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Newsletter of Project Renaissance and Win Wenger

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August 2004                        (Best viewed with fixed-width font)

 

 

 

IN THIS ISSUE:

 

*  Quote of the Month

*  Announcements

*  Events/News Items

*  FEATURE ARTICLE:

      "The Use of the Descriptive Process in Art" by Curtis White

*  Comments, Feedback

      George Copsey - Use of Photoreading and Image-Streaming

      Angus Donald - A Bit of Fluff

*  Question Quest - Challenge #8

*  Organizational Notes

*  Links

 

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QUOTE OF THE MONTH

 

"Nothing can dim the light that shines from within." -- Maya Angelou

 

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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 **

LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER FOR PROJECT RENAISSANCE TRAINER TRAINING - in

London UK this autumn - 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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ADMINISTRATOR NEEDED

We are sad to report that Tijl Koenderink, Project Renaissance's Executive

Director, has had to resign for pressing personal and business reasons. We

thank him for the great boost he gave to our organization during his nearly

two years and are assured of his continuing support and advice. Project

Renaissance is now seeking individuals with administrative and managerial

skills and interests to step into some of the functions of this position.

This initially volunteer position is planned to evolve into a separate

compensation arrangement. Please contact Win Wenger if you are willing and

able to help. Email Win at ( mailto:wwenger101@aol.com?subject=Applicant ).

 

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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 is taking place in Belfast,

Northern Ireland, in September 2004, led by Dr. Win Wenger and Michelle

James. Please contact Cora Robinson for more information:

mailto:cora@createexpress.com 

 

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Win Wenger is delivering UNIQUE TRAINER TRAINING in London, UK

 

Last chance to sign up for the first-ever Project Renaissance Trainer

Training in London, UK.

   Module 1: Sept. 27-29, 2004 

   Module 2: February 28-March 1, 2005

Don't miss this exciting opportunity to learn directly from the inventor

of the methodology. Special discounted rates are available until August 31,

2004, so please contact Cora Robinson for further 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

 

During this fun-filled weekend of colloquium-like dynamic events, people

from around the world will again gather to discover and explore creating

and learning. Over the last decade the Double Festivals have celebrated

many breakthroughs in both creativity methods and enhanced/accelerated

learning. This year we are looking more directly at the learning side of

this equation. Our theme is the 'Theory and Practice of Education'.

 

Living in a World Where We Can't Go Home Again...

 

Every second our world is changing, sometimes perceptibly.  It is as though

we are all in "the Kindergarten of the Future," except that change is

happening right now as you read this.

 

All of us are having to learn and adapt to conditions we never encountered

before. For better or worse, we do so based on the options in our available

repertoire of responses and appreciations. In effect, how well we learn

determines how well we live.

 

Creativity, learning and problem-solving are critical skills each of us

must develop in this world of inevitable change. Fortunately, just over

twenty years ago, we at Project Renaissance realized that learning and

creative problem-solving are over 90% the same thing. Each of the hundreds

of methods for creatively and ingeniously solving problems can be used as

distinct and powerful ways to improve learning. 

 

From year to year, the Double Festival is always one of the world's very

best small conferences, partly because of the unique format developed by

Project Renaissance. You'll find high levels of involvement and

understanding, learning AND creativity, richly experienced by all our

various participants.

 

Highest-quality presenters are drawn to this conference because, as with

the original Socratics and Stoics, high-quality feedback from a quality

audience helps them further develop their own perceptions and

understandings, in the fields which most galvanize them and are most

vital to them.

 

To experience directly for yourself some of the additional reasons and

benefits, please click http://www.winwenger.com/upcoming.htm#df . There

you'll find more information about our special format and about this

year's topic, and you can register conveniently online.  We're looking

forward to some wonderful growth together and some great experiences

together!

 

- Win Wenger

 

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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:

 

                THE USE OF THE DESCRIPTIVE PROCESS IN ART

                            by Curtis White

 

 

The descriptive process I am referring to here is a lot like Image-

Streaming in reverse. The purpose of the descriptive process is to

enable the artist to better put his ideas into words - where the artist

describes, in very sensory-rich or analytically accurate/precise ways,

the differences between various illustrations.

 

Using description, the artist is:

* Better able to communicate his thoughts to himself and to others

* Able to increase his observational skills

* Enabled to *perhaps* gain the ability to have more control over

  imaging via verbal description

 

For example, if you look at your hands and then look at a set of well-

illustrated hands, the tendency is to think, "those hands look good/real,

etc."  If you look at a bone and then at an illustrated bone, the tendency

will be to think, "the illustrated bone IS the bone."  Of course, it's

not!!! There are many differences.

 

The basic tendency is to think this is "good", "right" - or "bad",

"wrong". The idea then with this is to gain a far greater flexibility in

understanding illustration.

 

For example, you might take a photograph of a hand and a very good ink

drawing of a hand, and then use this descriptive process (preferably of

the exact same angle/depiction, though not necessary).

 

You would describe each using a sensory-rich process, and then you'd

describe what is similar and what is different.  And then you would

describe one of them so that someone who doesn't know what a hand is,

or could even see that, could theoretically make a drawing that would

resemble it. Then you would describe a plausible way the artist worked

based on what you see.  The idea is just to get as many thoughts going

as possible.

 

The thing is, when you start it you might think, "this illustration

looks very close to this drawing," and there won't be many differences;

BUT when you start describing, then you will find there are just too

Many differences to list.  It works best with similar forms or things

That both look "good" and "right".

 

So, if you use this, the hope is that when you see a painting of a

head by Hals and a photograph of a head in a fashion magazine, then you

will be able to observe a lot, and hopefully then you will be able to

recreate whatever effect, style, etc., you want.  You will also be able

to observe more variations in your own work compared to other works. So

part of it is in understanding styles and in merely increasing

observational skills.  The other part is thinking about complex systems

of parts (like the human body) and reducing that into a type of

analytical language where someone could construct a model to match the

model that you described.

 

The intent in this case is to understand the interrelationships of

these forms and parts so that the artist's drawings will take on more

believability, and he will be able to think about his subject more

realistically. (If an artist is able to understand that the body is made

up of joints and parts that must work together, then he is more likely

to depict the body accurately than if he thinks just of shape.) 

 

If an artist understands that muscles are like cords, and that muscles

contract when the fingers are pulled, then he can artistically work

with anatomy.  The literal understanding of anatomy is good, but I think

this "artistic" understanding is far more valuable.

 

A lot of artists are struggling and working blind. This is the best way

I describe the difference:  If you don't realize how useful visualization

is in art then you are working blind, and when you do realize it, then

you are able to see.

 

-- Curtis White

 

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To send feedback privately to the author, email Curtis White at:

light65536@netzero.com

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

mailto:thestream@winwenger.com?subject=Art

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

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COMMENTS and FEEDBACK

 

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APPLICATION OF PHOTOREADING AND IMAGE-STREAMING

- George Copsey  ( mailto:george@curiositycoach.com )

 

I've had an idea for an interesting application of PhotoReading and

Image-Streaming and would like to know the list's experience with it.

 

Format:

 

1.  Photoread a book that you haven't consciously read at all -

preferably about a subject you know very little about. Don't activate

the material.

 

2.  Wait for 24 hours after PhotoReading, if you like, or however long

you usually do (if you do at all - I often activate immediately after

Photoreading and have found this to be VERY helpful for comprehension).

 

3.  Using Win's Instant Replay technique, listed on pages 84

and 85 of The Einstein Factor, Image-Stream the experience of

Photoreading the book and, once in the experience fully, begin opening

yourself up to more abstract insights (pt #5 of Instant Replay format).

In other words, use the Instant Replay format as an activation method.

 

4.  Once "done", consider how this experience differs from other

activation techniques you've used.

 

I look forward to your feedback on this...

 

-- George Copsey (mailto:george@curiositycoach.com)

 

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A BIT OF FLUFF... Angus Donald ( mailto:adonald@sherway.co.uk )

 

August is sometimes known as the silly season, so here's a Quick Fix

for those like me who find it difficult to make decisions.

 

First a story:  This morning I woke up to find that I was in the

fortunate position of having 30 shirts all ironed and ready for the

wearing - varying colours, hues and shades, some with stripes and some

plain - making it an agony of indecision of which to choose and worse -

what to wear with it before departing for work. So here's a solution I

fell upon earlier today:

 

Go to the wardrobe where they hang - or drawer if they are folded - and

allow your eye to light upon one - the first that attracts your

attention. Choose the one that does attract your attention or you feel

drawn towards, and without questioning it take that one out. Now

visualize (imagine) yourself wearing that shirt with whichever suit /

tie combination that comes to mind - and there you have it. No more

agonizing over colours contrasting or worrying what looks alluring or

makes me look too fat!

 

Our unconscious processes have already been at work making the right

choices for us - if only we would allow them the space in which to work.

All too often the "editor" or, as I sometimes like to think of it, the

over-zealous stage prompt is ready with the next line whilst we are

building up the dramatic tension with an appropriate pause.

 

So try it out, the next time you have a decision to make - be it what

to wear or what to eat or where to go. Go with your intuition, let your

creativity free - that may not be all that you free up!

 

- Angus Donald ( mailto:adonald@sherway.co.uk )

 

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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. 8

 

In these perilous times, and with the fate of the world placed into the

hands of the head of state of the arguably most powerful nation on earth,

what questions should we Americans be asking as we consider our election

choices - both of ourselves and of our politicians?

 

Submitted by Kate Jones ( mailto:kate@gamepuzzles.com )

 

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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

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

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

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