Nobody can make it out of franchisng by themselves

January 7, 2011

Franchising teaches many lessons to those of us with a selfish inclination.

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In 2011, here’s to doing your own thing

January 1, 2011

Oh yes.

It will be very interesting.

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Love hurts

December 21, 2010

Everyone is called to take the ultimate gamble.

Again. And Again. And again.

We’re all the same that way.

Remember by Alex Cherry


When the news is not good, try to stick together

November 17, 2010

The promise was that you would have a business to sell.

Come together now.

Boxer in Animal Farm, George Orwell

[Animal Farms project page]


Abuse tests your definition of a friend

November 16, 2010

Franchising tests everyone’s values.

If trust gets shattered by a betrayal of, say,  +30 years of loyal service to a company, our belief in ourselves is shaken.

And sometimes irrevocably shattered.

Look to those that have gone down that road before. Help others and in that generosity, grace will heal you.

[Awful Library Books]


To Canadian franchisees: Thank you for your patience

November 5, 2010

A joint communique will be delivered shortly.

40,000 ON and 76,000 CDN families

— No renewing franchisees were harmed in this post (ie. redacted conference badge).


Restoring justice in franchising.

October 18, 2010

When one human right is violated, all human rights are violated.Upon reflection, many franchisees consider their experiences a violation of their fundamental human rights. While the most obvious one, the one always mentioned in even the weakest franchise law (right to associate) there are several others, principally, violations of the right to enjoy free speech.

If franchising is to “get back” there must be a technology that assists in recognizing and treating this violence. It’s called restorative justice.

South Africa developed one:

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) was a court-like restorative justice body assembled in South Africa after the abolition of apartheid. Witnesses who were identified as victims of gross human rights violations were invited to give statements about their experiences, and some were selected for public hearings. Perpetrators of violence could also give testimony and request amnesty from both civil and criminal prosecution. Wikipedia

Canada is working on another for their indigenous peoples.

Franchisees are both a distinct and indigenous people. Ontario had a form of it at the public hearings that preceded the Arthur Wishart Act (Franchise Disclosure) in 2000.

  1. Check it out for yourself: of the 40 testimonies, former and honest franchisees speak one language, one experience, one emotion.
  2. For the individuals involved, March 6, 7, 8 & 9, 2000 were important dates in their lives because a threat to someone else’s liberty, is a threat to everyone’s. There are no bystanders in a rights war. Many of these are still in public service.
  3. I started collecting articles in preparation of these testimonies and from this need, WikiFranchise.org arose.

Statesmanship: A first step is the state acknowledging that systemic abuse happened and they themselves were a part of the problem. Not the individual politician or civil servant: but that, for their part, a predatory environment was tolerated and enabled that caused family violence to flourish in franchising. This is called leadership.

Public hearings may be an appropriate response.

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