There is a 40-year history of repeated, mind-numbing franchisee head-in-hand stories that accurately apply to all business-format franchises.
It ain’t lack of knowledge, folks. The institutional memory of every western country’s commercial regulators is working perfectly well and is well-stocked with a litany of investor abuse, suicide and pain narratives. That’s their job and they have the finest educations in the world to archive information accurately.
Franchising is often regarded as the most studied and least acted-upon industry file in modern bureaucracies.
- The universal moral outrage has always been: There oughta be a law!!!
- So, for 40 years, well-meaning amateurs have used legislative or law-creating models to try to solve this problem.
How’s it been going?
For the Mom and Pop investor in the most sophisticated market and lead country in the world, the current investor protection has degenerated and pretty much sucks [see Poo-filled franchise systems].
- Internationally, the results for the majority of individual industry participants [franchise investors and their families who make up 50% of the actual flesh-and-bone people] are strikingly similar to a sharecropping or indentured servant labour and human rights model.
There have been of course many, many happy and profitable serfs throughout the ages and their denial and plain dumb luck allows them to sleepwalk while heaping contempt on the disgruntled, the FranWads, the Loser.
A few people consider this general situation unacceptable and would like to try other ways of affecting change.
If you would like to participate in the confidential discussions, planning and implementation to see how the latest technologies might clean up this sewer, [lots of potty talk on FranchiseFool lately, eh?] this is your chance to leave the tall grass and sign up.
Drop a comment to me and I will contact you [anonymously, of course]. Call me in Canada at 1-705-737-4635 if you like.
Analyzing franchisng as if it were a medium has been useful to me. McLuhan’s aphorisms and wordplay help.
The future masters of technology will have to be light-hearted and intelligent. The machine easily masters the grim and the dumb.
A moral point of view too often serves as a substitute for understanding in technological matters.
A new medium is never an addition to an old one, nor does it leave the old one in peace. It never ceases to oppress the older media until it finds new shapes and positions for them. 1964
The ignorance of how to use new knowledge stockpiles exponentially.
The modern Little Red Riding hood, reared on singing commercials, has no objection to being eaten by the wolf.
We are the genitals of our technology. We exist only to improve next years model. Art is anything you can get away with.
Violence is the quest for identity. When identity disappears with technological innovation, violence is the natural recourse.
The poet, the artist, the sleuth, whoever sharpens our perception tends to be antisocial; rarely ‘well adjusted,’ he cannot go along with currents and trends…. Their power to see environments as they really are.