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The foundation of the Civil Economy School (SEC)

A few of the major crusaders for a civil economy in Italy promote the Civil Economy School (SEC), established in the Lionello Business Center on May 19.

By Antonella Ferrucci

Silvia Vacca ridWe interviewed Silvia Vacca, the young entrepreneur of the renewable energy worker and producer cooperative Etica nel sole. She is from Turin and has a 5 and an eight year old boy. She worked hard to start up the SEC and is the chairman of the board. 

What is SEC?

It is the acronym for Civil Economy School in Italian (Scuola di Economia Civile). Through research and studies, the school intends to promote a human-centered civil market where people's needs, aspirations and progress come before economic growth.

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At Avola a good was “born” to protect and safeguard

A Permanent Workshop for Civil Economy is Born in Ancient Avola

by Antonella Ferrucci

120127-28_Avola_09_Steni_ZamThe goal of this first Workshop for Civil Economy in Avola was ambitious and perhaps a bit crazy: to lay the foundations to create new, sustainable civil regulations to manage the common goods of the territory: regulations that would reconcile in a new way the market and politics. But how? Starting from the contribution of all those who attended, from business owners to other professionals, from educators to housewives, each one personally called to bear witness of best practices from which to draw out effective and, above all, sustainable laws. “This is above all a workshop,” they told us upon our arrival “so the first half, with talks given by speakers, is not the most important but will be of service for the fundamental moment this afternoon in which we will work together, divided into three groups, each one giving their own contribution.”

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A year of crisis. Financial statements and perspectives of three leading economists in Italy

Interview with Stefano Bartolini, Leonardo Becchetti and Stefano Zamagni

by Antonella Ferrucci

Stefano_Bartolini_ridProfessor Bartolini, in the long editorial in yesterday's Washington Post, "The Italian Job" said the world economy depends on Italy: after having praised the measures taken by the Monti government, the WP however, argues that Italy must start growing again. In your book "The Manifesto for happiness," you argue that the deterioration of relationships, the main source of increasing unhappiness, paradoxically generates growth. If it is so, is there really need to grow? How do we reconcile these two aspects, the "need for growth" and the pursuit of happiness? And is there a growth that is compatible with happiness?

Yes there exists a growth compatible with happiness: it depends on the "social quality" of growth and the social economic model undertaken. If economic growth is associated with a deterioration of relations between people, in this case, happiness decreases.

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Relationships are the Antidote to the Crisis

logo_convention_edc_2011_rid_ridThe Economy of Communion has a specific contribution it can give: An interview with Professor Stefano Bartolini from the University of Siena

Relationships are the Antidote to the Crisis

by Antonella Ferrucci

Stefano_Bartolini_ridStefano Bartolini, Economics Professor at the University of Siena, had an interesting analysis of the current crises which he proposed at Loppiano, on September 17, during the Italian Convention of the EoC’s 20 years.

My speech is entitled ‘From the U.S. to Lionello,’” he says, “because this is a crisis created by an exceptional debt of the American households, which for 20 years they lived beyond their means and eventually became insolvent. All the rest is a financial contagion.” How did all this happen? “At the root of this crisis is the extraordinary American consumerism, a disease that we could call ‘consumerism bulimia.’”

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Sergio Gironella: the person at the center

On Sunday, February 13, Sergio Gironella left us. He was a founding associate of the EoC cooperative 
Il Sentiero Servizi of Macerata

Sergio Gironella: the person at the center

"Last Sunday, Sergio Gironella, 47, father of 4 children, left us when his illness unexpectedly  worsened," Romano Ruffini, who in 1994 invited him to participate in the EoC adventure, told us. "That year, we had spoken to Sergio about the Economy of Communion, and he, who belonged to the Neocatechumenal Way, was fascinated by Chiara's message, and he decided to leave the job he had to found the cooperative Il Sentiero Servizi with me, in Macerata. I have to say that at that time, we still had no promise of success, so his decision was truly a leap in the dark."

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Italia - Cagliari, 20/01/2011

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Il Centro Italiano Femminile Comunale di Cagliari organizza il convegno:

Economia Sociale e Civile di Mercato

La strada dello sviluppo umano integrate tra economia, qualità della vita e bene comune alla luce della Caritas in Veritate

Logo_Cif_CA20 Gennaio 2011 ore 16:00
Università degli Studi di Cagliari
Aula A - Facoltà di Economia
Viale Sant’ Ignazio, 74

Relatori:Vittorio Pelligra, Ricercatore di Economia Politica dell’Università degli Studi di Cagliari, Docente incaricato Istituto Universitario Sophia di Firenze; relazione su: Una nuova idea di Mercato, quale idea per la Sardegna. Stefano Zamagni, Prof. Ordinario di Economia Politica dell’Università di Bologna; relazione su: La Strada dello Sviluppo Umano integrale tra economia, qualità della vita e bene comune alla luce dell’Enciclica «Caritas in Veritate»

Introduce e coordina: Mariella Onnis, Presidente del C.I.F. Comunale di Cagliari

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Generativitá: an archive to tell about the "good" Italy today

The first 20 videos of Geniusloci, an archive of Italian generativity, are already online

Generativitá: an archive to tell about the "good" Italy today

By Licia Paglione

Logo_generativitaGeneratività (Generativity) - a virtual archive of social, cultural and economic initiatives that are "generative" of values, ideas and positive practices. Part of the Geniusloci project, Generativitá highlights initiatives that are already operative, even if often hidden, in the today's Italian society.

The project was presented during an animated meeting-debate on September 30 in Rome, and it is promoted by the Luigi Sturzo Institute in collaboration with ALMED - the Upper school of media communication and shows of Catholic University - together with a group of university professors and researchers, including economists like Luigino Bruni and representatives of Civil Economy, like Johnny Dotti of Welfare Italia. With this project, these entities intend to rediscover the various aspects of a "generative Italy".

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One city is not enough

With Luigino Bruni, we report the conclusions of the 2010 EoC Convention in Italy and the challenges of the near future

One city is not enough

By Antonella Ferrucci

Luigino Bruni, last September 19, the 2010 EoC Convention at Lionello Business Park concluded with the wish that the Expo and Convention Luigino_Bruni_06can become an annual appointment for Italy, held at the business park.

Yes, there is no good reason that it should not become an annual meeting, and an always more beautiful one, with more exposition space and new ideas. This year's convention was like an experiment. That said, the world is big... and, if compared with the world, Italy is small. What makes the EoC strong is that it immediately has a "world" perspective. Chiara Lubich said, "One city is not enough". The ideal that arose from this project is that all may be one, ALL.

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The search for happiness. Civil economy comes into play

A piece by Prof. Stefano Zamagni was among the texts set for the consideration of the examinees at the national high school graduation exams in Italy: EdC online asked the Professor’s opinion of this.

The search for happiness. Civil economy comes into play

By Antonella Ferrucci

The title of the essay that was set this year in the first written part of the school leaving examinations in Socio-Economics was ‘The Search for Happiness’. One of the texts that was presented for consideration by the examinees, was a piece by Stefano Zamagni, which Stefano_Zamagniunderlines the separation between the categories of ‘utility’ and ‘happiness’ while it emphasises the link between happiness, free-giving and reciprocity.

Professor Zamagni, from the point of view of today’s culture what is the significance that these topics, up to just a few years ago considered ‘heretical’, are included in the titles of the essays of the graduation exam? Are we reaching a critical mass?

‘This pleasant surprise just shows that the seed that was planted years ago and which involved Chiara Lubich and her Economy of Communion, Luigi Bruni, others and myself, is bearing fruit and is becoming the patrimony of everyone. Personally, I started speaking about Civil Economy 17 years ago. Since then there have been many publications on this topic. In recent years ‘The Civil Economy. Efficiency, fairness, public happiness,’ published in 2004, and the ‘Dictionary of Civil Economy’ in 2009, both of which were written with Luigino Bruni, developed these ideas. When a serious cultural project is started, if one has the patience to wait, fruits will come. This was the reason I was enthusiastic in my support of Chiara Lubich in setting up the Sophia University Institute: I am convinced that Sophia with its original approach, will bring about a real cultural revolution within ten years.

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Entrepreneurs and Innovators

In Loppiano, a seminar on business, in preparation for Social Week Calabria. Initiatives, meetings and experiences that give trust to the country.

Entrepreneurs and Innovators

By Paolo Lòriga

Published on Cittanuova.it on 19/06/2010

100617_Loppiano01_ridRecently, Confindustria held its assembly, and even more recently, there was also the Assembly of Young Industrists. And yet, the journey of reflection that begun more than a year ago to prepare the 46th edition of Social Weeks of Italian Catholics - to be held in Reggio Calabria in October - decided to take a stop on June 17 at an unusual place, the industrial park of Loppiano, at the doors of Florence. Here, within 9600 square meters, twenty businesses of various sectors of production have their headquarters, as well as the administrative center for more than 200 Italian businesses that adhere to the Economy of Communion project. The "Polo" is a recent construction (2006) that crosses paths with the centennial-long journey of Social Weeks (1907).

"The current crisis can be a fruitful moment that gives light to the difficult transition underway. For us, the Polo is the ideal place to speak about the new kind of business that we foresee", Alessandra Smerilli, economist, professor in Rome and member of the organizing committee for Social Weeks, said at the opening of the event. The role that the entrepreneur and business can carry out in the realization of the common good is certainly not at the margins of the ecclesial world´s studies. But it is also true that a question that still hangs over our heads: what kind of entrepreneur is needed to get out of this crisis? This was the topic chosen for the meeting, enriched by experiences in light of Caritas in Veritate.

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Italy - Incisa Valdarno (FI), 17/06/2010

At the Lionello Bonfanti Industrial Park, a seminar in preparation for Settimane Sociale, organized in collaboration with the Luigi Sturzo Institute and Polo Lionello

What kind of entrepreneur is need to overcome the crisis?

Reflections and experiences based on Caritas in Veritate

June 17, 2010, at 14:30
Lionello Bonfanti Industrial Park
Incisa in Valdarno (FI)

In these times of new challenges, potentials and worries, the entrepreneur and the business are called to new responsibility. How can efficiency and solidarity be united? Charity and justice? Market and gift? Needs of the territory and globalization? How can work be created in new complex and uncertain scenes? Are there actual experiences that can serve as an inspiration?  During this seminar, we will try to answer these question and others through alternating theoretical and cultural reflections and experiences of entrepreneurs.

Alessandra Smerilli, member of the Settimane Sociale dei Cattolici Italiani, will open the seminar with a introductory greeting on "undertaking" to return to growth. This will be followed by a presentation by Luigino Bruni, titled "The Civil Business: a Italian Pathway in the Market and the Economy", and a round table discussion including: Mauro Magatti, Dean of the Sociology Department, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan; Johnny Dotti, Welfare Italia and Andrea Granelli, President of Kanso. Finally, there will be experiences by entrepreneurs and conclusions given by Edoardo Patriarca, Secretary of the Organizing Committee for Settimane Sociali.

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Going beyond the crisis: a question of relationships

On May 21, 2010, in Vasto, a convention becomes the chance for communion among the various entrepreneurial realities of the territory

Going beyond the crisis: a question of relationships

By Stefania Nardelli

On May 21, a convention-debate was held in Vasto, titled, "A Civil and Humanistic Society for Economic and Social Development". Invited guests included Vincenzo Bassi, Luigino Bruni and Sr. Alessandra Smerilli. What has generated the current economic crisis if not - in an extreme way - a crisis of rapports, of relationships that have led individuals to isolate themselves and lose interest towards projects which are useful to the community and to its development? This progressive isolation is why speculation and easy earning (and not only in work, business and the family) have become the objectives of many social and economic workers.

Sr. Alessandra Smerilli´s presentation raised some interesting questions for reflection under this lens. Knowing that we are living a moment of crisis, and without crying for ourselves, we can understand where lies the opportunity of this situation.  To better represent the current situation, she presented a fairytale, Pinocchio (in it´s original version). She considered the part of the story where the wolf incited the Pinocchio, transformed into a little donkey, into wanting easy earnings, and he therefore lead him into the City of Simple Simons... and we all know how the story ends. She remembered when Luigino Bruni, at the first signs of the crisis, was already saying in his conferences, "remember that from this point onwards, the crisis will not be an exception but the rule if we don´t change something at the foundation."

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Italy - Crotone, 5/06/2010

The Archdiocese of Crotone S. Severina, together with the EoC and Settimane Sociali present: 

Mediterranean School of Civil Economy

June 5, 2010, 9:00 AM
Sala Camera di Commercio
Piazza Castello, 20
88900 Crotone KR

Good Wins: "Forming Oneself With Signs That Make Dreams Come True"
This is the title of the next Mediterranean School of Civil Economy that will presented on June 5, 2010, in Crotone, through a day meeting. 

During this time of economic and civil crisis, the diocese of Crotone presents the opportunity to know and deepen in a different way of living economy and business, through the light of the best Italian tradition and in line with the Encyclical "Caritas in Veritate".

The meeting wants to be a laboratory that would give wings to the dreams of young people and give them concrete signs of hope. It wishes to be a chance to imagine and build together a way for development in Calabria, a way that arises from the heart of our Mediterranean culture, that is sustainable and capable of a future. 

The day meeting will include a series of presentations in the morning by: Sr.Alessandra Smerilli, Luigino Bruni, Irene Giordano and Giuseppe Pintus, Vincenzo Bova, Alberto Frassineti and Angela De Fazio. Mons.Domenico Graziani, bishop of Crotone, will close the morning session.

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A prize for graduate theses on the EoC

Announced during the day meeting dedicated to Chiara Lubich and to the Economy of Communion at the Catholic University of Piacenza

A prize for graduate theses on the EoC

By Tiziana Nicastro
Published on cittanuova.it on 29/05/2010

Romano Ruffini was a public employee and remained so until his retirement. Then, in 1995, having ended his previous job, Ruffini became an entrepreneur, placing his knowledge and capabilities at the service of a cooperative that works in the information and data transmission sector. His experience is one among the businesses that adhere to the Economy of Communion Project (EoC), launched by Chiara Lubich in Brazil in 1991.

Almost 20 years later, that which was first an intuition arisen from life has by now become a matter of study in university halls. Economists and researchers, even more so in this period of crisis, question themselves on the synergies between gratuitousness, poverty and economic behavior. 

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Italy - Incisa Valdarno (FI), 28-29/05/2010

Sophia University Institute is organizing an International Seminar:

The Charismatic Principle in Economic and Civil Life: History, Theory and Good Practice

May 28-29, 2010
Sophia University Institute
and Polo Lionello Bonfanti
Loppiano - Incisa Valdarno (Florence, Italy)

The international seminar organized by the Sophia University Institute of Loppiano (Florence) is just around the corner. It is titled: "The Charismatic Principle in Economic and Civil Life: History, Theory and Good Practice".

After an opening session, there will be two plenary sessions and three parallel sessions. The conference is open to everyone: see various ways to register. All presentations of the seminar will be in the English language. 

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Italy – Piacenza, 25/05/2010


A Day of Study dedicated to Chiara Lubich on the anniversary of the conferral of an Honorary Degree in Economy to her by the University of Piacenza

The Economy of Communion. "Gratuitousness, Poverty, Happiness: from social behavior to economic relationships"

May 25, 2010, 9.15
Congress Center
Catholic University 
via Emilia Parmense, 84
29122 Piacenza

In the multi-form and varied composition of institutions, inspirations and choices that guided the life of Chiara Lubich and nourished her charism, the Economy of Communion represents a moment of profound synthesis and great prophetic content. 

How can we not again take up - in the context of the crisis that has radically hit financial and economic systems, the balance of businesses, income expectations of families, prospects for youth entering the work force - the topics announced by Chiara Luibch to reread them and weigh their actuality and value? In this light, Sacred Heart Catholic University and the Faculty of Economy of Piacenza have promoted this study appointment. 


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Italy - Vasto (CH), 21/05/2010

The Francesco Paolo Votinelli Cultural Association, in collaboration with Lions Club, is organizing a debate titled:

A Civil and Humanistic Society for Social and Economic Development

May 21, at 18.00: click here to see the conference live 

May 21, 2010, at 18,00
Pinacoteca di Palazzo d'Avalos
Piazza L.V.Pudente
66054 Vasto (CH)

Introductions: Luciano La Penna, mayor of Vasto, and Luciano Tilli, President of Lions club of Vasto New Century.
Debate: Luigino Bruni, University of Milano-Bicocca
Sr. Alessandra Smerilli, Catholic University of Rome
Conclusions by: Vincenzo Bassi

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Italy – Incisa Valdarno (Florence), 26/04/2010

At the Lionello Bonfanti Industrial Park in Loppiano, the first meeting of the series "ADIANOOLIVETTIANNOUNO",  ideas for improving the economy and life, dedicated to current Olivettian thought

The Idea of Community in Business Operations

Monday, April 26, 2010, 14.30
Lionello Bonfanti Industrial Park
50064 Incisa in Val d'Arno (FI)

Starting April 26 in Loppiano, the ADRIANOOLIVETTIANNOUNO meeting series will begin. Inspired by the 500th anniversary of the death of Adriano Olivetti, the meeting aims at relaunching and experiencing the innovative aspect of Olivettian thought. The initiative, organized by the Vita Eudaimonica Association, includes a number of events to be held throughout Italy between April and December. That first, to be held at Loppiano at the Lionello Bonfanti Industrial Park there, will face the topic The Idea of Community in Business Operations. Presenters will include Luigino Bruni, economist, Alberto Peretti, philosopher, plus the testimonies of entrepreneurs who have chosen the Economy of Communion. 

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Italy - Rome, 22-23/03/2010

An appointment with the EoC within the Alfonsiana Academy Convention

The Global Crisis. Do Christians have something to say?

100322-23_Roma_Zamagni_Eva22-23 March 2010, 8.45
Alfonsiana Academy
Aula Magna
Via Merulana, 31
00185 Rome

We want to highlight two presentations that may be of interest to EoC-Online visitors:

Monday, March 22, 2010, at 8:45
First session:
How have reached the current economic-financial structure?
Presentor: Prof. Stefano Zamagni - University of Bologna

Tuesday, March 23, 2010, at 15:30
Second session:
The Economy of Communion
Presentor: Dr. Eva Gullo - President of the Polo “Lionello Bonfanti” of the Economy of Communion


EoC Entrepreneurs Meet Together and with Others

Many appointments these days in Lombardy

EoC Entrepreneurs Meet Together and with Others

2010_Frontignano_3_ridIn the last few weeks, EoC entrepreneurs of Lombardy were able to meet with one another at Frontignano di Barbariga (BS), after the appointment in Gussago last September. Then, there are three other upcoming occasions to point out, in which some of these entrepreneurs will have the chance to share their experience with others:
- Besnate (VA), Friday 05/03/2010
- Sermide (MN), Wednesday 10/03/2010
- Cremona, Friday 19/03/2010.

Last February 20-21, EoC entrepreneurs from the Province of Lombardy and Novara and Verbania set a date in Frontignano di Barbariga (BS). After a similar appointment in September of 2009 (and a few afternoon meetings at the various businesses during these months), it was time to meet again all together (30 participated). The meeting was characterized by an intense 2010_Frontignano_5_riddialogue over the founding aspects of the project (sharing experiences after reading "The Guidelines for Running an EoC Business", dividing profits). Benedetto Gui was also able to participate, opening the horizon to a global dimension, as well as Cesare Pastore, who reviewed the various aspects that link the businesses to the Polo Lionello Bonfanti Industrial Park in Loppiano.

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The Strength of Gift

The theoretical and practical contributions that reciprocity and gratuitousness can give to civil economy, at the presentation of the Dictionary of Civil Economy by Cittá Nuova.

The Strength of Gift

By Maria Grazia Baroni

Published on Cittanuova.it on 01/03/2010


On Friday, February 26, the Dictionary of Civil Economy was presented at Holy Cross Pontifical University of Rome. This book is one of Cittá Nuova Publishers most awaited new releases for the beginning of this year. Although various people participated in the presentation, all gave different and interesting contributions from doctrinal, political and entrepreneurial stand-points.

A pressing question arose from the beginning: what can a dictionary of economy, and particularly civil economy, contribute to the current crisis? Professor Stefano Zamagni, professor of Political Economy at the University of Bologna and one of the books editors, was the one to explain the answer to us. "Civil economy arose in the 14th century," he said. "The term civitas, always linked to an inclusive vision, even in the Roman world, contains in itself an openness to reciprocity. The term should be compared to the word politics, which derives from polis and instead has the principle of exclusion at its base."

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