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The 2nd Concept

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The Second Concept of AA is:

"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."
---The A.A. Service Manual combined with Twelve Concepts for World Service by Bill W.

When AA was first starting, Dr. Bob and Bill W. had extensive responsibility and authority over how AA was set up and operated. In St. Louis in 1955 at the General Service Conference, this was placed with AA groups which delegated their authority to the Conference through their selection of chosen representatives who are fully empowered to speak and act for them. As Bill W. says, "[T]he principle of amply delegated authority and responsibility to 'trusted servants' must be implicit from the top to the bottom of our active structure of service. This is the clear implication of A.A.'s Tradition Two." (The A.A. Service Manual, p. 10).


Do we know enough about how AA operates and governs itself to explain these things to newcomers? Could we be more effective carrying the message to alcoholics who still suffer if we knew more about how AA operates?

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