How to fill the SuperPower Building

fishdaddy

Patron
The announcement (in the 80-page Freedom Magazine footbullet) that interior construction was underway for the Superpower building reminded me of a marketing research project we did regarding the Superpower building. As many people know, I was part of the Central Marketing Unit (CMU) at the Int Base for 15 years.

In 1998, construction had started on the Superpower building. We were asked, in Marketing, to do a research project to work out what it would take to fill that building with students and pcs.

The building, of course, is huge. Wikipedia cites the square footage at 170,000. The Church, in the recent Freedom Magazine, claims 377,000 square feet. From my own observation, it’s closer to the Wikipedia figure, but we know how the Church inflates any statistic, even square footage. According to the Freedom Magazine, there will be 22 course rooms seating 1,800 students, and 300 auditing rooms serving 1,200 preclears at any time.

So what would it take to fill this building? We had to work it all backwards, right down to Org and Mission level. Flag gets most of its business from Advanced Orgs and Saint Hills. AOs and SHs get their business from Class V Orgs. Class V Orgs are fed by Missions (as well as direct public contact). So we had to work it all the way back. How big would AOs have to be? How big would SHs have to be? How big would Orgs have to be? How many Missions would be needed?

So we worked it all out, extrapolating from existing statistics and flow rates up the Bridge. We did a serious job of it, too.

The bottom line? Orgs would have to expand at least ten times. And each org would have to be fed by ten missions – and that would mean thousands of missions, not just a few hundred. And they would have to be real old-time missions, with 15 or 20 staff, training and auditing people and selecting them to their Org for Academy training and Grades. In other words, even coming close to filling the Superpower building would take a major, major, exponential expansion of Scientology.

At that time, Scientology was in a major slump. Stats had been declining since 1991. Orgs were shrinking. We were thanked for our analysis, and it was promptly buried. No one wanted to face the truth: filling the Superpower building was an impossibility, if one really looked at raw figures.

When I left in 2005, the statistics had not recovered, and were still declining.

From all evidence today, orgs are in worse shape than ever. They are not making enough to pay their bills, and are going deeper in debt. Staff are unpaid, and are dependent upon working spouses or parents. Routine administrative supplies are paid by staff out of their own pocket, or donated by public. Orgs are empty. Public are being pressured to pay for new buildings and have no money for training or processing. Missions are usually just two guys and a dog in someone’s living room.

So they can go ahead and finish the interior of the Superpower Building, but finished or unfinished, it will stand as an empty shell, a fitting symbol of modern Scientology.
 

Reasonable

Silver Meritorious Patron
Great post! You actually have numbers to go by. This would be great for a Scientologist to see as they like numbers (as do I). It is hard to argue with that.

This is they type of thing that would be great for a St. Petersburg times article.

Especially coming from someone who did the actual stats and was working on the project.
 

Wisened One

Crusader
fishdaddy: Re: when you had to work all your stats backwards to work out how you were gonna fill out the SuperPower building....

When our ED and Team had returned from OEC/FEBC to our Org (early 90's until mid-90's, Miami Org).

She demanded that ALL of us had to work out from our own post, how we were going to expand our Org to St. Hill size (as it was then called) like in three weeks time or some such impossible time target! (If anyone from there remembers what I am referring to, please add info, correct me, etc).

But GOD, that was STRESSFUL! And....we all had to do our best to wrap our heads around making this a REAL do-able target and then present them to our ED in great detail starting hour by hour what we were going to do, how many appointment we were gonna make, how many people were going to show up, then sign up (which MUST be ALL of them, of course)....

STUPID, we all knew how stupid and insane it was! :eyeroll:

Sounds like the same tactics are employed everywhere, huh? Everybody's gotta BOOM their mission, org, etc and write out detailed Programs and meet all Targets, quota's, etc. But hey, it succeeds in MOAR walking away from SO, Staff and scn! So....:coolwink:
 

fishdaddy

Patron
Kathy, you do it by scheduling. 4 pcs per room per day. They are not all auditing at the same time. Of course, you need 300 auditors!!
 

Iknowtoomuch

Gold Meritorious Patron
So really the building was built to make it look more like Scientyology is/was expanding.

Those are interesting numbers.
 

everfree

Patron Meritorious
So really the building was built to make it look more like Scientyology is/was expanding.

Those are interesting numbers.

The building wasn't built, it's still a shell after more than 10 years. It was used as a reason to reg untold millions from the flock.

Back in the late nineties a friend who's son worked in the superpower project told me they regged $5 million in one week, they shared it as a big win. I've seen estimates of over $100 million total. Like always in CofS, the money is not accounted for. I'm pretty sure it didn't go towards the building though.

Fishdaddy, do you have any info on how much was regged for it and where it truly went?
 

Dulloldfart

Squirrel Extraordinaire
Excerpted from http://www.forum.exscn.net/showthread.php?t=2210

The Cornerstone Newsletter is published a few times
a year and is a cumulative list of Scientologists that have
made a donation to the Super Power Building in the
amount of $35,000.00 or more.

I’ve been collecting and reporting the stats on those
donations for the past 5 years.

The total collected per the newsletter as of Aug 2007
is $ 142,760,000.00. This figure is a “low-ball” figure
and does not include the people who are “Double
Cornerstone members”, i.e., paid 35,000 dollars twice
or (70,000 dollars) nor does it include any
“Double Legion of Honor” members, which would be
those that paid a million dollars twice, or any other
“Double” members.​

Paul
 

everfree

Patron Meritorious
Thanks Paul. That's a pretty good chunk of change for an empty unfinished building, especially when much of the work was done by RPFers and other SO making pennies.

It seems to have made DM so bold that now he gets millions for ideal org buildings then doesn't even make a show of putting them to use, just lets them sit empty - and no one even raises an eyebrow.
 

FinallyFree

Gold Meritorious Patron
From all evidence today, orgs are in worse shape than ever. They are not making enough to pay their bills, and are going deeper in debt. Staff are unpaid, and are dependent upon working spouses or parents. Routine administrative supplies are paid by staff out of their own pocket, or donated by public. Orgs are empty. Public are being pressured to pay for new buildings and have no money for training or processing. Missions are usually just two guys and a dog in someone’s living room.

So they can go ahead and finish the interior of the Superpower Building, but finished or unfinished, it will stand as an empty shell, a fitting symbol of modern Scientology.

Seems nothing has changed since I was on staff in the 90's. Just the carrot being dangled (now instead of the brithday game or St. Hill size, it's DM's twisted, demented version).

How sad for all those on staff. In the seven years I was on staff at LAD it only got more and more difficult to be there with all of the pressures we had from Int. And even LESS pay - my God. (BTW - I was one of those staff who was comepltely dependant on my parents for financial support. It really hasn't changed at all has it? Just more desperation it seems. More pie in the sky quotas. I can't imagine the ethics trouble everyone is getting into.)
 

Kathy (ImOut)

Gold Meritorious Patron
Kathy, you do it by scheduling. 4 pcs per room per day. They are not all auditing at the same time. Of course, you need 300 auditors!!

I figured that, but with the way it's promoted (serving 1,200 PCs at any time) makes it read like 1,200 PCs would be in session simultaneously.
 

Wisened One

Crusader
Seems nothing has changed since I was on staff in the 90's. Just the carrot being dangled (now instead of the brithday game or St. Hill size, it's DM's twisted, demented version).

How sad for all those on staff. In the seven years I was on staff at LAD it only got more and more difficult to be there with all of the pressures we had from Int. And even LESS pay - my God. (BTW - I was one of those staff who was comepltely dependant on my parents for financial support. It really hasn't changed at all has it? Just more desperation it seems. More pie in the sky quotas. I can't imagine the ethics trouble everyone is getting into.)

Yeah, me and hubby had to rely on our families a lot to send us rent money, etc. Shoot, they even paid for my wedding (the dress, the hotel room for our honeymoon night, even a private studio apartment as a wedding gift! Sadly tho....we only were able to keep it about three months before we had to move out of it...*sigh*). And we were full, fulltime staff! Yep, nothing's changed, huh?
 

Feral

Rogue male
My wife and I contributed to the super power scam, we became cornerstone members.

I still wear the cap they gave me in exchange, no one else can see it, but I can, every time I look in the mirror I can read the words on the front of my head, oddly they aren't even reversed in the reflection.

It says, "Sucker!"
 
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dontscamme

Patron Meritorious
Square footage per member must be DM's favorite stat, because he is making it soar into the stratosphere. :yes:
 

Opter

Silver Meritorious Patron
fishdaddy: Re: when you had to work all your stats backwards to work out how you were gonna fill out the SuperPower building....

When our ED and Team had returned from OEC/FEBC to our Org (early 90's until mid-90's, Miami Org).

She demanded that ALL of us had to work out from our own post, how we were going to expand our Org to St. Hill size (as it was then called) like in three weeks time or some such impossible time target! (If anyone from there remembers what I am referring to, please add info, correct me, etc).

But GOD, that was STRESSFUL! And....we all had to do our best to wrap our heads around making this a REAL do-able target and then present them to our ED in great detail starting hour by hour what we were going to do, how many appointment we were gonna make, how many people were going to show up, then sign up (which MUST be ALL of them, of course)....

STUPID, we all knew how stupid and insane it was! :eyeroll:

Sounds like the same tactics are employed everywhere, huh? Everybody's gotta BOOM their mission, org, etc and write out detailed Programs and meet all Targets, quota's, etc. But hey, it succeeds in MOAR walking away from SO, Staff and scn! So....:coolwink:

We had exactly the same thing in our org.:eyeroll: :eyeroll: :eyeroll: and when I tried to say that it was an impossible target - I was still new on staff and still used WOG's commonsense - I was told, in no uncertain way, that I had CIs= Counter intentions to the org going Saint Hill size.:omg:

Opter
 

Doom

Lurking.
Good post fishdaddy, I think the only way to fill the super power building is to use lots of concrete.:whistling:
 

Wisened One

Crusader
We had exactly the same thing in our org.:eyeroll: :eyeroll: :eyeroll: and when I tried to say that it was an impossible target - I was still new on staff and still used WOG's commonsense - I was told, in no uncertain way, that I had CIs= Counter intentions to the org going Saint Hill size.:omg:

Opter

Yep, we were told we'd be CI if we didn't turn it in, and feel 1000% confident that we WERE going to do it from our own post! Geeeez, I kinda forgot about stuff like that till this Thread reminded me..talk about pressure and stress!
 

The Clam

Patron with Honors
Could it be possible to file a class action suite against DM and COS on the grounds of fraud using the edifice as means to bilk the parishioners out of millions.Without any intention of completing the super power building. Jim Baker of PTL club went to jail for collecting donations then misappropriating them. Wouldn't that apply to DM.
 
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