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Newsletter of Project Renaissance and Win Wenger March 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
* Project Renaissance Consulting & Tutoring
* Project Renaissance Corebooks
* Events, Workshops, Classes
* Announcements, News Items, Help Wanted
Trained fish; napping makes you smarter; global cooling;
world hunger; music and strokes; and more
* FEATURE ARTICLE:
* Comments, Feedback
Rick Hansen on global cooling and methane
Win Wenger on incentivism
Rob McBride on Dynamic Format
* Organizational Notes
QUOTES OF THE MONTH
"When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come to the
conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my
talent for absorbing positive knowledge."
- Albert Einstein
“Things are only impossible until they're not.”
- Jean-Luc Picard
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. You
need to be enrolled in a summer school course, so you'll have immediate
applicability and application for what you soak up from our classes.
Contact Rick Hansen at mailto:email@example.com for more
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
CREATING THE FUTURE
Wednesday, May 14, 2008 - 7:00-9:30PM
Cleveland Park Club House
3433 33rd Place, NW
Washington, DC 20008
$20 at the door
"Using an Organized, Innovative Framework for Recognizing - and Creating
- the Business Opportunities of Tomorrow"
Presented by Eric Garland, author and business intelligence expert
President of Competitive Futures, Inc. - www.competitivefutures.com
RSVP requested to mailto:Michelle@CreativeEmergence.com
Details and directions: www.capitolcreativitynetwork.com/
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
Some of our own people have benefitted greatly from PhotoReading,
including our own Win Wenger (see, for example, Winsights No. 100 -
www.winwenger.com/part100.htm ). We strongly recommend this experience
to you. For further information, please contact
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 19-20 ... May 22-23 ... 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.
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 )
* July 2-6 - Mensa Annual Gathering, Colorado
ANNOUNCEMENTS, NEWS ITEMS, HELP WANTED
HOW HUNGER COULD TOPPLE REGIMES
Starving masses are taking to the streets across the globe. Without
food, people feel they have nothing to lose. Violence erupts, and an
already strained infrastructure comes closer to collapse.
Rick Hansen ( mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org ) comments:
Without food, your immune system grows weaker. Children don’t have the
nutrition they need to develop normally.
The article calls for more government intervention. In this editor’s
opinion, the crisis is the horrific result of UN and government policies
gone wrong. Look at Zimbabwe, once the breadbasket of Africa and now
racked by poverty and starvation. In the US, government intervention has
pushed farmers to grow corn for ethanol, increasing food prices 30%.
Worse, the US government prohibits oil companies from building new
refineries or exploiting over 100 years of oil reserves that could be
reached easily. Burning corn when it could be used to save starving
millions is a sin.
COMING IN THE APRIL ISSUE OF THE STREAM: A major article by Win
Wenger on this subject.
"PAVLOV'S" FISH TO COME TO SOUND OF A BELL
Intended now only for bringing up stocks of depleted varieties of fish,
this proposed training of fish to come feed at the sound of a bell has
obvious implications for reducing the costs of netting and catching
fish, generally in the context of oceanic fish farming. However, the air
bubble curtains proposed in our article, "A 'Blue' Revolution in World
Food Production" ( www.winwenger.com/bluerev.htm ), with reference to
"Feeding the World" ( www.winwenger.com/part59.htm ), already in play
to bring up nutrients and aerate the waters, may suffice to contain
or herd in the fish at low or no additional cost - and maybe without
the same sense of betrayal!
COMING NEXT MONTH IN THE STREAM: A major article by Win Wenger,
expanding on the vital subjects of world hunger, fish farming and
dealing with climate change.
NAPPING MAKES YOU SMARTER!
This article describes an easy, no-cost method of being able increase
your learning potential. Two studies from Harvard show that napping
makes you smarter. In one study, people typed a long list of words on
a computer. Those trained at night and tested after a long night’s sleep
did far better than those trained in the morning and tested 12 hours
later without sleeping.
In a second study, people’s ability to learn was tested after no sleep,
a 30-minute nap, and a 60-minute nap. The longer the nap, the better the
The article also points out that pilots benefit from a short nap, and
older people are better able to maintain alertness when they nap for
90 minutes in the afternoon.
Rick Hansen ( mailto:email@example.com ) comments:
Learning is important, and it’s difficult to assess conditions and learn
from them when you’re sleep-deprived. Many workplaces place a value on
“working till you drop.” 80-hour weeks are common. How many bad
decisions are made and not remembered because of sleep deprivation? How
much smarter could we be if we napped regularly?
TEMPERATURE MONITORS REPORT WIDESCALE GLOBAL COOLING
World temperatures, according to the Hadley Center for Climate
Prediction, show a steep drop over the last year. Anecdotal evidence for
a cooling planet has exploded. China has its coldest winter in 100
years. Baghdad sees its first snow in all recorded history. North
America has the most snowcover in 50 years, with places like Wisconsin
the highest since record-keeping began. Record levels of Antarctic sea
ice, record cold in Minnesota, Texas, Florida, Mexico, Australia, Iran,
Greece, South Africa, Greenland, Argentina, Chile -- the list goes on
No more than anecdotal evidence, to be sure. But now, that evidence has
been supplanted by hard scientific fact. All four major global
temperature tracking outlets (Hadley, NASA's GISS, UAH, RSS) have
released updated data. All show that over the past year, global
temperatures have dropped precipitously.
Editor's Note: See this month's feature article by Win Wenger
addressing this subject.
Interview: THE ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE FUND'S FRED KRUPP ON
THE BEST CAPITALIST CLIMATE SOLUTIONS
Chided by radicals for wooing corporate partners, the president of the
Environmental Defense Fund is revered in Silicon Valley for championing
a capitalist approach to clean energy. His new book, Earth: The Sequel
(with Miriam Horn), spotlights the most promising climate solutions,
from nanotech to flying windmills. Wired asked Krupp how these
technologies can compete. Read this fascinating interview.
POSTURE IS ABLE TO COMMUNICATE FEAR
A fight breaks out, and even though people at the far side of the crowd
can't see what's going on, they are immediately on edge. Now, a Harvard
researcher has an explanation for this fear contagion, the quick spread
of emotion through a crowd.
In her study, she showed images of happy, neutral, and fearful postures
with the faces blurred out. Happy and neutral images activated the
visual centers of the brain. Fearful postures activated the visual,
emotional, and motor action areas, showing that emotions are
Editor’s Note – This study was done in 2004, after The Einstein Factor
was written. The Einstein Factor notes that the part of the brain that
processes words is much slower than the rest of the brain. This study
shows how fast the non-verbal parts of our brain are, and how very
sophisticated they are at discerning threats to our survival. They can
process information and subconsciously make a decision related to
survival. The more quickly you react, the more likely you are to react.
LISTENING TO MUSIC IMPROVES STROKE PATIENTS' RECOVERY, STUDY SHOWS
Researchers from Finland found that if stroke patients listened to
music for a couple of hours a day, their verbal memory and focused
attention recovered better and they had a more positive mood than
patients who did not listen to anything or who listened to audio books.
This is the first time such an effect has been shown in humans, and the
researchers believe it has important implications for clinical practice.
Win Wenger ( mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org ) comments:
Evidence keeps on piling up. Add this to the long list of studies
demonstrating the preponderant effects of music on the intellectual
functions of our brain.
PRIVATE RACE TO THE MOON TAKES OFF
Google and X PRIZE officials unveiled nine new privately funded teams
today that will compete for $30 million in the Google Lunar X PRIZE
challenge, a race to the moon. The new teams join the Isle of Man-based
Odyssey Moon team that was the first group to take up the challenge.
"It's not just a new mission," said Peter Diamandis, Chairman and CEO
of the X PRIZE Foundation, during the announcement at Google's
headquarters. "It's a new way of doing business." See the video:
The Google Lunar X PRIZE Cup organizers also announced their partnership
with Space Florida, a group vested in drawing the Sunshine State onto
the commercial spaceflight map. Voted into creation in 2006, the local
organization is offering launch site services and $2 million in extra
prize money to the winning team if they blast off from Florida.
ARTICLE FROM THE FUTURE: NEW YORK USES GIFT CURRENCY, "LET'S"
from Steve Hinton's blog, "Inventing for the sustainable planet" -
http://porena.blogspot.com/ - Monday, February 25, 2008
Steve uses inventing techniques to show the way to the sustainable
society, with a technique called "Image Streaming" visiting "visualised
places". Read the whole story. Explore the rest of his excellent blog.
THE HOLOGRAPHIC PRINCIPLE
Discussions in ImageStream@yahoogroups.com led to here. Neat, eh?
Interesting, I think much of Hawking's discussion was in the context of
information swallowed by a black hole being lost to the universe. The
last part of the holographic discussion here would appear to contradict
that. I don't have the math to sort that out, but it's intriguing.
Gamepuzzles ( www.gamepuzzles.com ) is a long-time supporter of Win
Wenger's Project Renaissance and production of The Stream. Please visit
their website to learn more about their products that develop the mind.
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
SOCRATIC METHOD INSTRUCTORS WANTED - To test the Corebooks curriculum
in their classes. Contact Win Wenger at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org for
CAMERA PERSON NEEDED - To record the presentations at Double Festival,
May 23-25, 2008, in Pasadena, MD, and to edit the videos into website-
ready files. Tuition credits available. Contact Win Wenger to discuss
your interest and qualifications - mailto:email@example.com
MODERATORS WANTED - for Project Renaissance's new and growing Forum at
www.projectrenaissance.com - please contact the administrator, Tijl
by Win Wenger
News item: Temperature Monitors Report Widescale Global Cooling -
Twelve-month long drop in world temperatures wipes out a century
This should be of considerable interest, if this pans out. I don't know
that it will pan out, I really haven't delved into the science yet nor
into who paid for these various reports - but I'm not too entirely
surprised. Nor does this dip, if it's for real, necessarily mean an end
to global warming. One of the features of rapid global climate change -
can you say the word "destabilization"? - is that in whichever direction
that overall change is going, we also see drastic fluctuations year to
year in any direction. History has been pretty grim on that point. Next
year might see just as drastic, or an even more drastic, spike running
in the other direction - we'll need to watch for several years to see
if a new trendline has indeed been established.
A few of us have been following these developments. Some have even
suggested that the delayed onset of the current sunspot cycle is
signifying the beginnings of another Maunder Minimum like the one which,
with reduced solar output, produced Europe's experience of the recent
Little Ice Age. If so, this appears to be happening barely in time to
forestall the apparently gathering methane blow I was writing about at
www.winwenger.com/methane.htm, which, if like its predecessors, would
have spiked temperatures abruptly upward by ten or twelve degrees
Also, if this cooling is going to be significant, that direction of
climate change also represents a disruption of land-based agriculture
and therefore of world food supplies. Historically, the Maunder Minimum
- if that period of weakened solar output is what's coming - brought
devastating famines and disease and social disorder. My proposed system
for oceanic fish farming seems fully as apropos for a cooling climate as
for a warming one, the operative factor being CHANGE. As the climate
jerks around, no one on the soil will know from year to year what to
plant when and where. We can, and I think should and even MUST, seek to
move forward something like our oceanic fish farming, at least as a
contingency, and as a safeguard against the fact that world food stores
are already running short.
If global climate is indeed turning abruptly cooler, this revives the
first fish-farming proposal we published in the website in May of '02 -
"Feeding the World" (Winsights No. 59) - www.winwenger.com/part59.htm.
There we suggested using the Beachbuilder invention described in
www.winwenger.com/beachbld.htm to build a succession of farmable and
forested barrier islands across the shallow northern third of the Bay
of Bengal, alternating with lagoons to be used for fish farming.
More recently I restated that proposal in www.winwenger.com/typhoon.htm.
I had stopped pushing that proposal when the rising seas, a consequence
of global warming, looked to overwhelm anything we might build there.
If, indeed, the direction of global climate change has reversed, the
oceans will no longer be rising; then this Bay of Bengal proposal, which
would also protect Bangladesh and key parts of India from the typhoons
which sometimes kill hundreds of thousands of people there, will be
worth reviving. So there may be not one but two major ways economically
and very greatly to increase world production of protein, while
protecting the entire planet from the famines which accompany the
periods of rapid climate change.
As to our comet notion (please see www.winwenger.com/newbasis.htm and
www.winwenger.com/comet.htm ), some of the urgency for that disappears
except for whatever urgency pertains to the parking of all that water
represented by a comet moved into trailing LeGrangean orbit, as a
filling station in service of much more complete and rapid development
of the solar system.
Perhaps as the climate picture shifts around on us and old certainties
dissolve, old dogmatisms can also dissolve, old politics likewise, and
we can begin to bring both common sense and methods of effective
creative problem-solving to bear on our situation. The road is getting
bumpy again, but we don't have to lose our grip on the steering this
time or get thrown. A good start is:
* Our proposal for specially designed colloquia (please note Winsights
No. 90, "A Rising Tide Lifts All Ships - Proposal for a Unique
Colloquium for the World-Wide Creativity Movement"
* Winsights No. 99, "Consensus and Higher Syntheses" as methods for
finding consensus at such meetings
* The Art and Science of Hosting Conferences
- to plan contingencies for some of the likeliest emergencies we are
about to face, and to turn changing conditions and technologies into
(Footnote: the above-cited article on global cooling was first brought
to my attention by Mr. James W. Merritt, mailto:JWMeritt@aol.com )
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COMMENTS and FEEDBACK
Rick Hansen ( mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org ) writes, in reference
to Win Wenger’s feature article above:
ARE WE EXPERIENCING GLOBAL COOLING, AND AN OVERLOOKED
GREENHOUSE GAS THREAT?
Project Argo monitors sea temperatures and salinity worldwide using
3,000 probes. Data collected over the past 5 years suggests that ocean
temperatures have remained constant, and may even have cooled slightly.
This was reported in the Washington Times newspaper, but this author has
found this fact curiously absent elsewhere.
Also, NASA’s claim that 1998 was the warmest year on record in the US
has been found to be false and the result of a calculation error. The
warmest year on record was actually 1934, followed by 1998, which in
turn was followed by the year 1921. Five of the top ten warmest years
were from the 1920s and 1930s. Students of US history will remember the
great “dust bowl” ecological disasters that struck the US in the 1930s.
More information about the corrected temperatures and some unfortunate
sources of false warming trends in US temperature measurements can be
William Gray, the world's leading hurricane researcher, stated in the
September 2005 issue of Discover Magazine that human activity has a
minimal effect on global warming. He claims that the changes in global
weather are a result in a shift in ocean currents. He also stated that
he lost all government funding when the Clinton-Gore administration came
into office, and since then research that challenged human-induced
global warming could no longer get government funding.
Governments are focusing their efforts on reducing carbon dioxide
emissions when a more dangerous threat exists. The shift of ocean
currents may be bringing warm water into areas containing large amounts
of methane trapped under the ocean floor –
( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Methane_clathrate )
Warm water may cause the ice to "melt", releasing large quantities of
methane, with disastrous results.
Methane is a long-lived, more powerful greenhouse gas than carbon
dioxide. Large quantities are stored in seabeds around the world and
perhaps in deep freshwater lakes as well. If the water temperature rises
above a critical amount, the methane will be released, having a toxic
effect on already stressed aquatic life and potentially causing global
If some of the funds spent on global warming were diverted to research
into harvesting this methane, it may provide a valuable source of fuel
and help reduce the prices and use of other fossil fuels. When burned,
methane turns into much less potent greenhouse gases - water and carbon
dioxide. Methane can be harvested from areas at risk due to the change
in ocean currents, reducing the risk of methane being released into the
atmosphere. Energy becomes cheaper, less of the world's grain production
needs to be diverted to producing fossil fuels, and the risk to fish and
other ocean life is reduced.
- Rick Hansen ( mailto:email@example.com )
Win Wenger ( mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org ) writes:
"Incentivism" has made it into the Space Age, at last. (See the news
item on the Google Lunar X Prize challenge, above.) Economically,
the material returns from winning such a race infinitely outstrip the
prize itself, in terms of subsequent marketing of one's products and
services. In absolute terms, "being first" has always been one of our
very strongest motivational drivers - witness how aspiring pianists
compete for the first prize in the great competitions in their field,
and all that went into their preparation.
Other things equal, setting (or allowing) incentives is a far more
efficient way to get things done. Where public aims and public policy
are involved, this is especially so. Relevant website addresses:
* On Incentives as a Preferred Instrument of Corporate and Public
Policy - www.winwenger.com/ebooks/incentive.htm
* 5 Paths to a Robust Economy - www.winwenger.com/5paths.htm
* Mixed Economy - www.winwenger.com/mixedecon.htm
* "An Easy Way to Fund the Development of Space" -
* "A Peace Possibility Hanging Out in the Ether" -
* "Left or Right? Or Something Else?" - www.winwenger.com/part43.htm
* "Frog Warming" - www.winwenger.com/part38.htm
* "How to Bring Lasting Peace to the Middle East" -
* "Bringing Peace: The Balkans, Northern Ireland, and elsewhere" -
* "How to Wipe Out Most Taxes in New York City and Improve City
Services—at the Same Time!" - www.winwenger.com/part31.htm
Rob McBride ( email@example.com ) writes from Venezuela:
A quick note to let you know I implemented a couple of your ideas in
terms of the Socratic method and in particular on the Dynamic Format.
You can see pictures and videos of the last several programs I have
conducted here: www.inspire.com.ve/pics/pics_eng.htm
The program with "Tabacalera Nacional" was the first where I directly
implemented the method. The results were extremely positive!
Win Wenger ( mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org ) replies:
Rob, I'm very glad you're experiencing such positive results with
elements of Dynamic Format and related matters. There's a good reason
why that video looks like a good many creativity-related activities
and games throughout many CPS (Creative Problem-Solving) programs.
Dynamic Format is my abstraction from the observed successful group-
managing tactics and techniques of a half dozen or more different CPS
programs and disciplines. Those got to be effective because most of
them were and are dealing with the business community, which tends to
be results-oriented, and what has evolved are those tactics and
techniques, however arrived at, which worked. Schools have been
slower in embracing these techniques.
This year I have gotten a group of teachers at a school - half that
school's faculty - to start using such methods, and thus far their
results also are extremely positive. Hopefully, they are taking
measurements and will publish data, thereby creating "permission"
for other schools and teachers to start using these things.
Thank you very much for letting me know of your experimenting with
- Win Wenger ( mailto:email@example.com )
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:firstname.lastname@example.org
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:email@example.com ) 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:firstname.lastname@example.org about starting a problem-solving and
idea-testing group in the Baltimore, Maryland, area.
* CHICAGO - Nick Costello ( mailto:email@example.com ) is interested in
attending meetings of Project Renaissance members in the Chicago area.
* DETROIT - Eric Bottorff ( mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org ) is interested
in attending meetings of Project Renaissance members in the Ypsilanti
* LOS ANGELES - Ray Croney ( mailto:email@example.com ) seeks Image-
Streamers in the L.A. area.
* NEW JERSEY - Donald Morrison ( mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org ) is
interested in joining an Image-Streaming group in the Bloomfield, NJ,
* TEXAS - Harry L. Beam, 6305 Poly Webb Road, Arlington, TX 76016 would
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* VIRGINIA/WASH. DC - Siobhan Dunn ( mailto:email@example.com ) is
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* VENICE, ITALY - Franco Tiveron ( mailto:email@example.com ) is
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English. Please contact him if you are already knowledgeable in this
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