Little at Large: The Fourth Sector: a kyosei of chaordic proportions

There you are, basking in your third sectory, not-for-profit, public benefit uniqueness. Well, I hate to puncture your complacency, but you have a rival: the Fourth Sector, the cool younger sibling you never knew you had.

Naturally, Americans noticed it first. According to the website FourthSector.net, the new sector "represents a new paradigm in organizational design", linking "two concepts which are held as a false dichotomy in other models: private interest and public benefit". Leaving aside that some dichotomies are there for a reason, social enterprises get a place, as do civil society organisations and CSR. But then we arrive at wilder shores, encountering "new profits", "chaordic organisations", which exist somewhere between order and chaos, and "kyosei", a Confucian concept of business ethics so cutting-edge that people faint just thinking about it.

- The Incorporated Society of Musicians has appointed Deborah Annetts as chief executive. The biography sent out with the announcement recalls Annetts' voluntary sector back story at Public Concern at Work and Dignity in Dying, but ends abruptly in 2007. No room to mention the three-month stint as chief executive of the YWCA, which would have ended in an employment tribunal if it wasn't for an out-of-court agreement.

- Have you noticed how charity chief executives are getting very salty these days? "Never mind Mr Testicles," emails Beat boss Susan Ringwood. "Your re-branding costs story is bo**ocks!" This column said last week that the eating disorders charity had spent £325,000. In fact, only £7,000 of that sum, invested by the Impetus Trust three years ago, went on the rebrand; the rest helped Beat improve the award-winning job it does, especially with young people. Apologies.

- Mathew Little is a freelance writer mathew.little@haymarket.com.

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