A Center for Industry Innovation: Samir 'Mr. Magazine' Husni on his new, nonprofit venture and the role he hopes it will play in the future of print
INBOX: What is the purpose of the center?
HUSNI: The short answer is to amplify the future of print -- and that includes newspapers and other paper products.
INBOX: What will be the center's goals and activities?
HUSNI: MIC will catalyze innovation in order to ensure a thriving future for magazines and the print industry. The center [will] offer a wide spectrum of perspectives inside and outside of print media. MIC will act as a think tank that will bring people together at the center to come up with solutions for some of the industry's most pressing issues. We will deal with one issue at a time, and we will try to have a variety of people from a variety of demographics and clusters of work to come up with these solutions. We will have workshops, seminars and how-to sessions to help in the process of innovation and enhancing the power of magazines and other print products.
INBOX: Have you established a board of directors yet? Who will be involved?
HUSNI: The board of directors has not been established yet; however, I have a list of more than 150 people worldwide who have expressed interest in being on the board. I am more interested [now] in establishing the cornerstones of the center, the physical location, the offices, etc., before forming the board or even asking for contributions to raise the amount of money needed to pay for the cost of the center's activities. My goal is to raise a million dollars this year and, as the economy improves, fulfill my goal of raising five million dollars to ensure that the center will continue for years to come. Only the interest from the money contributed will be used by the center, and it will only be used to run the activities of the center.