Note: All FEATURED PROJECTS are archived with the Cogniventus standard Meta-Process Research & Development Report template in either CONFIDENTIAL, RESTRICTED ACCESS, OR UNRESTRICTED ACCESS formats. Each has been selected for presentation here because they represent a major shift in cogniventive focus.


FEATURED PROJECT #10: “How Humanity Survives the Self” © 2019
A five volume magnum opus intended to be the final articulation & application of the Cogniventive vision, slated for completion in 2023. An 80-page outline is available from The Library of Congress; a suggestive tabular outline can be seen at “The Surviving Self Series”


FEATURED PROJECT #9: The New Founders Centennial Commemorative Collection
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 “My Parting Gift”


FEATURED PROJECT #8: “Engineering New Addiction Recovery Pathways.”
A paradigm-shifting application of state-of-the-art quality management principles ((GMP) to Twelve Step Recovery Pathways. Grew out of an invitation by CEO Doug Tieman of world renowned Caron Foundation to visit their Wernersberg, PA, campus and provide leadership to the management staff.
—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”


FEATURED PROJECT #7: “From Perception to Product: The Ultimate Process Roadmap.
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!


FEATURED PROJECT #6: 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.


FEATURED PROJECT #5: 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.


FEATURED PROJECT #4: Cogniventus: The Self-Knowledge Matrix © 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.


FEATURED PROJECT #3: Testing the Waters
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…
—“A Crash Course in Being Human” May 17, 2007: My 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 was never given.


FEATURED PROJECT #2: Conquering the Ambivalent Workplace
An collection of work-related projects linked through a common Cogniventive theme—ambivalence.
—“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 scorchingly honest investigation 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.” A motivational talk applied successfully at several Placement Orientations conducted with Lee Hecht Harrison (2001) and Right Management Consultants (2006).

FEATURED PROJECT #1: “Broken Dharma Mirror” © 2005
A 79,00 word manuscript (still unpublished in its entirety) distilling a decade of in-the-field Research & Development (1992-2002) that continues to serve as a core resource for topics & information. 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





Cognivention requires an initial openness to seeing new truths. Companies and groups who have no interest in changing do not do well with the principles discussed on this website

After 25 years working as a Scientist & Engineer, I looked back to see that my undergraduate degree in History had been as useful as my graduate degree in Chemistry for solving complex technical problems in an industrial setting. From a humanities perspective, as Scientists & Engineers scale up chemical processes from Laboratory to Manufacturing they are also scaling up human behavior, igniting a volitional momentum with as much power as any runaway exotherm. Shifting to a Meta-Process perspective with any scaled system allowed us to discover emergent properties that create both personnel and technical problems that cannot be anticipated by employees who were part of the pre-emergent system. My approach was so successful that four years ago I started my own Meta-Process R&D company to spread this game-changing teaching to various Lab-to-Manufacturing sites.

Generalizing this specific platform with perspective gained by studying Process Philosophers such as Whitehead and Hartshorne, I have expanded my practice to show companies in a variety of unrelated fields how to find and fix any problem in any process—always with significant savings of money and time, always integrating the human and the technical. Now I can fully understand what William & Mary Philosophy Professor Alan E. Fuchs—BS in Physics from MIT and PhD in Philosophy from Harvard—said to me when I was just a college sophomore:

“Philosophy is the most practical subject you will ever study. Long after your first set of job skills is obsolete, you may find that the capacity to think creatively and act compassionately will have a far greater impact on your life than anything you can put on your resume.”

Cogniventus thrives at the intersection of disciplines, and we are always looking to partner with anyone for a special event or project. If you are not interested in Individual Instruction for Twelve Step Addiction Recovery or Corporate Consulting for Lab-to-Manufacturing scale-up, you may still have an idea that may benefit from our Meta-Process Approach. Here are three examples of successful special projects, events , and partnerships that might not seem an obvious fit at first.

Remember that looking at a Process as a Process is not a technical exercise, it is a circular dance between Body-Mind and World. As we learn about the World, we learn about our Selves; the more we learn about our Selves, the more clarity we gain about the World. Partnering with Cogniventus has a similar mutuality of purpose: we help you solve your own problems; you become a part of what we do. Perhaps it is my own personal conceit that everyone not only enjoys the dance, but learns from it.

Because we work with the most fundamental process of all, change, Cogniventus has the potential for a wide variety of applications—physical, mental, or spiritual. In fact, by focusing our Meta-Process laser on the sequence of events within a process, categories like “physical,” “mental,” or “spiritual” lose their explanatory power. Our opportunism has led to a long history of successful applications.

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