Andrew Jones has a little blurb on "the Fourth Sector" which he posted last week.
Basically, the fourth sector overlaps the private, public and volunteer/charity sectors and consists of "businesses" "doing good" and yet still "making money" (please excuse the excessive "quotes" ).
The fact that the lines between such enterprises can be so fuzzy is nothing but exciting in my opinion and while I've wondered about this idea more than I've actually thought about it, I wanted to introduce my dear readers to the concept.
I've always wondered what a for-profit charity, or a for-profit faith community would look like....is the fourth sector another example of a creative "third way?"
Extra Reading: NY TIMES: Businesses Try to Make Money and Save the World