What a year

We all know it. 2016 has been a year of political earthquakes that upended the status quo. Change has happened. Amidst all this change, a small group of people — us — came together to create a new politics in the context of the fourth industrial revolution.

In six months we have built a growing community of over 1,000 people and have reached over 30,000 people through our community-building, events, online discussions, and social media activity. We have built a team of organisers and advisors who have guided the way through our start-up phase. We have received in-kind support from amazing individuals and organisations from the tech, politics, civic, media, and creative sectors.

Here are some highlights:

Members of The Fourth Group who attended our first meetup
(Left) The winning team of our Politech Hackathon, HonestGov, with judges Kirsty Styles (New Statesman Tech) and Matt Clifford (Entrepreneur First). (Right) Poster for our offline event.
Members of the community devising a plan to create a new politics together
(Left) Volunteer Organiser Hannah-Polly Williams chairing our event on climate change, and (Right) Nick Davis from the World Economic Forum explaining the fourth industrial revolution and its implications for politics

Thank you for your engagement, enthusiasm, support, leadership, and optimism thus far.

Next year, it continues.

Creating a new political organisation with the mission of improving the state of the world is no easy task. But with you and our fellow community members, it is possible. Change is always sparked by a small group of people coming together through shared values, a clear vision, and an action plan.

Here’s some of what’s coming up in 2017:

  • We will hold our first event outside of London, a meet-up in Paris
  • Run events on cyber-security, and branding a new politics
  • Launch our Essay Prize
  • Official launch of The Fourth Group
  • Continue building the four pillars of a new politics

We look forward to building a new politics with you, together.

Have a wonderful festive season,

The Fourth Group Team

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