EoC Italian Youth Section: Awareness, Accepting, Acting
An incredible and explosive mix! Creativity, dignity, stories, words, sharing, stimuli, examples. That’s a possible summary of the second stage of the EoC Youth Section. The story of a protagonist Read more...
EoC, "together" for Europe
The Seventh European Congress of the Economy of Communion was held last weekend in Rotselaar, Belgium.
#Eoc-iin: For a new generation of companies with a spirit of communion in Africa: the EoC StartUp Lab 2017 will take place from 19 to 24 June: 40 entrepreneurial projects from 10 African states, selected to participate at the incubation laboratory of the Economy of Communion.
Are you a young scholar or a PhD student in Economics and Management? Or are you writing your thesis about the Economy of Communion? This Summer School is for you! Last days to sign up: deadline for abstract submission: June 15, 2017
Telling about the Spiga Dorata means telling the story of a great desire to spend money on the poorest turned into a wonderful entrepreneurial folly. A project that over time has generated so much and reached so many important numbers, standing up to the challenge of the obstacles and threats of a place as hostile as the peripheral metropolitan areas in Brazil, also succeeding in holding back violence with a welcoming openness to the other and a deep sense of service.
«Human desire will forever remain only in its irreducible character (resistant to) any reduction and adaptation. »
Jacques Lacan The Seminar of; Book V (English translation by Cormac Gallagher)
It is not uncommon for experiences born in the name of gratuitousness to end up coming into conflict with the very gratuitousness that generated them. In many companies, the ‘simple’ goal of maximizing profit already produces organizations that do everything they can to try to direct all the available energies of their workers towards this end. But if the mission of an ideal-driven organization (IDO) is the definitive redemption of the poor or, perhaps, the conversion of the world, the members are asked to direct all available and even unavailable energies, possibly their entire life towards such a high cause. And so it often happens that in the practice of the IDO there is less freedom and gratuitousness than in the companies and organizations that the IDO criticizes precisely because of the lack of gift and freedom.
“Only infinite love can reduce itself and, in order to become finite, become incarnated in order to love the other, to love the other as a finite other.”
Jacques Derrida The Gift of Death (English translation by: David Wills)
Narrative capitals are pluralistic. Not all the stories they are composed of have the same value. Only a few are able to carry the weight of the new construction. ‘Wheat’ and ‘weeds’ are found in all fields of the earth, including those special fields where our ideals grow. At the beginning we must grow all the plants in the field, because - as the great evangelical metaphor says - if the peasants intervened to eradicate the weeds they would also tear away the good and precious ears of wheat.
«Ci sono le voci. Ci accompagnano. Ci mordono. Ci sussurrano brevissime consolazioni… Ci comandano ci sgridano quasi mai ci lodano gridano nelle notti insonni. Le voci… Di chi sono queste voci?»
Chandra Livia Candiani, Fatti vivo
The more we loved the great narratives we see vanishing, the more severe the famines of narrative capital are. When we had laid all our hearts, souls and minds in that good news, burned all our impossible desires, and it had become the dominant thought that did not let us sleep at night because we wanted to daydream our only true dream.
The contagious dream of a young Ugandan entrepreneur and his connection with the Argentinean EoC....
by Carolina Carbonell
Uganda is known as the "Pearl of Africa", a country known above all for its national parks that house the "Big Ten”, the 10 big game animals.
Henry is an average young man originally from a village near the city of Masaka. In the past 5 years he studied Economics in Kampala, the capital of the country, and now lives and works in Entebbe, a city located on the shores of Lake Victoria, near Kampala. The lake, whose name is a heritage from the colonial era, looks like a sea for its extension and Henry goes to fish there to get the raw material he uses in his farm. “In Masaka I noticed that people no longer have time to prepare their meals slowly, cooking for several hours, and it was with the aim of solving this problem that I had the idea of processing meat and fish for sale.”
“The great writers project their shadow in two directions simultaneously. In one they offer their shadow to their predecessors, in the other to those who follow them".
Wislawa Szymborska, How to live more comfortably
The most tenacious and constant search that humans conduct on earth is the search for consolation. It is impossible to give it up, especially in difficult times of existence, when the pain of the present and the uncertainty of the future generate the invincible temptation to construct illusions in order not to die. Many people, even the great, interrupt their ethical and spiritual journey and regress when and because they give in to these terrible temptations.
“We have to work in those intermediate areas between several orders of disciplines, in which exceptional wealth is often accumulated, like at the border of two different areas.”
Achille LoriaThe Economic Foundations of Society
Communities, associations, movements, institutions and businesses live through many forms of capital. One of these is narrative capital, a precious resource in many organizations, which becomes essential in times of crisis and in the great changes on which the quality of the present, the possibility of the future, the blessing or curse of the past depend. It is the patrimony - that is, munus / gift of the fathers - made of stories, stories, writings, sometimes poems, songs and myths. It is a real capital because, like all capitals, it generates fruits and future. If the ideals of the organization or community are high and ambitious, as it happens in many ideal driven organizations (IDO), its narrative capital is also great. It is a precious resource during the first difficulties, when telling each other the great episodes of yesterday gives courage to continue to hope, believe and love today.
The 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 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. Read more...
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