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Newsletter of Project Renaissance and Win Wenger

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July 2004                            (Best viewed with fixed-width font)       

 

 

IN THIS ISSUE:

 

*  Quote of the Month

*  Announcements

*  Events/News Items

*  FEATURE ARTICLE:

        "Project Renaissance goes to Malta" by Angus Donald

*  Comments, Feedback

        Win Wenger - Your Help Required

        Kate Jones - Just under the Wire

*  Question Quest - Challenge #5

*  Organizational Notes

*  Links

 

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QUOTE OF THE MONTH

 

"If I treat you as you are, I will make you worse. If I treat you as

though you are what you are capable of becoming, I help you become

that." -- Goethe

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

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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:

mailto:thestream@winwenger.com?subject=BackIssues

Or see the online archives:  http://www.winwenger.com/strmlist.htm

 

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** LATEST NEWS **

PROJECT RENAISSANCE TRAINER TRAINING - London UK - Sept. 27-29, 2004

And Feb. 28/March 1, 2005 - see further details below.

 

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CO-AUTHORS WANTED:

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

curriculum.

- Win Wenger, Ph.D. ( mailto:wwenger101@aol.com?subject=Texts )

 

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EVENTS

 

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CREATIVE PROBLEM-SOLVING WORKSHOP - Belfast, UK - September 20-21, 2004

A 2-day creative problem-solving workshop will take place in Belfast,

Northern Ireland, in September 2004. The workshop is being delivered by

Michelle James and Dr. Win Wenger with support from Cora Robinson. This

Invest NI sponsored event is being promoted to local businesses in

Northern Ireland. Please contact Cora Robinson, Director of Create

Express, for more information:  mailto:cora@createexpress.com

 

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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. The

Early Bird Special Price is available until July 31, 2004, so please

contact Cora Robinson, Director of Create Express, for further

information:  mailto:cora@createexpress.com 

 

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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 for Irish clients

this September.

 

Please contact Cora Robinson, Director of Create Express, for more

information:  mailto:cora@createexpress.com

 

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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 membership with a

support environment of 'Progressive Educators' makes this THE event to

attend. Mark your calendar now. More information is on the website:

http://www.winwenger.com/upcoming.htm#df

 

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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.

Further information is available from Chuck Bubar:

mailto:CBubar@aol.com

 

 

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Feature Article:

 

                   PROJECT RENAISSANCE GOES TO MALTA ...

                            by Angus Donald

 

 

Three Project Renaissance trainers were fortunate enough to be invited

to present a paper at the Fifth International Conference on Creative

Thinking at the University of Malta held in June 2004.

 

 

The trainers - Cora Robinson, Tijl Koenderink and Angus Donald - decided

early that this was going to be an experiential session rather than pure

theory. Accordingly, a workshop was designed giving a brief outline,

explanation and example of "flick gazing", "windtunneling" and "over the

wall" experience.

 

Run as a workshop, with delegates participating in the experiences, this

was a very different model from many of the other sessions that were run

at the conference. This attracted great interest and fascination from

participants at the methods that were being explored. In fact, the

interest that was generated was fascinating. Three workshops were running

concurrently throughout, and it was clear that Project Renaissance had

the lion's share of participants - there being well over 50 at the

session.

 

The Conference was hosted by Dr. Edward de Bono, famous for the concept

of Lateral Thinking and the Six Hats for Parallel Thinking, and was

titled "Designing Future Possibilities".

 

Among many other presentations were fascinating insights into the world

of creativity and innovation. From the outset it was clear this was to be

a valuable opportunity to share ideas and learn where similar approaches

and synergy could provide benefits for all, as well as a great chance to

meet like-minded people and "network" across the globe. Not to mention

the occasional party just to foster international relations.

 

Other experiences included the Irish pitting their driving prowess

against that of the Maltese - at times it was hard to know who came off

best. That we survived the experience was enough.

 

The three trainers were also invited to represent Project Renaissance at

the prestigious inauguration of the World Centre for New Thinking which

was opened with due ceremony in a wonderful setting on the site of the

British Hospital overlooking Valetta harbour.

 

The conference was followed by the annual Edward de Bono Seminar, which

again gave great insight into the methods and thinking of this school of

thought. The whole experience was tremendously valuable in giving an

opportunity to present Project Renassance and the work of Win Wenger on

an international stage. Expressions of interest in the work have followed

and will give further opportunities for further promoting this great work.

 

-- Angus Donald

 

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To send feedback privately to the author, email Angus Donald at

mailto:angus@sherway.co.uk?subject=Malta

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

mailto:thestream@winwenger.com?subject=Malta

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

http://bbs.cartserver.com/bbs/b/7733/#PostMessage

  

 

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COMMENTS and FEEDBACK

 

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YOUR HELP NEEDED

- Win Wenger ( mailto:wwenger101@aol.com )

 

Hi from Win Wenger - I need your help.  I'm drafting a quickbook on

problem-solving techniques, which I intend to complete within the next

month.  Key to part of that quickbook, I find I want to broaden our

experience base with the advanced but simple visual thinking technique,

"DIDA," described below.  Because of my writing situation, this is very

time-urgent.  I need for as many of you reading this as possible to:

 

   (A) Try out the technique, which we are presently calling "DIDA."

 

   (B) Success or failure, please report to me your immediate result as

to whether you get reliably good answers by this method. (Also a brief

description of your experience and estimated proficiency thus far with

other visual thinking methods such as Image-Streaming or High Thinktank.

You can see why that information is very much needed.)

 

   (C) From those who failed with DIDA initially, a week later whether

you trained yourself in visual thinking practice of one sort or another

during that week and, if so, whether you reached success with DIDA by

the end of that week - um, this week.

 

The first of your replies to me on your results, win, lose or draw, I

need as immediately as possible.  Send the follow-ups a week hence, so

I can determine which of several ways to take this new quickbook, and to

complete it.

 

Please note that DIDA, below, is a very simple method. It is advanced,

but simple. Project Renaissance seeks not only to have many people at

large empowered to solve the problems they encounter, but actually to

solve them.  Making the process as simple as possible could bring us

further toward that goal.  Even if DIDA requires advanced skills,

working toward those defined skills in our training programs and

resources could provide an invaluable focus.

 

Please also note:  Our main tool for interpreting our own imagery,

whether in deliberate processes or gotten from our dreams, is inductive

inference, as in the "High Thinktank" article at

http://www.winwenger.com/htt.htm

   

Those of you who don't initially succeed with DIDA, practice of

inductive inference - with either High Thinktank or straight Image-

Streaming on questions - is the main way recommended for training

yourself to the point where you CAN accurately and reliably use DIDA

to good effect. 

 

Because my own work with various problem-solving methods now makes

EVERYthing work well and easily for me, it's harder for me to get a

differentiation between more effective and less effective methods.  I

need your help with DIDA, and I may need it with other new methods as

part of our basic effort to get problem-solving skills and practices as

simple and as useful to as many people as possible.

 

When you write to me at wwenger101@aol.com (please use "DIDA" in the

subject line), also advise whether I may use your name in appreciation

on the Acknowledgments page of the new quickbook.  Thank you.

 

Here, then, is the description/instruction/recipe for the simplified

problem-solving process, DIDA...

 

1. "D" - Determine and write down your problem or question. (This seems

to be the hardest part for most people, actually determining there is a

difficulty or opportunity to focus on and solve, and what it is.)

 

2. "I" - Intend - and to some extent, expect (without blowing any

gaskets with effort to do so) - that the image(s) which will come up in

answer to your question will be not only accurate but immediately

meaningful to you and understood by you.

 

3. "D" - Detail your image(s) - to whatever receiving or recording

medium - live partner (much preferred for best effectiveness), tape

recorder (next preferred), even computer (convenient - look where you

are right now!) or notepad (carry with you, use anywhere, any time).

 

4. "A" - AFTER those sensory details, examine how that set of images

answers your question.

 

Please send your feedback to Win Wenger at wwenger101@aol.com with

"DIDA" in the subject line.

 

-- Win Wenger

 

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JUST UNDER THE WIRE... Kate Jones ( kate@gamepuzzles.com )

 

Angus Donald's comments in the June issue of The Stream ("Running Close

to the Wire") hit a mark. Why DO we wait until the last minute to do

something we know we'll do eventually, anyway? It has been said, in a

humorous vein, that if it weren't for that last minute, nothing would

get done.

 

My own experience suggests that the longer I delay, the more tension

builds internally, until the realization that I'm running out of time

triggers the needed response, fueled by adrenalin. In the meantime, my

subconscious, that poor dear old hard-working constant slave, has been

churning away on the assignment I gave it, even while I was shirking

and procrastinating, and when at last I gird myself for the ordeal, the

faithful, infinitely patient inner resource is there with the answers.

Like a pressure cooker released, it geysers forth the good and useful

stuff to make my task so much easier, and to get it done just under the

wire.

 

As Angus relates, Freenoting is a great way to trigger answer production

and to extract all those inner resources when you most need them. You can

even trust them to work on auto-pilot to deliver on demand. Let's say I

need to write an article or poem, or give a talk, with a tight deadline.

I take one moment to focus inward and ask my resources to run the show

in the best possible way. Then I hang on for the ride. Talk about being

"wired"!

- Kate Jones ( mailto:kate@gamepuzzles.com?subject=Wired )

 

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To send your comments to The Stream for possible publication here, write

to: mailto:thestream@winwenger.com?subject=Comments

  

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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:

 

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                          Question No. 5

 

How can countries with high unemployment achieve full employment and

move towards economic self-sufficiency without upsetting the powers that

be?

 

Submitted by Louis Brown ( mailto:loubb@cygnet.cjb.net )

 

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Email your questions and recommended solutions to:  Question Quest

(mailto:thestream@winwenger.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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ORGANIZATIONAL NOTES

 

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TOPICAL INTEREST GROUPS:

Our membership is large and diverse, and many of you have expressed an

interest in communicating with other members who share your topic of

concern or research interest. If you'd like us to share your email

address with other interested members, and to supply theirs to you,

please email your name, email address and subject/topic to:

mailto:thestream@winwenger.com?subject=InterestGroups

Your communications will be private. If you'd like to take a topic

public, just post your discussions on Project Renaissance's board:

http://bbs.cartserver.com/bbs/b/7733/#PostMessage 

 

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One such interest group is the

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

experiments, visit their forum at http://pub73.ezboard.com/byoungprer or

contact co-director Young at mailto:youngprer@youngprer.com .

 

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ADDRESS CHANGE?

If your email address changes or your email box is full or your spam

filter blocks us, we can't get The Stream to you. Please, before that

happens, make sure you notify us of any change and put winwenger.com on

your safe senders list. Write to:

mailto:thestream@winwenger.com?subject=Address

 

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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:

http://www.winwenger.com/regmem.htm

or from link on the homepage, http://www.winwenger.com .

 

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DUPLICATE MAILING?

If you received two (or more?) copies of this issue of The Stream,

please let us know by replying to:

mailto:thestream@winwenger.com?subject=duplicate

 

 

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HOW YOU CAN PARTICIPATE...

 

* You can post messages on Project Renaissance's discussion board about

  any Project Renaissance topic and join any ongoing discussions. No

  log-in required. Please visit our homepage at http://www.winwenger.com

  and click the Discussion Board link. To post a message right now,

  click here:  http://bbs.cartserver.com/bbs/b/7733/#PostMessage

    

* The long-established, popular Image-Streaming egroup is here:

  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/imagestream - requires Yahoo sign-in.

 

* Submit articles, comments or questions for possible inclusion in

  The Stream:  mailto:thestream@winwenger.com?subject=TotheEditor   

 

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LINKS

 

*  Back issues of THE STREAM by email upon request from

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*  Index of feature articles in The Stream archives:

   http://www.winwenger.com/strmlist.htm

 

*  Archived copies of Capital Ideasmiths are here:

   http://www.winwenger.com/Capitalidea/capidea1.htm 

 

*  Project Renaissance homepage:  http://www.winwenger.com  

 

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