Have you ever heard of a franchise prototype? Trust me: this pertains to self-governance.
McDonald’s began as a single restaurant, and a guy named Ray Kroc bought it and turned it into a franchise.
How did he do that?
He documented everything; the business, the operations, the staffing, etc.
So when one buys a McDonald’s franchise, one gets a proven business model, and a manual that describes just precisely what you need to do to run a successful business.
All you gotta do is choose the location, and you’re golden.
Same is technically true of self-governance, right?
We did something like this with skatepark advocacy; we took a model that worked in several locations, documented the how-to, and we gave away the franchise prototype.
We are always evolving, each time improving the model we are making available to others.
One might call it a Field Guide to Flourishing. She came up with the name. She’s good with words.
What kind of communities? I’ve been writing a lot about them lately, but preferably: your existing neighborhood. Why make this harder than it needs to be?
What will the field guide look like? Basically, a franchise prototype:
- a proven (regenerative) business model
- a “how-to” manual for operations and self-governance
Start small, fine-tune, and extrapolate.
Lather, rinse, repeat.
Not as hard as you think, actually, and requires no violence or drama.
Our software (214 Alpha) delivers the self-contained business model, and the operations and governance necessary to launch and sustain a community-centric franchise prototype, and our human to human services step you through the process to make sure you understand what’s going on.