Nairobi: An Intense EoC Working Weekend

In Nairobi an important weekend in preparation for the next EoC International Congress to be held in May.

Merry Christmas, EoC!

'Let Jesus be born in the midst of our communities, in our businesses, let him get a little dirty with the dust of our work...' Our best wishes to all EoC members...
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Holy Love: The Seeds of EoC in Taiwan

James Liao quits his job at a bank in order to commit to EoC like touristic activities at Sun Moon Lake

From West to East: Growing in Communion

The 5th meeting of entrepreneurs and leaders of the European EoC has ended in Croatia

Fulfil Yourself at Work...

From 1 to 3 October 2014 a group of forty young people from all over Italy participated in the third edition of the EoC Workshop School at Polo Lionello Bonfanti 

Congratulations from all of the EoC!

Maria Voce is confirmed as President  and Jesús Morán Cepedano is elected as new co-president by Focolare's General Assembly 2014.

Pioneers of a Utopia

The First EoC Congress in Paraguay. Entrepreneurs in the Centre.

The 2014 EoC Summer School in Paris: a real "shower of hope"!

In Arny, the 2014 Paris Summer School has ended

Summer School in Paris: the adventure continues

On the 2nd and 3rd day of school, the "dream team" of the 2014 Paris Summer School was given some challenging tasks
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 Serving God and the Law at a Philippine Bank

by Gregory J.Millan

 published in The Wall Street Journal on January 26, 2015 6:00 AM ET

Teresa Ganzon BK ridTeresa Ganzon and her husband bought a controlling interest in Bangko Kabayan Inc. in 1989, when it had only one branch, and it now ranks as one of the biggest rural banks in the Philippines. Ms. Ganzon has faced the usual array of developing country business risks, but in an unusual way, because she is also a leader in the Economy of Communion, an international network of more than 800 businesses committed to putting into practice the Catholic social doctrine behind Pope Francis’s controversial comments about business and the economy.  In a press conference during his recent trip to the Philippines, the Pope condemned corruption, and even spoke of kicking corrupt officials “where the sun doesn’t shine.” Ms. Ganzon discussed with Risk & Compliance Journal how Bangko Kabayan has grown while doing business in a manner consistent with that doctrine, in one of the world’s more corrupt countries.


The Great Transition/3 Young executives sacrificed, just like in the armies and pagan cults

by Luigino Bruni

published inAvvenire on 18/01/2015

One can behold in capitalism a religion, that is to say, capitalism essentially serves to satisfy the same worries, anguish and disquiet formerly answered by so-called religion.

Walter Benjamin, Capitalism as Religion, 1921 (translated by Chad Kautzer)

Burnout 01 ridAt this stage in our – sometimes in-depth – thinking about the non-sustainability of economic and financial models that we have set up in recent decades, there is one aspect that seems to be rather overlooked if we put it in relation with the weight it has in our political life, in democracy, in our well-being and ill state. It is the management culture of the organizations, which is becoming a true global ideology, developed and taught at major universities and widely implemented by multinational corporations and in global consulting associations. It is an ideology that is entering in many areas of social life, because it appears as a value-free technique, which has been able to recycle many of the symbolic codes that Western civilization has associated with good life and wealth for millennia.


In Nairobi an important weekend in preparation for the next EoC International Congress to be held in May.

by Antonella Ferrucci

150109-11 Nairobi 04 ridNairobi, January 10, 2015 – ‘In this beautiful African sunrise I glimpsed from the plane after a turbulent night, I see the beautiful dawn of the EoC in Africa’. It was with these suggestive words, accompanied by the pictures of the dawn that Luigino Bruni greeted his friends upon his arrival in Nairobi last Friday. He went there with Maja Calfová, representing all the International Commission of the EoC, to take stock of the preparation for the next EoC International Congress (27-31 May 2015) which will be preceded by the 1st International and Pan African EoC School for Young People (22-26 May 2015)


The Great Transition/2 - Crucial innovation stems from among the youth and the poor

by Luigino Bruni

published in Avvenire on 11/01/2015

Two prisoners, in two neighbouring cells, who communicate by knocking on the wall. The wall is what separates them but it is also what allows them to communicate. So it is between God and us. Every separation is a link, too.
Simone Weil (Gravity and Grace)

Innesto ridInnovation is a term in botany. It is used for buds and new branches. Innovations therefore need roots, good soil and a living plant.
They are life in bloom, generativity in action. And the innovations that become food, gardens and parks also require the work and patience of the farmer or gardener who accompanies them and looks after them during the frosts of the hard winters. And so the bud grows into a flower, the vineyard produces good wine, the fig tree starts to generate fruit after years of infertility and is saved.


The Great Transition/1 - Four (and more) different economies; new alliances

by Luigino Bruni

published in Avvenire on 4/01/2015

How are you going to save the world? How find a straight road to progress, you menGiovani Start up 01 rid of science, of industry, of cooperation, of trade unions and all the rest? How are you going to save it, I say? By what? By credit? What is credit? To what will credit lead you?

Fyodor Dostoyevsky (The Idiot)

While we suffer from a crisis that seems (and is) too long, in order to cultivate hope that is not vain we should be able to see the bustling crowds of new life, businesses, work and innovation in the undergrowth of our economy. Because it is there, really. However, the quality of the new phase of our capitalism will depend on which contemporary economy is able to "attract", absorb and exploit all the young, intellectual and technological energy that is being released in and outside of the "canvas" (web).


EoC Entrepreneur Alexis Mupepe Kashiama's testimony from Kinshasa

How do we live the EoC in our enterprise? This question that is a fundamental one for Coalex Medical 02 ridthe entrepreneurs of the Economy of Communion, keeps returning in our EoC training sessions, too. Our company COALEX-MEDICAL is an enterprise that belongs to the Economy of Communion by vocation, and in these few lines we would like to share with you how we live this vocation in our company.

Looking closely at the new challenges that entrepreneurs are facing these days, we would like to stick to the various virtues that characterize the EoC, and especially to sharing and putting the person at the centre to promote their integral development in society.


Midwives of Egypt/21 - Moses' life events say a great word to us: gratuitousness

by Luigino Bruni

published in Avvenire on 28/12/2014

Logo Levatrici d EgittoNo one knows his resting place. For the men of the mountain, their tomb is located in the valley; for the men of the valley, it is situated on the mountain. It is everywhere and elsewhere, always elsewhere. No one was present at the time of his death. In a sense, he still lives in us, in all of us. Because, as long as there is a son of Israel, somewhere, who proclaims his Law and his truth, Moses lives through him, in him, as the burning bush lives, which consumes the hearts of men without consuming their faith in man and in his agonizing cries.
(Elie Wiesel, Biblical characters through the Midrash).

To learn how to be born again we must re-learn to die, something we have forgotten. Consumer society is first and foremost a gigantic effort to exorcise death, the limit, old age; it is a huge, sophisticated industry of perpetual entertainment that should not leave us time and space to think that one day the big game of consumption will end and the carousel will come to his final lap.


Midwives of Egypt/20 The meaning of community and forgiveness. The intelligence and the prayer of the hands.

by Luigino Bruni

published in Avvenire on 21/12/2014

Logo Levatrici d EgittoIt's nice to see a handful of bricklayers who, when arrested by a difficulty, each reflecting on their own, indicate different means of action, and apply unanimously the method conceived by one of them, who may or may not have an official authority over the others. In such moments the image of a collective appears to be pure.

(Simone Weil, in G. Borrello, Work and Grace).

There is a deep relationship between community and forgiveness. Community is not given without forgiveness, and forgiveness is the great generator and regenerator of communities. Cum-munus (reciprocal gift) and for-give-ness. The only social relations that do not need forgiveness are the functional, bureaucratic, anonymous, contractual ones, where since there are no  un-mediated meetings there is no need for forgiveness, and in turn it becomes just an out-of-tune and foreign word.


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Luigino Bruni's articles and video

Call for Research Projects

“Tuscany: a Global Laboratory for Quality of Life”
Towards Expo 2015

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The Midwives of Egypt

The Tree of Life

Logo Albero della vita rid modThe commentary on Genesis from the editorials of each Sunday published in Avvenire by Luigino Bruni

The death of Jacob - 03/08/2014
Beggars of Blessings - 27/07/2014
The miracle of reconciliation - 20/07/2014
Joseph and forgiving - 13/07/2014
Joseph, a truthful "interpreter" of dreams - 06/07/2014
The loyalty of Joseph - 29/06/2014
Judah and Tamar - 22/06/2014
Joseph the dreamer - 15/06/2014
The death of Isaac - 08/06/2014
Dinah, the revenge and the gratitude - 01/06/2014
Blessed Struggle - 25/05/2014
The Way: To State and Cultivate the Alliance - 18/05/2014
The dream and the vocation - 11/05/2014
Esau and Jacob - 04/05/2014
The first contract - 27/04/2014
Abraham and Isaac - 20/04/2014
Agar - 13/04/2014
Abram - 06/04/2014
Babel - 30/03/2014
Noah - 23/03/2014
Cain and Abel - 16/03/2014
The snake - 09/03/2014
Eye to eye - 02/03/2014
Adam - 23/02/2014
The tree of life - 16/02/2014

Summer School EoC 2014

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"A New Economy for a Fairer World"

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Summer School Mexico 2014

“Tuscany: a Global Laboratory for Quality of Life”

EoC Report 2012-2013

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Synthesis of a year of EoC, strategies and prospects for the future.

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United Nations Video

This short video was shot in occasion of the EoC presentation in the February 2012 UN Conference on Poverty Eradication.


Summer School EoC 2013 videos

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EoC Summer School, Madrid, Sept. 11-15, 2013: A new economy for a united world

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Nairobi 2015

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The EoC International Congress will take place in Nairobi from 27 to 31 May 2015.

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Structures of Grace

Structures of grace ridJohn Gallagher, Jeanne Buckeye

New City Press, December 2014


The economy of giving

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«Unlike the consumerist economy, based on a culture of having, the economy of communion is the economy of giving.... 

The Economics of Values-Based Organisations

The economics of Values Based Organization ridLuigino Bruni, Alessandra Smerilli

Routledge, July 2014


The Genesis and Ethos of the Market

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Palgrave Macmillan, September 2012


EoC training 2012

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See the videos of the EoC training lessons (Per-corso EdC) held in the Lionello Industrial Park

Video - The EoC Project

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This short 5 minute video about the origins of The EoC in Freedom Project, was developed for a presentation to the United Nations in February 2012.

Video - EoC in 5 words

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Presentation by Luigino Bruni to the Faculty of the Ateneo De Manila University. Manila, Philippines, September 23, 2011

The Wound and the Blessing

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Economics, Relationships, and Happiness

New City Press, 2012


Guidelines for conducting an EoC business

Binari_rid_modThe Economy of Communion proposes the following "Guidelines for conducting a business", to productive organizations who adhere to its message and its culture, written in the light of the life and thought of thousands of entrepreneurs and workers....

The “Identification Card” of the EoC

logo_edc_benvThe Economy of Communion (EoC) is a movement that involves entrepreneurs, workers, directors, consumers, savers, scholars, economic workers, poor and citizens, families, and was launched by Chiara Lubich in May of 1991 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Brazil 2011 - Twenty Years of EoC


All the information related to the two events held in Brazil from May 25-29, 2011, for the 20th anniversary of the EoC (including articles, texts and videos).

Economy and Communion Meet

Economia e Comunione si incontrano - sintesi DVD

What is the Economy of Communion? Here is a synthesis of the DVD "Economy and Communion Meet" (only available in Italian) ©Charisma Productions, 2007

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