Thinking Agenda LLC, is the umbrella company for many of our projects that are about cults, undue influence and critical thinking. Founded by Debra Van Neste and Dr Cathleen Mann, pictured above, who passed away in November, 2020. Please read our tribute and more about Dr Mann HERE.
We are located in Orlando, Florida. After the success of our cult education journal titled "Ethics and The Modern Guru" we decided it was time to branch out and invest to be a real company, one that can offer genuine engagement, education, and advocacy. For now, we invite you to our social media platforms, so you can get to know us better. If you are interested in writing for us and having your articles on several of our platforms, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank-you for your interest.
Debra Van Neste
Debra Van Neste was a survivor of a cult in her teens (Jesus People USA) and a trauma survivor with an abusive Swami in a small sect. She started out publishing a free newsletter, exposing Gurus and then she launched her own educational journal on cults. Published thru Amazon, called “Ethics and The Modern Guru” she then founded, “Thinking Agenda” as a legally registered LLC, a cult education resource center, with Dr Cathleen Mann. Debra still works full time for over 20 years, in healthcare. She is dedicated to working with top professionals and ethical educational organizations. She was mentored by Dr Cathleen Mann for 6 years, to research cults, the law and undue influence. She now serves as a consultant, on cults and undue influence to attorneys, and is studying to be a paralegal.
Steven Van Neste, is a locally recognized artist in Orlando. He edited four issues of “Ethics and The Modern Guru” which was the name of our cult education journal. He is an author of esoteric books, fiction and poetry. Steven is our technical wizard and podcast editor. He is more directly involved with the 100 Art Kit Mission.