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Newsletter of Project Renaissance and Win Wenger
November 2004 (Best viewed with fixed-width font)
IN THIS ISSUE:
* Quote of the Month
* Events/News Items
* FEATURE ARTICLE:
"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
QUOTE OF THE MONTH
"We must become the change we want to see."
WELCOME to all new members who have joined us this month. We hope to
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** LATEST NEWS **
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's greatest dream - founding Renaissance University - now has a
draft Prospectus ( http://www.winwenger.com/prospect.htm ), 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.
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
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
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
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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COMMENTS and FEEDBACK
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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?
Reflections on 13th Annual Double Festival, 2004
by Harman Benda, Festival Chairman ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
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
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
* 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
* "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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