The General Service Conference is a meeting of group delegates and CGAAIS trustees who together decide on the overall direction of CGAAIS and decide matters such as the content of CGAA literature and the website, how to answer inquiries, the wording of steps, traditions, GSC charter, and CGAAIS bylaws, and public outreach.
Who can attend? Anyone with the desire to stop gaming.
Who has a vote? Trustees and Delegates from groups.
What do they do? Make decisions on literature, website, legal matters, nonprofit finances.
Takes direction from: The groups (as communicated by group Delegates)
Gives direction to: Trustees of CGAA International Services
Decisions made by the GSC
CGAA Groups (November 2017)
For the purpose of GSC voice and vote, a CGAA group is defined as
1) at least 2 members and one meeting with
2) a primary purpose to abstain from gaming and
3) no other affiliations.
For the purpose of listing on our website, any meeting with one or more members, a stated purpose to abstain from gaming, and no other affiliations may be listed on the website.
Minutes on the Website (May 2017)
Proposal: that approved GSC meeting minutes are posted to the main CGAA website
GSC Delegates and Quorum (April 2017)
Proposal:That delegates register with first name, group represented, contact info (email or equivalent), and when their term starts and ends by communicating these facts to a GSC representative (list stored on the website). If a delegate misses at least two consecutive GSC meetings without providing written notice for each absence soon after the meeting, the GSC will no longer count that delegate’s absence against quorom until such time as the delegate begins attending GSC meetings again.
Initial trustee selection (January 2017)
Proposal: To move expeditiously to complete the selection of the new Trustees, by suggesting to the Trustees that they elect new Trustees quickly, from the slate of nominees provided by the groups through the GSC, and further approving that the GSC can then vote up or down on this slate by email before the next GSC meeting. This is due to the need to incorporate as soon as possible to protect our literature.
Prep for trustee selection (December 2016)
Proposal: That CGAA groups be informed that at the next GSC meeting, the delegates from each group will bring forward nominees for Trustee from their groups.
GSC participation (January 2015)
Members can listen in and speak to an issue when appropriate, but do not have a vote on GSC issues unless they’ve been elected by a group to a delegate position.
Each CGAA group (meaning each group of two or more CGAA members who as a group have no other affiliation, isn’t taking actions that hurt CGAA as a whole, has the primary purpose of carrying the message of recovery from video game addiction, and hold online meetings or face-to-face meetings) can have one representative, called a Delegate. (Later amended in GSC Charter: Groups with eight to fourteen weekly meetings may send two Delegates and groups with fifteen or more weekly meetings may send three Delegates. No group may send more than three Delegates.)
All members elected as trustees have a vote in all GSC matters. In addition, all who have volunteered or been hired to do a specific job (for example, editors for literature, webmasters for the website, or legal advisers for incorporation) have a vote in the matters that concern their areas.
Literature Approval Process (November 2018)
The GSC should not get bogged down in literature drafting or revisions. Any literature drafts submitted by individuals to the GSC will be referred to the Literature Committee for review before the GSC will put it on their agenda.
Ideally, the Literature Committee bounces the idea of each literature project off of the GSC before pouring much time into it. Once the committee has a final draft, they will submit it to the GSC for this approval process.
- If the GSC had not previously decided whether the topic and form (e.g. pamphlet, webpage, flier, book, etc) are appropriate and helpful, the GSC now decides whether or not to move forward with this process.
- A GSC member will send the piece to all GSC delegates and CGAA groups. A copy will be posted online along with directions for submitting feedback.
- The groups will be given a reasonable amount of time to review the piece, somewhere between one and four months.
- Delegates are encouraged review notes and feedback from the Literature Committee process on the piece and to promote discussions and workshops among their groups.
- Feedback is collected by the GSC and posted where all GSC and Literature Committee members can review it.
- After the review period is over, the Literature Committee makes a recommendation on whether or not they want to make further revisions or to continue with GSC approval process.
- The GSC decision on a piece is based on the fellowship’s reaction/feedback, and not on a line-by-line reading or evaluation of the piece itself during GSC meeting time. GSC members should evaluate the piece line-by-line during feedback collection along with everyone else. (To be clear, the time of line-by-line scrutiny is over when the GSC meets and will not be allowed to interfere with the task of evaluating fellowship reaction, deciding overall approval or disapproval, and pointing to the problematic places that need revision.)
- The GSC approves the piece, or asks the Literature Committee to make minor or major revisions, or recommends that the Literature Committee drops it. If major revisions are made, the process begins at step 2 again for the revised sections.
Decisions about Committees
Literature Committee Chair (August 2019)
Proposal: That we set the term of the chair of the Literature Committee to two years.
Proposal: Appoint Scott as Literature Committee Chair starting September 21st, 2019
Literature Committee Chair (December 2018)
Proposal: That the chair of the Literature Committee be a person appointed by the GSC who has been active on the LC and that they commit to coming to GSC meetings to report.
Incorporation Committee Re-formed (August 2018)
Proposal: Re-form an incorporation subcommittee. The subcommittee meets and brings a clear list of questions for the next GSC meeting to be discussed and answered in GSC meetings before the Incorporation Committee re-starts work on adding the GSC decisions into the bylaws and developing a new draft of the bylaws.
Outreach Committee (April 2018)
Proposal: That a post be made on the forum, soliciting volunteers for the Outreach Committee from the broader membership. The chair of the committee must report to GSC regularly and have at least 3 months game-free time.
Public Relations and Outreach Committee Formed (March 2018)
Proposal: Creation of a Public Relations and Outreach Committee at the level of the GSC with the mandate to facilitate interactions between the fellowship and media/professionals & to proactively speak with the professional community about CGAA, so as to raise awareness of our fellowship’s existence
Literature Committee Members (July 2017)
Proposal: Any member of the fellowship may be a member of the Literature Committee if they have at least 6 months sobriety from gaming, and they can become a full member of the Literature Committee upon their attendance at the third meeting. ***Membership of the Literature Committee means a person can vote, hold service positions in that Committee, and participate in Sub-committees in the Literature Committee.***
Literature Committee Guidance (June 2017)
Proposal: That the GSC provide guidance to the Literature Committee by setting overall priorities, taking into account of the needs of the fellowship.
Proposal: Send the following to the literature committee:
1. We have limited funds and want to reserve them for:
1a. the meeting book
1b. fliers to send out to professionals
1c. a basic text
2.The committee is encouraged to pursue small projects and pamphlets that do not require money
3. Prioritize the smaller quicker projects
4. We acknowledge that work will happen wherever the energy is currently.
5. Feedback from the committee on priorities, progress, and possible deadlines is appreciated.
Literature Committee was formed (November 2016)
Sobriety Requirement (January 2019)
Proposal: The bylaws set a minimum of one year, but the GSC can set a higher limit and other requirements and enforce them though the election process.
Guidance on the relationship between the GSC and BoT in the bylaws (August 2018)
Proposal: The incorporation committee writes the bylaws such that:
- The BoT (Board of Trustees) is clearly answerable to the GSC in all things, and does not have the power to “go rogue.”
- In the event that the GSC’s directions leave the BoT in a place where it must go against the GSC’s will or fail in its legally mandated responsibilities, the BoT have the right to pass a temporary measure (granted substantial unanimity in the BoT).
- Any BoT decisions made pursuant to #2 be “temporary” with a clearly defined shelf-life (such as till the end of the next trustee meeting following a GSC meeting that addresses the BoT’s legal needs).
Guidance for the Incorporation Committee (February 2018)
Proposal: The GSC will provide specific guidance to the Incorporation Committee that will allow them to create appropriate wording for the bylaws.
Mailing List (December 2018)
Proposal: Change the language on the site immediately to clarify how it works for people who read it.
People with logins to CGAA online resources
Johanna added December 2017
Website content approved (June – December 2014)
The CGAA logo (the letters only)
The mission statement
The home page
Pamphlet for professionals
What CGAA is and is not
Overview of CGAA
Information for Professionals
History of CGAA
What’s a gaming addict?
The only requirement
What can I do? / how-to-stop-video-gaming
The 12 Steps
The 12 Traditions
Compulsive internet use
Webmaster (July 2014)
The group approved a proposal to create a Webmaster position, with the following responsibilities:
1. Website Maintenance. The webmaster(s) will have the authority and responsibility to perform all programming and communication tasks related to operating the websites, url registrations, etc.
2. The webmaster(s) will be responsible for implementing all group conscience decisions regarding the content and operation of the website.
3. The webmaster(s) will coordinate with the co-Treasurers regarding any necessary payments related to the operation of the site.
4. Webmaster position(s) are Trusted Servant positions.
Minors and contact info (Sept 2014)
That, in web content and other literature, we include statements discouraging minors from sharing any personal contact information without permission from their parent or guardian. Further, that we suggest to our members that they also encourage minors to contact parents/guardians before sharing contact information.
Change to definition of computer/video gaming (2nd paragraph) (November 2017)
Lastly, we also encourage an honest discussion with others in the program about your boundaries with games- especially in any and all cases where you are uncertain. We find that our addiction thrives in secrecy and is weakened when we expose the truth about our behaviors to our fellow recovering gaming addicts.
Definition of computer/video gaming (October 2017)
Because of the variety of ways our members experience their addiction, CGAA has no formal definition as to what constitutes computer or video gaming, but we have found some common threads in our collective experience. Based on this experience, we strongly encourage the avoidance of all continuously interactive forms of electronic entertainment (often referred to as “games”). Whether the game is primitive or complex and whether the device is new or old don’t seem to make a difference…any game on any platform seems to inevitably restart the destructive cycle of our addiction. In addition to this, we encourage you to be very cautious about watching gaming videos or watching others play, as such activities frequently lead us back to playing games ourselves.
Lastly, we also encourage an honest discussion with others in the program about your boundaries, and in any and all cases about which you are uncertain, as we find that while our addiction thrives in secrecy, it weakens when we honestly expose the truth about our behaviors to our fellow recovering gaming addicts.
CGAA Service Structure for cgaa.info (July 2017)
Approval of a draft of information about the cgaa service structure at http://cgaa.info/service-structure/
The text is approved, with the expectation that the requirements for the literature committee are updated to reflect the previous proposal.
20 Questions (April 2019)
20 Questions approved, as listed here:
Compulsive Internet Use (August 2019)
Approved the text here https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/cgaa/compulsive-internet-use-webpage-t2093.html/
to be placed as a new page called “Compulsive internet use” in the menu “Is CGAA for You?”