges negatively on our own existence. "I have a

problem," we say. For help or relief we turn to friends, family,

lawyers, and any number of ingenious methods that can suggest a way



Problems may be as minute as which movie to watch tonight, or as

huge as whether to go to war against another country. Each question

creates a whole series or chains of subsidiary questions, each with

its own "weight" of emotional resonance determining its priority.


Global problems are not in our personal area to act upon. Or are

they? They are the culmination of many incremental decisions. At

any point we can state our case and not give in, not go along.

We can write letters to editors, to congressmen, to each other.

We can use the Internet to alert others and seek alternatives.

Never underestimate the power of ideas.


Many hands could move the pyramids. Many minds can save mankind.


Creative problem-solving techniques, such as taught by Project

Renaissance, aim to look "outside the box" for fresh ways to view

a specific problem and its causes. Tried and true stock answers

may no longer work and may, in fact, contribute to the problem.

The methods that access deeper resources are able to encompass

a far greater range of options and come up with more effective

resolutions. Try it; you'll be pleasantly surprised. The Creative

Problem-Solving Techniques section of the Project Renaissance

website, , has a fine menu of methods

ready to use.


Good answers should contain not only a resolution to the current

problem but the seed of prevention of its recurrence. In brief, a

solution should not be just a Bandaid but a cure. For if we do not

learn from our mistakes, we are doomed to repeat them. This line

is as true of individual lives as of the sweep of history, for

which it was originally written.


It is a good idea to practice prevention in another way:  Examine

our lives and situations periodically to see if any problems are

in the developing stage, and head them off before they become

problems. Stay vigilant, stay informed, stay prepared.


This time of year is especially suitable for this theme, as most

folks set about drawing up "New Year's Resolutions", plans and

actions to improve their lives in the coming year. Whether we

carry out the resolutions is another matter, and perhaps we need

a meta-resolution to resolve to carry out our resolutions!


I wish to all our readers, all our friends and relatives and all

of humanity, each and every one, a better future wherein even the

greatest problems yield to creative solutions by individuals of

good will and wisdom. We CAN think and visualize our way out of

today's ominous impasse. Peace in our time! Peace and love,


- Kate Jones



About the Author:


Kate Jones is founder and president of Kadon Enterprises, Inc., a

company that designs and makes games and puzzles in the recreational

mathematics field. Puzzle-solving, problem-resolution and decision-

making are part of her daily routine, an idea game. Her website is . Kate is also webmaster for the Project

Renaissance website and managing editor for The Stream, as well as

registrar for membership in Project Renaissance.




To send feedback privately to the author, email Kate Jones at


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


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











Rick ( )

"Standing Up for Image-Streaming" -- One of the things that helped

me get a grip on Image-Streaming when I first started practicing

was to Image-Stream (IS) while standing up.


I noticed that I'd sway as my point of view changed. I'd reach out

and touch things and describe not only how they felt, but what my

arm was doing. "I lift my right arm over my head to touch the leaf.

It is rough and moist."


I'd also comment on physiological changes I noticed while ISing. "As

I surf into the tube of the wave, I notice a sensation like a pipe

running between my collar-bone and my pelvic bone. While the rest of

my body is actively engaged in riding the wave, there is complete

stillness in this pipe, as if it's a vacuum. My heart is beating

fast and I am exhaling extremely slowly and evenly."


If you'd like to become more aware that you are experiencing both

visual and kinesthetic streams of thought, you might try this.

Image-Stream with the starting point that you are wearing a thick

black velvet blindfold. You feel a door-knob in your hand. You open

the door and start feeling your way around. After several minutes,

when you feel it's time, take off the blind-fold and look around,

noticing the visual aspects of the things you were touching.


Another fun game I like to play with my kids is "blind play-dough

sculpting." Just close your eyes and try to sculpt play-dough into

a familiar object, or an imagined object. Faces are lots of fun.


Here are a few practical suggestions for anyone who tends to Image-

Stream from one scene to another so quickly that you can't describe

one image in detail.


While you're talking to someone on the phone, find a way to describe

something that you are looking at or have seen. It's best if it's

something that your listener had never seen before. "You should see

the dress that Jill is wearing today...." Be very aware of how much

information you have to share before your listener expresses



Record yourself describing a real shoe for 10 minutes without pause. 

Then listen to the recording twice. The first time, look at the shoe

while you are listening and notice details that you forgot to record. 

Then Image-Stream on the act of painting a realistic picture of that

shoe. "I'm standing in front of my canvas with my brush in hand, now

I am dipping it in the red paint on my palette and my first line is

of the curve of the toe. The angle of the line is down to the right

and as my brush gets close to where the toe will be, it becomes

almost perfectly horizontal before curving sharply down and the



Allow yourself to change images rapidly during your ISing session.

Then while you are listening to the tape, push pause after images

that seemed important to you that you didn't spend much time

describing. Describe those images in more detail on another tape

recorder. Listen to it twice.

  -- Rick ( )




Win Wenger  ( ):

There are now hundreds of various methods for solving problems

effectively.  Most people don't know of any, and most people thus

remain stuck in problems which they could solve easily if they

used the right methods. In the interests of Project Renaissance's

mission to develop ever better methods, we'd like some input and

feedback from you:


1. What is the problem-solving method you use most of the time?

What is there about it that makes it your method of choice?

2. What problem-solving method do you use when problems stubbornly

remain unsolved? Why do you think it works?

3. What have you found to be actually the most effective problem-

solving method you've ever used? Why does it work for you?

4. What would you like to have as a feature in a good problem-

solving method that you don't have now?


Please email your comments and ideas to Win Wenger:




Christmas Riddle:  What does a cat get from walking on the beach? 

"Sandy Claws".








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1. Of the many problem-solving methods available, which traditional

   ones have you tried? Mark all that apply, and put an X in its

   value to you, whether Low, Fair, or High:


      Scientific method           Low___   Fair___   High___

      Sleeping on it              Low___   Fair___   High___

      Calling in an expert        Low___   Fair___   High___

      Prayer                      Low___   Fair___   High___

      Art or music stimulus       Low___   Fair___   High___

      Hypnosis                    Low___   Fair___   High___

      Other______________         Low___   Fair___   High___


2.  Please rate these classic problem-solving methods:

      Brainstorming               Low___   Fair___   High___

      Osborn-Parnes CPS           Low___   Fair___   High___

      Synectics                   Low___   Fair___   High___

      Psycho-Cybernetics          Low___   Fair___   High___

      deBono's Six Hats           Low___   Fair___   High___

      Other______________         Low___   Fair___   High___


3.  Which of these more recent methods have you found useful:

      ImageStreaming              Low___   Fair___   High___

      High Thinktank              Low___   Fair___   High___

      Over-the-Wall               Low___   Fair___   High___

      Basic Associative Process   Low___   Fair___   High___

      CrabApple                   Low___   Fair___   High___

      Windtunnel                  Low___   Fair___   High___

      Freenoting                  Low___   Fair___   High___


To return this questionnaire, simply reply to this email, deleting

all but the questionnaire portion. Mark your answers with an X

except where long answer may be indicated.



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