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NFP Commemorative Collection (2019)

2019 will mark the 80th Anniversary of the publication of “Alcoholics Anonymous,” the basic text for the Fellowship of the same name. Coincidentally, 2019 will also mark my 40th, and last, year associated with AA in any way. To commemorate the “Big Book’s” 80th Anniversary, and to personally go out with a bang, not a whimper, my Research & Development Company, Cogniventus ®, will be sponsoring a multi-media presentation of the New Founders Project (NFP), a bold and comprehensive plan to bring AA into the 21st Century, and place addiction in its proper place within the study of human nature. The centerpiece of the Project will be an unauthorized sequel to the iconic text “Alcoholics Anonymous.”

1. Unauthorized Sequel to “Alcoholics Anonymous”

—available as stand-alone, or as a special edition with opposing Big Book pages and extensive cross-referencing

—integrates “Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions” into an extended 64-page reply to the Big Book’s “How it Works”

—massive ENDNOTES section replaces stories in order to serve better as a “Basic Text” and allow continual updates without changing the text proper

—”A Scientist Speaks Out” replaces “The Doctor’s Opinion” with a quick review of the last 80 years of the medical model of alcoholism

—new set of Appendices includes a practical “Condensed Meaning of the Text” and the tongue-in-cheek stand alone essay “Bill’s Biggest Big Book Blunders”

—”Write Your Own Big Book Template” explains how the Big Book Sequel was written, and how each person can write their own version

2. The New Founders Project Timeline: a meticulously crafted narrative of the influences and influencers of the NFP. Including, but not limited to:

—2015: After multiple attempts, a sequel to the basic text of “Alcoholics Anonymous” finds its roots

—2009, April 1: Original PowerPoint Slides of the first public presentation of “The New Founders Program” to the CEO and COO of CARON in Wernersville, PA. (Includes to November 9, 2009 update that applies Cogniventus® methodology to “The New Founders Program.”)

—2007, May 17: Transcript of National Public Radio Talent Quest entry

—2007-2006: Systematic codification of ten years of research & development into first written manual

—2006, February 18: Transcript of first introduction of New Founder principles to a Twelve Step speaker meeting: “Better than Bill Wilson, better than the Big Book”—Walter G. Barlow (in attendance; permission to quote with full name).

—2003: Beginning of systematic codification of 10 years of Research & Development

—1993: Beginning of a 10 year in-the-field ethnography on how the Twelve Steps are worked within the Fellowship of AA

—1989: Chance encounter launches the New Founders Movement

3. Take the Cogniventus® Challenge

— A “first principles” presentation of how to evaluate the authenticity of any Program of personal transformation using the Twelve Steps as an example. Expansion into  current Good Recovery Practice (cGRP) and current Best Recovery Practice (cBRP), an industry standard of Quality Control that holds all members of the Addiction-Recovery accountable

—Created by a Chemical Process Engineer who was the first person to investigate the Twelve Steps as a Process and apply Process Hazard Analysis, Key Process Indicators, Design Intent, and a variety of other industry standards

4. The 10 x 10 Videos:
rigorous vetting of New Founder  principles within a variety of Twelve Step Programs, presented in aphoristic form just as they were to a variety of interested groups over a twenty year period. Including :

i. Top Ten Lessons that we learned in AA

ii. Top Ten Lessons that we can learn from relapse

iii. Top Ten Things AA got Wrong

iv. Top Ten Things AA got Right

v. Top Ten Milestones along the Twelve-Step Path

vi. Top Ten Roadblocks along the Twelve-Step Path

vii. Top Ten Decisions you will have to make in AA

viii. Top Ten Questions to ask a Potential Sponsor Rehab Facility

ix. Top Ten Things to Remember when Working with Others

x. Top Ten Signs that it is time to move on.

5. From NOT-GOD to NOT-SELF: an advanced, interactive 30-module matrix that takes the student from a Substance-Causality view of Self to a Process-Creativity view of Self. We stop thinking of ourselves as a Being that interacts causally to the world, and start thinking of ourselves as a Becoming that relates creatively to the world. The durability and longevity of the results for any path of personal transformation depends on this subtle, difficult shift in perspective.

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