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Newsletter of Project Renaissance and Win Wenger
December 2004 (Best viewed with fixed-width font)
IN THIS ISSUE:
* Quote of the Month
* Events/News Items
* FEATURE ARTICLE:
"Tending Toward the Arts - a Nine-Day Renaissance"
- a proposal by Win Wenger
* Comments, Feedback
Improve Your Test Performance - Win Wenger
Helping Each Other Move Forward? - Win Wenger
* Organizational Notes
QUOTE OF THE MONTH
"Vision is the art of seeing things invisible."
- Jonathan Swift
Merry Christmas, everyone! And may your Happy New Year bring you health,
growth, wisdom, and good solutions and resolutions.
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:
Or see the online archives: http://www.winwenger.com/strmlist.htm
** LATEST NEWS **
It has come to our attention that Project Renaissance email addresses, firstname.lastname@example.org and even email@example.com, are being stolen
and used for sending spurious email and spam, with possibly virus-ridden
attachments. Please do not open such attachments! Such mail is not from
us. It's regrettable that malicious mischief intrudes in a medium of
communication that should be based on trust.
For some great GIFT IDEAS, visit the book section,
Next High Thinktank Session - Monday, December 20, 2004 - 7:30 pm
Quince Orchard Public Library, Room "A"
15831 Quince Orchard Library
Gaithersburg, Maryland 20878
Directions: From Route 270, take Quince Orchard Road to just beyond
the intersection with Route 28, about four miles or so. Or take Route 28
West about five miles, just barely to Quince Orchard Road left. Either
way, the Library is on your left. Just feet beyond the intersection, look
for the nameless little spur of a road off Quince Orchard which leads
into the Library parking lot. Or go to www.MapQuest.com , type in your
own address including zip code, and type in the Quince Orchard Library's
address, and get directions (and map) from there.
Date/Time: Monday, December 20, 7:30 pm. Try to get there 5-10 minutes
early, to ensure being there on time in finding your way to a new location,
and because this time we will be running some key, important, stuff near
the very beginning of the session. Most months we will be meeting on
Thursday nights instead, but this first session, December 20, will be a
Session and Topic: The new meeting season starts with a bang — "A Third, Major New Avenue to Your Greater, Beyond-Conscious Mind, Its Insights and
Resources." Most of the present methods of Project Renaissance revolve
around either Socratic Method, or Einsteinian Method, or combinations of
both. We now have a third major avenue to work with, possibly as significant
and productive as the first two have been. Be a guinea pig and explore with
us a really hot new method or so. This will be in a problem-solving mode,
so bring with you two or more questions you'd really like to solve or an
area or topic in which you'd really like to figure something out or to
deepen your understanding in. Hot stuff on a cold night — enjoy!
Snow is forecast from Sunday into Monday morning, but roads should be
well clear by time of our session Monday night. Keep an eye on things
- the Montgomery County Library system closes if weather conditions are
at all questionable. Phone (240-777-0200) if conditions are in doubt. By
current forecasts, there should be no problem and I look forward to
working with you in new realms of exploration.
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
Upcoming CREATIVITY WORKSHOPS in Europe
Creativity Workshop Studios
245 East 40th St. 25th floor
New York, New York 10016
Tel: (212) 922-1555
Karen Bell, Administrative Associate
Shelley Berc and Alejandro Fogel, directors
Early Registration Promotion: With just a $50 deposit you can get $100 off on Summer Creativity Workshops in Europe. Offer expires: January 15, 2005. See their informational website, Road to Creation.
Join Creativity Workshops this summer in Europe in their 12th year of workshops! A wonderful way to learn and travel. Choose one of their workshops (from June through August 2005) in Crete, Florence, Provence, Barcelona, Prague, or Dublin.
Island of Crete — June 19-28, 2005
From $1,750 including tuition and accommodations.
Provence — June 29-July 8, 2005
From $2,150 including tuition and accommodations.
Florence — July 9-18, 2005
From $1,750 including tuition and accommodations.
Barcelona — July 19-28, 2005
From $2,300 including tuition and accommodations.
Prague — July 28-August 6, 2005
From $2,300 including tuition and accommodations.
Dublin — August 6-15, 2005
From $1,850 including tuition and accommodations.
More details on their website, http://www.road-to-creation.com .
TENDING TOWARD THE ARTS
Win Wenger's proposal for
a Nine-Day Renaissance
Some of us have seen Win's poem in Beyond Teaching And Learning, "Pier,"
cited as a protest at the human condition. Few of us have seen this
poem of his, however, which he thought might make an appropriate seasonal item:
Sleepy trees in December sun,
Luminous porcelain blue behind -
I hear you settling in.....
Did I only dream you bore
Gold and green softly sighing?
The taste of sun in the air?
Wet bank, wet mud, wet leaves
Fill the air without ever leaving the ground.
Close in, I see your tops fall away to the sky
Only suntastedreams left behind.
- Win Wenger
A few of us know of Win's involvement with music - some have tuned in
to the excerpt online at http://www.winwenger.com from one of his Improvitaped pieces. Fewer of us know, however, of Win's favorite
Project Renaissance workshop to teach: the Nine-Day Renaissance, about
which he writes:
* * *
"The Nine-Day Renaissance, in either art or music, is my very favorite
to teach because it produces such beautiful work. Fun also - some very
beautiful stuff is going on there besides the artwork. Some really
incredible stuff was captured on video during our last such workshop,
in 1984 in Philadelphia - the loss of that video, before we could copy
it or use it, was one of several discouragements, the other being the
sheer logistics of providing for such an experience in the arts for a
group of people over nine days, back when we had no material resources
to speak of, which led to our not conducting that workshop experience
" - But we would very much like to lead such a workshop again! With
multiple videos, CDs, DVDs, etc. We need for this to be sponsored, by
and in the set-up of either a school or department of art or of music.
This workshop would be for training in either music or art, but not
"In such a training, we want a broad admixture of participants, including
skilled and creative artists (or musicians), ten-thumbed klutzes and tin
ears, and the variety of levels of skills and backgrounds in-between. And
in any case we want there to be enough interest in music or art to be
For the already-skilled, the emphasis in the training will be mostly on
enhancing creativity. For the initially unskilled majority of us, some
emphasis on skills and techniques will be added, though most such
techniques will be learned directly from the higher-brain beyond-
conscious resources of each participant, rather than formally taught.
"Such an adventure, in either art or music, belongs right alongside our
work in improving intellectual and human abilities and understandings
and, of course, qualities of experience. We see more and more evidence
going by that the arts improve the development of the intellect, and of
intelligence itself. Many of us also know personally that the numinous
and affective qualities of a great piece of music or art are the same
as the numinous and affective qualities which accompany experience of a
great idea or understanding. Modern research is showing that the brain
is physically changed by the experience of great music (and likely also
by great art); that change is seen notably in those areas of the physical
brain most identified with intellectual experience and ability; and that
change is profoundly for the better.
"Action requested: everyone reading this, please contact the music club,
art club, school of music or of art, university department of music or of
art, or conservatory, nearest you on behalf of the possibility of getting
that institution to experimentally host a new version of our "Nine-Day
Renaissance," whether in art or in music. If your connection-making does
result in such an event, you will have re-balanced a huge part of our
effort and thrust toward a more fully human future. (You will also receive
a tuition-free admission for two to this training.) Thank you.
- Win Wenger"
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COMMENTS and FEEDBACK
Improve Your Test Performance, Especially on Standardized Exams
- Win Wenger ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
Whether you are in college (GRE's) or in high school (SAT's et al.),
whether you are the student, or someone else is whom you care about -
I hope you will have time to take advantage of these few simple methods,
especially since for several of them you need several months' head start
before your tests. Please see the latest "Winsights" article, posted at
Most of these procedures are not test-taking techniques - you may need
other sources for that - but help you improve the very qualities and
skills most such tests are supposed to be testing for. Several of them
help you keep your cool DURING the test.
Hoping for your elevated success... - Win Wenger
Helping Each Other Move Forward? - Win Wenger (email@example.com)
We have briefly used a buddy system twice, with good results, when some
members of our workshops wanted to pursue some developmental goals.
People paired with each other by email, announcing their own schedule by which they would be practicing problem-solving by some method or other,
then daily or once per week reporting to their partner what their results were. Some of our members were able to meet high goals this way, using
each other as leverage, where it is unlikely they could have achieved
those goals working alone.
New Year's Resolution time is only a couple of weeks away.
We've a good many tools lying around which could be made the means of one
form or another of significantly positive personal development.
We have not yet formalized a buddy system to facilitate that in a highly
agreeable and efficient way, and one that would be self-motivating. Has
anyone reading this experienced any kind of mutual mentoring or buddy
system in other contexts? Does anyone reading this have ideas for the
highly effective design of such a system?
Does anyone reading this have goals he or she would like to achieve for
which practice of one or more of the Project Renaissance methods would
Please reply to me at ( mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org?subject=BuddyGoals ),
under the easily spotted heading of "Buddy Goals." Thank you.
- Win Wenger ( email@example.com )
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