The Tenth Concept of World Service states, in its short form:
"Every service responsibility should be matched by an equal service authority,
with the scope of such authority well defined."
This concept is the principle that underlies some of the earlier concepts
relating to the groups having the ultimate authority but then having that
authority being delegated ultimately to the Conference and then to the Trustees,
but with the delegation of authority always being accompanied by a clear
statement of the scope of authority and responsibility.
Isn't this a principle that we could use in our lives outside AA? If we're going
to hold someone responsible for producing certain results, shouldn't we give
them the authority needed to make those things happen? At the same time, don't
we need to sharply define what that authority is, for their protection and our
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