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Cover 39Economy of Communion - a new culture

Insert attached to Città Nuova

n.13-14/2014 - July, 10-25 2014





An Internationale of Communion

by Alberto Ferrucci

from "Economia di Comunione - una cultura nuova" n.39 - editorial insert in Città Nuova n.13/14 - 2014 - July 2014

Alberto FerrucciThe Economy of Communion has just turned 23 years old, so even though it is young, it can be called adult now, and able to make a public appearance to give the world the gift of God for the third millennium that has been entrusted to it; although it remains one of the expressions of the charisma of unity of the Focolare Movement, to be able to enter into dialogue with the world, the Economy of Communion must now stand on its own feet.

The stepping out into public life is easily noticed in this newsletter: not only because of the international schools for young and old entrepreneurs that are announced or because of the internationality of the theses of which it spreads the news and not only because of the experiences of its entrepreneurs shared at conferences in various parts the world.

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EoC Census, Identity by Saying Yes

In ancient times the initiative to count the people was regarded with suspicion and lived with fear. The questionnaire for the entrepreneurs of the Economy of Communion instead is an opportunity of making a new choice.

by Luigino Bruni

from "Economia di Comunione - una cultura nuova" n.39 - editorial insert in Città Nuova n.13/14 - 2014 - July 2014

N37 Pag4 Sec LB 01 ridCensuses are always a complex issue. In ancient times, the act of counting people, and most importantly, writing down their names was surrounded by mystery and fear, because it was thought that counting and writing down the names would evoke the presence of evil spirits. The Bible, for example (the Second Book of Samuel), tells us that after David took a census in Israel, God punished him and sent pestilence to the land. This census was one of the greatest sins of David. Why is that? The reason is simple: by counting his men, David sought confirmation that he was the boss and the owner of his people, and not God. Since we are aware of this ambivalence of each census and know the fate that befell David, we have not launched an online questionnaire to "count ourselves" and so feel to be owners and holders of many businesses, perhaps of an empire; instead, we wanted to give the opportunity to all entrepreneurs who have joined the EoC to make a new choice. 23 years have passed already since the "blessed" 29th May 1991, when Chiara Lubich invented the EoC (for the poor, for us, for all).

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EoC in Africa, an Economic Response for the Community

 The culture of the Economy of Communion, presented in 2011, is in full harmony with the spirit of Harambee, the life force of being together. And so now the first companies are created.

by Betty Njagi*

from "Economia di Comunione - una cultura nuova" n.39 - editorial insert in Città Nuova n.13/14 - 2014 - July 2014

N39 pag 05 Africa Betty Njagi autore ridAccording to the World Bank, with a growth of more than 6 percent per year, Sub-Saharan African countries are among those with greater economic development and attracting more and more foreign investment; however, poverty and inequality remain unacceptably high in them.

The very low level of salaries granted to workers and the high prices of the products of monopolistic situations create a wild type of market economy that is exploiting the poor, who in turn become poorer and poorer.

It is an economic system that threatens to overwhelm the cultures of the African countries and disperse their two great values: community and communion. Africans urgently need to find a model of economic development and business culture that would safeguard these two great values.

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Entrepreneurs. The Talent of Communion

From North to South Brazil, company owners animated by the spirit of the EoC discover how fruitful openness to collaboration can be. The Movelite case.

by Adriana Mendes

from "Economia di Comunione - una cultura nuova" n.39 - editorial insert in Città Nuova n.13/14 - 2014 - July 2014

N39 pag 06 Condivisione Talenti Adriana Mendes autore ridComparing the EoC experience with that of other expressions of civil economy at the Faculty of Business Administration of Nantes, Anouk Grevin concluded that the specificity of the EoC lies in "communion", practiced in various aspects of business life. This conclusion is confirmed by the experiences of communion not only inside companies but also between companies: small and large business owners find that they can put in their time, ideas, talent, ability, willingness to travel; others who retire see it as a great opportunity to dedicate themselves even more; young recent graduates, apart from creating their own businesses, want to share what they have learned.

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The Permanent Secret of Polo Spartacus

During their visit to Brazil, Maria Voce and Giancarlo Faletti, president and co-president of the Focolare Movement, went to the first Pole of the EoC in the world.

by Carla Cotignoli

N39 pag 07 Carla Cotignoli autore ridfrom "Economia di Comunione - una cultura nuova" n.39 - editorial insert in Città Nuova n.13/14 - 2014 - July 2014

"In Japan, when a precious vase is broken, the fragments are collected and reassembled without hiding the fracture. What's more, it is embellished by inserting a golden thread into it that makes the love of those who have rebuilt it visible." It was Maria Voce, president of the Focolare Movement, who drew this eastern metaphor in the moments of intense communion lived at the Polo Spartacus this past April. It is an eloquent image of the dynamics of the experience underlying the life of this first entrepreneurial EoC Pole in the world of which Chiara Lubich, founder of the Focolare herself dreamed to become the first seed of a new economy.

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AIPEC, the Thrill of a Tour of Italy

Two years after its creation, the Italian association for an EoC met business owners and young people eager to learn about a new economic logic in a number of cities

by Ornella Seca

N39 pag 08 Aipec 07 crop Ornella Seca ridfrom "Economia di Comunione - una cultura nuova" n.39 - editorial insert in Città Nuova n.13/14 - 2014 - July 2014

AIPEC is the Italian acronym for the Association of Italian Entrepreneurs for an Economy of Communion that for almost two years brings a breath of joyous impulse into the Italian EoC. The organization was created to respond to the needs of entrepreneurs who, in love with the new economic action proposed by Chiara Lubich, wish to popularise the possibility of conducting business and professional activities with hope and tenacity placed in a total donation towards everyone. But how to accomplish this? Sharing ideas, successes, struggles, gains and concerns without complexes and with freedom creates a dynamism pouring over the territories. Once contaminated, these become small business communities of hope, thereby having already achieved a fragment of fraternity.

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A beneficial Contagion Among Entrepreneurs

In Brazil there is a growing interest for a different way of conceiving the economy and managing the company. The EoC is developing a network of "sympathizing" enterprises.

by Armando Tortelli

N39 Brasile pag09 Armando Tortelli ridfrom "Economia di Comunione - una cultura nuova" n.39 - editorial insert in Città Nuova n.13/14 - 2014 - July 2014

Since 2013, the EoC Committee of South of Brazil, along with the National Association of EoC Entrepreneurs organizes skype conferences each month in order to grow communion among the company owners who are either members or sympathizers of the project. It is an occasion awaited by all and prepared according to their needs. The result of these contacts, maintained and cultivated through mutual visits, is the initiatives taken by the "sympathizing" entrepreneurs, i.e. those who have not yet formally joined the project, but live it fully in the daily reality of their doing business.

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A Social Finance Scenario

A collaboration between a French institution for the promotion of enterprises and an EoC bank specialized in microfinance in the Philippines was born.

by Teresa Ganzon

Teresa Ganzon1from "Economia di Comunione - una cultura nuova" n.39 - editorial insert in Città Nuova n.13/14 - 2014 - July 2014

In the Philippines, commercial banks have started to offer farmers better credit conditions, creating hardships for rural banks, some of which have already been acquired by foreign banks.

In this situation of fierce competition, even our Bangko Kabayan had to improve its procedures. Several foreign banks seeking investments in Asia were approaching us, but they were willing to share their skills only if they were to obtain at least 35 percent of the property. With my husband Francis and the board of the bank we were hesitating to accept a partnership of such a scale, because it could jeopardize the commitment of our bank to operate as a company of the Economy of Communion.

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EoC Summer Schools 2014

Logo AMEC rid modIn the summer of 2014 there are many opportunities to study the topics of the EoC and Civil Economy: two international schools - in Puebla and Paris -, the 3rd EoC Workshop School in Loppiano and the two Schools of Civil Economy in Puglia and Sicily.

23 to 27 July: the 5th Summer School of Civil Economy at the Casa San Paolo in Martina Franca (Taranto), in Italian, entitled: Re-creating the Institutions, the Common Goods and Work.
Objective: to help young people aged 20 to 30 years of diverse backgrounds to become "civil" entrepreneurs, executives or professionals by offering them the vision of togetherness by Civil Economy.

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New Steps in Eastern Europe

From Bratislava to Moscow the EoC culture is spreading in very diverse contexts

by Maja Čalfová

N39 pag 12 Est Europeo Autore Maja ridfrom "Economia di Comunione - una cultura nuova" n.39 - editorial insert in Città Nuova n.13/14 - 2014 - July 2014

The mosaic of the Economy of Communion in Eastern Europe is becoming richer and richer of tiles that may seem little as yet, but nevertheless decisive. Just like the news arriving from the different states testify.

Zlín(Chech Republic), 10th March 2014

"From Uncontrolled Profits to the Common Good. Economy at the Service of the Person and the Common Good. Utopia or Way Out from the Crisis?" This was the title of the evening dedicated to the EoC organised by the RR 49 Youth Association, connected to the University of Tomáš Bat'a. The presentation of the EoC and, above all, the entrepreneurial experiences placed in the context of the current crisis made the project credible and achievable to the audience. On this occasion, the "company cube" was presented: it is a small but effective tool for living the EoC values together. It was a great success.

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Eight New EoC Theses

by Antonella Ferrucci

from "Economia di Comunione - una cultura nuova" n.39 - editorial insert in Città Nuova n.13/14 - 2014 - July 2014

Last year our archive received five undergraduate and three master's theses most of which were discussed at Italian universities, while one of them was presented in Brazil, and another one in Argentina. Their central theme is the current crisis and the search for a new economic paradigm.  Gift, gratuitousness, relational goods and the commonly studied categories are presented in the light of the EoC life.

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