What NXIVM Means, How it Relates to V-Week, ‘Objectives,’ and DOS – a Sympathizer’s View

V-Week group picture
By a Supporter of the Ideals of Nxivm
The original purpose and vision of NXIVM lays in the history and meaning of its name.
Until the defectors and Frank Report destroyed it, there were various “NXIVM centers” which were buildings set up to administer Executive Success Programs, mostly, with some repurposing of those “centers” as places to administer other programs including JNESS, SoP, Ethicist, and other what Keith Raniere and Nancy Salzman would call “curriculum-based” programs.
Other programs were experiential in nature, such as Exo/eso, Ultima, and The Source, and Volleyball, requiring physical activity and often better suited to the outdoors or larger area like a gymnasium.
You’ve also reported on V-Week, a 10 day long celebration of Keith’s birthday. During these 10 days, children would be set up with caregivers and Rainbow and other programs for kids — and while this may sound cuckoo to the outsider, the kids loved V-Week.
Sara Bronfman did a wonderful job running it and she truly cared about the experience of the children and to give kids a chance to be kids and meet other kids with parents who wanted to change the world.
Nancy Salzman with Sara Bronfman at V-Week 2017.
Most people would look at that and call it crazy and move on, but the back story here is pretty fantastical, tracing back to the name of NXIVM.
Let’s start there.
Keith loved Latin names because you can cram a lot of meaning into one Latin name (take DOS for example, how long did people argue about the master-slave nature of the name?)
So, go back 20 years. Keith knew then that he wanted to create a distributed model of places for humans where they could grow and achieve, and he would need people to come together and self-organize into these centralized important places.
The word “Nexus” in English means this – the coming together of things or the most important place. Keith imagined multiple Nexuses, or Nexium, existing all over the world, each with “halls of tribute” with framed pictures of he and Nancy in a great hall, and human achievements of the local and world population.
Keith Raniere envisioned centers around the world where he and his Prefect, Nancy Salzman’s pictures would hang for people to remember them and give them tribute.
He imagined physical, mental, and emotional training centers in each Nexus that would be called Objectives. Dance, Science, Writing, Drums, Movie, Volleyball, Triathlon were among some of the first ideas.
He knew this was too much for people to wrap their head around, so he began with his Birthday, when everyone would gather together, and he slowly extended his birthday out from 1 day to 1 week to 10 days to almost two weeks.
He used his birthday as a prototype for a Nexus: he created these objectives, got people to run them, and he billed V-Week as an opportunity for people to experience how life could be if people lived with ethics.
This was to prepare them to challenge them to choose a place on earth and build a nexus of people, with land and buildings and curriculum and objectives, all interconnected with all other Nxivm, the center being in Albany NY but stretching out all over the world in a model of people choosing to live with ethics and love and non-violence.
Together, they would comprise NXIVM.
Proof of this initial design can be found here:
NXIVM teaches Executive Success Programs.
The “centers” were to become the “ground zero” of NXIVM, starting as buildings that held curriculum, but growing out to building larger centers (when the initial centers were outgrown) like the center that was almost built in Clifton Park, the model of a “mature Nexus crafted from steel, stone, and wood” but shut down due to neighbors discovering the cult news media.
At that point, seeing the first seed of his grand view of NXIVM shot down by media attention, Keith soon after formed The Knife of Aristotle, a movement focused on critical analysis of media, and at some point in there the cancer and sex stuff began amplifying in secret.
So, for those interested in what NXIVM means, how it relates to V-Week, objectives, and DOS, there you go.

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  • The 12 Point Mission Statement speaks to a level of control, manipulation, psychopathy and greed that is hard to ignore. If you can look at it, read it, and believe in it, with true sincerity, I personally think you’re a danger to society.

    This guest is just showing the disconnection and disassociation of the willfully ignorant.

    It’s like a Catholic Nun extolling the virtues of her church soup kitchen, that happens to exist to supply fresh young poor boys for the priest. Please do go on about how good the soup tastes.

    What was “humanitarian” about any of that? Taking over the world? Installing corrupt governments in Mexico and Libya?

  • You mean multi-level marketing recruitment centers where the marks had to pay thousands of dollars to participate in.

    Nexum was a debt bondage contract in the early Roman Republic. The debtor pledged his person as collateral.

    Nice try though trying to legitimize the Nxivm MLM schemes.

    Word of advice; run the other way when parasites offer to personally help you “grow” in exchange for thousands of dollars.

  • All of the former members talk endlessly in vague terms about good deeds, ethics and humanitarianism, with absolutely nothing to show for it. Only a long list of evils are available.

    If the Bronfmans paid you to be their friends, that’s not a humanitarian act.

    Good people can do evil things and evil people can do good things. The evidence continues to mount for latter.

  • For those who ask the question “How could the NVIVM members have fallen for Keith’s lies???”
    Read this article and you have your answer.

  • “…. he began with his Birthday, when everyone would gather together, and he slowly extended his birthday out from 1 day to 1 week to 10 days to almost two weeks.”

    And this seemed EFFING NORMAL TO YOU???

    • LOL. Exactly. And all the women falling for the sex crap is also on them. At some point, the followers should have seen Keith’s negative patterns and realized the NXIVM good stuff was just cover for Keith’s real intentions. The clues were abound.

  • Nxivm sounds like Scientology with less money. I think Kristen is still involved to this day as she still isn’t married…for an attractive actress not to have been married or be dating openly is more strange than normal.

    • More strange than normal, yes, but not unheard of. A number of women in the entertainment industry have never been married. This is not any evidence that a person is still in a cult, since many of those members of that cult were also married.

        • From her Wiki:

          Personal life

          Kreuk currently resides in Toronto, Ontario.[31] She stated on Live! with Kelly and Michael in October 2012 that she is a pescetarian.[32][33][34]

          As of September 2020, Kreuk is in a relationship with Eric Putzer, a writer on her show Burden of Truth.[35]

  • Nxivm only wanted you if you had money, influence, and/or you were willing to supplicate yourself. Nxivm did nothing for the surrounding community in any way.

  • You left out the word salad, the official meal of NXIVM. LOL

    Why the smartest man in the world didn’t think about some of the women feeling betrayed and causing problems when they found out Raniere was f*cking multiple women may be his greatest mistake of all. LOL

    • You’re right, he should have selected better and banged them all,or…..chose better masters for the women so they were satisfied with following along with his sex program. No dissention -no women feeling abandoned

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His work has been cited in hundreds of news outlets, like The New York Times, The Daily Mail, VICE News, CBS News, Fox News, New York Post, New York Daily News, Oxygen, Rolling Stone, People Magazine, The Sun, The Times of London, CBS Inside Edition, among many others in all five continents.

His work to expose and take down NXIVM is featured in books like “Captive” by Catherine Oxenberg, “Scarred” by Sarah Edmonson, “The Program” by Toni Natalie, and “NXIVM. La Secta Que Sedujo al Poder en México” by Juan Alberto Vasquez.

Parlato has been prominently featured on HBO’s docuseries “The Vow” and was the lead investigator and coordinating producer for Investigation Discovery’s “The Lost Women of NXIVM.” Parlato was also credited in the Starz docuseries "Seduced" for saving 'slave' women from being branded and escaping the sex-slave cult known as DOS.

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Parlato appeared on the Nancy Grace Show, Beyond the Headlines with Gretchen Carlson, Dr. Oz, American Greed, Dateline NBC, and NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, where Parlato conducted the first-ever interview with Keith Raniere after his arrest. This was ironic, as many credit Parlato as one of the primary architects of his arrest and the cratering of the cult he founded.

Parlato is a consulting producer and appears in TNT's The Heiress and the Sex Cult, which premiered on May 22, 2022. Most recently, he consulted and appeared on Tubi's "Branded and Brainwashed: Inside NXIVM," which aired January, 2023.

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