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

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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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.


'Let Jesus be born in the midst of our community, in our businesses, let him move around freely in the hangars and maybe get a little dirty with the dust of our work...' Our best wishes to all EoC members

by Luigino Bruni

FORMYNATALE 230 ridChristmas is the great celebration of communion, a communion so real to become flesh. To become a baby, fragile and poor, but one who makes us rich through his poverty. The EoC, that this year has grown in the number of companies and in the profits donated by all of you (as you will see from the Report that will soon be available on the site), is our small but precious gift to Jesus who is born, and in him to all children, girls, boys and young people who are more and more in the focus of our project. This year we would like to give special thanks and a special wish to Africa, a continent that is experiencing a real spring of the economy of communion. Nairobi is waiting for us at the end of May and I am sure that we will be generous in responding and we will be there in great numbers.

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and let's have Jesus be born in the midst of our communities, in our businesses, let him move around freely in the hangars and maybe get a little dirty with the dust of our work so that he feels more at home in our "houses".

Midwives of Egypt/19 - The real prophet is always in the service of a word that is not his own

by Luigino Bruni

published in Avvenire on 14/12/2014

Logo Levatrici d EgittoBetween the separate commandments were noted down all the precepts of the Torah in all their particulars, although the tables were not more than six hands in length and as much in width. It is another of the attributes of the tables, that although they are fashioned out of the hardest stone, they can still be rolled up like a scroll. When God handed the tables to Moses, He seized them by the top third, whereas Moses took hold of the bottom third, but one third remained open, and it was in this way that the Divine radiance was shed upon Moses' face. 
(L. Ginzberg, The Legends of the Jews, Vol. 3)

Forgiveness does not turn back time, nor does it delete words and deeds. But it has the power to make us reborn, to raise us to new life, to collect and receive our hurt body and turn it into a new and different one, where the scars are replaced by a face shining with light.


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Midwives of Egypt/18 - Promises and pacts create hope, "to be continued" by realisation

by Luigino Bruni

published in Avvenire on 07/12/2014

Logo Levatrici d EgittoGlory is a too violent presence for the human senses. Iod (YWHW) lets the perhaps more tolerable breeze of another emanation, goodness pass by the face of Moses. Even though it is immense, it is not more than a caress to humans.
Erri de Luca, Exodus - Names)

The real hope of being able to start over after the great crisis is drawing on those truer words that we said in the best moments of our lives, the greatest and most generous gestures that we have ever done, returning to the promises of our mothers and fathers who generated us.


A week of EoC meetings in Medellin with Giuseppe Argiolas from 20 to 25 October

by Antonio Garcia Martin

141020-25 Medellin Argiolas 01 ridThe week of meetings began on Monday 20 October with a conference in the “Centro de Congresos y Exposiciones Plaza Mayor”, attended by about 700 people (including teachers, entrepreneurs, workers and many students of many universities in the city). The title of the conference was “Economic Alternatives for Human Development” and along with the economy of communion, the economy of the common good and social economy were also presented. For the opening, the greeting words of the Dean of Social Sciences of the Pontifical Bolivarian University, the director of the Foundation Mundo Mejor (Better World), a representative of the Municipality of Medellín and a representative of the archdiocese were received.


We should not descend to compromise when the poor's skin is at stake.  We should not help them with money wrought out of their weakness.

by Luigino Bruni

published in Città Nuova n.21 on 10/11/2014

Slotmob 01I was in London, pursuing economic studies when in the morning of 8th May 1998 Chiara Lubich reached me on my house phone. Even if I had been member of her movement since the age of 15 – this is the great adventure of my life – I had never spoken to her personally. I can still remember how moved and surprised I was, but above all I remember her words: ‘Would you like to help me to attain scientific dignity to the Economy of Communion?’ The she added that on her return from Brazil, seven years after the launch of the EoC she understood that unless there developed an economic thought to accompany the entrepreneurs, the EoC would never really take off. I said yes, I left London for Rome and started working with her and many other fellows – and it all contributed to giving a bit of that scientific dignity to the life we all wanted to live then and now. I understood that life has priority, but thoughts and theory are also life and when they are not there, practice becomes poor and short lived.


Midwives of Egypt/17 - Even God can be appeased by the prophets. And no mistakes are concealed by them.

by Luigino Bruni

published in Avvenire on 30/11/2014

Logo Levatrici d EgittoWith Judaism I share the journey, not the arrival. I am not in the promised land, my residence is on the edge of the camp ... If I could choose where and how to be born, and I would opt for the same again and again: at the Sinai, as a stranger"
Erri de Luca, And He said).

Without prophets, charismas and artists we are doomed to perpetual adoration of the golden calves. We would reduce religion to idolatry, the religious communities to spiritual consumerism and works of art to mere merchandise. These testimonies of “gratuitousness by vocation” recall by their mere existence the nature of the gift of life, because they force us to look up above them if we want to find the source of the gifts that inhabit them.


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  5. The Treasure Trove of Heaven Gets Open

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Call for Research Projects

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

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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

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The EoC Newsletter no. 39 is now available online
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“Tuscany: a Global Laboratory for Quality of Life”

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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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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


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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