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Bratislava: the Eastern European EoC Network is Born

Representatives from 14 Eastern European countries met to get to know each other, discuss and form a network

by Tanino Minuta

171208 10 Bratislava 02 ridOn 4 February 2017, when he met a  large international group gathered in the Paul VI Audience Hall, Pope Francis, in order to remember the beginnings and developments of the Economy of Communion, highlighted its history and aims, pointing out how Economy and Communion are two words that, even if common thinking separates them, in Chiara Lubich's intuition are united for a precise purpose: to erase the divide between the rich and the poor by educating companies to keep the poor in mind when allocating profits. This way the entrepreneur has the chance to become an agent of communion.

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Irish EoC members bound for Burkina Faso

Project supported financially by Irish EoC business will now get 'hands on' treatment as group travels to builds a dairy

by Donal Lawlor

171227 Irlanda Burkina Faso 01 ridWhile the rest of us will be enjoying the Christmas festivities with our families some members of the EOC in Ireland will travel to Burkina Faso immediately after Christmas to help build a small dairy.

The eight member team, led by Paul Connolly an EOC entrepreneur for many years will be working at  the Complexe Agricole Temuwe near Pahin, 250 km west of Ouagadougou, in Burkina Faso. They depart on 27th December and return to Ireland on 6th January 2018.

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EoC, "together" for Europe

The Seventh European Congress of the Economy of Communion was held last weekend in Rotselaar, Belgium.

by Michela Francesca Di Stefano

171026 29 Rotselaar 7Congresso Edc 03 ridThere are 87 participants in this seventh edition of the Congress of the European EoC which closed yesterday morning in Belgium. They come from 14 European countries (Spain, Portugal, Italy, France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Luxembourg, Denmark, the United Kingdom, Austria, Switzerland, Croatia and Serbia) plus some representatives from South America (Argentina) and Africa. On Friday morning, the programme was immediately made live with the sharing of some of the experiences of companies of the economy of communion in Belgium: their challenges, difficulties but also their successes.

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Belgium: the 7th Congress of the European EoC is starting; streaming available

The 7th Congress of the European EoC is opening tonight in Rotselaar (Belgium). It will be possible to follow the plenary events in streaming, see link below

Logo Congresso EdC Europea 2017The company: an agent of communion is the title of the 7th Congress of the European EoC that is starting tonight in Rotselaar, Belgium. The programme of the upcoming days includes many plenary sessions that can be followed in direct streaming, in English. Please find the streaming timetable and the link below.

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Brussels: The EoC in the European Parliament today

This afternoon, as part of the "World Day for the Eradication of Poverty", Florencia Locascio will present the experience of the Economy of Communion

by Giulia Pongiglione

171017 Bruxelles Parlamento Europeo 01 ridThe title of the event is “Answering the Call of October 17 to end poverty: A path toward peaceful and inclusive societies”; organized by the European Intergroup Fighting against poverty, in defence of Human rights, and ATD Fourth World, through a great work of advocacy for the creation of this day and the promotion of the intergroup and an ongoing collaboration with the EoC for the organization of a conference on Prophetic Economy in October 2018.

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Uruguay: getting together to share stories and give thanks

The usual September EoC meeting of the Southern Cone was held in Montevideo: the impressions of our envoy

by Carolina Carbonell

170915 17 Montevideo Cono Sur 01 ridIt is 23:30 on a Friday, 15 September. It's a cold winter night. The station is bustling with people, everyone on their own journey and with a vital route to pursue. Three adults, supplied with a thermos and a large bag, offer coffee to reduce the cold and a sandwich to eat. It’s a beautiful gesture that prepares our heart for what is coming later.

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Melbourne: EoC, a People-Centered Approach for the Economy

On August 23, 2017 Lawrence Chong presented EoC in Melbourne: very positive feedback despite the wide range of backgrounds of people attended

by Lorraine Lipson and Mark Kelly

170823 Melbourne 02 ridThe presentation was a fruit of the relationships built between members of the New Humanity -  EoC Melbourne group with the Social Policy Connections group lead by Fr Bruce Duncan, Director of the Yarra Institute for Religion and Policy and the desire of that group to learn more about the EoC. The EoC Melbourne group invited Lawrence Chong, an EoC entrepreneur based in Singapore to come and present on the history of the EoC and the journey of his company, Consulus, in living for unity and communion.

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Germany: entrepreneurs visiting in Leverkusen

First steps towards the founding of an Association of Entrepreneurs of the Economy of Communion in Germany

by Andrea Fleming

201708 Leverkusen BaustellenbesichtigungLeverkusen is well known mainly because most of its population works for one of the world's chemical and pharmaceutical giants. But more than 100 people left visible traces in the city, working for the construction company A.Otto & Sohn. Crossing the city by car, Rüdiger Otto points out several buildings, industrial complexes and original constructions that he has built together with his team.

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Brazil: strong emotion about the passing away of Odilon Augusto de Souza Junior

On 4 September the director of Rotogine, an EoC company at Polo Spartaco, suddenly left us. Great sadness among all those who knew him

Odilon Junior 2 ridThere is a twofold the sentiment that pervaded those who received news of the sudden death of the EoC entrepreneur Odilon Augusto de Souza Junior: on the one hand the pain for the loss of a loved one who was among the builders of the Economy of Communion in the Polo Spartaco (Spartacus Business Park), Brazil; on the other hand, the certainty of having an intercessor in heaven who will continue to give strength and strive for the ideal of an Economy of Communion from up there.

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India - Bangalore, 09-10/09/2017

The Department of Economics of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences (JAIN University), in collaboration with Ecumenical Christian Centre (ECC) organize the International Conference on:

Dimensions of Poverty and Happiness in Economy

ECC BangaloreSeptember 9-10,2017
Ecumenical Christian Centre,
Whitefield, Bangalore (India)

Keynote Address: Prof.  Dr.  Luigino  Bruni,  Author  of  Happiness  and Quality  of  Life,  Handbook  on  the  Economics  of  Reciprocity and Social Enterprise; The Wound and the Blessing: Economy Relationships and Happiness.
Theme of the Conference: Economists search for models of long-run economic growth and short-term fluctuations that occur in the economy.

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Holland: the 1st EoC Research School has ended

From 23 to 27 August the first EoC Research Summer School for young researchers of the Economy of Communion was held in Mariënkroon (Netherlands).

by Mª Asunción Esteso

170823 27 Olanda EoC R SS 05 ridThe programme was structured around plenary sessions, where professors presented topics of interest related to research on the EoC and parallel sessions on the two disciplines: economics and management, in which students shared their research work. The topics they dealt with include research methodology, the anthropology underlying the EoC, updates on the empirical studies conducted so far, challenges and new perspectives.

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Holland: economists in dialogue in the EoC Research Summer School

Yesterday in Mariënkroonun, during the EoC Summer School, there was a fruitful exchange of views between Italian and Dutch economists on the EoC and its environs.

by Sibiel van Haastrecht

170823 27 Olanda EoC R SS 01 ridWhat place do interest, reciprocity and happiness have in the economy? These questions were at the centre of the academic discussion that took place yesterday, 25 August 2017 in Mariënkroon, Holland, as part of the open meeting of experts with seventy participants. It took place as the initiative of the Thomas More Foundation and the Focolare Movement during the EoC Research Summer School 2017.

In the meeting room, the participants were arranged in two circles: on the inside, discussing with each other, two Italian professors Luigino Bruni (LUMSA University ) and Vittorio Pelligra (University of Cagliari), two Dutch professors, Erik Borgman and Lans Bovemberg from the University of Tilburg together with Joost van der Net, the director of the Thomas More Foundation were seated. The observers, sitting in the outer circle, followed the conversations and at the end they had the opportunity to respond or ask questions.

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EoC North America: an incubator for new businesses

The North American EoC Annual Meeting was held at Hyde Park (NY). The title was: “Building an Economy of Communion. A New Vision for the Economy and Business

by Maddalena Maltese

170620 24 Hyde Park SS Convegno USA 29 ridLisbeth Wallin from New York is 26 years old, and after a year and a half she spent in various South American countries as a volunteer for social work in the Focolare Movement, she decided to create a small company,  Project Lia. In a 360sqm studio in Indianapolis, formerly incarcerated women are learning to turn discarded material into pieces of furniture, with hand-made fabrics. The activity has reduced the risk of recidivism because, as the creator of the project explains, “Women working on waste also discover the hidden value in every one of them, which has shifted from the former phase of waste to that of a new possibility.”

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EN - Asia Special 2016

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The events of the 25th anniversary of the EoC took place in the Philippines. All related contents on this page.

Logo Asia 2016 ridThere were two main events during the week of celebration for the 25th anniversary of the EoC in the Philippines: the EoC International Youth Forum on 23-24 May 2016 at the University of Sto Tomas in Manila and the Pan-Asian EoC Congress 2016 "Economy of Communion, An Economy for All" which was held in Tagaytay City from 25 to 29 May. We collected all news contents on this page.

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EN - #EocwiththePope


04 February 2017: An audience for the EoC world with Pope Francis

#EocwiththePope, or the extraordinary day of the audience for more than 1,100 170204 Udienza Papa 10 rid catmembers of the EoC from 54 countries with Pope Francis on 4 February 2017 in the Vatican: in addition to the text of the speech the Pope addressed to us, we will be gathering here press reviews, interviews, videos made...

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EoC Report 2016

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EoC PanAsian Congress 2016

The Dawn of Midnight

Logo Geremia Crop 150The series of comments by Luigino Bruni on Jeremiah's book comes out every Sunday on Avvenire

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EoC, the web site!

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Nairobi 2015: a site to share all related contents

Logo sito Nairobi rid modInterviews and experiences  (videos and written contents), photo galleries, PowerPoint presentations: all materials that help you re-live the events of Nairobi 2015

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Video EoC Summer School Prague 2015

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Luigino Bruni’s articles and video

Structures of Grace

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New City Press, December 2014


United Nations Video

This short video was shot in occasion of the EoC presentation in the February 2012 UN Conference on Poverty Eradication.


Ottmaring 2013

Community Ottmaring

4th Encounter of entrepreneurs and managers of the Economy of Communion from Northern and Eastern Europe

24th to 27th October 2013 - Center of Encounter Ottmaring, Germany

THE DYNAMIC OF GIVING A way into the future for companies, the economy and the common good


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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

Message of the Youth

“From San Paolo to the World”
That economics in 2031 may be one of communion, for us and for all...


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 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.... 

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