A Philanthropic Initiative:
The Forrest Project is interested to assist individuals to learn and progressively develop a business of a type which will predominate in future years. The computer and Internet have made such business activities possible. It requires no crystal ball to predict that such activities will become the basis for businesses of the future. The means to bring this about is already available for anyone with a computer connected to the Internet.
We consider that there is a need for philanthropic assistance for people in general to be encouraged to build their own businesses. The activities selected by The Forrest Project for building businesses have until the present time been handicapped by the disinterest of those who are interested only in making a quick profit.
Candidates for Training and Recruitment:
The people we would like to hear from are teachers, journalists, writers, translators, managers, university staff, students, artists, historians, musicians, sporting organizations, schools and anyone who has a desire to produce a document of interest, which can be downloaded from the Internet. Candidates may speak a language other than English and reside in either a developing country or an economically advanced nation. They may be located in a large city or out in a remote and isolated region, provided there is an opportunity for communication via the Internet.
Building One’s Own Business:
The Forrest Project wishes to take the position of an intelligent mailbox, through which a candidate may build his/her own business. The principal involvement of the Project is to train people on the job and provide the necessary quality assurance function. The mailbox is in effect an Internet conduit through which a candidate’s published product can be selected by a potential client, paid for and downloaded. The costs of production are borne principally by the candidate, unless while learning, there is also a contribution from a Project researcher. Every product which is displayed on the Internet is first examined by a quality assurance specialist, who is a Project partner.
Financially, there is no capital or any other moneys to be paid at any time. Upon a sale occurring, previously agreed percentages are automatically paid to the accounts of those who have contributed. No person is on a salary. The only income received by anyone occurs upon the sale of products.
The Forrest Project is very interested to encourage a creative person to propose new products which can be sold and downloaded from the Internet.
Published products are at this stage principally books and music, which lend themselves to downloading. There are however many publications which are beyond the scope of traditional publishers, which can be easily transmitted via the Internet. These are publications of extraordinary length and those which contain many coloured images. Genealogical manuscripts, courses of school or university study, sport education programs with many illustrations and up-to-date research publications between collaborating research institutes, have in the past not been attractive to profit-oriented publishing houses.
As well, there are limited-run publications intended for a small number of recipients, which have traditionally only been published at the cost of the author. These can as well be published at no cost to either The Forrest Project or the author. Of course, the author does incur the cost of his own time in planning and writing the work.
In view of the fact that The Forrest Project incurs no significant cost except in managing and operating the website, it wishes to acknowledge the huge contribution in manhours and intellectual effort, by paying the author up to 80 percent of the price paid for each published item sold.
See the components on Publishing and Cataloguing art works for a more complete list of published products. Products of Interest to a World Market. The world market is of course interested in published books, music and cataloguing works of art, whether in developing countries or economically developed nations. However, interest can only exist if worldwide prices are adjusted so as to be equitable for each group of countries.
In view of the fact that The Forrest Project incurs no real cost in marketing via the Internet, then a policy has been adopted whereby published products are sold in all countries at prices within the reach of people in developing countries. This led to a decision to recruit translators who constitute a significant part of The Forrest Project.
Working to Establish a Partnership in a New Regional Centre:
The Forrest Projectwould like to hear from groups in developing countries, who include a person able to function as a partner and others as researchers. The Board of Partners would negotiate with a proposed partner and if interests are confirmed to be philanthropic as well as commercial, then we would welcome the addition of a new regional group. Note however that a regional group does not imply that all members live geographically close to one another. It does however mean that there should be a good working relationship as between individuals who speak a common language.