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Newsletter of Project Renaissance and Win Wenger
July 2005 (Best viewed with fixed-width font)
IN THIS ISSUE:
* Quote of the Month
* Announcements, News Items
* Events, Workshops
* FEATURE ARTICLE:
Accessing your Math Savant - by Wendi Friesen
* Comments, Feedback
Research Project Volunteers - Win Wenger
Visualization in Mathematics - Tarek
Solution Focus Combined with Socratic Method - Rod Sherwin
Socratic Method in Mathematics - Charles
* Organizational Notes
QUOTE OF THE MONTH
"I was asked to memorise what I did not understand; and, my memory
being so good, it refused to be insulted in that manner."
- Aleister Crowley
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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SAY IT OUT LOUD is an excellent description of the Jewish teachings,
by Rabbi Noah Weinberg, Dean of Aish HaTorah. It is No. 3 in the 48
ways to wisdom. "The Sages are encouraging us to articulate what we
know. Words are very powerful, and they help ideas to penetrate our
consciousness." You can read the full instructive article here:
http://www.aish.com/spirituality/48ways/ . You can also listen to this
class on RealAudio. It concludes with:
"'Say it out loud' helps you concentrate so that you don't fall asleep.
It helps you clarify fuzzy ideas. The more senses you involve, the more
of an impression it leaves on you. What you speak is an expression of
who you are. It's a feedback system. Language is the bridge where body
meets the soul." Treat yourself to an inspiring read.
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PORTLAND, OREGON, INTEREST GROUP - Members of Project Renaissance, would
you like to form a local group in the Portland area for discussions,
practicing creativity and problem-solving, and enjoying mutual listening?
John Arrowwood will coordinate. Please contact him by email at
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Is there anyone in or around Manchester or the
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Streaming and other techniques in Win Wenger's book, "Beyond OK"? He
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ATLANTA, GEORGIA - Saleem Javaid ( email@example.com ) is looking for
Project Renaissance participants to get together in the Atlanta metro
area. Please email him if you're in the area and interested.
Rick van Deijk has created an online community/forum, "IS Online", with
write-ups of his image-streams, articles, and a way for people to find
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MONTHLY HIGH THINKTANK MEETINGS, 2005-2006
Thursday, 7:30 pm, August 11
Thursday, 7:30 pm, September 15
Thursday, 7:30 pm, October 20
*TUESDAY, 7:30 pm, November 22
Thursday, 7:30 pm, December 8
Thursday, 7:30 pm, January 5
Thursday, 7:30 pm, February 9
Thursday, 7:30 pm, March 9
Thursday, 7:30 pm, April 13
Thursday, 7:30 pm, May 4
Thursday, 7:30 pm, June 1
Quince Orchard Public Library, Room "A"
15831 Quince Orchard Rd.
Gaithersburg, Maryland 20878
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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.
* Please note the one exception to Thursday meetings.
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
~ 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
CREATIVITY IN WORK DEVELOPMENT
August 26 - October 7
Your Work, Business, and Leadership as a Practical Expression of
Your Creative Self
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Michelle James, Principal of The Center for Creative Emergence. See
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as well as those who are already highly in tune with their own creativity.
Academy for Integrative Communication
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* 13th World Campus in Brazil, February 5th to 24th, 2006
Personal and professional development, with professional coaching,
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neuro-linguistic and integrative. Here learning, experiencing, joie de
vivre and international encounters all belong to a greater whole.
Visit our English website here: http://www.metaforum.com/english.html
And see photo galleries of last year's events in Hungary and Brasil:
ACCESSING YOUR MATH SAVANT
by Wendi Friesen
Here's a little trance:
Close your eyes (after you read this).
Take a deep breath.
And relax for a moment.
Now, think of any 2 numbers that you are going to multiply together, and
just let them float out in front of you.
Now, imagine for a moment that you have a magnificently gifted part of
your mind that loves to do math, can calculate any numbers almost
instantly, comprehend in ways that you could never do consciously. and
begin to take a floating drifting journey through the velvety darkness
behind your very relaxed eyelids. As you travel into this vast expanse
of space, where anything is possible, you go to the amazing part of
your mind and you discover a savant that loves to do math.
Notice any color, texture, any knobs or buttons, or perhaps just sleek
chrome and glass, or other aspects of the input panel to your savant.
You don't need to create this savant; you simply discover it.
Now you simply place those two number into that input slot or keyboard,
wherever things go in.
You probably already noticed that there is an output space as well, and
just as quickly as you put those numbers in, the total of those two
numbers multiplied came out of the output. What does the answer look
like? Is it on paper, or is the number just floating there, is there a
color or frame or glow around it?
That is the savant - and it can appear in any form you can imagine.
The purpose of having a savant to do these functions is to take away the
desire to figure it out consciously. What happens inside that savant,
stays in that savant.
We are much more capable, and we function much more quickly, on an
unconscious level, obviously. We can perform much higher-level tasks,
and be immensely more creative, when we set aside our conscious effort
and allow our minds to work in that state of whatever it is that happens
when we stop trying.
I was taking an IQ test long ago, and there were several anagrams. These
were on the subject of dead world leaders. Not my favorite subject. I
built a savant machine in my mind that would unscramble them and spit them
out. I instantly got them right. Just pushed 'em in one end, and out the
other came such surprises as Charles De Gaulle. (I even now remember that
one from the test - it has been over 7 years since I took that IQ test.)
Cool, yes? You can use this to spell, read, remember names (just insert
The face with the letters of the name), remember phone numbers, or find
solutions to problems. The real magic, I think, is when you visualize a
specific savant with certain visual qualities. It gets stored in your
brain and is very easy to retrieve later. The reason I can remember
Charles is that the pathway to the place where I stored those names is
anchored in my brain with a link to something visual. I can even remember
the page of the book that I was reading at the time.
Your math savant might need to do much more complex tasks than add or
multiply. You can give the savant special functions, bring in a helper
character, give it noises and even make it grunt if you like that sort
of thing. Try it and let us know how it works for you.
- Wendi Friesen ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
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COMMENTS and FEEDBACK
RESEARCH PROJECT VOLUNTEERS - Win Wenger ( mailto:email@example.com )
This is an invitation for as many as possible of you who are reading
this to commit to testing the procedure Wendi describes above and to
reporting how it worked for you, as indicator of how it might serve a
larger audience, and gathering data on how to make it effective for a
larger audience. We are looking for a minimum of 20 to 25 participants.
Please reply to: Win Wenger ( mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org )
VISUALIZATION IN MATHEMATICS - Tarek ( email@example.com )
I just read a Winsights column about how we need sensory referents for
our abstractions. That has been my guiding principle for the last couple
of years (and earlier, but less comprehensively) of my education and
served me very well (I now have a BS in math). I didn't use image-
streaming or any formal techniques--just practiced visualizing and
brainstormed and drew pictures until I had a very clear picture of what
was going on. On one occasion, I did use a very image-streaming-like
visualization, just letting my imagery go where it would without too
much direction (but no verbal descriptions). That culminated in my
solving (more or less--I wasn't concerned with taking all the glory for
myself, although I figured out what was needed) a problem that had
eluded my professor (who is not a bad mathematician--he received an
honor from the AMS that he shared with only 4 other mathematicians in
the country and got his Ph.D. from Berkeley). Just about every concept
that comes up, I have a visual explanation for it, with very few
- Tarek ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
SOLUTION FOCUS COMBINED WITH SOCRATIC METHOD - Rod Sherwin
( email@example.com )
I wanted to share some success I had in doing my first solution-focused
workshop. I work as a business analyst in Information Technology and am
often tasked with getting alignment between different groups. I am also
working on a project where all forward progress had stalled with the
stakeholders throwing up their hands insisting there was nothing they
could do to improve the situation.
Under the guise of getting the high-level stakeholder needs for a
solution (i.e., an IT system), I organised a workshop that included the
Future Perfect and Scaling exercises. I also mixed in the concepts of
dynamic format (see http://www.winwenger.com/dynform.htm ) and
Windtunnelling ( http://www.winwenger.com/part55.htm ) from Project
Renaissance in getting the answers from the exercises. Let me outline
how the workshop went.
I got people to pair up, preferably from different work areas. I then
described the processes of Windtunnelling, which basically involves
talking non-stop to get past all of our standard answers that we have
and force the brain to make new connections. The listener of the pair
had to take notes and encourage the talker to keep going when they
started to slow down. This format ensures that all participants feel
heard and validated, and it helped the different groups understand
each other's point of view.
I then described the future perfect scenario, which is the idea of
going home from work and, while asleep, a miracle happens but you don't
know about it because you are asleep. So you come in to work as normal
and then I asked them to notice concrete things they see, hear or feel
are different if their ideal solution is in place. Using the concept of
a miracle gives people permission to ask for things they don't think are
actually possible and gives you some valuable indicators for success.
After describing the scenario, I gave them 5 minutes to share their
answers to their listening buddy about what was different. (For future
reference, I would actually use at least 10-15 minutes here since most
people in the group didn't get past their pat answers.)
I then repeated the setup, this time with the scaling exercise and
getting them to share their ideas on 1 or 2 point improvements.
I then had the group share the ideas captured from each scenario and
then asked the questions, "Are any of these doable now?" or along those
lines. I was not surprised, however, others were pleasantly surprised
to find that there were things that could be done now to improve the
situation without the need to wait for a new software system to be
purchased. We also have a check list of requirements that must be
included in the eventual replacement system.
Given this was my first attempt to integrate Solution-Focused and
Project Renaissance problem-solving techniques into my work, I was
excited about first designing the format for the workshop and then
actually having it run smoothly and achieve the outcome that I desired
for the group.
Word has gotten around the organisation about the success of the
workshop and other departments are talking to me about using the
format. This is great for me since I'm trying to broaden my business
experience outside IT into corporate change and culture management.
- Rod Sherwin ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
Principal Solutioneer, Model Thinking, Melbourne, Australia
SOCRATIC METHOD IN MATHEMATICS - Charles ( email@example.com )
Addressing Socratic method, I write down my thoughts like insane about
the lecture's contents, which has tremendously, tremendously helped me.
Due to it, I was one of very few people in my Spanish Advanced Grammar
class, who having actually done something to the information in lecture
rather than just hearing it, earned an A in the class. I have noticed
also that due to it I have had a tremendously "live" understanding in
my math classes, rather than understanding the notes 6 hours later, and
I have even, due to it, thought of solutions to problems on the board
that the teacher has struggled to answer for many minutes, and have
thought of questions and answers that go far more deeply into math
than is required in the class. Thank you immensely for working for re-
popularizing the Socratic method. Feedback very much appreciated.
- Charles ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
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