The General Service Conference Takes Its Inventory


As suggested by the 2013 General Service Conference theme, taking inventory, in the best sense of the word, is a fundamental aspect of A.A.’s program of recovery. As co-founder Bill W. reflected in A.A. Comes of Age (page 231), “Just as each A.A. must continue to take his moral inventory and act upon it, so must our whole society if we are to survive and if we are to serve usefully and well.”

This was the opening paragraph in the summer issue of Box 459 for the article “The General Service Conference Takes Its Inventory — Our Solution in Action.” To download this or past archived issues,  or subscribe, click here.

Of note in this article is:

“Over the course of the Inventory, a number of common and interconnected themes surfaced that cut across a number of different questions:

COMMUNICATION and the flow of information throughout the Fellowship, from the trustees to the delegates, from delegates to the areas, from areas to districts and groups;

USE OF TECHNOLOGY in today’s changing digital world, for the dissemination of information and communication relative to the General Service Conference;

CONFERENCE ORIENTATION AND PREPARATION to help provide delegates and the Fellowship a clearer picture of what happens at the Conference and how decisions are arrived at;

PARTICIPATION AND TIMING for the development and distribution of agenda items and background information to best facilitate thorough discussion and review by the Fellowship;

INFORMATION on which much of the Conference is based: its volume, dissemination, purpose and derivation.

“Following preparation of a full report on the 2013 segment of the inventory, the process will continue in 2014 and 2015, with a final report to be prepared at the Inventory’s conclusion.”

Attributed to Box 459, Summer Edition, © AAWS, Inc.


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