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Just One Giant Summit

Fourth Sector

Modern problems are proving so complex that they've inspired new kinds of collaborations and organizations referred to as the 4th Sector. When successful, 4th Sector ventures produce radically new opportunities for innovation and entrepreneurship.

Two complementary sessions where we swarm trust in traditional institutions, and the formalization of the 4th sector

Both sessions are not panel presentations. We will experiment with co-creation. Our event will feel like a jazz show, a stage where people with great experience think together (jam, dance). It is a different intellectual experience for participants and for those who attend the event as observers it's a show of collective intelligence at play.

This is moving from thinking alone and presenting our own ideas to thinking together and collectively improving our thoughts. That's in tune with the 4th Sector paradigm, swarming a topic rather than carving the event into 15min "real estate" for each presenter from which to project one-to-many. 

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Sessions Breakdown:

Trust in institutions, including science 

11:00 – 12:00 -CET (8-9am EST) - Virtual Room #3 (use pass cosijogs) - see also out Booth #9

- In this session, we share statistics and other data to better understand society's changing attitudes and trust in traditional institutions (panel discussion, short presentation, open discussion). Open presentation.

By: Mayssam Daaboul and Marie-Soleil L'Allier

This session is organized and curated by Tiberius Brastaviceanu

Recognizing, differentiating and evaluating 4th Sector initiatives: Towards the institutionalization of the 4th sector

13:00 – 14:00 CET (9-10am EST) - Virtual Room #3 (use pass cosijogs) - see also out Booth #9

- In this session, we will co-create a tool to identify organizations that belong to the 4th Sector and to distinguish them from organizations in either the private, public or the solidarity sectors. Our starting point will be Pentagrowth, a tool that is already able to treat open network-type organizations. Javier has kindly accepted to facilitate this workshop to find the key markers of 4th Sector entities. Like an X-Ray machine, this tool will highlight the skeleton of an organization and from the structure of its scaffolding we can place the organization into one of the 4 families or sectors. This would be a first concrete step towards recognition and legitimization of the 4th sector, one step closer for building interfaces between the emerging 4th Sector and the rest of society. Open preparation doc. Open presentation.

By: Javier Creus, and Mayssam Daaboul

This session is organized and curated by Tiberius Brastaviceanu

Note: The first session will set the stage for the second one. The hypothesis is that if trust in key institutions, those who are correlated with socioeconomic prosperity, is undermined, there is a window of opportunity for something new to emerge and gain adoption. The 4th Sector might be that new thing. 

Find out more about the co-creators

  • Tiberius Brastaviceanu is a researcher and entrepreneur studying the effects of new technology on power structures. In 2011, he co-founded Sensorica, a pilot project for the Open Value Network model, an application of commons-based peer production. Tiberius was also involved in the #occupy movement and participates in other projects related to what he calls the multitude movement, a concept similar to p2p movement.
  • Javier Creus is considered to be one of the primary strategists and thought leaders in systems innovation, collaborative economy, open and P2P business models and citizen innovation and in Europe and Latinamerica. As the creator of the Pentagrowth methodology he has helped leading global companies and startups in designing disruptive business models for impact and system innovation. He is actually involved in the development of Saluscoop and Clean Rivers Hub. He has been a freelance strategic planner, co-founder of Digital Mood incubator and @kubik multidisciplinary space, disruption management professor at ESADE. Co-author of "We are not ants". Advisor at Ouishare and Secretary of the Open Knowledge Foundation in Spain.
  • Mayssam Daaboul has a Dortorate in Business Administration, Ethical Economy, Theory of Social Production, the Commons and Ethics. 
  • Marie-Soleil L'Allier is a PhD Candidate - Sc. Environnement UQAM | Co-founder of - Épicerie LOCO

More Context

The problems that today threaten the health of our natural environment, the sustainability of our economies and even our ways of life, are proving so complex and interconnected as to have inspired new kinds of collaborations and organizations - referred to as the 4th Sector. In parallel to these pressures to find radically new approaches, a new potential has been introduced by the development of new digital technologies, which has sparked the development of a new shared imagination and a new culture, giving birth to new approaches. In other words, new wicked problems have met an army of unaware nerds thinking with new technologies. The hivemind has seized these new tools and adopted the new culture to form the 4th Sector. When successful, 4th Sector ventures produce radically new opportunities for innovation and entrepreneurship.

Fourth (4th) Sector is a space for experimentation with new organizational and economic models. People organize in open networks, using the Internet to communicate and coordinate actions on the ground. These networks are organic, dynamic, and versatile. They don’t need a head office or a legal entity to represent them. They are not Coops, Nonprofits, or Inc-s, they are creatures of the 4th Sector. Open networks are new channels for latent social potential, but face insurmountable institutional barriers. These new types of organizations have real impact but their structure and governance are not recognized by our institutions, as if they didn’t exist.

*The Fourth Sector Track is part of Just One Giant Summit: the first community science and innovation conference. For more details on the Summit, including date, schedule, location, etc., return to the main event page here.

Fourth Sector rationale.pdf
Fourth Sector Track Working Doc.pdf
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