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Newsletter of Project Renaissance and Win Wenger June 2007
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IN THIS ISSUE:
* Quote of the Month
* Announcements, News Items, Books
* Events, Workshops
* FEATURE ARTICLE:
Sharing and Improvement - by Tijl Koenderink
* Comments, Feedback
Anthony Davi on Image-Streaming and Chess
John Spencer on John Steinbeck Quotation
Kate Jones on John Spencer's comments
Win Wenger on students' profitable summer
* Organizational Notes
QUOTE OF THE MONTH
“Give a man a fish, and he will eat for today. Teach a man to fish, and
he will eat for a lifetime. Teach a man to learn, and he will not always
have to eat fish.”
WELCOME to all new members who have joined us recently. 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-STREAMING PARTNERS - PILOT PROGRAM
We are setting up a partners' bureau or real-time chat resource online
via Skype, msn or yahoo messenger for people looking for partners with
whom to do live Image-Streaming. If you're interested in joining this
resource, please send your contact information and preferences, such as
time of day, language, type of Image-Streaming, and we will create a
cross-reference index of partners to talk online. Contact:
is interested in learning and practicing Image-Streaming, in Italian
or English. Please contact him if you are already knowledgeable in
this technique and in the
( mailto:email@example.com )
would like to start an 8-week "Socratic Thinking" course for people in
the Portland/SW Washington area. Get together for two hours each week
to practice different techniques and document your results. If anyone
is interested in learning more about this, email Clarice or phone her
at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org about starting a problem-solving
and idea-testing group in the
attending meetings of Project
Renaissance members in the
would like to meet with other members of Project Renaissance in the
Dallas/Fort Worth area of
in attending meetings of Project
Renaissance members in the
* David Simpson ( mailto:email@example.com ) is also in the
interested in joining an
Image-Streaming group in the
would like to practice Image-Streaming with a live listener in his area.
PROJECT RENAISSANCE'S NEW COREBOOKS
A series of compact handbooks of Win Wenger's key techniques. The first
three volumes are now in print and easy to order from the publisher:
* SUPER SKILLS FOR STUDENTS by Isa McKechnie
* WIN WENGER'S IMAGE-STREAMING by Charles Roman
* END WRITER'S BLOCK FOREVER! by Mark Bossert, Win Wenger
Coming soon! - DYNAMIC TEACHING by Harman Benda and Win Wenger
Exercise Grows New Brain Cells
Exercise stimulates the growth of new brain cells, a new study on rats
finds. The new cells could be the key to why working out relieves
depression.... - The International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology.
Brain can quickly warn us of potential errors
July 3, 2007 - Researchers have pinpointed an area in the brain that
alerts us in less than a second of an impending mistake so we don't
Translators wanted - in any language, to translate selected contents of
the Project Renaissance website, the new CoreBooks series, and certain
books by Win Wenger. Please contact Win at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
if you are able and interested in collaborating on these projects.
Capitol Creativity Network Monthly Presentation
July 11, 7:00-9:30pm,
BEYOND BRANDING: A Creative Journey with Archetypes
Contact: Michelle James at mailto:Michelle@CreativeEmergence.com
Precipice Improv Theater's Fall season
6 consecutive Saturday nights, starting September 1, 2007
Contact: Michelle James at mailto:Michelle@CreativeEmergence.com
Teamwork & Teamplay Workshops with Jim Cain, Ph.D.
September 24-26, 2007
ACA Southeast Regional Conference,
Teamwork & Teamplay,
Phone: (585) 637-0328 | Email: email@example.com
Coming, the second weekend of November 2007 - mark your calendar!
Another round of Invention-On-Demand Training in
Further announcements will be posted here and on www.winwenger.com
SHARING AND IMPROVEMENT
by Tijl Koenderink
Often I hear from Win Wenger the stories of people who are applying
Project Renaissance techniques, such as Image-Streaming, in their daily
lives, and each of their stories is unique and inspiring to me.
Hearing these motivating stories is one of the reasons I am involved in
the work of Project Renaissance. I am thrilled to see people take the
materials Win has gathered over the years, and make them their own. Many
people feel free to use the techniques for their own unique purposes,
and when they share their experiences with us, we are blessed with
knowing the impact of the methods.
Win has a knack for looking at the successes in the world, learning from
them, transforming the techniques used, and then making those techniques
useful to a larger audience. For instance, the methodologies used by the
Greek philosopher Socrates, and the more contemporary Albert Einstein -
Win has managed to simplify the vague instructions and turn them into
practical step-by-step guides. But one of the things I enjoy most is his
open mindset to develop new and even better approaches.
If anything, it is that open mindset that we try to convey in the Project
Renaissance trainings as well, especially in the Advanced Practitioner/
Trainer Training. This is the mindset of asking the question: 'What is
yet a better way of solving problems?' During the trainings, we always
invite the participants to look at the methodology of Project Renaissance
and then to elaborate on the methods, given their own unique views and
backgrounds. And what we learn from that as a group, we apply in future
trainings, books and discussions.
I remember one instance of a group in
Beachhead procedure (this is a technique where you visit a future or
alternate civilization to learn from their advances). One of the
participants suggested elaborating on that technique by creating mutual
sharing through an exchange of knowledge, rather than simply copying the
other civilization. This is something I now regularly include in my
explanation of the technique.
For those not familiar with it, hereby a short version of the Toolbuilder
1. Pick a method you have for solving problems that works well for you.
2. Ask yourself the question, "What is yet a better way of solving
3. Apply the problem-solving method you have.
4. Go back to step one.
As long as you engage in this upward spiral, you will find ever-improving
ways of solving problems. This is one of the things that we strive for in
Project Renaissance: to have a mindset of constant improvement. By having
this mindset, our participants can continue their development independent
of any teacher, which is what every teacher, I hope, aspires to see.
To encourage this behavior, Win has set up, years ago, the Image-Streaming
YahooGroup, ( http://groups.yahoo.com/group/imagestream ). At this moment
we are also in the process of setting up online forums to serve the same
function. By sharing our results, we can encourage each other, and make
sure we don't reinvent the wheel. I hope that these interactions will take
place for many years into the future. And, of course, if you want to spend
some structural time on expanding your Problem-Solving Toolbox, we're more
than happy to have you in our next training. We'll be happy to explore
together with you.
Tijl Koenderink is a full Project Renaissance trainer based in the
over the world, in as diverse
locations as the
co-trainer in the Project
Renaissance Trainer Training. In the
he is founder and CEO of "Dare 2B different", a training and coaching
company. For more information on Tijl and Dare 2B different, see
To send feedback privately to Tijl Koenderink, email to:
To send your comments about this article to The Stream, write to:
COMMENTS and FEEDBACK
ON IMAGE-STREAMING AND CHESS
- Anthony Davi [ mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org ]
I just want to comment on my personal experience with the results of
Image-Streaming. I started looking for ways to boost my mental
performance as I became more involved with competitive chess. After
reading Wenger’s book, I decided to give Image-Streaming a try, for it
was all I had time for.
After about 2 weeks I started to notice small but powerful changes. My
mind was able to concentrate easier and faster on problems; ideas began
coming to me more frequently also. The real example for me was when I
entered my first major chess tournament. My mind not only maintained
energy after 2 hours of play per game, but my creativity within the
game was absolutely amazing. I kept having numerous creative ideas per
move, and ended up winning 5 games out of 6, with the last one a draw.
All my opponents were rated higher than I.
That was all after only about one month of Image-Streaming. The effects
might actually sound underrated, but that's because it's hard to describe.
I was also, during that time, solving other puzzle-like problems much
easier than I would have thought I could.
One last thing. I've only read about "Lucid Dreaming", but never
experienced it. After about the third week of Image-Streaming, I started
to have these dreams. It was one of the strangest and most intense things
ever. I became completely aware that I was dreaming during my dream, and
then was able to actually control the dream as I went along.
- Anthony Davi [ mailto:email@example.com ]
The May 2007 issue of The Stream had this QUOTE OF THE MONTH:
"This I believe: That the free, exploring mind of the individual human
is the most valuable thing in the world. And this I would fight for:
The freedom of the mind to take any direction it wishes, undirected.
And this I must fight against: Any idea, religion, or government which
limits or destroys the individual." - John Steinbeck
This quote brought the following comment from John Spencer:
As far as the [May 2007] "quote" goes, is science not telling us that
we are all connected? That it is just one big illusion that we are all
separate? Man has tried to have Utopia before, and guess what? It has
not worked. And are people not craving peace? Can we truly have peace
with even those who suppose to seek good, are still searching for people
to fight against? Hmm...
The humanist, the one with the quote, Mr. "John Steinbeck", is it?, is
one of those misled, and misleading, persons who are generally atheists
by necessity, and think that man, left to himself, without any adverse
pressures, is generally good. (Now history does not support such a claim,
rather the opposite, but observation, and fact finding, are obviously not
necessary for supporting Mr. John Steinbeck's claim...)
Now I mind you, that we live in a country that was not founded by the
individual, but by the indivisible.
We created a check and balance system to prevent any one person from
becoming too powerful, as they knew, as any right-minded person knows,
that power corrupts, and people are inherently evil.
Again these people will cite characters such as Galileo, or Socrates,
not taking the time to understand these are the exceptions and not the
rule. A good idea cannot be hidden for long, but the best place to hide
something is in the open. More good ideas will be lost than kept with
such a mindset as John Steinbeck's. Truth is, there have always been more
bad ideas than good ones.
Furthermore, then they will argue that these people were persecuted for
their beliefs that turned out to be true. News for you: Change comes only
by destruction, and Christians are suffering this today: Persecuted, even
though what they say is true.
Where do you get these people? I had so much respect for your office. Then
you show such carelessness in your choosing of that quote.
This person cannot construct an argument, and if he is a spokesperson for
that kind of movement, then his comrades are in trouble. I could think of
a much better, more scientific and to-the-point comment than that in my
So Boo, boo, boo.
- John Spencer
Kate Jones ( mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org ) replies:
Evidently John Spencer has not heard of John Steinbeck. A quick look in
Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Steinbeck , will show that
Steinbeck (February 27, 1902 – December 20, 1968) was one of the best-
known and most honored American authors of the 20th century. He won the
Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962. He wrote "Of Mice and Men" (1937)
and the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, "The Grapes of Wrath" (1940).
Seventeen of his works, including Cannery Row (1945), The Pearl (1947),
and East of Eden (1955), became
nominated for an Academy Award for Best Story in 1944 for Alfred
So much for where we get "these people."
Science does not tell us that we are "all connected." I would wager that
Mr. Spencer would not want to be connected to all those dying of AIDS and
cancer, that he values his individual separateness physically from those
individuals, and that he also values being able to express his very own
and individual opinions here. Neither bodies nor minds are connected.
It takes a great and deliberate effort to communicate our views and
information to other individuals, even those with whom we share some DNA.
History does not tell us that all people are evil. Those that overstep the
bounds of civilized behavior and values are the exception, not the rule.
Otherwise societies could not have formed and the U.S. Constitution would
not have been written, and technology would not have developed to allow us
to luxuriate in emails and the Internet. Does Mr. Spencer consider himself
If Mr. Spencer is defending some Christian viewpoint here, it would be
instructive to hear why God would have created only evil people.
Individual versus indivisible: Mr. Spencer confuses his terminology here.
nation". But a nation is only a voluntary grouping of all its constituent
individuals, those "all men created equal" with their unalienable rights.
From whom could those rights be alienated? Only from individuals, one by
Mr. Spencer's unalienable right to think his own thoughts and speak them
as he likes is one of this country's, and Steinbeck's, guiding principles.
One could only wish Mr. Spencer's mind did a little more exploring and
- Kate Jones ( mailto:email@example.com )
Win Wenger ( mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org ) writes:
Make yours a profitable summer!
For anyone expecting to pursue training or a course of study, in the
fall or further on in the future - student, adult, in college, or even
high school: Here are just a few suggestions to build an extraordinary
advantage in your studies for next year and beyond, with just a few
easy methods and practices. Please also pass this information along
to others who could benefit.
* Freenoting ( www.winwenger.com/freenote.htm )
* Windtunnel ( www.winwenger.com/part72.htm )
* Borrowed Genius ( www.winwenger.com/borrow.htm )
With Borrowed Genius, your goal is to bring yourself to fully effective
genius level in one or more skills or fields. Mastery of one thing
makes it easier to master other things, and does nice things also for
The Freenoting process can be very helpful to you in two regards:
1) Map out a reading program for over the summer, looking ahead for
topics in your studies next year and beyond. At the end of each
chapter, or article, or after each major concept or idea or
principle: Freenote for 15 minutes or longer in the general
context of what you've just read, but don't limit yourself to
what you've just read. Be fast and profuse, without pause or
letup, as per our instructions in the above-cited article. Also,
any material that's heavy-duty, you might use Predictive Imagery
( www.winwenger.com/predict.htm ) just before reading.
You can use Windtunnel in much the same way as Freenoting. Or,
if you are trying to understand some key concept that is eluding
you, you can set up a listening partner or audio recorder and
treat that key concept as the initial problem or question, break
out three more particular questions from that one question, and
perform Windtunnel that much closer to its problem-solving mode.
(All our problem-solving methods can similarly be used as ways
to build understanding in subjects you are trying to learn.)
2) Find out what courses and topics of study lie ahead of you.
Pick one to start with, and use either Freenoting or Windtunnel
to re-invent, for yourself, the contents of that course or topic
of study. Surprise yourself here. This is one of the most valuable
things you can do for yourself - even allowing for possible errors,
you will have a wonderfully absorptive and extensive structure
already in your mind with which to recognize, grasp, understand,
compare and evaluate - and remember - the key elements of that
course or topic of study in actuality when the time comes. In
two intense, sustained hours or even less, you can give yourself
most of what you needed for an entire semester's study in that
course or topic. Seems like a good investment in time and effort.
You may want to do this for several of your forthcoming courses
and topics of study.
One way to improve communications within your brain, and understanding
in your studies, is through the regular practice of Image-Streaming
( www.winwenger.com/imstream.htm ). Even if not on your studies,
practice of Image-Streaming appears to sharpen most people's ability
to understand things.
Another general performance-builder is held-breath underwater swimming
( www.winwenger.com/ebooks/guaran3.htm ). Even if your span of breathing
and span of attention are adequate, you probably can benefit from the
resulting increased circulation to the brain, which supports brain
health, well-being and the brain's various functions.
The above is a good clear place to start. These are only a few of the
easy methods for giving yourself huge leverage with current and future
education. After you've applied the above, if you like, write me the
results and I can send you additional educational tools and further
recommendations, a bunch of resources all easily and freely accessed on
the Project Renaissance website. Just how great an advantage can you
build for yourself in just one summer? Let's find out.
- Win Wenger ( mailto:email@example.com )
Another prime reference:
Super Skills for Students ( www.winwenger.com/corebook.htm ),
a Project Renaissance Corebook by Isa McKecknie
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