In the US and Australia, new Ideal Orgs are increasingly isolated and uninviting. What gives? - 2018-05-05
By the time this story posts on Saturday morning here in the US, it will already be Saturday evening in Perth, Australia, and Scientology's newest "Ideal Org" would have had its grand opening, complete with a visit from church leader David Miscavige.
But in the days leading up to this event, we were hearing some pretty unusual things from our friend Chris Shelton, who visited Perth last year and stays in touch with people he met there. We asked Chris for a summary of what he was hearing about Perth, and why it was evidence that the "Ideal Org" strategy may be starting to unravel...
I was directly involved with the openings of Ideal Orgs in San Francisco, Seattle, Orange County, Los Gatos, Las Vegas, Pasadena, Portland and of course Twin Cities. What I mean by that is I was either on the ground doing renovations myself in these places right up to the opening or, in the case of San Francisco, Seattle and Portland, was hearing daily briefings and details from Sea Org friends of mine who were there. In every case, the last week or two was always an insane crunch time with contractors, staff, public, and Sea Org members up almost 24/7 getting the final bits of renovations done or doing the last bits of fundraising for last-minute expenditures that hadn't been foreseen earlier on as well as buying and stocking the books, meters and lectures. While these buildings are empty after their opening, they are sometimes jam-packed with workers of all kinds literally right up to the point of the ribbon cutting. The whole effort aims at having things ready by the time the ribbon is cut so the org can then get on with the business of servicing its customers and bringing in new people. Sometimes, like with Las Vegas, there would be unpaid contractors or some bits to clean up afterwards or some minor renovations to complete, but for the most part the new Ideal Org was a done deal come opening day. There were two or three cases where the opening was even delayed for a few weeks or months if it didn't look like everything was going to be completed on time.