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Newsletter of Project Renaissance and Win Wenger


July 2005                        (Best viewed with fixed-width font)






*  Quote of the Month

*  Announcements, News Items

*  Events, Workshops


      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

*  Links






"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

available upon request. Just add the month to the subject line:

Or see the online archives:




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: . 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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MUMBAI, INDIA - Nikhil Gangoli, , is interested

in forming and hosting an Image-Streaming group in Mumbai. Contact him

by email or here if you live in that area:

1 Neelam 14B Road Khar, Mumbai 400052, India -- Phone 91-22-26494032

And see also his website,




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

northwest of England who can help get a new member started with Image-

Streaming and other techniques in Win Wenger's book, "Beyond OK"? He

will cover phone costs or other expenses of contacting him: 

Adrian, aka inhypnosis <>.




ATLANTA, GEORGIA - Saleem Javaid ( ) 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

live partners online. Quite an ambitious undertaking. Thanks, Rick! His

email is; his website:










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



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 , 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 ( ) 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.


Michelle James

The Center for Creative Emergence,

Consciously Creating What's Next

McLean, VA USA






August 26 - October 7


Your Work, Business, and Leadership as a Practical Expression of

   Your Creative Self

A professional and personal development program spanning 6 weeks. Led by

Michelle James, Principal of The Center for Creative Emergence. See

for the complete program description and detailed testimonials.


This program is for entrepreneurs, leaders, managers, consultants,

trainers, educators, executives, business owners, thought influencers,

seekers, creators, artists, healers, psychologists, teachers, sales and

marketing professionals, pioneers, change agents and people in transition,

to name a few. It is for people who believe they are not creative at all

as well as those who are already highly in tune with their own creativity.





Academy for Integrative Communication

Bernd Isert, President ( )


*  13th World Campus in Brazil, February 5th to 24th, 2006


Personal and professional development, with professional coaching,

NLP from practitioner to trainer, systemic structural constellation

work, hypnotherapy, mediation, and much more. Our approach is systemic,

neuro-linguistic and integrative. Here learning, experiencing, joie de

vivre and international encounters all belong to a greater whole.

Visit our English website here:

And see photo galleries of last year's events in Hungary and Brasil:






Feature Article:



                        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 ( )



To send feedback privately to Wendi Friesen, email her at:

To send your comments about this article to The Stream, write to:

To post your feedback or promote a discussion of this topic:










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 ( )





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 ( )





( )


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 ) and

Windtunnelling ( ) 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 ( )

Principal Solutioneer, Model Thinking, Melbourne, Australia





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.

Thank you.

- Charles ( )






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