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Newsletter of Project Renaissance and Win Wenger February 2008
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
IN THIS ISSUE:
* Quotes of the Month
* Important Message from Win Wenger
* Project Renaissance Consulting & Tutoring
* Project Renaissance Corebooks
* Events, Workshops, Classes
* Announcements, News Items, Help Wanted
The “censor” in your brain, natural solution that turns
plants into gasoline, and more!
* FEATURE ARTICLE:
* Comments, Feedback
Christian Jonassen on Law of Effect
Dennis Welka on Socratic Method in classrooms
* Organizational Notes
QUOTES OF THE MONTH
"What a distressing contrast there is between the radiant intelligence
of the child and the feeble mentality of the average adult."
- Sigmund Freud
“I don't care how much power, brilliance, or energy you have, if you
don't harness it and focus it on a specific target, and hold it there,
you're never going to accomplish as much as your ability warrants.”
- Zig Ziglar
IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM WIN WENGER:
Dear friends and colleagues,
This issue of The STREAM will grow on you. You will see why as you read
through it and see how things stack up (and what can readily be done)
regarding education, which for better or worse is our main highway system
toward a human future. By the time you've read through to the news at the
end, you'll have a much better idea of some very good developments
happening right now.
Please share this issue with a friend and anyone else you know with a
deep interest in education. Feel free to forward it to them, or print it
out for them, or have them email us directly for their own copy, at
That can help matters considerably and is an easy way to help make a
significant positive difference. Your sharing The STREAM, especially
this issue, will be very highly appreciated. Thank you.
- Win Wenger ( mailto:email@example.com )
CONSULTING AND TUTORING
Project Renaissance is pleased to offer consulting and workshops
customized for your organization's needs. Contact Rick Hansen at
mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss how you can benefit from
Win Wenger's consulting services.
Project Renaissance is interested in providing Socratic Learning classes
for secondary school students in the greater Washington DC area. Contact
Rick Hansen at mailto:email@example.com for more information.
Arasu Chellaiah is using Win Wenger's Socratic Learning method to teach
college courses for Biology majors and DDS (Doctors of Dental Surgery).
Contact The Stream at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org or Arasu Chellaiah
at mailto:email@example.com for more information.
Win Wenger, Rick Hansen and Arasu Chellaiah are using Win Wenger's
Socratic Learning Method for tutoring college students pursuing degrees
in Electrical Engineering. Contact Rick Hansen for more information at
PROJECT RENAISSANCE'S NEW COREBOOKS
Please see descriptions at www.winwenger.com/corebook.htm
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 directly from the CoreBook storefront: www.lulu.com/ProjRen
EVENTS, WORKSHOPS, CLASSES
INTEGRATING CREATIVITY, PURPOSE AND YOUR BUSINESS BOTTOM LINE –
April 25 - June 6, 2008
Use the Creative Resources within you to inform new Work Directions,
Strategies, Innovations, Projects, Products and/or Service Offerings.
This wonderful Professional and Personal Development Program will be led
by Michelle James, CEO of The Center for Creative Emergence and founder
of the Capitol Creativity Network.
Go to http://creativeemergence.com/page10.html for the complete program
description and registration information. Or contact Michelle James at
PHOTOREADING SEMINARS - 2008
Paul Scheele is teaching public PhotoReading seminars in U.S. cities
this year. PhotoReading is an excellent method of getting through
information up to 18 times faster than conventional studying. This
course comes with a money-back guarantee. To enroll in any, call
888-800-2688 or go to
for more information. Tuition is $750. Discounts available for
PhotoReading self-study course buyers and earlly-bird registrations.
Payment plan also available. Class locations and dates:
Los Angeles - May 9-11, 2008
Washington - May 16-18, 2008
New York, NY - June 20-22, 2008
Dallas, TX - August 1-3, 2008
Philadelphia - August 8-10, 2008
Chicago, IL - September 12-14, 2008
Atlanta, GA - September 19-21, 2008
Boston, MA - October 17-19, 2008
Los Angeles - November 7-9, 2008
Denver, CO - November 14-16, 2008
YOGA FROM WITHIN
Relaxation and other Yoga workshops provide an enjoyable combination of
exercise and fun, healing and the arts. Beethoven once said, "Silence is
the key - the silence between the notes. When that silence envelops you –
you are at one. You are at peace. Then your soul can sing."
Classes are taught in the Washington DC metro area. See their schedule:
SingYo Yoga builds a mind-body connection that generates joy and improves
mood. Find out more about the benefits at www.singyojoy.com!
PROJECT RENAISSANCE 16th ANNUAL DOUBLE FESTIVAL
and Spring Workshops
May 19-21 … May 23-25 … May 26-29, 2008
Register now! Full descriptions and registration forms are here:
The theme of this year’s Annual Conference on Creative Problem-Solving
and Enhanced/Accelerated Learning is
"Finding New Ways to Better the Human Condition" –
Improving your tools for helping others, and for helping yourself
Four separate major programs:
. . .
LEARN-TO-LEARN WORKSHOP – www.winwenger.com/learn08.htm
with Tijl Koenderink
Monday-Tuesday, May 19-20, 2008 — 8:30 am-4:30 pm
Highlights: - In this training you will learn an integrated model of
learning, its steps and the surrounding conditions to make it succeed.
Learn to use some of the most powerful Accelerated Learning techniques,
and understand how and why they work, with an introduction into how to
apply this knowledge in your own teachings.
. . .
BEYOND-EINSTEIN/SOCRATIC TRAINING – www.winwenger.com/df16beyd.htm
with Win Wenger
Thursday-Friday, May 22-23, 2008 — 8:30 am-4:30 pm
Highlights: - These two intensive days will be an adventure in using
various problem-solving techniques on a variety of problems worth solving.
YOU will find their solutions, more readily than you might have imagined!
Astonish yourself! Learn how to draw easily on far more than you knew you
have — and resolve some of the issues in your work, your life, and all
around you. Use them also for enhanced/accelerated learning, self-
discovery, innovation, invention, and building your performance and
general capabilities in the arts, in sports, interpersonally, in your
work, intellectually, and generally.
. . .
DOUBLE FESTIVAL 2008 – www.winwenger.com/df16.htm#Double
Friday, May 23, 2008 — 7:30 pm
through Sunday, May 25, 2008 — 4 pm
Highlights: - Many lively and thoughtful leaders, colleagues and members
and participants, in Project Renaissance and in related technologies and
programs, gather for this series of extraordinary events — events which
Project Renaissance hosts each year in the Washington DC area. Really
high-calibre people come together from all over the country and from
countries overseas, human beings with whom it's a delight to share space
and ideas and perceptions.
. . .
TRAINER TRAINING – www.winwenger.com/df16train.htm
Monday, May 26, 2008 — 9-5
Tuesday, May 27, 2008 — 9-5
Wednesday, May 28, 2008 — 9-5
Thursday, May 29, 2008 — 9-4
Highlights: - We seek to train professional Socrateurs to train people in
locations around the world, including your community, in various of the
Project Renaissance methods and resources. The Beyond-Einstein Training
experience is an important part of the necessary preparation, as is some
good experience in other programs and/or disciplines involving human
potential. This special four-day Trainer Training (Monday-Wednesday 9-5,
Thursday 9-4) is the other main ingredient.
. . .
Some tuition discounts may apply to the various events and combinations.
Early bird registration discounts end on April 19.
Click here to register for any and all of the events of your choice:
RECLAIM YOUR GENIUS – The Ultimate Weekend Retreat, May 16-18, 2008
With Paul Scheele, www.ReclaimYourGenius.com
Imagine knowing how to use the advanced principles of both hypnosis and
neuro-linguistic programming to almost magically get beyond the problems
you have been trying to solve for far too long. Attend Paul Scheele's
Ultimate U Retreat! More info at
THE EDWARD DE BONO SEMINAR - June 9-11, 2008 - The University of Malta
Conducted entirely by Professor Edward de Bono,
the inventor of Lateral Thinking - http://home.um.edu.mt/create
Full details and e-registration form:
Tuition: Euro300 (200 for staff, students, groups, early-bird)
For further details, email Dr. Sandra Dingli,
Director, The Edward de Bono Institute
WIN WENGER'S TEACHING AND RECORDING SCHEDULE - Spring 2008
* May 2-4 weekend - Mensa Regional Gathering, DC/Maryland chapters.
* May 15-18 - Atlanta, GA, teaching at a major creativity conference.
* May 23-29 – Project Renaissance Double Festival, Beyond-Einstein
Socratic Training and Trainer Training workshops in Pasadena, MD.
(please see www.winwenger.com/upcoming.htm )
ANNOUNCEMENTS, NEWS ITEMS, HELP WANTED
THIS IS YOUR BRAIN ON JAZZ:
Mri’s Used to Study Spontaneity and Creativity
“Researchers have discovered that when jazz musicians improvise, their
brains turn off areas linked to self-censoring and inhibition, and turn
on those that let self expression flow.”
This may be confirmation of the existence of the “Censor” referred to
in Win Wenger’s work.
The article also said, “The ‘dorsolateral prefrontal cortex’ which covers
a broad portion of the front of the brain and some on the sides, showed a
slowdown in activity when musicians were improvising.” According to the
article, “this area has been linked to planned actions and self-censoring,
such as carefully deciding what words you might say at a job interview.”
Note that musicians have been found to have better connections between
their right and left brains (larger corpus callosums), per
Could the ability to modulate self-censoring and inhibition be related to
the “better” communications between the right and left brain? Also, is the
ability to turn off inhibitions at will one reason that so many musicians
and artists engage in hedonistic lifestyles? Could the reason classical
and operatic performers are more “straitlaced” be that they have little
room for improvisation?
COMPANY FINDS BACTERIA THAT TURNS PLANTS INTO GASOLINE
“What we’re doing is taking trash like corn stalks... even grass from the
yard... – that’s what we turn into oil!
J.C. Bell of Bell Bio Energy, Inc. studied naturally occurring bacteria
that produce methane inside cows and genetically manipulated them to
consume biomass more efficiently. With minor changes to industry and full
recycling, Mr. Bell believes that 5 billion barrels, or two-thirds of the
current consumption of oil, could be produced.
Some scientists believe the warming from methane alone is as great as all
other “greenhouse” gases combined. Why isn’t this featured in the news?
Money spent overseas stays at home, fewer greenhouse gases, and it’s less
DOLPHIN RESCUES BEACHED WHALES!
A pair of pygmy sperm whales were beached in New Zealand. Conservationists
had tried to free them for an hour without success.
A local bottlenose dolphin named Koko then “appeared, communicated with
the whales and led them to safety.”
According to the article, one local man told the BBC, “I don’t speak
whale, and I don’t speak dolphin, but there was obviously something that
went on... The dolphin did what we had failed to do.”
Rick Hansen ( mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org )comments:
I believe that the basic framework of emotions extends throughout mammals,
and possibly birds and other animals as well. In our neighborhood, there
is a cat that used to be a stray. He is known for bringing feral kittens
to food bowls when they are hungry, and for keeping the kittens out of
cages set up to trap them.
At one time I believed that emotions only extended to mammals. I then
witnessed a lizard that seemed to enjoy playing catch with its owners.
After several years of playing with other pets, the reptile exhibited
emotional behaviors. Emotions may go very far down the evolutionary tree.
Gamepuzzles ( www.gamepuzzles.com ) is a long-time supporter of Dr. Win
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Fun, challenging, intelligence-expanding, and more!
GIFTED EDUCATION PRESS QUARTERLY
Gifted Education Press is offering a complimentary copy of their 20th
Anniversary Spring 2008 Online Quarterly issue. To read and print the
current and previous issues of Gifted Education Press Quarterly, please
email your request directly to:
Maurice Fisher, Ph.D., Publisher
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:email@example.com if you are interested in collaborating on these
SOCRATIC METHOD INSTRUCTORS WANTED - To test the Corebooks curriculum
in their classes. Contact Win Wenger at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org for
HUGE OPPORTUNITY BEING MISSED
by Other Creative Problem-Solving (CPS) and
Creativity Professionals and Organizations
by Win Wenger
A) Nearly all CPS methods can be directly applied as accelerated
learning methods, enabling students to learn much more much better
and faster with better and longer-lasting understanding. Thus,
instead of competing for scarce space in the curriculum, these
methods can be offered to schools as facilitating the curriculum
and creating space in it for other needed concentrations.
B) Creativity professionals and groups have been missing a huge
opportunity by not realizing, and capitalizing on, the fact that
their creativity methods can directly used - and offered to schools
- for this purpose, not only for the array of worthy purposes
historically offered to schools over the past sixty years and mostly
C) Project Renaissance methods, beginning with buzz-grouping via
"Dynamic Format," are way easier to conduct (and far more productive)
than such practices as schools and teachers generally are using
now. The sector of such methods, based upon modern Socratic Method,
should much more easily penetrate the schools, not only for that
reason, but because everyone there has heard of Socratic Method
even though no one there knows much about it. That familiarity helps
pave the way. The profession of "education" is even named after a
central concept and phenomenon in Socratic Method.
PROPOSITION: that sector of Project Renaissance method which centers
on modern Socratic Method be offered to schools, along with a select
few of their own methods and practices which are similarly easy and
ready to use as accelerated learning techniques, by those creativity
organizations and professionals around the planet who wish to get CPS
into widespread use by the schools. This will be the fastest, easiest
and most direct path FOR getting CPS into widespread use by the schools.
This will not only be the best thing for the students and for the
teachers serving them, but should prove profitable to those creativity
organizations and professionals who wish to do so for income.
Moreover, Project Renaissance has published its step-by-step protocols
for a number of these procedures, including "Dynamic Format," which can
be found here or free online at http://www.winwenger.com/dynform.htm, or
in the booklet on modern Socratic Method, or in the new CoreBook on
“Dynamic Teaching." More recently discovered, and extraordinarily easy
to learn and use, methods can be found here, among other places, in the
clipped-together pamphlet, "Easiest Methods for Solving Problems, And
for Ingeniously Creating." Although copyrighted, these materials may be
freely copied for use in practice or in teaching - in whole but not in
part - including the copyright notice and contact information.
Moreover, Project Renaissance stands ready to go into formal or informal
partnership with creativity organizations and professionals who would
prefer highest quality training and competence in their acquisition and
use of these frontline resources, or for purposes of pursuing a tandem
marketing of CPS-related forms of accelerated learning to educators,
trainers and schools.
Please reply regarding this proposition to mailto:email@example.com
or to mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org?subject=CPS-Proposition
CONSIDERATION: The methods offered for this introductory purpose by
Project Renaissance are so easy to learn and apply that "a caveman can
do it." Teachers individually can apply most of these successfully
even without training and supervision, entirely on their own. However,
Project Renaissance has developed a professionally-led workshop also
for these and related methods, under the title, "Teach Smarter Not
Harder." This can be part of the tandem marketing effort, or other
cooperative provisions can be arranged which involve this workshop.
* * *
Immediate Objectives of the Project Renaissance workshop:
"Teach Smarter, Not Harder"
* Equip teachers with several useful elements of modern Socratic
* Equip teachers with several of the hundreds of creative problem-
1) To solve the problems they are wrestling with
2) To convert into accelerated learning methods which they can use
3) To convey problem-solving competence to the students for THEIR
4) All of these are forms of modern Socratic Method - the easiest
of all the CPS-related forms to introduce and practice - paving
the way for infusion of more CPS methods and practices
* Make teaching easier and more productive for the teachers.
* Elementary School Version: How to arrange groundrules, activities,
games, etc., for the less than fully verbal child. How to arrange
these to be fully as rich, immediate, instructive, usefully directing,
self-reinforcing and convenient as those of some of the best modern
Socratic methods and CPS methods originally designed for adults?
* * *
OBSERVATION: These are first of all methods which, when converted to
accelerated learning form, serve purposes of learning with true
understanding. Some elements of the school curriculum, however, involve
rote memorization:- times tables, names of chemicals, flora and fauna
or of geologic ages and types of rock, foreign language vocabulary. Here
is one area where the problem-solving aspects of your work and ours come
back into play, having the teacher problem-solve to find more creative
ways to present such rote material and to motivate students to its
Further, there are few schools, indeed few classrooms, without problems
Both these problem-solving concerns - on the problems of school and
classroom and community generally, and on the presentation and
motivation of both rote material and non-rote, understanding-based
content for assimilation - represent ready-made routes via which the
initial infusion of Project Renaissance-style modern Socratic methods
into the schools can pave a very broad path indeed for ready acceptance
then of the rest of our and your methods for CPS.
To send your comments about this article to The Stream, write to:
COMMENTS and FEEDBACK
Christian Jonassen ( mailto:email@example.com ) writes:
How come that you describe [The Law of Effect] as a "physical law"? Is it
really that? I thought physics was more concerned with low-level details
like atoms and molecules, not things like this. Wouldn't you rather call
it a biological law?
Win Wenger ( mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org ) replies:
Biological isn't also physical? And whatever happened to things like
orbital mechanics, levers, planes, centrifugal and centripetal forces,
inertia and momentum, and the oldest components of physics through which
we eventually began to understand the more esoteric and quantum matters?
Perhaps if I called all that "natural law" that would clear up any
confusion - but I think not, people would start thinking I was writing
about "natural man" or the like. I think it helps actually, referring to
this as physical law, to remind us that everything is grounded in physical
mechanics, even if that might not be the only thing that everything is
grounded in. Thanks for raising the question; it points to some interesting
- Win Wenger
Dennis J. Welka, Principal, St. Andrew’s Country Day School, writes:
Dear Dr. Wenger,
I would like to thank you for the privilege of meeting with you and
instructing my staff in the techniques of the Modern Socratic Method.
I have never seen so many teachers excited about teaching. These techniques
have so enhanced their skills that they are eager to come in every day and
try something new. To validate these efforts, the children are equally
excited about coming to school, knowing that they will “learn” like they
never have before.
Imagine the situation, if you will, teachers and students excited about
Through observation and teacher anecdotals, I am convinced that these
methods will produce a generation of “accelerated learners.” The degree
of comprehension, the choice of vocabulary, the depth and scope of answers
received is simply unbelievable. We have pre-tested the children and will
perform a post-test in June. I will send you the results of any empirical
data that I accumulate.
Finally, after 37 years in the field of education, education makes sense.
I hope to expand this program to other schools, districts, colleges and
universities. These are solid teaching techniques that produce remarkable
We will continue in our mission to “educate” children. Hopefully, through
creating a much better educated populace, we will be able to improve
society as a whole.
Once again, thank you.
Sincerely, Dennis J. Welka, Principal
St. Andrew’s Country Day School - www.standrewscds.org
Kenmore, New York 14217
Win Wenger comments:
I might add that one of the things which kindled excitement up there, and
helped lead to the comments in Mr. Welka’s second paragraph, was that each
teacher was discovering “gifted kids in hiding,” in his or her classroom,
wisdom and responses from children never deemed capable of such. That is
one of the really great things about buzz-grouping per “Dynamic Format” –
www.winwenger.com/dynform.htm - it not only engages the students, it gives
the teachers their first chance to really observe their students in action
- and that experience is quite an education for the teacher. How would you
like to have similar results happening in a school near you?
Editor’s Note: Further readings on Dynamic Format and instructions how
and why to buzz-group are yours free at
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. We have now set up
a secure and accessible interface for you.
We are still looking for some moderators. If you have any experience
in using the phpBB Forum system, have had experience with Project
Renaissance methods, and are interested in becoming a forum moderator,
please contact Tijl Koenderink at mailto:email@example.com
Please go to www.projectrenaissance.com and register, then post your
information under the "ImageStreaming partners" topic. Some of you have
already provided your Skype names, desired times and languages; please
do so again in the forum.
Thanks, and welcome to the program going live. Our thanks especially to
Tijl Koenderink, the administrator of the Forum, for making this all
* ALBUQUERQUE, NM - Gaylord Galston ( mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org ) wonders
if there is anyone in the Albuquerque area with whom he can practise
* 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.
* VIRGINIA/WASH. DC - Siobhan Dunn ( mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org ) is
looking to partner with someone experienced in Image-Streaming in the
* TAMILNADU, INDIA - Raj Kumars ( mailto:email@example.com )
would like to practice Image-Streaming with a live listener in his area.
* VENICE, ITALY - Franco Tiveron ( mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org ) 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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