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Newsletter of Project Renaissance and Win Wenger August 2007
IN THIS ISSUE:
* Quote of the Month
* Announcements, Books, News Items
* Events, Workshops
* FEATURE ARTICLE:
* Comments, Feedback
Win Wenger on Lesson Plans
Win Wenger on Inventions
* Organizational Notes
QUOTE OF THE MONTH
We live in a richly holographic universe, everything affecting
everything else, everything relating to everything else. Despite all
that is now known in our civilization, we are only a few steps, or a
few observations, away from centuries-worth of new science and new
civilization, no matter what direction we turn to look.
- Win Wenger
ANNOUNCEMENTS, BOOKS, NEWS ITEMS
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 available
upon request. Just add the month to the subject line:
Or see the online archives: http://www.winwenger.com/strmlist.htm
PROJECT RENAISSANCE'S NEW COREBOOKS
A series of compact handbooks of Win Wenger's key techniques. The first
four 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
* DYNAMIC TEACHING by Harman Benda and Win Wenger
Order from the CoreBook storefront: www.lulu.com/ProjRen - great gifts!
WHERE DREAMS ARE MADE, REALLY
Analyzed as portents of the future and windows to the subconscious,
dreams have fascinated human beings since the dawn of recorded
history. Their purpose, from a strictly cognitive point of view,
remains a puzzle. But a rare instance of dream loss in a patient
with localized brain damage may pinpoint the where, if not the why,
BAD SINGING LEADS TO VIRTUOSO PERFORMANCES IN BIRDS
Baby birds learning to sing tend to scramble their tunes upon waking,
but their jazzy morning improvisations actually advance their progress
later in the day and over time, new research shows. ... The results
have implications for how other animals learn and even how young
children learn things like how to speak and other tasks they use for
the rest of their lives.
Win Wenger comments:
Looks like intentional improvisation is a key to this study. The more
improv, the more feedback, the more "rapid-flow-with-feedback" as in
www.winwenger.com/feed1.htm, and the better learning as a result.
With baby finches that susceptible to canned songs, that audio-dominant,
one imagines that, like Mozart and Beethoven, they have audio-recorders
in their heads where we need the fully externalized loop. Examine this
cited study and see what you think.
AN EXERCISE TO INCREASE PHYSICAL INTELLIGENCE
Edward Hines has developed a very simple exercise he calls "kinesthetic
streaming" to build awareness of the structures of the body. Parallel to
this is an awareness of emotions, energy and metaphors within the body.
Finally there is a linking between awareness of these structures and the
ability to move, and therefore act, in the world. Powerful stuff!
Win Wenger comments:
Read Edward Hines' brilliant piece. He is correct. Several reasons why:
1) One of the two main laws of neurological development: first you
perceive, then you are able to act through what you perceive. Example:
how difficult it is to use your foot for any skilled task when you've
let your leg "go to sleep," but regain (or gain) your abilities there
once you have full circulation and feeling back in there. Conversely,
the better your sensory perception and sensory discriminations, the
more and better skills you can manifest. Further, establish more and
better brain circuits for one task such as physical skills, and these
usually serve also for other kinds of skills, including intellectual.
This law is a corollary of our old friend -
2) The Law of Effect, the main law of behavior. Because if you don't
get feedback on your actions, you lose them. See this article on the
Feedback Loop, www.winwenger.com/feed1.htm , and the case for Portable
Memory Bank in www.winwenger.com/ebooks/bright2.htm .
3) The same law extends to matters of health. When do most parts of our
body get attention from us - when all is well and they are functioning
normally, or when they are injured or ill and malfunctioning? - And we
get more of what we reinforce. Edward Hines' method - go study it and
try it out - is an excellent way to reinforce, instead, the well state
throughout your body, not "merely" some of your intelligence!
EATING BLUEBERRIES SLASHES COLON CANCER RISK BY 57 PERCENT
A compound found in blueberries shows promise of preventing colon
cancer, according to a new study. Scientists at Rutgers University
and the U.S. Department of Agriculture conducted a joint study on
animals, and found that the compound - called pterostilbene -
lessened pre-cancerous lesions and inhibited genes involved in
SWISS NAME TOYOTA'S PRIUS THE WORLD'S GREENEST CAR
The Swiss government gave the Prius the highest green rating in a draft
study evaluating the environmental impact of 6,000 different cars,
including carbon dioxide (C02) emissions which contribute to global
'LUCKY CAMERA' RIVALS HUBBLE'S CLARITY
Earth's fluctuating atmosphere not only causes stars to twinkle but
also blurs the photos of astronomers trying to snap clear images of
Sensitive cameras can beat the blurriness, but they produce grainy
'noise' that can make images nearly unusable. On the other hand,
space telescopes such as the Hubble avoid the problem by orbiting
above Earth's atmosphere altogether, yet they carry billion-dollar
Using the new "Lucky Imaging" system, a team of astronomers claims to
have taken pictures of stars twice as sharp as those produced by Hubble.
Said Craig Mackay, an astronomer at the University of Cambridge in
England who led the research, "To produce images sharper than Hubble
from the ground is a remarkable achievement by anyone's standards,"
adding that its estimated cost of about $100,000 - less than a hundredth
of a percent of the Hubble space telescope's growing price tag - is an
even greater achievement.
Win Wenger comments:
Every university can afford one, just like every African can afford that
refrigerator-without-electricity I've been remarking on these past
Such ingenious opportunities are lying all around us, probably numbering
in the thousands, nearly every one of them a neat revolution if someone
picks up on it. Our next Invention-On-Demand workshop, in Gaithersburg,
Maryland, February 1-3, 2008, may come up with a few of these beauties.
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.
THE FIREBIRD: Creativity, Danger and Transformation
An evening of Story and Song
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
7:00PM-? (however long you stay!)
Cleveland Park Club House
3433 33rd Place, NW
Washington, DC 20008
Seth Kahn, change leadership specialist and master storyteller
and Laura Baron, award-winning singer/songwriter
Join us for wine, food and fun...and bring your business cards!
$20 at the door - $15 with a dish to share
Please RSVP to Michelle James,
Capitol Creativity Network
January 4 - February 22, 2008
A Professional and Personal Development Program
Led by Michelle James, CEO of The Center for Creative Emergence
A One-of-a-Kind Program - Practical, tangible outcomes and offerings
will emerge from the inside-out over the course of 7 weeks.
4 Fridays over 7 weeks - 9:00am to 5:00pm - in McLean, VA
January 4, January 18, February 8 and February 22
If you have to miss a day you will get an individual make-up session.
$1200 for independent consultants/self employed/entrepreneurs.
$1500 organizational rate. Early Bird Rate: $100 off if paid in full
by December 24. This program is limited to only 6 people and fills up
each time - $100 non-refundable deposit reserves your space.
Credit cards accepted. Payment plans also available - call 703-760-9009.
For complete details and registration, go to
Email: email@example.com - Phone: 703-760-9009
The Center for Creative Emergence - www.creativeemergence.com
February 1-3, 2008 - Invention-on-Demand Training Workshop
with Win Wenger and Chuck Roman, in Gaithersburg, MD.
May 23-29, 2008 - Annual Double Festival - Mark your calendar now!
16th Annual Conference on Creative Problem-Solving Methods
and Enhanced/Accelerated Learning Techniques
and Spring Workshops of Project Renaissance
OPPORTUNITIES COMING AT US, POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE
by Win Wenger
Ours is the Axial Age. Things are happening fast enough now that we get
to live with some of the consequences of our own decisions and actions.
Not only individually and as families, but as communities, states or
provinces, corporations, nations, and humanity as a whole, we are
snowballing into opportunities both negative and positive.
The positive opportunities are greater than you think. They stagger the
imaginations even of the writers of science fiction. You don't want to
miss out on these!!!
The negative you've been seeing in the news, or alluded to in back
corners of the news. A lot of it has already happened, even though we've
barely begun the process of encountering issues and problems affecting
not only our comfort and well-being but our very survival. I don't need
to catalog these here; just let me invite your attention to the Winsights
article, "Frog Warming" (February 2000). www.winwenger.com/part38.htm
I invite you to reflect upon how much "frog warming" you have already
undergone since February 2000. Do you think it's over? Do you think that
this "frog warming" is due to ease off and quit, or that the process has
but barely begun and is accelerating?
Please note that we are also swimming in a sea of positive opportunities.
From time to time YOU have the opportunity to take matters in your own
hands and turn them toward more favorable directions.
Your not doing so is also a choice, an action with consequences for
which you are responsible. This is not a lecture - I am not saying what
you "ought to" be doing or not doing. It is an observation helping to
underscore my own conviction that our "prognosis," over these next few
years and beyond, is greatly improved to the extent that more people
become more able to solve the problems they find themselves in - and
become more inclined TO solve the problems they find themselves in.
Thus came about my purpose of finding and developing effective methods
of problem-solving which are as easy as possible, enabling a far wider
range and number of human individuals to become effective problem-
solvers and creative achievers.
What are some easy problem-solving methods YOU know of? Can you share
them with us (email to Win Wenger, mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org ) with
permission to republish with due credits and links? Can you learn some
of these easy methods yourself, and then practice using them to improve
your own situation and what you find around you? Can you try DEAM -
www.winwenger.com/deam.htm - on a problem or question today? Can you
put a notepad or audio recorder by your bedside tonight, ready for
morning use? Can you immediately pick up a notepad or recorder and
pocket this for use? Can you begin the process this week of exploring
the universe of Image-Streaming?
Of the techniques you already know - tomorrow, can you show one of them
to a friend or to someone whom you care about, help them learn its use
while they are solving THEIR own problem or situation? Are any of these
things just too hard to do? Or not worth your while to do?
Your abilities, as are ours, are very considerable. Our resolve and will
may mostly yet remain to be demonstrated, and much of our potential for
experiencing high rewards.
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COMMENTS and FEEDBACK
Win Wenger writes:
A SUGGESTED AID IN PLANNING LESSONS:
( ) 1. Does the lesson you are planning have a key point or key
understanding? What IS the key point?
( ) 2. Each key lesson point can be turned into a question. But what
type of question?
( ) 3. The type of question asked, if Socratically or in a buzzgroup,
determines what students have to dig into in order to make
their responses. Note the discussion of this point in the
article at www.winwenger.com/part63.htm
( ) 4. What the student digs into and makes concrete response to will
determine the behavior, the trait that's being reinforced in
each student. (See article linked above.)
( ) 5. Is focused discussion in each buzz group the best form of
interaction for enabling students to respond successfully to
that key point or question? What are other options on that
( ) 6. Each question, each key point of your lesson(s) has an approach
which lays whatever basis is needed in order for the student to
be able to make response(s) successfully. What do you need to
add to enable your student to successfully meet your challenge?
How do you know what your students will need from you for this,
that they don't already have? How best can you capitalize on
what they DO have?
- Win Wenger ( mailto:email@example.com )
Win Wenger writes:
INVENTIONS WE WISH WE HAD MADE:
1) A refrigerator without electricity. - Two clay jars, one set within
the other, the space between inner and outer jar filled with mud,
straw, gravel and water. The clean dry inner jar is cooled by
evaporation to refrigerator temperatures. In a world a third of
whose inhabitants go to bed hungry every night and a third of world
food supply is spoiled and wasted, this is the kind of invention we
most want to be making.
2) Mosquito netting pre-sprayed with Citronella bug repellent. - Save
potentially tens of thousands of lives, and hundreds of thousands of
instances of health, in a world where more than a million per year
die of malaria. Similarly, T-shirts pre-sprayed with such repellent.
There must be hundreds of equally simple, equally obvious inventions
sitting there, staring us in the face, each of which could save lives
and human wellbeing, and each of which you and we CAN make.
With or without formal training in Invention-On-Demand, help yourself
now to some of the newer tools-for-understanding to have come along
since I wrote "Discovering The Obvious." ( www.winwenger.com/dto.htm )
* "DEAM" (Double-Entry A-Ha Method, as set forth for you on the Project
Renaissance website at http://www.winwenger.com/deam.htm )
* "Evoked Sidebands" (which incorporates DEAM as a first step, at
* The "CrabApple" and "Woodswalk" problem-solving methods you can see
* and that great energizer for group experiencing, "Windtunnel"
Some of us may have missed the opportunities afforded by the Project
Renaissance workshop, Invention-On-Demand, last year. None of us need
miss the wave and flow of opportunities that the current demand for
New inventions presents. Our next Invention-on-Demand workshop will
be held February 1-3, 2008, in the Washington DC area. See the events
calendar, www.winwenger.com/upcoming.htm, for details. Register now.
- Win Wenger ( mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org )
To send your comments to The Stream for possible publication here, write
Project Renaissance is organizing 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 add you to a cross-reference index of partners to talk
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If you have already signed up, we will let you know as soon as the
program goes live.
* ALBUQUERQUE, NM - Gaylord Galston ( mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org )
wonders if there is anyone in the Albuquerque area with whom he can
* BALTIMORE - Gerald Hawkins offers interested parties to contact him
at mailto:email@example.com about starting a problem-solving
and idea-testing group in the Baltimore, Maryland, area.
* CHICAGO - Nick Costello ( mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org ) is interested in
attending meetings of Project Renaissance members in the Chicago area.
* DETROIT - Eric Bottorff ( mailto:email@example.com ) is interested
in attending meetings of Project Renaissance members in the Ypsilanti
* LOS ANGELES - Ray Croney ( mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org ) seeks Image-
Streamers in the L.A. area.
* NEW JERSEY - Donald Morrison ( mailto:email@example.com ) is
interested in joining an Image-Streaming group in the Bloomfield, NJ,
* TEXAS - Harry L. Beam, 6305 Poly Webb Road, Arlington, TX 76016
would like to meet with other members of Project Renaissance in the
Dallas/Fort Worth area of Texas.
* TAMILNADU, INDIA - Raj Kumars ( mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org )
would like to practice Image-Streaming with a live listener in his area.
* VENICE, ITALY - Franco Tiveron ( mailto:email@example.com )
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 Venice area.
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