What WikiLeaks is to diplomacy…

January 16, 2011

WikiFranchise.org is to franchising.

Which is related to a custom franchise system-specific wiki.

Now we’re talking.



Franchising is just one big, fat, cruel inside joke.

January 5, 2011

Once you understand the terms, most jokes can be understood by almost anyone.

That is what WikiFranchise.org does: with a little bit of your work, it lets you in on the joke.

Asymptote: In analytic geometry, an asymptote of a curve is a line such that the distance between the curve and the line approaches zero as they tend to infinity. Some sources include the requirement that the curve may not cross the line infinitely often, but this is unusual for modern authors.

A simple example:


WikiFranchise is an inventory of franchise effects

January 3, 2011

I saw the power of manually adding up franchisee investor case studies in 1999.

McLuhan explained the explosive nature of doing that digitally (electrically).

When you give people too much information, they instantly resort to pattern recognition to structure the experience. The work of the artist is to find patterns.

In a sense, WikiFranchise.org is creative: a masterpiece rooted in thousands of peoples’ lives/experiences.

Only through organization can franchisees access new-found justice

November 22, 2010

The Canadian judiciary is rapidly creating a franchisee-sensitive justice environment.

Franchisees need to help themselves, too.

In 1998, we published a mission statement for the first Canadian national franchisee association: Canadian Alliance of Franchise Operators, CAFO. A place where leaders for each franchise system could be developed (an association of associations).

It was going to:

improve the equity within the franchise industry, be recognized as the definitive franchisee voice in Canada, and promote responsible and enforceable government regulations.

It would be done through education, a Franchise Industry Registry, advocacy, research, legislation, membership services and the Canadian Centre for Franchise Excellence.

Ted Dixon at the INFO Franchise Newsletter published our objectives and WikiFranchise.org has an archived copy here.

Fear mongering begins in Ontario Wishart Act proposed change

November 11, 2010

Some professionals hold fast to their word.

They continue to practice with integrity, dignity, grace and humour, often under extreme conditions.

If faced with insurmountable economic hardships, they choose to leave a field rather than sell-out their principles.

Bev Cline writing for the Globe and Mail attributes the following excerpt to a Sotos LLP partner:

Another concern is that franchisors will essentially be asked “to crystal ball gaze” into the future in creating the educational document, says Allan Dick, a franchise lawyer at Sotos LLP in Toronto. “Currently a franchisor has to disclose, through the disclosure document [as mandated by the Arthur Wishart Act], everything that is material to the opportunity,” says Dick. The disclosure document, he points out, “is not a ‘general’ document; it’s a very specific document for a specific opportunity for a specific franchise.”

So, in terms of the proposed educational document, Dick asks: “If the franchisee is relying on a franchisor who is being forced [in the educational document] to crystal-ball-gaze into the future, to provide information that the franchisor could not know, will this benefit the prospective franchisee?”

The point is that prospective franchisees’ immediate interest and goal is to “look for the best opportunity they can find to be successful in business,” says Dick.

The implied threat to politicians, always sensitive to job loss or creation, is in the last sentence.

In addition, if franchisors are held liable for predicting business prospects in an unrealistic way, says Dick, they may be reluctant to enter into certain markets in the first place.

In WikiFranchise.org, Risk #12 is 95 per cent of legal fees are paid by franchisors. The full article: before and after I had “Wiki-ed” it (eg. told a story through a case study risk analysis).

Who are you going to trust?

— Thanks to This Isn’t Happiness

Reputation self-destruction relies on documents

November 8, 2010

WikiFranchise.org is the only international, independent franchise-investor document repository.

It has proven over 18 months to be a bullet-proof safe harbour for information sharing. I choose what articles are included or excluded. I welcome all article, document submissions.

I do not like freedom of speech bullies very much.

WikiFranchise statistics for October 2010

November 3, 2010

Growth in 10 of 10 key activity measures for WikiFranchise.org.

Month-to-Month Change :: Month-over-6 Months Change

  1. Unique visitors: 3,451 or +9.7% :: +84.4%,
  2. Visits: 4,857 or +16.3% :: +88.2%,
  3. Pages: 39,382 or +49.6% :: +211.6%,
  4. Hits: 51,819 or +35.4% :: +169.2%, and
  5. Bandwidth: 1,160 MB or +19.1% :: +185.2%.

Size of most popular downloaded file: 20.71 KB

%d bloggers like this: