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Newsletter of Project Renaissance and Win Wenger
November 2005 (Best viewed with fixed-width font)
IN THIS ISSUE:
* Quote of the Month
* Announcements, News Items
* Events, Workshops
* FEATURE ARTICLE:
Sing-Song Technique for Learning Foreign Languages
- Mastaky Salim
* Comments, Feedback
Tom Kuby on growth tools
Rich Watson on when images don't make sense
Win Wenger replies to Rich Watson's question
* Questionnaire - "Which book title?"
* Organizational Notes
QUOTE OF THE MONTH
From our Infamous Last Words collection:
"Everything that can be invented has been invented."
-- Charles H.
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
IMAGE-STREAMERS' BUDDY SYSTEM - hosted by Brian Theado. Participants
pair up and email each other about once a week on their respective
progress and experiences, encouraging each other and keeping each other
on target toward their development goals. If you'd like to participate
and find a "buddy", email your interest to:
- Brian_Theado ( email@example.com )
Win Wenger says: I most profoundly encourage you to become part of the
Image-Streamers' Buddy System. You will expand your gains tenfold, in
some instances a hundred-fold. Such an easy way to win so much effect,
and your doing so also helps another to do so. Go for it.
...Win (firstname.lastname@example.org )
NEEDED: EXPERIMENTERS FOR PROJECT RENAISSANCE RESEARCH
We're looking for a core group of 30-40 committed participants to
explore and experiment with new mind-development techniques. This team
would be the only ones privy to the various synergistic experiments
offered and would be eligible to learn the results at the conclusion of
the program. They'd get to see the scripted instructions for various
experiments, in return for committing to perform 2-3 of them and then
detailing to us their observations and reactions. Be on the cutting edge
of the creativity and brain-building field. No previous experience is
required. To sign up for this team, email your name, address, goal and
interest to: Win Wenger ( email@example.com )
Jacob Morrow ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) is interested in people who
currently have or would like to start an Image-Streaming group in the
Sean Collins offers Win Wenger's Beyond OK as a 6-week home-study
course, sections delivered once each week. Available as basic text only,
or a complete text plus audio (mp3 or wma format) downloadable program.
See details on Sean's website, http://www.pavlovpublishing.com/beyondok .
This package makes a great holiday gift, too.
Steve Hinton ( email@example.com ) publishes a blog, "Inventing for
the sustainable planet" (
through-looking-glass.html ), including transcripts of Image-Streaming
and the Beachhead process (recently renamed Base Camp) for finding
solutions and inventions. Also visit Steve's website: "A Very Beautiful
Place" at www.avbp.net.
Ralph Cerchione ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) has a blog, "Future Imperative",
With a broad look at human enhancement, from gene therapy to accelerated
learning, from neural implants to smart drugs, from posthuman evolution
to the wildest flights of human imagination. Check it out here:
A thriving high thinktank group meets once a month in
mastery of the Project Renaissance techniques and then apply these
skills to individual, community and larger issues. Meeting dates:
24 November, 2005
15 December, 2005
For more information: Rod Sherwin ( email@example.com )
MONTHLY HIGH THINKTANK MEETINGS, 2005-2006
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"
From Route 270, take
the intersection with Route 28, about four miles or so. Or take Route 28
West about five miles, just barely to
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.
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;
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:
- December 8, 2005: "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 Programs:
- Tuesday, December 20, 2005: "The Power of Being Present"
9:30am-5:00pm. Harrison Snow and Michelle James. Workshop for leaders,
facilitators, team members. Details:
- Now booking - Improviganza!
improvisational fun and games! Details: www.creativeemergence.com
- Saturday, January 14, 2006 - 4:00-5:30pm - IAL Conference:
"Improvisation for Dynamic Learning and Creativity"
CCN Founder and Coordinator: Michelle James
CEO, The Center for Creative Emergence & Quantum Leap Business Improv
Creativity Cultivating, Consulting and Coaching
Upcoming CREATIVITY WORKSHOPS in
Creativity Workshop Studios
Tel: (212) 922-1555
Contact: Vivian Glusman
Shelley Berc and Alejandro Fogel, directors
Join Creativity Workshops in 2006 for workshops in
way to learn and travel, and they earn 3 university credits. Choose one
of their workshops (from June
through August 2006) in Crete,
are held in
March 24 - 27
April 21 - 24
May 19 - 22
SUMMER CALENDAR 2006
From $1,650 including tuition and 9-night accommodations.
More details on their website, http://www.creativityworkshop.com .
Academy for Integrative Communication
Bernd Isert, President ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
13th World Campus in
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: http://www.metaforum.com/english.html
And see photo galleries of last
year's events in
A WILD AND WOOLLY WEEKEND INVENTING
March 31-April 2 weekend, 2006. Beginning 9:00 a.m. Friday, March 31.
Tuition: Only $395 for this initial offering, less various discounts.
Inquire to email@example.com
Condensed into an impactful Friday, Saturday and Sunday
An Adventure in Inventing....more details coming to the website.
SING-SONG TECHNIQUE FOR LEARNING
by Mastaky Salim
In the field of human and personal growth, say accelerative learning,
there are so many techniques on the market, and people spend so much
money purchasing them. Others don’t even dare to buy them - although
they sense that something must be done to improve their life - and get
discouraged because they think the technique won’t work for them or
wait until it works for someone else before taking the right steps.
We seem to forget that
definitely and individually commit ourselves in putting the techniques
we learn into practice. "Let go of the opinions and use what works for
Weeks ago, Dr. Win Wenger suggested a technique called Sing-Song for
learning foreign languages.
Dr. Wenger: "In talking about pole-bridging, I've often used as one
example conversational sing-song. One converses normally except that he
sings what he says, operetta style like the Mighty Mouse cartoon. Now
I'm intuiting - don't have my formal reasons for it fully lined up yet -
that if one were to do this for the language he is trying to learn, he
would learn it much faster and perhaps better. A beginner could sing-song
written dialogues such as are used in Suggestopedia. More advanced
students could carry on sing-song conversations directly. Each should
alternate, or be followed by, conversations in the same material
conducted in normal conversational tones, more accurately reflecting
the actual patterns of the language being learned. What I have on my
intuition thus far is that the sing-song would engage many more areas
of the brain in the learning. Also, the different scansion and other
effects would act as so many different "handles" by means of which to
consciously hold onto the language content involved, compared with much
fewer "hooks" or handles or associations via conventional ways of learning
that content. Note, this is not the same thing as singing scored or formal
music in a foreign language. Different mechanisms, different parts of the
brain, and a much narrower engagement."
Being myself an avid language learner, I was the first to take the
challenge and took it up with my Spanish. I invested 8 entire days to
test whether what Dr. Wenger intuited would work for me. Some reality:
Below you will see my different scores on my Spanish exercises, which
included conversations and short texts. These are my scores prior to the
11/20; 11/17; 8/16; 8/16; 14/14(!); 10/18; 13/20; 2.5/7.
During the experiment, using the Sing-Song-technique, and for newly made
exercises, my scores were as followed:
16/18; 13/21; 17.5/19; 15/22; 18.5/20; 17/21; 16/18; 17/20!
In the week before the experiment, as you can see it, my scores averaged
60.6%. During the experiment the average is 81%, a difference of full
20%!! In terms of learning, this is phenomenal!
Sometimes I could hear my melodies (in Spanish!) coming back into my head
spontaneously at a time I wasn't even exercising! Note that the 13/21
(lowest score) is explained by the fact that I sing-sang after I made my
translations, whereas in the other cases I did it prior to making the
Mastaky Salim ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
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COMMENTS and FEEDBACK
Tom Kuby [ email@example.com ] writes, about "A Growth Tool for You
for Here and Now" (Project Renaissance News Bulletin - November 4, 2005 )
You're always on the cutting edge, dear Win. Helping people of all ages
see more than they can see; enriching their lives. I applaud you!! I will
be speaking to people in a community on aging - people contemplating
"What's Next!" in their lives. I will pass on the information that you
furnished in "A Growth Tool for You for Here and Now". The present is all
we have, isn't it? Best wishes,
-- Tom Kuby ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
Rick Watson ( email@example.com ) writes:
I have a little doubt - sometimes I feel things during Image-Streaming
that do not make sense at all. For example, in my last session I saw a
girl playing baseball, and I felt that I was using her clothes without
using them; I felt the tight and warm hat at my head, but I was not using
a hat, but I described the sense. This happens to me a lot.
Another example is when I´m about 10 meters of distance to a tree, but I
feel the smell and the texture of the tree without putting my hand on it.
Is this normal? Should I describe these things anyway?
Win Wenger ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) replies:
Yes, do describe. It's good that you are noticing these - many people
don't notice because it doesn't "fit the story," and their development is
correspondingly less rapid. The key is noticing more - describing more -
noticing more - describing more, until you have much more on your plate
from which to make sense of things.
In ImageStreaming, you are consulting the 60-90% of your brain whose
working language is that of sensory images. To this part of the brain it
is natural, when looking at a tree, to be reminded of its feel and smell
as well as its look, as part of the sea of associations which well up for
you when you encounter even just the distant visual experience of "a
One additional thing might be the bleed-through from several parallel
simultaneous streams going on, out of the actual hundreds we appear to
have at any given time. "Conventional" ImageStreaming has made allowance
only for one stream at a time, lest we further confuse people more than
we already have on such matters. Again, do describe. Also, strengthen the
intention that the images carry answer to a question or carry a special
message for you, so that meanings don't scatter.
You are doing the right things, or you wouldn't be picking up on such
phenomena - which are there, but which haven't been described in the
It's an endlessly rich and fascinating field of phenomena, and I'm so
very glad you are here sharing in it for real.
-- Win ( email@example.com )
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