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Final Responsibility and ultimate authority for AA world services should always
reside in the collective conscience of our whole Fellowship.
A.A. CONCEPT 2
The General Service Conference of AA has become, for nearly every practical
purpose, the active voice and the effective conscience of our whole Society in
its world affairs.
A.A. CONCEPT 3
To insure effective leadership, we should endow each element of AA--the
Conference, the General Service Board and its service corporations, staffs,
committees, and executives--with a traditional "Right of Decision."
A.A. CONCEPT 4
At all responsible levels, we ought to maintain a traditional "Right of
Participation," allowing a voting representation in reasonable proportion to the
responsibility that each must discharge.
A.A. CONCEPT 5
Throughout our structure, a traditional "Right of Appeal" ought to prevail, so
that minority opinion will be heard and personal grievances receive careful
A.A. CONCEPT 6
The Conference recognizes that the chief initiative and active
responsibility in most world service matters should be exercised by the trustee
members of the Conference acting as the General Service Board.
A.A. CONCEPT 7
The Charter and Bylaws of the General Service Board are legal instruments,
empowering the trustees to manage and conduct world service affairs.
The Conference Charter is not a legal document; it relies upon tradition and the
AA purse for final effectiveness.
A.A. CONCEPT 8
The trustees are the principal planners and administrators of overall policy and
They have custodial oversight of the separately incorporated and constantly
active services, exercising this through their ability to elect all the
directors of these entities.
A.A. CONCEPT 9
Good service leadership at all levels is indispensable for our future
functioning and safety. Primary world service leadership, once exercised by the
founders, must necessarily be assumed by the trustees.
A.A. CONCEPT 10
Every service responsibility should be matched by an equal service authority,
with the scope of such authority well defined.
A.A. CONCEPT 11
The trustees should always have the best possible committees,
corporate service directors, executives, staffs, and consultants.
qualifications, induction procedures, and rights
and duties will always be matters of serious concern.
A.A. CONCEPT 12
The Conference shall observe the spirit of AA tradition, taking care that it
never becomes the seat of perilous wealth or power; that sufficient operating
funds and reserve be its prudent financial principle;
that it place none of its members in a position of unqualified authority over
others; that it reach all important decisions by discussion, vote, and, whenever
possible, by substantial unanimity;
that its actions never be personally punitive nor an incitement to public
controversy; that it never perform acts of government, and that, like the
Society it serves, it will always remain democratic in thought and action.
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