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Newsletter of Project Renaissance and Win Wenger             August 2007






*  Quote of the Month

*  Announcements, Books, News Items 

*  Events, Workshops


       Opportunities Coming at Us, by Win Wenger

*  Comments, Feedback

       Win Wenger on Lesson Plans

       Win Wenger on Inventions

*  Organizational Notes

*  Links






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










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: 








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:



*  END WRITER'S BLOCK FOREVER! by Mark Bossert, Win Wenger

*  DYNAMIC TEACHING by Harman Benda and Win Wenger


Order from the CoreBook storefront: - great gifts!








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,

of dreaming.






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, 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.






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, , and the case for Portable

Memory Bank in . 


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! 






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







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







Earth's fluctuating atmosphere not only causes stars to twinkle but

also blurs the photos of astronomers trying to snap clear images of

the cosmos.


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

price tags.


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

several years.


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

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


Presented by:

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: - Phone: 703-760-9009

The Center for Creative Emergence -




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








Feature Article:





                              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).


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, ) 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 - - 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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Win Wenger writes:



(   ) 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


(   ) 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 ( )




Win Wenger writes:



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."  ( )

Among these:


*  "DEAM" (Double-Entry A-Ha Method, as set forth for you on the Project

   Renaissance website at )


*  "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,, for details. Register now.


- Win Wenger ( )






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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

online. Contact:

If you have already signed up, we will let you know as soon as the

program goes live.






* ALBUQUERQUE, NM - Gaylord Galston ( )

wonders if there is anyone in the Albuquerque area with whom he can

practise Image-Streaming.


* BALTIMORE - Gerald Hawkins offers interested parties to contact him

at about starting a problem-solving

and idea-testing group in the Baltimore, Maryland, area.


* CHICAGO - Nick Costello ( ) is interested in

attending meetings of Project Renaissance members in the Chicago area.


* DETROIT - Eric Bottorff ( ) is interested

in attending meetings of Project Renaissance members in the Ypsilanti



* LOS ANGELES - Ray Croney ( ) seeks Image-

Streamers in the L.A. area.


* NEW JERSEY - Donald Morrison ( ) 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 ( )

would like to practice Image-Streaming with a live listener in his area.


* VENICE, ITALY - Franco Tiveron ( )

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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