WHAT IS W.I.S.E.?
WISE is an acronym for the World Institute of Scientology Enterprises, a "nonprofit religious corporation"[whose] purposes are to promote and foster the religious teachings of L. Ron Hubbard in society"" (World Institute of Scientology Enterprises License Agreement, part C)
WISE operates primarily in the US and Europe at present and charges member businesses an annual fee and a percentage of their income in exchange for the rights to use WISE training and practices, which consist of administrative theories and techniques developed by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard.
Many WISE affiliates are management consulting firms that approach business owners with seminars on how to expand their businesses and then steer them to Scientology. The most frequent targets seem to be dentists, chiropractors, podiatrists, veterinarians and other professionals. WISE also maintains a school, the Hubbard College of Administration, based in Los Angeles with around 20 satellite campuses worldwide training people in Hubbard’s business administration techniques.
WISE promoters publicly claim that they are merely sharing Hubbard’s secular business methodology and are not in any other way related to the Church of Scientology. However, WISE’s own publications make the connection plain, as in this policy directive:
"A WISE member is entitled to be paid by Church of Scientology orgs and missions for getting people onto services; their pay shall be in terms of commissions. Such commissions can be quite lucrative, depending only on the activity of the WISE member."
- WISE Policy Directive Internal 14, 27 March 1986, "Field Staff Member Activities"
WISE is about bait-and-switch conversion to a religion, with recruiters collecting a prize for each new convert.
The goal of WISE is to get Hubbard’s theories and techniques used in every business in the world. Take a close look at whether you would want such a world before signing on with WISE.
"Intruding into the Workplace," an excerpt from the book, CULTS IN OUR MIDST, by Dr. Margaret Thaler Singer http://tinyurl.com/2mgtw
"Local businesses get WISE," by Marshall Allen, LOS ANGELES TIMES, March 29, 2002.
A look at WISE affiliate businesses in the Los Angeles area. http://tinyurl.com/ywnlo
Official WISE website: http://www.wise.org/
PEOPLE MANAGEMENT (England), Aug. 28, 2001. English firms warned about WISE. http://tinyurl.com/2ndwv
Sworn declaration of chiropractor Ed Hattaway, who was introduced to the Church of Scientology by WISE. http://tinyurl.com/33xkb
Website dealing with Scientology in the workplace; includes updates on pending wrongful termination suits. http://tinyurl.com/2rz9d
"WISE as a Scientology Front Group," by Jeff Jacobsen. Online article: http://tinyurl.com/3dvmw
"Women Claim Religious Discrimination," THE RIDGEFIELD [NY] PRESS, 7/28/94, 7B, 8B) Two women are fired from a veterinary clinic after refusing to take WISE courses. http://tinyurl.com/2jpl2
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