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Newsletter of Project Renaissance and Win Wenger


November 2004                        (Best viewed with fixed-width font)






*  Quote of the Month

*  Announcements

*  Events/News Items


      "How to Get Image Conscious - An interview with Win Wenger"

      - by Louise Druce

*  Comments, Feedback

      Remotivation - John Spencer

      Reflections on 13th Annual Double Festival, 2004 - Harman Benda

*  Organizational Notes

*  Links






"We must become the change we want to see."


                                        - Gandhi









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

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For some great GIFT IDEAS for the Festive Season, visit the book section,




IN SPANISH!  A Review of "The Einstein Factor"

For our Spanish readers, here's a treat: 

Written by Project Renaissance member Claudia Ruiz, who has trained with

Win Wenger.




Win Wenger's greatest dream - founding Renaissance University - now has a

draft Prospectus ( ), outlining in

ideal form how and what it could be. Win invites your feedback, input,

comments and ideas. Amendments will be posted online as matters evolve.




The PROJECT RENAISSANCE DOUBLE FESTIVAL was held November 12-14, 2004 -

the 13th Annual Conference on Creativity and Accelerated Learning - and a

great success. A very special thanks to Harman Benda, Kate Jones and Tijl

Koenderink for all their hard work in organising the Festival. See the

Comments and Feedback section for a summary of the events.









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:




Win Wenger is delivering a further UNIQUE TRAINER TRAINING in London, UK


Due to the incredible success of the first-ever Project Renaissance

Trainer Training in London, UK, we are offering a further opportunity for

trainers to attend Module 1 and 2 of Win's unique programme.


Module 1: February 24-26, 2005

Module 2: February 28-March 1, 2005

Venue - The October Gallery, Hoborn, London, UK


Places are very limited and special discounted rates are available until

December 31, 2004. Contact Cora Robinson for further information and







Feature Article:


                        HOW TO GET IMAGE CONSCIOUS

                      An Interview with Dr. Win Wenger


                               by Louise Druce



How many times have you started daydreaming during an important group

meeting? Did you know you could have been having some of your best ideas

for the organisation but just didn't realise it?


According to Win Wenger. the first jerking away of attention is actually

your rapid sensory image-associative process showing you the best answer

to the questions being posed - otherwise known as the flash answer

process. By fine-tuning this process, or 'image-streaming', he believes

people could be arming themselves with a strong problem-solving tool.


"We have a little two percent left temporal lobe function going on for

consciously associating word concepts and that's where we do our

conscious thinking, but we've got 40-45 times as much of our brain

invested in associating our experiences at a sensory level," explains



"The insights form first at a level beyond consciousness and then have

to trickle across in some sort of intelligible form to where we're

conscious - that's always been a hit-and-miss process. Now we're able to

do this systematically, but there's a translation problem because, when

you've associated in sensory images, the insights and understanding are

there in sensory language terms but they still have to be translated

into word concepts.


"To appreciate just what's at stake, look down at your foot and then

look at the little bit of ground that is under the foot. That little bit

of floor represents the part of the brain that's conscious. Now look at

the rest of the floor around you; that's the rest of the brain in mental



One of the easiest ways to access this information is to describe the

images out loud in as much detail as possible to a tape recorder or

willing friend. No matter how trivial you think they are, the idea is to

keep exploring images for about 10-30 minutes, including any new details

that appear. With practice these will become very vivid, giving way to

their symbolic or metaphoric meaning.


Another brainstorming technique Wenger recommends is the Windtunnel

method. Its roots can actually be traced back over 2000 years ago to

ancient Greece and the Socratic Method. Groups are asked to split into

pairs and each make a list of three questions based on the overall topic

being discussed.


One person picks a number and then again describes everything that comes

into their mind when the question is read out, remaining uninterrupted

for up to eleven minutes. The other person writes down the most

interesting ideas and the process is repeated until all the questions

are answered and the roles reversed so the other person can have their



The idea is to let the torrent flow to form the best solutions (which

often come at the end of a brainstorming session) rather than being cut

off by other people in the group contradicting the speaker or instantly

dismissing their ideas.


"Our usual reaction in a meeting is we work up our sound bites to

squeeze in while somebody else is yapping and we don't really listen to

each other. Instead, the reflex runs in the opposite direction where

you're literally having to pour forth more than you have to say so that

you have to start searching your perceptions," said Wenger.


The easiest way for people to get started, he recommends, is to

experiment for a week with a house rule of whenever someone suggests an

idea, the first thing said in response has to be supportive. If the rule

is broken, then a highly visible but humorous coded signal should be

used, such as hands clasped above the head or eyes cast 'wistfully'



"We've mostly been uncreative because we criticise before we fully look

at the idea. We make that such a reflex that most of us are unaware of

even having an idea by the time we've dismissed it already," Wenger



"For anybody who suggests an idea there is a certain amount of risk. A

good part of the hard work of creativity training is getting people past

those points where they're afraid to stick their necks out to get



Even Win admits that developing creative techniques is a learning curve

for him as well as for those trying them out, which is also one of its

advantages - companies can keep trying out new processes until they find

the one that's right for them. "If you have any good method for solving

problems, one of the best problems to work it on is the problem of how to

create better methods of solving problems. One of the best uses of those

better methods is on how to create further and still better methods for

solving problems, and so on. Once you get that tiger by the tail, it can

drag you a long way across the landscape!"


Reprinted with kind permission from Business Management Asia:


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John Spencer ( ) writes:

For me you can just never stop doing what you are doing! If I am depressed

all I need to do to remotivate is go to your web site and read! And poof! I

am alive again. For some reason if nothing else you have provided me with

things that are important to me that for most around they find boring or

"crazy". I just can't understand why brain and personal decelopment is not

important to everyone?

 - John




Reflections on 13th Annual Double Festival, 2004

by Harman Benda, Festival Chairman ( )


The first Double Festival I attended changed my life. As a result, I created

two companies and am pursuing a different path than I anticipated before the

Double Festival. For me, Double Festivals are an oasis for learning and for

rejuvenating one's mind.  Nowhere else have I found the fun and excitement

of being with intelligent people living and pursuing their passions and

being willing to invite me to come into their worlds, learn and participate.


There are several themes that are a part of any Double Festival:


1.  "You get more of what you reinforce."

2.  The Socratic Method:  Delving into your firsthand experiences

    and awarenesses.

3.  The 100s if not 1000s of techniques that Win has developed.

4.  Your personal observations have value and are listened to.

5.  There is not one answer or a right answer to the questions asked in the


6.  There is always more to discover.


The 2004 Double Festival had 15 presentations. It attracted attendees from

all parts of the globe, including Singapore, China, The Netherlands,

Austria, Malta and Ireland. It opened with a keynote from Dr Win Wenger -

"A Prescription for Miracles in Learning" -  where we learned that:


*  If we note 30 observations a day for 3 days, we will be operating on a

   different plane.

*  We need approximately 1/3 didactic teaching to 2/3 Socratic for optimal

   learning.  (Didactic = the teacher tells you information and Socratic =

   student and teacher dialogue about the material.)


The next two days included fourteen excellent presentations from a range

of international speakers:


*  "There's a Word for It"

*  "Optimal Growth and Productivity in Organizations" 

*  "Using Storytelling to Design Your Personal Creativity Model"

*  "Babbleback Machine Demo"

*  "Focus on Learning, Not on Teaching"

*  "Teaching Thinking, a Paradigm Shift in Education" 

*  "The Art of Mentoring and Coyote Teaching"

*  "Metaphorical Mind Mapping"

*  "Sidebands, A Great New Frontier of Further Inquiry into High Human

      Potential and Performance"

*  "Staring Into the Abyss: Socratic Method in Conflict Resolution and

      Accelerated Learning"

*  "Improvisation as a Tool for Accelerated Learning & Retention"

*  "Visions of "The Ideal School

*  "A Framework for Effective Learning"

*  "Golf Project Management"


Thanks to all the presenters for their invaluable input. For a more detailed

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