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Newsletter of Project Renaissance and Win Wenger           November 2007






*  Quote of the Month

*  Announcements, News Items, Books

*  Events, Workshops


       A Quick Short-List of Holistic Ways to Improve Your Intelligence,

            by Win Wenger

*  Comments, Feedback

       Win Wenger on Mechanism Design Theory

       Win Wenger on Google's $30 million Lunar X prize

       Michelle James on Improv

       Jonathan White on Image-Streaming in reverse

*  Organizational Notes

*  Links






"Every choice before you represents the universe inviting you to

remember who you are and what you want."

                                         - Contributed by Elan Sun Star








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: 






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







*  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.


*  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.


*  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.


*  DETROIT - Eric Bottorff ( ) is interested

in attending meetings of Project Renaissance members in the Ypsilanti



*  NEW JERSEY - Donald Morrison ( ) is

interested in joining an Image-Streaming group in the Bloomfield, NJ,



*  TAMILNADU, INDIA - Raj Kumars ( )

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


*  ALBUQUERQUE, NM - Gaylord Galston ( ) wonders

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









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!







This study comes out of Alzahra University, in Tehran, where a group of

researchers, noting that music therapy has already been shown to reduce

pain, improve sleep quality, and improve mood in cancer patients

undergoing therapy and multiple-sclerosis patients, wondered if music

might alleviate depression as well. It does. They took 56 depressed

subjects, had them listen to Beethoven's 3d and 5th piano sonatas for

15 minutes twice a week in a clean, otherwise quiet room -- and saw

their depression scores on the standard Beck Depression Scale go up

signficantly. No side effects! And music is cheap -- a lifetime of

Beethoven for the price of a couple of weeks of Prozac.






Breast-fed children had a higher IQ by about 6 to 7 points, but only

if they had a variant that made the gene more efficiently process

fatty acids. Six points here is almost as much as the advantage kids

involved with music or art have over those not. To misquote Everett

Dirkson: a half dozen points here, a dozen there, and pretty soon

you're dealing with real IQ differences.


- Win Wenger






Researchers from the National Institutes of Mental Health performed

periodic MRI brain scans on children and teens ranging in age from 5

to 19, tracking the relationship between the thickness of the brain's

outer mantle, or cortex, with the subject's IQ. They found that the

people whose IQ scores put them in the "superior intelligence" category

had cortexes that matured much later than those of average intelligence.

The cortexes of the smartest kids peaked at around age 11 or 12, whereas

the average kids' peaked by around age 8.


The idea is, patience pays off. "It's like the tortoise and the hare,"

says Jay Giedd, one of the lead researchers, a psychiatrist and brain-

imaging specialist. "I'm not suggesting that we tell people to celebrate

if their child is not reading at age 6. But for many people who didn't

read at age 2 - which is a ridiculous level - they may not only catch

up, but actually surpass those few kids that did." The point, he says,

is "that until the brain is at a certain level, a lot of that instruction

is wasted."



Win Wenger comments:


It is also a matter of the thickness of the cortex, the layer over the

white matter part of the brain. The thickness of the cortex layer

reportedly correlates closely with intelligence, and is usually quite

thick in highly gifted individuals. Part of this study - not clear how

much of it - reflects the propensity of some people's cortex to "finish

growing" sooner than does that of others, and larger cortices generally

take longer to finish. Indeed, the study may be showing us instead just

how much of the higher potential is wasted among our gifted people as

measured in that study. The failure to clarify that point makes me think

that this study may be yet another in a long line of attempts to "make

it all right to be slow" or worse, in the same sense that "it's all

right" for the USA to have slipped to 30th or so in the ability of its

current generation of youth to handle math and science. That's OK,

nothing to be done about it, it's natural and may have a pleasant

outcome, just close your eyes and forget about it, don't try to do

anything about it.  z-zzz-z






New research reveals the biological roots of positive thinking. How a

rosy outlook can affect your health.


We humans tend to be an optimistic bunch. In fact, it's long been

established by psychologists that most people are likely to be

irrationally positive. The optimism bias, as it's called, accounts

for the fact that we expect to live longer and be more successful

than the average and we tend to underestimate the likelihood of

getting a serious disease or a divorce. This tendency is adaptive;

many researchers have claimed that a positive outlook motivates us

to plan for our future and may even have an effect on our long-term

physical health.





Or locate it on this search results page:


Arctic sea ice floats on the surface and does not, directly, raise sea

levels. Its exposure of the dark waters underneath, however, means a

lot more sunlight getting absorbed in Arctic regions and the effect of

THAT on mountain glaciation such as that in Greenland - and consequent

effect on sea levels - is one important question. That is part of the

Albedo Driver, pushing Arctic and Antarctic regions more rapidly in

whichever directions they are going until something flips them over.


Further comment:  Historically, parts of Greenland now iced over WERE

green and agricultural: the Viking colony there thrived at first before

the Little Ice Age moved in.


Further further comment:  Some scientific studies show ice deepening

in some interior regions of Greenland even while most coastal areas

are rapidly losing it. With science on both sides corrupted, it's a

challenge to make enough sense out of the uproar to project what is

actually happening.


- Win Wenger






This center uses The Better Baby book by Susan Wenger as its inspiration

and guide. The center cares for babies aged newborn to 24 months. "This

is the finest infant care center I've seen anywhere," observed Susan

Wenger after visiting Fireflies. And Win Wenger remarked, "This day care

system is a concrete result of some of our work, and a most excellent

outcome. All the babies there were remarkably bright-eyed and bushy-

tailed. Days-old infants were looking around their room clearly SEEing

things and responding to them." Have a look at their website, .






The WaterconeR is a solar-powered water desalinator that takes salt

or brackish water and generates freshwater. It is simple to use,

lightweight and mobile. The technology is simple in design and

use and is described by simple pictograms. With max. 1.6 liters a

Day, the WaterconeR is an ideal device to cover a child's daily need

of freshwater. UNICEF: "every day 5000 children die as a result of

diarrhea caused by drinking unsafe water."



Win Wenger comments:

This is a superbly simple evaporation trap system, usable in just

about every setting. I hereby add this to the refrigerator-without-

electricity, and the mosquito netting pre-sprayed with repellent, as

examples of the kinds of invention I'd like to get created in an

invention-training workshop tailored specifically to developing-world

conditions. These can do a lot of people tremendous good. 






Source: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Date: September 27, 2007


A pair of Beckman Institute researchers at the University of Illinois

at Urbana-Champaign has discovered that by directing the eye movements

of test subjects they were able to affect the participants' ability to

solve a problem, demonstrating that eye movement is not just a function

of cognition but can actually affect our cognitive processes.


Researchers found that by occasionally guiding the eye movements of

participants with a tracking task unrelated to the problem, they were

able to "substantially affect their chances of problem-solving success."




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.








Sunday, December 2, 2007--Singing Yoga, in Maryland

with Kathy Carroll and Lynne Feingold

A joyful workshop as you learn to flow with sound and movement.





Monday, December 3, 2007--Free monthly meeting of The High Thinktank

of Capital Ideasmiths and Mensa's Creativity S.I.G. Open to the public.

Don't  miss this last session of the year, in Washington, D.C.





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




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:



                        TO IMPROVE YOUR INTELLIGENCE


                                by Win Wenger





To see quite a phenomenon on your own screen, go to Google search and

type in "Brain Plasticity."  Then sample some of the thousands of

scientific studies that come onscreen for you, which examine one or

more aspects of the brain's tendency to change its structure, its shape,

its size and even its mass, to better handle the type and quantity of

information it has been handling over the previous year or so. Each of

the various hundreds of different "environmental factors" cited among

these studies can be regarded, in a sense, as a technique for increasing



However, some of those "techniques" are more effective and efficient in

improving intelligence than are others. And hundreds upon hundreds of

techniques and "techniques" may be somewhat less than practical for you. 

So here, instead, is my "short list" of recommended ways you can use to

increase and improve your own intelligence, or that of other human

beings whom you care about. Here is that list:


*  ImageStreaming, as per the curriculum on that topic which begins at


*  Improving your wind - especially the 3-week marathon self-improvement

   program via held-breath underwater swimming, as per


*  Regular or frequent, light to moderate, physical exercise. The past

   few years of research have been demonstrating that some of the by-

   products of muscle use improve brain function.


*  Good nutrition.


*  De-congestant food and drink. Less congestion in and around the eyes

   makes for better eye-movement responses in the brain's patterns for

   seeking various kinds of information, so that the mind functions



*  Breathing away day-to-day frustrations and irritants, not only big

   issues, and pleasure-breathing generally - see

   Winsights No. 28,

   Winsights No. 29,


*  Learn to, or improve your skills to, sight-read and play music, which

   better integrates the brain (see


*  Improvisation and Improvitaping - for some of how, for some of why.


*  Pursuit of art and the arts in their more subtle and elegant forms. 

   Responding in some specific or concrete way to your awarenesses,

   reinforcing your ability to handle subtle matters.


*  Get good at table tennis and at complex, fast-response computer games

   requiring accuracy - see


*  Most or all of the measures on our website, including Image-Streaming,

   for engaging and communicating with your beyond-conscious. That means

   all problem-solving techniques, all accelerated learning techniques,

   all invention and innovation-finding techniques which are sitting

   there awaiting your exploration and use.


*  Get a few "wins" under your belt and build around them.  Not only a

   matter of self-image, but "flow."  Get on a roll, stay on a roll, get

   back on that roll as quickly as possible once you've fallen off it,

   keep on as other things fall into and become part of that roll.


*  Teach your best insights to a reasonably bright ten-year-old. This

   is more than the problem-solving technique described in - a little of this action can go a

   long way toward making everything clearer for you and easier to sort



*  Portable Memory Bank or Flash-Catcher. Each time you let an idea or 

   a perception get away from you, you reinforce the idea that your own

   ideas and perceptions aren't worth the bother. Each time you make

   some specific response to them instead, such as recording them in a

   pocket journal, you reinforce your own creativity and your own power

   of perceptiveness.


*  Each time you catch yourself noticing something which others haven't,

   and each time you come up with a good idea or observation, do

   something specific to give yourself a good mental pat on the back -

   as further good reinforcement for the associated behaviors and traits.


*  Decide to notice more of what's going on in and around you, then make

   practice of doing so.


There are also some more formalized training and self-training programs

emerging, two of which are based partly on the three-week brain-building

marathon suggested in my now out-of-print book on building intelligence. 

One of these you can find through Yahoo at

The other is a new program currently being built by a friend and we will

announce here when that becomes ready.


Reinforcing any or all of the above is the question of intention. What

will you do with that higher intelligence, once you have it?  How will

you know when you have it, or how will you know if you are progressing

toward that goal?  What (if anything) has been between you and that goal

besides need of more intelligence? What are other things you intend to

do or enjoy once you have higher intelligence? Clarifying and specifying

your intention(s) will make all the difference when it comes to that

extra effort that brings you the rest of the way toward success.


Lastly, I'd like you to at least entertain the thought possibility that

you are worth the effort. You are brighter than you think. You have seen

things which no one else has seen, thought thoughts which no one else

has thought, there are some things in your experience that you can feel

pretty good about. There is much you can yet do that can make a positive

difference. Improve your capabilities, and other good things will follow.



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Win Wenger ( ) writes:


"Mechanism Design Theory" awarded Nobel Prize


On Monday, October 15, 2007, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics to American economists Leonid

Hurwicz, Eric Maskin and Roger Myerson for laying the foundations of

an economic theory that determines when markets are working effectively.

The three established "mechanism design theory," which looks at how

well different institutions fare in allocating resources and whether

government intervention is needed.


The academy said mechanism design theory now plays a central role in

many areas of economics and parts of political science."Adam Smith's

classical metaphor of the invisible hand refers to how the market,

under ideal conditions, ensures an efficient allocation of scarce

resources," the academy said. "But in practice conditions are usually

not ideal," it added. "For example, competition is not completely free,

consumers are not perfectly informed and privately desirable production

and consumption may generate social costs and benefits."


For "social costs and benefits," read the "external economies and

diseconomies," or "externalities" and "indivisibilities," which have

featured in our discussions in Incentives As A Preferred Instrument of

Corporate and Public Policy ( ). It is

gratifying to see someone at last starting to address these crucial



- Win Wenger ( )




Win Wenger ( ) writes:


Google to Sponsor $30 Million Lunar X Prize 


This is one more splendid reason to admire Google, best known for the

convenience of its search service which has made Googling to doing

research what Lectrolux once was to vacuums and Frigidaire once was to

refrigerators.  - And also best known for its amazing goal of making all

human knowledge immediately available to every human being anywhere on

the planet.


I'm thinking that this prize could be a wonderful occasion for someone

out there to create a foundation by subscription, to add substantially

to that $30 million prize and incentive, to be awarded automatically to

supplement whoever wins the Google prize. That could make a real

difference, since the cost of developing such a vehicle would be much

more than the $30 million, and firms might want to compete for more than

the prestige of winning and prospective contracts down the line. Plenty

of people would gladly contribute a hundred or so dollars to such a fund

in return for appropriate acknowledgment and association with such an

event and development. You saw the suggestion here first - pass it on

to where it seems appropriate.


- Win Wenger ( )




Michelle James ( ) writes:


I know some of you are thinking about bringing/already do bring improv

into your organization, your client's organizations or the government.

The following is an interview I did with WTOP radio about using improv

in the federal government. While this interview is short - about six

minutes - and was a bit rushed (I needed that time just to get warmed

up!), it's all part of the larger mission of "mainstreaming" creativity

and improv principles and practices for positive change in community

and organizational systems. (Perhaps you can use some of it to help

your "case" for using improv in your own training.)


Here's the interview:


Scroll down to "Making it Up as We Go Along"...and also on their front

page under "Audio files." Or type "Michelle James" in the search box.


- Michelle James ( )

Chief Emergence Officer

The Center for Creative Emergence






Jonathan White ( ) writes:


I've really enjoyed Image-Streaming...and its benefits.


There's a lot of buzz about "The Secret" and the "law of attraction."

I've been doing a kind of reverse Image-Streaming. Describing goals in

detail, just as I would describe random images, involving all the senses

till I see them.


Instead of mining the subconscious I'm sort of planting stuff in it. 

I've enjoyed many Nightingale/Conant programs over the years, and the

Einstein Factor seems to unlock even more of the benefits of positive

thinking and accelerated learning...


The specific techniques of Image-Streaming reversed make it easier to

maintain visions of goals and ideals both material and spiritual. Image-

Streaming increases intelligence by means that are measurable; can it in

reverse application increase satisfaction with life and more consistent

achievment of goals and worthy ideals?


P.S. Thanks again for the Einstein Factor. I saw it first at my library

on cassette and bought the CDs at first opportunity.


- Jonathan White ( )




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