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Newsletter of Project Renaissance and Win Wenger
March 2005 (Best viewed with fixed-width font)
IN THIS ISSUE:
* Quote of the Month
* Announcements, News Items
* Events, Workshops
* FEATURE ARTICLE:
Planning a Vision, by Jennifer Haggerty
* Comments, Feedback
Improve Test-Taking - Win Wenger
Improve Memorization - Win Wenger
Make Image-Streaming Mainstream - Stephen Hinton
* Organizational Notes
QUOTE OF THE MONTH
"A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer,
it sings because it has a song."
-- Maya Angelou
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
Our issues for January through April will be appearing out of sequence
till we catch up. Don't miss any of the feature articles in those back
issues. They are always of current interest.
Win Wenger was interviewed on the Genius Catalyst Radio Show with Michael
Neill on March 21, 2005. Subject: The Einstein Factor. You can listen to
a recording of the program online here:
It's not the latest news, but this amazing article was just called to our
attention. In a finding that eventually could lead to new methods for
treating brain diseases and injuries, Princeton scientists have shown that
new neurons are continually added to the cerebral cortex of adult monkeys.
The discovery reverses a dogma nearly a century old and suggests entirely
new ways of explaining how the mind accomplishes its basic functions, from
problem-solving to learning and memory.
Elizabeth Gould and Charles Gross reported in the October 19, 1999, issue
of Science that the formation of new neurons or nerve cells -- neurogenesis
-- takes place in several regions of the cerebral cortex that are crucial
for cognitive and perceptual functions. Read the full article here:
Ralph Cerchione has founded a blog site - "Future Imperative" - whose
purpose is to explore developing one's abilities from every angle. Check
it out, and participate: www.futureimperative.blogspot.com .
The Spring 2005 issue of Gifted Education Press Quarterly is now
available. Its publisher, Maurice Fisher, Ph.D., is generously offering
a complimentary copy to teachers and parents and members
Renaissance. Send your request to: firstname.lastname@example.org. For further
information please see their website: http://www.giftededpress.com .
Beyond-Einstein/Socratic Training (B.E.S.T.)
The full, basic-skills workshop
May 20-22, 2005
Pasadena, Maryland, U.S.A.
Tuition: $495, including all 3 days
Complete details about Beyond-Einstein/Socratic Training 2005 -
Registration Form (printable) - www.winwenger.com/may05reg.htm
Online Registration - www.winwenger.com/may05best.htm#Register
Travel Directions and Lodging - www.winwenger.com/travel.htm
Register online or use the printable Registration Form to send $495 by
check or credit card number to Project Renaissance, P.O. Box 332,
Gaithersburg, MD 20884-0332 USA.
You may inquire to Win Wenger by phone (301-948-1122) or email
( email@example.com?subject=MayDiscount ) about discounts for spouse,
teachers, students, and corporate associate(s).
High Thinktank Session - May 19, 2995 - 7:30 pm
Quince Orchard Public Library, Room "A"
15831 Quince Orchard Rd.
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.
For anyone who has any experience at all in some of our techniques, this
"further reaches" session is a must to attend.
UPCOMING PRESENTATIONS - Capitol Creativity Network
The Capitol Creativity Network (www.capitolcreativitynetwork.com ) meets
on the second Thursday of every month. Time: 7:00-9:30pm. Fee: $10 at the
door. Location: Social Room of Van Ness East apartment complex; 2939 Van
Ness St., NW; Washington, DC.
We explore and experience different facets of creativity - from corporate
to expressive to scientific, etc. Each meeting is interactive, and
designed to have the participants experience their own creativity in real
time. CCN's got a little something for every kind of Creator in 2005:
~ May 12: "Embracing the Dark: Violence, Creativity, and Compassion in
America" by Dr. Juliet Bruce, Founder and Director of the Institute for
Transformation through the Arts
~ June 9: "Creativity in Business: Techniques for thinking 'outside the
box' to bring new creative energy to your business endeavors" by Joey
Coleman, Creative Principal of Blue J Marketing & Design.
~ July 14: "Empathic Nature Writing: The Power of Empathic Connections"
by Karen Rugg, President of Karlynne Communications
~ August 11: "Creating Ourselves by Performing Who We are Not" by Joe
Mancini, Jr., Ph.D., Gestalt Therapist, Hypnotherapist and Creator of
RoundTable Theatre and Liz Birney, Ph.D., business consultant and co-
facilitator of RoundTable Theatre.
~ September 8: "Creative Thinking Techniques" by Dr. Win Wenger,
Founder and Director of Project Renaissance; author "The Einstein
Factor" and over 40 other books.
~ October 13: "New Working Models: Using storytelling, improv and visual
techniques to extract relevant data and design functional working models"
by Michelle James, Principal of The Center for Creative Emergence;
business creativity catalyst.
~ November 10: "Visual Mapping" by Nusa Maal, President of SenseSmart.
~ December 8: "The Courage of Your Yearning: Using the principles of
creativity to create a life lived from your deepest gladness" by Juanita
Weaver, creativity consultant.
The Center for Creative Emergence, www.creativeemergence.com
Consciously Creating What's Next
McLean, VA USA
Upcoming CREATIVITY WORKSHOPS in Europe
Creativity Workshop Studios
245 East 40th St. 25th floor
New York, New York 10016
Tel: (212) 922-1555
Contact: Vivian Glusman
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.creativityworkshop.com .
PLANNING A VISION
How to use Image-Streaming and
by Jennifer Haggerty
One thing I have been working on for myself and my clients is to come up
with ways to facilitate goal-setting and planning the steps needed to
meet that goal. A technique I have been working on that fills this role
nicely is a combination of Image-Streaming and Cartoon Storyboard.
Cartoon Storyboard was developed by Jane Henry, of the Open University
Business School in the UK. My introduction to this tool was in a course
titled, Applied Creative Problem-Solving: Tools for Improving Practice,
which was taught by Dr. Gerard Puccio of the International Center for
Studies in Creativity at Buffalo State College.
This is a tool that will allow you to create a vision and figure out the
steps needed to achieve it. (You do not need to draw to use this tool.)
What you do is, make six boxes and number them. Box number 6 is for your
vision, or desired future state; box number 1 is where you are now. In
boxes 2-5 describe the actions you need to take to get you to your
Use as much detail as possible to identify what will assist you, and what
will get in your way, as you progress through the boxes. Also plan how
you will capitalize on your assets and overcome your challenges. Of
course, if you need more boxes, or need really big ones, that is up to
Using this tool with Image-Streaming ( www.winwenger.com/imstream.htm )
was a very powerful experience. I Imaged my vision, and included
everything in my sixth box, and did the same with the others.
What happened was that I had an extremely clear vision, I was able to
truly identify my current situation, and I was able to identify the steps
I needed to take, and my assistors and resistors.
It took me several days to do this, six in fact, but it was well worth
it. What I ended up with was a clear, attainable goal and a plan to
- Jennifer E. Haggerty [ firstname.lastname@example.org ]
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COMMENTS and FEEDBACK
Improve Test-Taking - by Win Wenger ( email@example.com )
For a way to improve test-taking, train the
- www.winwenger.com/part28.htm and www.winwenger.com/part29.htm - and have
that well-practiced as a pleasure meditation by the time you enter exams.
Also, if possible, practice five minutes of "noise-removal breathing"
just before entering each exam. If you are good at chess or at a computer
game, remember and mentally photograph or anchor a particularly well-
played game where you were very calm, very clear, and everything was
going just right, and recreate that body feeling going into the exam and
at intervals during the exam (see Winsights No. 79 -
www.winwenger.com/part79.htm - "Improving Your Performance on
Standardized Exams"). Clarity counts for much more than last-minute-
added memorized knowledge.
- Win Wenger ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
Improve Memorization - by Win Wenger ( email@example.com )
For a memorization technique - good mainly only for a short while - try
our STARS method - Spaced-Tape-And-Replay System. Out of a list of
things to be memorized, record maybe 20-25 at a time. After each item
recorded, leave a few seconds of blank tape, then record the answer, then
go on to the next item. Then record the next item. On playback, the
object of the game(!) is to supply the answer before the tape does. The
tape's answer then is reinforcement. By second or third play-through you
should find yourself able to answer nearly all the items successfully.
Any that you didn't get, just pull into the next batch of 20-25 and start
again. There are many other, much more sophisticated memorization
techniques around, but this can get you by in the short-run.
- Win Wenger ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
Make Image-Streaming Mainstream - Steve Hinton ( email@example.com )
Here's a challenge to use Image-Streaming (IS) to come up with a way to
make the process itself mainstream:
* Visit via the Beachhead ( www.winwenger.com/beachhd.htm ), a place
where IS was mainstream and had fueled a new renaissance, with the
elimination of poverty and environment- and health-detrimental lifestyles.
* Go around the place, describe it, and then investigate how the place
had developed from what likens the current situation in the world today
to this advanced state.
* Take from the Image-Stream what you can to come up with concrete
proposals for proponents and practitioners of IS and other related
I'll publish the results on my blog, "Inventing for the sustainable
planet" ( http://porena.blogspot.com/ ). Just send the tapescript and
follow-up notes to me. Looking forward to hearing from many of you.
- Steve Hinton ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
Also visit the website: "A Very Beautiful Place" (www.avbp.net )
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