Ideal and Ideal-er: England org coming soon will be Scientology to the max - 2017-09-10
Scientology leader David Miscavige continues to push for new Ideal Org openings around the world, and tells his followers that the new orgs will bring in lots of new public to Scientology. That hasn't happened, and Miscavige has blamed it on a number of reasons — most recently, that the orgs aren't staffed up enough. But even that excuse is wearing thin. Our Rod Keller finds that with another Ideal Org on the horizon, Scientology has come up with a new formula that it expects will finally make the new Ideal Orgs boom.
Birmingham Ideal Org will be the next to open, set for this fall. As we previously reported fundraising has long since been finished to renovate the Pittmaston House, a Grade II listed building which protects the historic structure from major changes. The only question remaining is whether the opening will be before or after the IAS Anniversary extravaganza being held at Saint Hill in East Grinstead, England on October 6-8. We're betting after, since the org is still recruiting staff who will have to fly to the U.S. for training and be back in time for the opening.
At last count the org had 125 staff, and they want to recruit 75 more. That number is ambitious, but we count more than 25 new staff in August, each signing a standard 2.5-year or 5-year contract. Some auditors go to Flag Land Base in Clearwater, Florida for technical training, while staff in administrative positions fly to Los Angeles, where they train with the Sea Org-staffed LA Org. The idea is that in the past Ideal Orgs didn't meet expectations because they didn't fully understand L. Ron Hubbard's organizational policies. Now instead of the usual handful of executive trainees, Birmingham is sending them by the dozens.