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Newsletter of Project Renaissance and Win Wenger
June 2004 (Best viewed with fixed-width font)
IN THIS ISSUE:
* Quote of the Month
* Events/News Items
* FEATURE ARTICLE:
"The Elusive Image Stream" by Chris Leininger
* Comments, Feedback
Win Wenger - Working with Live Partner and Co-exploratory Groups
Angus Donald - Running Close to the Wire
* Question Quest - Challenge #3
* Organizational Notes
QUOTE OF THE MONTH
"None of the world's problems will have a solution until the world's
individuals become thoroughly self-educated."
-- R. Buckminster Fuller [1895-1983]
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:
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** LATEST NEWS **
PROJECT RENAISSANCE TRAINER TRAINING - London UK - Sept 27-29, 2004
- see further details below.
Active and/or retired professionals in psychology, economics, history,
biology, physics, sociology, chemistry, etc., to co-author with me new
kinds of introductory texts (various age levels) and methods-of-teaching
texts. These texts are to become part of an eventual discovery
- Win Wenger, Ph.D. ( mailto:email@example.com?subject=Texts )
PROJECT RENAISSANCE SPRING WORKSHOP - May 15-22, 2004 - took place at a
private facility in Pasadena, Maryland. The workshop included a series
of business meetings, planning workshops, Advanced Trainer Training and
Beyond-Einstein training for newcomers to Project Renaissance processes.
Current trainers explored the newest Project Renaissance methods, new
teaching techniques, and other organizational issues. Project
Renaissance techniques were placed in perspective of other AL and CPS
movements such as NLP, Edward de Bono and Learning Strategies Corp.
For a more detailed account of the workshop, please contact Tijl
Koenderink, Executive Director of Project Renaissance:
Fifth International CONFERENCE ON CREATIVE THINKING and
The Edward de Bono Seminar 2004
University of Malta, Malta - June 21-25, 2004
Professor Edward de Bono, born in Malta, is the inventor of Lateral
Thinking. He will be one of the keynote speakers at the International
Conference on Creative Thinking and he will conduct the de Bono Seminars
in person. Participants may choose to attend either the Conference or
the Seminar or both events.
Of course, Project Renaissance will also be present at this event. Three
trainers (Cora Robinson, Angus Donald and Tijl Koenderink) will
facilitate a workshop on Project Renaissance methods, and make new
connections to expand our body of knowledge. For more information,
contact Tijl Koenderink at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org .
CONFERENCE ON CREATIVITY - July 15-18, 2004
"Celebrating Individual Creativity: From Inspiration to Application"
15th Annual International Conference on Creativity in Colleges and
Universities - on the campus of Northwood University, Midland,
Global assembly of those who value, teach, and practice Creativity.
The audience will comprise higher-education teachers and creativity
practitioners in both academia and enterprise. See their website for
additional information: www.northwood.edu/abd
INVENTION WORKSHOP - Belfast UK - September 24, 2004
A first ever Project Renaissance invention workshop for the UK will take
place in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in September 2004. The workshop is
being delivered by Dr. Win Wenger with support from Cora Robinson and
will combine some of the key Project Renaissance Invention processes
with the latest application of Triz to creative problem-solving and
Please contact Cora Robinson, Director of Create Express, for more
TRAINER TRAINING - London UK - September 27-29, 2004
Module 1 of the first ever Project Renaissance Trainer Training is
taking place in London, UK, Sept. 27-29 2004, with the second module
scheduled to run 28 February-2 March 2005. Don't miss this exciting
opportunity to learn directly from the inventor of the methodology.
Places on this programme are very limited, so please contact Cora
Robinson, Director of Create Express, for further information:
MICHELLE JAMES IMPROVISING IN IRELAND - September 2004
Two of Project Renaissance's key trainers, Michelle James and Cora
Robinson, are combining forces to deliver a series of leading-edge
improvisation and creative problem-solving workshops in Ireland this September.
Please contact Cora Robinson, Director of Create Express, for more information: mailto:email@example.com
PROJECT RENAISSANCE DOUBLE FESTIVAL - November 12-14, 2004
13th Annual Conference on Creativity and Accelerated Learning
In the Maryland/Washington, DC area
This year’s theme is the ‘Theory and Practice of Education’. The leading
experts in the field of learning and education will share their
practical success stories and secrets to help you accomplish the same in
your school or classroom. The combination of a member - ship with a
support environment of ‘Progressive Educators’ makes this THE event to
attend. Mark your calendar now. More information is on the website:
IAL CONFERENCE CALL SERIES
The International Alliance for Learning will host a series of conference
calls with leaders in the field of Accelerated Learning, Accelerative
Learning and other areas of human development - leading up to the 2005
IAL International Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, January 13-16, 2005.
The first conference calls are:
1. Thursday, June 10, 2004, 7 to 8 PM EST - with Joseph Chilton Pearce
on Fundamental Concepts in Human Development. Joe will be a presenter at
the 2005 IAL conference.
2. Monday, June 14, 2004, 8 to 9 PM EST - with Peter Kline on
Fundamental Principles of Learning and Human Development.
Each conference call will include a 20-minute presentation by the
speaker, with the balance of the hour for questions by participants.
Further information is available from Chuck Bubar:
THE ELUSIVE IMAGE STREAM
by Chris Leininger
Are you able to start an image stream on demand? Prior to the recent
“Beyond-Einstein Training” seminar in Maryland in May 2004, I was not.
Some days I would get a picture, other days a movie, but typically I
would simply be staring at the back of my eyelids waiting for the images
to appear, and often they would not.
During one of the break-out sessions at the seminar, I had the good
fortune of being partnered with an experienced image streamer: Tijl
Koenderink, Executive Director of Project Renaissance. Insightfully,
Tijl suggested I begin by describing scenes from a previously successful
image stream, even if I currently didn’t see anything. Describing a
previous image came easily to me, and to my surprise the stream of
images began to take form, and I could then pick up where I had left off
in that earlier image stream from weeks before – Wow!
We followed this with the “Over the Wall” procedure (see
http://www.winwenger.com/overwall.htm ) as a second method to trigger an
image stream. Before I could see anything, I began describing a
beautiful garden from a previously successful image stream, and again,
the images began to flow. However, when it came time to jump over the
wall, nothing. So we tried a variation – imagining a door. However, when
I attempted to open the door, I couldn’t. But I did see my first clear
image – a lock (no trouble interpreting this metaphor!). Next I
attempted to look through the window in the door but couldn’t see
through the glass. Then Tijl suggested I try the lock in the door again
in case it had loosened. I was also toimagine that the lock had rusted
and decayed. As I incorporated these suggestions, the lock broke free,
the door opened, and I was on the other side. There another set of
images began to take form.
Anticipating that images would continue to be elusive throughout the
course of the seminar, I decided to incorporate these new discoveries
into a method for beginning my image-streaming sessions. This is known as
"Toolbuilder” (see http://www.winwenger.com/toolbld.htm ). Now I get
images on demand.
Try it and see.... imagine a door with a lock and a window, attempt to
open the door, if the door won’t open turn your focus to the window, try
to look through the window. If you can’t see through the window, imagine
the lock on the door weakening with time and weather, then break the
lock, kick the door open and let the images begin.
One size does not fit all, so you may need to adjust this approach to
trigger your own image stream; however, it worked for me every time
during training and has ever since. Plus, it’s a lot of fun! Perhaps one
day I won’t need it, but for now I have discovered an effective way to
capture the elusive image stream!
-- Chris Leininger
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COMMENTS and FEEDBACK
WORKING WITH A LIVE PARTNER AND CO-EXPLORATORY GROUPS
- Win Wenger ( mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org )
With the vast majority of Project Renaissance procedures, effects are
profoundly better and greater when you are working with a live partner
or partners. The very means for developing your initially subtler
perceptions into full-blown a-ha!s and understandings is in the
describing aloud in detail TO a live audience WHILE observing and
studying what you are describing. It creates a kind of "psychic
resonance chamber" effect intensifying the experience for all
It improves what you say in these adventures, and it improves how you
hear what you say. It enriches what you are putting out; and it
enriches how you take back in key parts of what you've been putting out.
For some of the significance of that, please see
You don't have to be an expert in these procedures to set up, and have
remarkable success in, co-exploratory groups. You can aim for fun - you
don't have to be committed to a sacred mission in order to, as an
experiment, launch into a co-exploratorium for an evening or so and see
what comes of it.
A new effort is being launched to set up such an Exploratorium. This one
is in Los Angeles. Anyone looking for a bit of mind adventure, who lives
Within hooting distance of Los Angeles, please contact Lynda Foster at
email@example.com . Her "Neoteric" website is at
RUNNING CLOSE TO THE WIRE... - Angus Donald ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
I was recently musing on why it was and is that some of us, me
particularly, are only motivated to action when the pain is so great
that there is really no alternative. Take the writing of this comment,
for example – I have been mentally rehearsing it for some time now. The
fact remains that the motivation to write was not strong enough until
just now when I was up against the deadline for submission. So what is
it that triggers some of us at that moment to know that the moment is
right and for the juices to flow creatively?
Of course, I am tremendously lucky because it was about a year ago to
the month that I first came across the concept of “freenoting” from Dr.
Win Wenger. Nevermore should I or anyone I could convert be dogged by
For years I have been concerned when asked to write anything that
nothing I could say in print could possibly be of interest to another. So
unless given a clear topic, I could never think of anything to write about!
(This from one who normally can’t be stopped from talking.) The reality
was that I was just providing myself with an excellent excuse for
inactivity. Excuse there is no more for following the instructions of
getting pen to paper and writing as fast as possible (see
http://www.winwenger.com/freenote.htm ). “Outrunning the editor” provides
results little short of miraculous.
I recently helped a group of business managers who had a target to
submit news editorials on a weekly basis in order to promote their
business and who were feeling incapable of completing the task. I
suggested that they allocate simply 10 minutes of their busy schedule to
shut themselves away with pen and paper where they would not be disturbed
and just write whatever it was that came to mind (I did practically add
“on topic”) and write it as fast as they could. With a warning that the
last few sentences may be the best they have ever written, I suggested
that they should look beyond the first few paragraphs to see what was
there. The results were spectacular – most especially because two
managers in particular had been convinced that they couldn’t write and
the newspaper just loved what they had written and invited them to submit
So maybe it is that some of us just operate best that way when we are
pushed close to the wire – but the thing that I have learned is that it's
all right when you have a strategy for achieving the goal even if the
motivation is pushed by a deadline. Thank you, Win, for your wisdom!
- Angus Donald ( email@example.com )
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QUESTION QUEST - Real-world solutions to real-world problems
You may use any means for deriving either questions or answers — any of
the creative problem-solving techniques described in the Project
Renaissance website, or other techniques you may know, or even consulting
experts in relevant fields.
Question Quest is being coordinated by Project Renaissance as a public
service and as an exploration into practical applications of creativity.
Please see http://www.winwenger.com/question.htm for a full list of
questions now open to work on. This month's selected question:
Question No. 3:
How would one notice that one becomes a genius? What are the physical
and para-physical manifestations by which one's own genius can be seen?
- Mastaky Salim, Belgium ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
Email your questions and recommended solutions to: Question Quest
(mailto:email@example.com?subject=Quest). Please include a note as
to what problem-solving methods, if any, you used in arriving at your
answers. Prizes will be awarded for the successful solutions upon
implementation. Let's make a real difference in the world. New questions
will be posted here and on the website as they are selected.
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LUCID GAME GROUP (http://lgg.youngprer.com)
They are looking for testers to explore accelerative learning through
combining PhotoReading and lucid dreaming to use dream-activated
PhotoRead material to "run a game" scripted off printed material you
looked at subconsciously in reality. They also use Brainwave Generator
software to aid higher chances of lucidity. If you're game for such
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