Twelve Concepts for World Service

 
  1. Final responsibility and ultimate authority for A.A. world services

      should always reside in the collective conscience of our fellowship.
 
  2. The General Service Conference of A.A. has become, for nearly

      every practical purpose, the active voice and the effective conscience
      of our whole Society in world affairs.
 
  3. To insure effective leadership, we should endow each element of

      A.A. - the Conference, the General Service Board and its
      service corporations, staffs, committees, and executives with a
      traditional "Right of Decision".
 
  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.
 
  5. Throughout our structure, a traditional "Right of Appeal"

      ought to prevail, so that minority opinion will be heard and personal
      grievances receive careful consideration.
 
  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.
 
  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 A.A. purse for final effectiveness.
 
  8. The trustees are the principal planners and administrators of overall

     policy and finance. 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.
 
  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.
 
 10. Every service responsibility should be matched by an equal service

        authority, with the scope of such authority well defined.
 
 11. The trustees should always have the best possible committees,
       corporate service directors, executives, staffs, and consultants.
      Composition, qualification, induction procedures, and rights and duties
       will always be matters of serious concern.
 
 12. The Conference shall observe the spirit of A.A. 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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