Intersectoral Integration

From Open Source Ecology
Jump to: navigation, search


There are 3 main sectors of the economy: primary (raw resources), secondary (manufacturing), tertiary (services across the board such as banking, law, government, military, academia, entertainment, etc - anything that is 'white collar' and not primarily the production of physical goods). Blue collar involves the first and second sectors. The third sector can be further divided into teh Quaternary Sector (IT), and the Quinary Sector ('gold collar' jobs). All 5 sectors do not communicate well with one another, and intra-sectoral communication is likewise poor - meaning that feedback and information flows are ineffective or inefficient. This translates to a significant burden on civilizational progress, and can lead to regress such as democratic backsliding.

There is another 3 'sector' model, with government, private, nonprofit sectors. The fourth sector in this model appears to be a blend of private and public - the Fourth Sector, which is interesting from the OSE standpoint due to its integrative in its nature. In Israel, there is also the concept of the Fifth Sector.

Thus, it is useful to create the

The trouble is that the disciplines/sectors have ineffective communication protocols to other disciplines/sectors, and may lack enforcement mechanisms. In most cases, it is likely that incentives may be misaligned, because each sector's interests are different. This is a shortcoming of complex, disintegrated industrial societies. Integration is the solution.

OSE's core concept is integration. Integration is in OSE's name: ecology. Ecology is the interaction of systems and species, natural and human-created. Ecology in our name refers to a broad definition of ecology, as the general interaction of parts (sectors) in their environment (anthroposphere).

OSE Case

We propose the development of Integrated Enterprise, whose core tenets include intersectoral integration.

Further Technical Details

What is intersectoral integration? Some examples across design-engineering-build-legal-financial-governance

  1. Design includes ab-initio calculations related to performance and safety. Safety is included in the design phase, not as a third party regulator. Regulators transition to ab-initio engineering work for safety issues. Open software and protocols are created, decentralizing the regulatory system. As such, design and regulation have been integrated and optimized, with best practice shared openly. A prerequisite is open design
  2. First principles engineering is included in house to optimize design, as opposed to following generalized design which may be not relevant in a specific case.
  3. Education is included in manufacturing orgs, which effectively start their own 'universities'. Prerequisite is open design, for the education to be not a silo, but part of an open ecosystem.
  4. Compliance is built into open documentation (CAD-BOM-Build), thus promoting interdisciplinary cross-fertilization. Once again, the prerequisite is open design.
  5. In higher education, only interdisciplinary education exists. Teaching in-depth knowledge without responsibility transitions to the realm of the unethical.
  6. All companies collaborate openly to lift the level of humanity, not to compete for marketspace.


  • Complex systems
  • Interdisciplinary studies
  • Real world learning.