The "best practices" competition linked to the international event "Prophetic Economy", which will take place from 2 to 4 November 2018, is now under way. The jury will be composed of: Vandana Shiva, Jeff Sachs, Cristina Calvo and Stefano Zamagni..
Prophetic Economy...between the “already” and the “not yet”
The International Event “Prophetic Economy” promoted by the EoC and several associations and movements intending to respond to the cry of the world and the poor will take place in Castel Gandolfo, Rome from 2 to 4 November 2018.
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
Luigino Bruni's series of Bible commentaries in Avvenire continues under the title: "Greater Than Guilt", on the Book of Samuel
by Luigino Bruni
Summary: The commentary on Samuel's Books begins today. A reflection on our time, on our sins and corruptions, of all of us, that have been there forever. But above all on the great strength and dignity of men and women. Of Hannah and many other women who populate these biblical books.
“And now look again, and see what will naturally follow if the prisoners (the people bound inside the cave) are released and disabused of their error. At first, when any of them is liberated and compelled suddenly to stand up and turn his neck round and walk and look towards the light... ...do you think that he would care for such honours and glories, or envy the possessors of them (among the prisoners - the tr.)? ...I think that he would rather suffer anything than entertain these false notions and live in this miserable manner. ...would he not be ridiculous? ...and if any one tried to loose another and lead him up to the light, let them only catch the offender, and they would put him to death.”
Plato The Republic(English translation by Benjamin Jowett)
It is typical of ideological thinking - of every ideology but above all those of a religious nature - to create a dichotomic or gnostic type of representation of the world. Happiness, beauty, truth, and the special light of those who are inside that experience are exalted, and the ordinary happiness and beauty of those who are outside are devalued. Friendship, work, play, art and everyone's life are not enough anymore. There is a need to load these realities with additional, extraordinary and diverse meanings. And soon we end up no longer being able to rejoice in seeing a "friend and nothing more", of "just working and nothing more", of "just praying and that’s all", of "just painting and that’s all". We begin to believe that simple life is not enough to live. And while we are convinced that we live more than others, we risk ceasing to really live.
“But one had to be talented to be able to age without becoming an adult ".
Jacques Brel-Franco BattiatoThe Song of Old Lovers (La canzone dei vecchi amanti)
Every organization and every community would like to have members who authentically identify with their institutional mission, genuinely love its narratives and truly believe in what they say and do. This difficult operation of sincere individual identification with the institutional mission succeeds very well in the context of ideal-driven communities and organizations (IDO), especially when ideals are so high that they puncture the sky and let us glimpse paradise. This creates a perfect synergy between the individual and the community. Everyone believes, hopes, loves and desires the things of all others, without this "socialization of the heart" being experienced as the alienation and expropriation of the hearts of individuals.
When a truly original genius makes its appearance in the world, people make haste to get rid of it. To achieve this goal they have two methods. The first is elimination. In the event of failure, they adopt the second method (which is much more radical and hideous): exaltation, putting it on a pedestal and transforming it into a "god".
Lu Xun, An Introduction to a The sayings of Confucius
At the origins of many communities and movements there is an experience of intense and deep closeness, among all of the members and - in the first place - with the founders. It is an extended kind of intimacy that exalts and develops the intimacy of each person. This particular "relational good" attracts, fills and fascinates no less than the ideal message received and announced. The contact of hearts and bodies, the sharing of the same table where meals prepared together are eaten, the real hugs to the "lepers" that immediately become true and different hugs exchanged with each other upon returning home. These are radically anti-immunitarian experiences, precisely because the many forms of mediation that we have invented in order not to touch the "wound of the other” are not there yet.
But when Cephas (Peter) came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned. (...) But when I saw that their conduct was not in step with the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas before them all, “If you, though a Jew, live like a Gentile and not like a Jew, how can you force the Gentiles to live like Jews?”
Paul , Letter to the Galatians (2:11; 14)
Life has its fullness that in itself has the power to satisfy and satiate. The moon, the dawn, the sunset, pain, love, a gaze, a child, are more concrete and true incarnate words than the words we use to describe them. If this were not so, we would not understand why most people, yesterday and today, do not know how to compose poems or theological essays, yet they can touch life at the same depth as the poet or the philosopher. It is this direct access to the mystery of existence that really makes us all equal under the sun, before the many differences and inequalities, whether they are good or bad. And that, perhaps, makes us occasionally able to feel a true universal fraternity with animals, plants, and the earth, that we feel alive, just like ourselves. But, as it often happens, this infinite richness can also be transformed, in some cases, into a form of poverty.
Christmas, passion and resurrection yesterday and today
Tradition has always interpreted the scene of the birth of Jesus as a proclamation of his passion and resurrection: his people who do not recognize him and do not host him, the shining light of the cave that attracts the shepherds, life that defeats death, the cave and the sepulchre, Mary’s stabat. Jesus the naked child just like he will be when he is crucified. We do not understand Christmas without Golgotha, nor Golgotha without Christmas. As we rejoice for Jesus who returns, let us not abandon the crucifixes of this night, which await our company to be able to hope for a resurrection.
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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