Note: All FEATURED PROJECTS are Archived with my standard Meta-Process Research & Development (M-P R & D) Report template in either CONFIDENTIAL, RESTRICTED ACCESS, or UNRESTRICTED ACCESS designation. Each project has been selected to feature on this website because they represent a major shift in Cogniventive focus; however, other different configurations of Archived material are possible.

COGNIVENTUS 10.0 “Surviving Self: The Other American Experiment” ~2025
An Uncommon History of Addiction, 1935-2185

An interactive, modular magnum opus—criss-crossing moving through the phenomenon of addiction-recovery from the years 1935-2185 in America; first as history, then as current event, and then as speculative fiction—represents the final articulation & application of the Cogniventive vision, slated for completion in 2025, fifty years after the first exoteric seed was planted during my experience of the Discovery Method in High School. An prospectus is available upon request; a suggestive tabular outline can be seen at “The Surviving Self Series”

COGNIVENTUS 9.0 “Bottles Are Only A Symbol” ~2024
An Autobiographical Intervention into the War-within-Self

COGNIVENTUS 8.2 “Finishing What Bill Wilson Started” © 2023
How the New Founders Groups reclaimed the squandered inheritance of Alcoholics Anonymous

The eponymous New Founders Groups (2006-2014) grew rather seamlessly out of their tongue-in-cheek self-designation as Secondary Purpose Groups (1991-2006), the latter maintaining an esoteric Oral Tradition until the former decided to write it all down for posterity. An A.A. speaker meeting on February 18, 2006, introduced for the first time the War-within-Self model to replace the A.A. Power paradigm.

Anticipating the 100 year anniversary of the publication of the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous—when an Oral Tradition became Written—with a similar release of enhanced recovery materials previously available by word of mouth. A sequel to the Basic Text of Alcoholics Anonymous forms the center-piece of the Commemorative Collection, and the website feature. A brief outline and rationale can be found at “Big Book Sequel”

COGNIVENTUS 8.1 “Welcome to Sober Hell” © 2023
Surviving the Worst in Alcoholics Anonymous

“Getting sober is difficult. Staying sober in Alcoholics Anonymous can be even tougher. The primary purpose of The Secondary Purpose Groups of Alcoholics Anonymous is to help the alcoholic that A.A. has not, cannot, or will not help.”—from the Preamble of the first New Founders Group of Alcoholics Anonymous

Available only as audio, the Oral Tradition that predated the written Sequel to the Big Book.

COGNIVENTUS 7.2.2 “Emergent Risk in Alcoholism-Recovery Pipelines

Cogniventus models current Alcoholism-Recovery (in both Alcoholics Anonymous and the Alcoholism Treatment Community) as a scaled system of goods and services with unanticipated emergent risks that can be as dangerous as alcoholism itself. Novel applications of well-established industrial techniques in Process Hazard Analysis (PHA) and Failure Mode & Effects Analysis (FMEA) make the necessary functional distinctions among process participants—Users, Sponsors, Developers, Coordinators, Facilitators, and Managers—that allow us to actively mediate the risk that is inherent in any Alcoholism Recovery Process, including the Twelve Steps. What makes us different is what makes us work: “We Treat the Recovery, not the Alcoholism.”

COGNIVENTUS 7.2.1 “Engineering Self-Correcting Alcoholism-Recovery Pipelines”
Grew independently out of President & CEO Doug Tieman’ s 2006, 2007, 2009, and 2011 challenges to visit Caron Treatment Centers and provide leadership to their Wernersville, PA, staff on why alcoholics relapse after many years of dedicated sobriety, and why they might experience a different, adaptive alcoholism (meta-process) that is unresponsive to known recovery protocols. My “Good Recovery Practice” (GRP)—modeling Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) by Quality System Regulation (QSR) through Design Control and Key Process Indicators (KPI’s)—succeeds where current recovery methods fail by neutralizing alcoholism’s strongest survival mechanism: its frustrating ability to perpetually adapt to any effort to recover from it.
—April 11, 2011: “Good Meta-Process Practice as Patient Empowerment”
—April 1, 2009: “The New Founder’s Program”
—September 5, 2007: “Discovering a Common Language of Liberation”
—April 13, 2006: “Creating a New Relapse Narrative”

COGNIVENTUS 7.1 “Testing the Cogniventive Platform”
Interdepartmental Troubleshooting allowed me to quickly find and fix any problem in the transfer of Industrial Goods and Services from Research & Development through Engineering, and into Manufacturing—always with significant savings of money and time for the client. Demonstrated to several small manufacturing sites the power of applying Cogniventive principles to Science and Technology Pipelines:
—BioKyowa Inc, June 19, 2014; Cape Girardeau, Missouri
—Cambrex Corporation, May 9, 2014; Charles City, Iowa
—Cytec Industries, February 7, 2014; Willow Island, West Virginia
—Sensient Technologies, July 2, 2013; St Louis, Missouri
—Brewer Science, August 24, 2012; Rolla, Missouri
In scaling up laboratory procedures to full-scale production, small manufacturing facilities with 175-300 employees invariably fail to understand that their main challenges are the emergent properties that derive from scaling up human behavior. A user-friendly presentation of this highly specialized Project can be found on this website at: Science and Technology Impossible!

COGNIVENTUS 6.0 “Aesthetics as the Bridge between Science & Religion”
“The dogmas of religion are an attempt to formulate in precise terms the truths disclosed to the religious experience of mankind. In exactly the same way, the dogmas of physical science are an attempt to formulate in precise terms the truths disclosed to the sense-perception of mankind.” Alfred North Whitehead
—What does Science Really tell us about Religion?” December 2013—April 2014: Ongoing Meta-Process Theology debates in 2014 with New Smyrna Beach Theology Club on a variety of dazzling topics, including: the big bang and various creation accounts; and “Quantum Physics and the Resurrection.”
—“Do you look? or do you see?” November 2013—May 2014: Observation as the foundation of creativity in both the Arts and the Sciences: May 10th, 2014 to groups of artists at HUB on Canal in New Smyrna, FL.

COGNIVENTUS 5.0 “A New Jersey Yankee in the Missouri Midwest”
January 2013—October 2013: Created a television show for Fidelity 6 and Channel 95 in Rolla, Missouri, that contrasted and compared regional attitudes in an edgy, but humorous fashion. Built understanding among a diverse ethnic & cultural population by demonstrating how individual and collective frameworks of reality influence human behavior.

COGNIVENTUS 4.0 “The Periodic Table of Self-Discovery” © 2012
First full articulation of the Cogniventus technique of simultaneously sequencing and layering ideas within a pedagogical framework. Marketed as the 3-DVD set, A Crash Course in Being Human, with full logo and tagline registered as the Cogniventus Trademark. A Copy of the Introductory Manual is available from The Library of Congress. The website began publishing Featured Projects in 2012 using the Cogniventus standard Meta-Process Research & Development Report format.

COGNIVENTUS 3.0 “A Crash Course in Be(com)ing Human”
Early attempt to bring the embryonic Cogniventive methodology out into the open and place it in contact with other methodologies: Stanton Peele, Kevin Griffin, Piet Hut; including my May 17, 2007 application to National Public Radio’s search for “The Next Big Talent.” Missed the cut, but received thoughtful praise by several judges for approaching addiction as a primal human archetype rather than a behavioral aberration. Served as a springboard for developing a TED talk that asks the question, “What does Technology, Entertainment, and Design have to do with Addiction-Recovery?”

COGNIVENTUS 2.0 “I Hate My Job; But Please Don’t Fire Me”
An collection of work-related projects linked through a common Cogniventive theme—the ambivalent nature of the War-within-Self at both the individual and collective levels.
“Towards a Culture of Ethical Accountability.” January 19th, 2011; Johnson Matthey Pharmaceuticals: A Learning Experience Assessment of the Accountability Rollout Sessions conducted onsite by Partners for Leadership.
“Coordinating Egos: The Politics of Accident Investigation.” September 9, 2005; International Flavors and Fragrances. Rooted in my experiences as Accident Investigation Coordinator, a look into how employee & employer attitudes affect safety compliance. At the request of the company Vice-President, presentations tailored for each of the nine departments were given, with attendance mandated for all employees.
“Not Another Self-Help Book?!” February 20, 2004; International Flavors and Fragrances: An admittedly jaded look at Steven Covey’s “The Eighth Habit,” presented at IFF’s 9-week symposium on the same. While exposing the dangers of being on a path to Self-Knowledge, I highlighted, to my own ultimate peril, Corporate America’s duplicity in creating these Motivational Seminars instead than directly addressing the problems that prompt them.
“I Hate My Job; but Please don’t Fire Me.” The eponymous “anti-motivational” talk applied successfully at several Placement Orientations conducted with Lee Hecht Harrison (2001) and Right Management Consultants (2006).  

COGNIVENTUS 1.0 “Broken Dharma Mirror” © 2005
First fruits of the yet-to-be-named Meta-Process Approach: a 125,00 word analytic narrative distilling a decade of in-the-field Research & Development (1992-2002) that continues to serve as a core resource for topics & content. A copy of the full text is available at the Library of Congress.  

As you can see, there are very few places Cogniventus travels where it cannot find a home. As always, feel free to contact me at:

Michael V. Cossette





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