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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
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From West to East: Growing in Communion

The 5th meeting of entrepreneurs and leaders of the European EoC has ended in Croatia
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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 
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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.
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Pioneers of a Utopia

The First EoC Congress in Paraguay. Entrepreneurs in the Centre.
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The 2014 EoC Summer School in Paris: a real "shower of hope"!

In Arny, the 2014 Paris Summer School has ended
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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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Benvenuti, Welcome, Karibu, Nzoni Ngango, Akwaba... in Africa!

The International Congress of the EoC will take place in Nairobi, Kenya from 27 to 31 May 2015. An interview with Genevieve Sanze.
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Half Winged Angels

The young people who participated in the 2014 EoC Summer School in Mexico wanted to conclude their experience with a message that expresses their thoughts...
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EoC - Economy of Communion

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

by Benedetto Gui

In the waters of the Sun Moon Lake, the green mountains of the central-eastern region of Taiwan are reflected. Holy Love James Liao camp 06 crop ridThis big and beautiful island of the South China Sea was rightly named Formosa by the Portuguese sailors. Its fame attracts millions of tourists every year, also from mainland China. The steep slopes are covered with lush vegetation in the midst of which I can recognize clumps of bamboo, maybe 15 meters tall.

James Liao, a man in his forties, skinny like many of his countrymen, is waiting for us at the entrance of a small pier where we can sit on the stern of the Holy Love. It is a motorboat that has been recently rebuilt and he is justly proud of it: it is the only one of the whole lake that is accessible by the disabled in wheelchairs.

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Midwives of Egypt/15 – The land and time are gifts. We should not let them be stolen from us.

by Luigino Bruni

published in Avvenire on 16/11/2014

Logo Levatrici d EgittoIn Montgomery, Alabama, in a small Baptist church, I heard the most extraordinary sermon ever: the topic was the book of Exodus and the political struggle of the black in the South. From his pulpit the preacher mimed the exodus from Egypt, and he expounded the similarities with the present; he bent his back under the whip, he defied Pharaoh, he fearfully hesitated in front of the sea, he accepted the covenant and the law at the foot of the mountain.

M. Walzer, Exodus and Revolution

The types of humanism that have shown themselves capable of a future have flourished thanks to non-predatory relationships with time and with the earth. Time and the earth are not our creation; they can only be received, kept, cared for and managed by us, as a gift and a promise. And when we don't act like this and use time and land for profit, the future horizon of all gets cloudy and smaller.

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Midwives of Egypt/14 - The law of the poor man's cloak prepares the foundations of a different economy

by Luigino Bruni

published in Avvenire on 09/11/2014

Logo Levatrici d EgittoIf a man contracted a debt and gave his wife, sons, daughters in exchange or handed them over to be slaves, for three years they will work in the house of their purchaser or to the person who keeps them in slavery; but in the fourth year they will recover their freedom” (Code of Hammurabi).

To understand and live again, here and now the great message of the “Ten Words” donated by YHWH-Elohim, we would need a culture of the covenant, a civilization of faithful promises, capable of pacts that recognize the value of “forever”. Instead, a big sign of our time is the transformation of all the pacts into contracts, a sign that resonates louder and louder until it covers all the other sounds of the concert of community life. We see this extremely vividly in the context of family relationships, but also in the labour market where work relations in the twentieth century were designed and described using the relational register of pacts but today they are increasingly being flattened to the shape of contracts only.

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EoC entrepreneur Gonzalo Perrín's experience told at the Universidad Nacional de Rosario (Argentina) during the event: "Subsidiarity: An Entrepreneurial Commitment".

by Carolina Carbonell

141104 pasticcino11Gonzalo Perrín would never have imagined becoming the manager of a company producing biscuits at the age of only 29. He did his studies and was preparing to work in the hospitality industry but when he got to know the EoC, he felt contaminated by its philosophy and did not hesitate to leave everything behind. Today he is the director of the company named Pasticcino, a factory inside the Polo Solidaridad where 2.500.000 biscuits for coffee are produced monthly to be then distributed to 25 chain stores. Actually, at the moment there are plans to set up a branch office in the Polo Spartaco, in Sao Paulo (Brazil).

Last Thursday, on 23 October 2014 Gonzalo attended the presentation of the EoC at the Universidad Nacional de Rosario (Argentina), as part of an event that was entitled: “Subsidiarity: An Entrepreneurial Commitment”.

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Midwives of Egypt/13 - God talks to us and reminds us of our freedom. The idols make servants of us.

by Luigino Bruni

published in Avvenire on 02/11/2014

Logo Levatrici d EgittoThen the Lord spoke to you out of the midst of the fire. You heard the sound of words, but saw no form; there was only a voice.” (Deuteronomy, 4:12)

Human history is not a uniform and monotonic straight line. Some events have the power to bend time, to fold it or sometimes break some paths from it, opening up new dimensions for humanity. The voice of Sinai is one of those instants. The words spoken there and given to a nation of former slaves freed and pilgrims in a desert allow humanity to enter into a new moral and religious era. An era that is entirely to be created still, one that will always remain unfinished. So it is still ahead of us, waiting for us, calling us.

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

by Gina Perkov

141017-19 Faro 05 ridWe shall live or die, but we’ll be together!’ A great applause followed the words of Augustin from Congo who chose these words to express his own gratitude for the possibility to be part of the EoC project. This is how the 5th meeting of entrepreneurs and leaders of the European EoC ended in Križevci, Croatia.

150 people from 23 countries were present; from Europe:  Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia, Macedonia, Romania, Bulgaria, Moldavia, Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Russia, and also Germany, Austria, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Italy, Portugal were represented, but there were participants even from Brazil, Argentina, the Democratic Republic of Congo and India.

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Midwives of Egypt/12 - Only a symphony of voices is adequate for a dialogue with God

by Luigino Bruni

published in Avvenire on 26/10/2014

Logo Levatrici d Egitto...the mountains among themselves were fighting for the honor of being chosen as the spot for the revelation. One said: "Upon me shall the Shekinah of God rest, and mine shall be this glory," whereupon the other mountain replied: "Upon me shall the Shekinah rest, and mine shall be this glory." The mountain of Tabor said to the mountain of Hermon: "Upon me shall the Shekinah rest, mine shall be this glory..." (...) Mount Sinai was given the preference not for its humility alone, but also because upon it there had been no worshipping of idols; whereas the other mountains, owing to their height, had been employed as sanctuaries by the idolaters.

(Louis Ginzberg, The Legends of the Jews, Vol. III)

The first reform and social organization of the people of Israel originate from the advice of Jethro, Moses' father in law, a foreigner of a different faith. Between the escape from the idols of Egypt and the receiving of the gift of the Torah at Sinai, the Book of Exodus wished to include a picture of a good believer who is not idolatrous, and placed it at the heart of an event of crucial importance for the life of the people. It is a message of great openness and hope that reaches us today when believers in the God of life should unite and have a greater self-esteem, to free and protect ourselves from the thousands of idolatrous cults of our time.

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  3. The Different Words of Equals
  4. EoC: work as a vocation
  5. "Together We Grow: Youth Towards an Inclusive Economy"

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Call for Research Projects

“Tuscany: a Global Laboratory for Quality of Life”
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The Midwives of Egypt

Logo Levatrici d Egitto rid modThe reflections by Luigino Bruni on the Book of Exodus

The Treasure of the Seventh Day - 16/11/2014
The Dowry of the Earth - 09/11/2014
The Only True Image - 02/11/2014
Words of Heaven and Earth - 26/10/2014
The Different Words of Equals - 19/10/2014
The Law of Daily Bread - 12/10/2014
Salvation: Dance and Eyes - 05/10/2014
Gratuitousness Speaks - 28/09/2014
The Greatest Liberation - 21/09/2014
The Plagues of Our Invisible Empires - 14/09/2014
True loyalty - 07/09/2014
Where Real Freedom Begins - 31/08/2014
Moses' vocation - 24/08/2014
Enriching Cries - 17/08/2014
The Midwives of Egypt - 10/08/2014

Summer School EoC 2014

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"A New Economy for a Fairer World"

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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 Mexico 2014

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The EoC Newsletter no. 39 is now available online
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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.

 

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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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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

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The Genesis and Ethos of the Market

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Palgrave Macmillan, September 2012

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EoC training 2012

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

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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.
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Brazil 2011 - Twenty Years of EoC

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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).
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Economy and Communion Meet

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

Formy comic strips!

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