Double Festival 2014

in Method, Ours and Theirs, in Teaching, Learning,
and in Enhancing Human Development

Project Renaissance's 21st Annual Conference
on Creative Problem-Solving and
Enhanced/Accelerated Learning

May 14-21, 2014
in the Maryland-Washington DC area

Overview | What's Missing |

Three very productive, very enjoyable events
at a private facility in Pasadena, Maryland,
5 miles south of BWI Airport

Beyond-Einstein/Socratic Training
Wednesday-Friday, May 14-16, 2014 — 8:30 am-4:30 pm

Double Festival 2014
with topnotch presenters

Friday, May 16, 2014 — 7:30 pm
through Sunday, May 18, 2014 — 4 pm

Trainer Training
Monday, May 19, 2014 — 9-5
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 — 9-5
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 — 9-4


The long-awaited annual conference of Project Renaissance, and the several training events pre- and post-conference, will be held in May 2014 at the extraordinary private facility in Pasadena, Maryland, 21122, where it has been held for the last eleven years:

  • Beyond-Einstein-Socratic Training (B.E.S.T.), May 14-16, 2014, in the basic skills, experiences and benefits of the Project Renaissance program itself. Includes our great Clinic on Image-Streaming.

  • The Double-Festival, May 16-18, 2014, celebrating breakthroughs in Creative Problem-Solving which are also breakthroughs in ways of teaching and learning-with-understanding.

  • Trainer Training, May 19-21, 2014. Acquire the skills which will enable you to share and train others in the key Project Renaissance skills and methods and experiences. The focus this year:   "Breakthroughs in Educational Method, Ours and Theirs."

This year’s conference and events theme is:  Breakthroughs in Method, Ours and Theirs, in Teaching, Learning, and in Enhancing Human Development. Our focus therein is specifically on ways to bring about meaningful learning, learning with understanding, as distinct from the kinds of passive and rote "learning" which so often is the fate of the human beings in our schools.

We will demonstrate, we will walk you through the first-hand immediate experiences which will give you the skills and methods to profoundly improve your own effectiveness in and enjoyment of learning and that of others whom you care about. Even in the conference itself, as we near the end of each presentation, we will easily demonstrate one of our astonishingly simple techniques whose use immediately, and for the long run, better than doubles the effectiveness of any lesson, any public lecture, any presentation! Whether that is your presentation, or your absorption of someone else's presentation, you will easily acquire and enjoy some high-quality, high-level understandings.

We also are seeking out the leaders and representatives of other methods, programs and disciplines whose effective results in teaching are comparable to those our own methods have obtained in the schools using them—in Buffalo, NY, and in Indianapolis—where entire classes of students, of whatever ages and backgrounds, have been gaining multiple years-per-year in their (tested) overall intellectual development, not merely in just the subjects taught by these methods. (Please see an example of test results at St. Andrew's.)

Nearly all of the graduating students at St. Andrews school in Buffalo have been winning nice scholarships for further and advanced studies, and we expect the same scholarships phenomenon to happen at FusiK MusIQ school in Indianapolis, which just started using our modern maieutic Socratic Method this past year. The school which has in it people whom you care about could be the next one to easily enjoy these rewarding results...

For what do we want those leaders and representatives of other methods, programs and disciplines, whose own effective results in teaching are comparable to the demonstrated, tested results our methods have obtained in the schools using them? Please see Special Word to Everyone Who Seeks to Improve the Schools.

In particular, at the 2014 Double-Festival Conference and related events, we’d like you also to showcase some of your own accelerated learning methods and tactics so that we can learn from each other, share with each other the light in what we are each doing, and discover synergies between us which, among other things, can further strengthen the case we each individually so far have been trying to make to schools and to the public. We know you exist and are out there, a number of programs which by different methods have been getting results comparable to ours. For all that we each have accomplished separately, what can we accomplish working together? Let’s find out. Let’s even problem-solve together on those points where we can comfortably make common cause. We will happily share with you, if you like, our recently-developed “easy tactics” strategy for advancing use of such advanced methods into our public and private schools.

Audio recorders and laptops are welcome and may be used, provided that you are smooth enough in their operation not to distract others during some pretty focused experiences.

We love the meeting place and training facility that we have been using for the past decade.with its cozy, attractive setting. Help is very welcome for making this major event all that it can be. To volunteer, call Win Wenger at 301-948-1122.

What's Missing?

"A poem should be wordless
As the flight of birds."
This quote from the late Archibald MacLeish's Ars Poetica is, for me, a good reminder of a little of what is so badly missing from today's schools here in America —as was the film, The Dead Poets' Society.

You have a good idea of what's missing from the way we are schooling our successively shallower generations of trivialized and mostly mediocritized, uninspired students. Almost everywhere, it is hard to avoid having experienced that deprivation, so widespread that we've accepted it as the norm and in the sense that "we are like fish in the ocean, unaware that we are wet."

Please see if your reading of the rest of MacLeish's Ars Poetica below enables you to make a better description of what's missing from nearly all of our schools. Would you share with us your description, please? Identifying and clarifying what it was that you and those around you were deprived of is a nice first step toward making your own life more whole.

Ars Poetica
Archibald MacLeish

A poem should be palpable and mute
As a globed fruit,

As old medallions to the thumb,

Silent as the sleeve-worn stone
Of casement ledges where the moss has grown —

A poem should be wordless
As the flight of birds.


A poem should be motionless in time
As the moon climbs,

Leaving, as the moon releases,
Twig by twig the night-entangled trees,

Leaving, as the moon behind the winter leaves,
Memory by memory the mind —

A poem should be motionless in time
As the moon climbs.


A poem should be equal to:
Not true.

For all the history of grief
An empty doorway and a maple leaf.

For love
The leaning grasses and two lights above the sea —

A poem should not mean
But be.

Another take on much the same lack.  What are the following and the above, in common, both describing?

From Nietzsche: "Words are but symbols for the relations of things to one-another and to us; nowhere do they touch upon the absolute truth." (That sounds a bit like Alfred Korzybski's General Semantics thesis that "the map is not the territory," yes?) Floating around the Web has been a comparison of what different languages express, which should highlight in our consciousness one of the dimensions of what is so badly lacking in our schools ...
  • German: Waldeinsamkeit — A feeling of solitude, being alone in the woods and a connectedness to nature.

  • Italian: Culaccino — The mark left on a table by a cold glass. Who could imagine that condensation could sound so poetic? With or without the hand gestures...

  • Inuit: Iktsuarpok — The feeling of anticipation that leads you to go outside and check if anyone is coming, and probably also indicates an element of impatience.

  • Japanese: Komorebi — This is the word the Japanese have for when sunlight filters through the trees, the interplay between the light and the leaves.

  • Russian: Pocheuchka — Someone who asks a lot of questions. In fact, probably too many questions.

  • German: Schadenfreude — Experiencing pleasure at someone else's misfortune.

  • Spanish: Subremesa — In the context of a sociable culture, this word describes the period of time after a meal when you have food-induced conversations with the people you have shared the meal with.

  • Indonesian: Jayus — Their slang for someone who tells a joke so badly, that is so unfunny, that you cannot help but laugh out loud.

  • Hawaiian: Pana Po'o — You know when you forget where you've put the keys, and you scratch your head because it somehow seems to help you remember— this is the word for that.

  • French: Dépaysement — The feeling that comes from not being in one's home country; of being a foreigner or immigrant, or of being somewhat displaced from your origin.

  • Urdu: Goya — conveys a contemplative "as-if" which nonetheless feels like reality, and describes the suspension of disbelief which good storytelling can induce. (Urdu is the main or official language of Pakistan and of five of the states in India.)

  • Chinese: Weiji — Crisis or critical moment, from Chinese characters for risk and for opportunity; the idea that there can be a positive result in a wisely handled risk. (Added by Win Wenger to this list, source being

  • Swedish: Mångata — The word for the glimmering, road-like reflection that the moon creates on water.

Note:   Both this language piece and the MacLeish have been floating around the Net without attribution for awhile. Our desire and normal practice is to attribute the source. Anyone who knows the source, please email us. (This present use of these two pieces, to highlight what is missing in our schools, is solely the responsibility of Win Wenger and does not necessarily reflect the views of either source.)

What is YOUR best description of what is missing in our schools, in America or in whatever country you have most experienced schooling in? What do you think are the likeliest consequences of such a lack? How do you think this bears upon the theme of this year's annual "Double-Festival" conference of Project Renaissance, "Breakthroughs in Methods of Educating, Human Development, and Creative Problem-Solving," May 14-16, 2014, in Pasadena, Maryland? Please reply to Win Wenger. Thank you for your part in helping to fill a hugely important gap in our human future.

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