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Cover 43Economy of Communion - a new culture

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n.7/2016 - July 2016



A global proposition for today's challenges

This is the strategic possibility to contribute to the ensuring of an economic development based on condivision. The EoC is making a public appearance and the writings on the following pages bring the news of it.

by Alberto Ferrucci

N43 Pag 03 Alberto Ferrucci Autorefrom "Economia di Comunione - una cultura nuova" n.43 - Editorial insert of Città Nuova no. 7 - 2016  July 2016

Twenty-five years ago, Chiara Lubich had the courage to propose the alternative of the Economy of Communion to a world full of euphoria over the rise of liberal economy after the collapse of the Berlin Wall. Her proposal was appreciated at the time, but it was mostly considered just a utopia for good people. As a result, today, after a quarter century of liberal economy, we have a concentration of wealth in the hands of the few operators of global finance. Over the years this global finance has managed to absorb a significant part of the resources produced by real economy, subtracting it from investment, research and the creation of new work opportunities.

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Economy of Communion, an economy for all

29 May 1991 San Paulo, Brazil: Chiara Lubich launches the EoC to help resolve social inequalities in that land. Today Asia celebrates the 25th anniversary

by Jose Aranas

from "Economia di Comunione - una cultura nuova" n.43 - Editorial insert of Città Nuova no. 7 - 2016 July 2016 N43 Pag 04 Jose Arauna Autore

"We are celebrating this 25th anniversary here in Asia," said Luigino Bruni, "because within 15 years, the Asian share in GDP will be twice that of the United States and Western Europe combined. The future of the world depends on the type of economy that will grow in Asia. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the EOC here is to recognize that its presence in Asia is crucial today."

The week of events began on 23 and 24 May in Manila, at the prestigious University of Santo Thomas (UST) with the International EoC Youth Forum which attracted 200 participants from various countries and also from the university itself, students of economics and business who presented their own various social undertakings. To strengthen relations between the two institutions a memorandum of understanding between the EoC and UST was signed.

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EoC in the Land of the Morning Calm

A 3-day meeting with the Political Movement for Unity and the Korean EoC

by Regina Min

N43 pag 05 Regina Min Autorefrom "Economia di Comunione - una cultura nuova" n.43 - Editorial insert of Città Nuova no. 7 - 2016 July 2016

"Remembering" the gifts received from God; "prophecy" to open your heart and understand where to go, even if it means taking risks; "hope" to replace the cage of rules and precepts that give a sense of security. These three words of Pope Francis perhaps most of all express what Luigino Bruni experienced in his first visit to the "Land of the Morning Calm", Korea.

After the strong economic development in recent years, the nation now suffers from slow economic growth, high youth unemployment and a system of assistance to citizens, which is solely the responsibility of the State. In these months there is a very heated debate on the choice between "growth" and "sharing" and some see the general system of wealth redistribution implemented by the government as an impediment to growth.

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Two sacks of flour turned into culture in Daejon

Sungsimdang (SSD, “Sacred Heart”) celebrates sixty years and is now a food service company with 363 employees. It started as a small bakery producing steamed bread

by Kim Mi Jin

from "Economia di Comunione - una cultura nuova" n.43 - Editorial insert of Città Nuova no. 7 - 2016  July 2016
N43 Pag 06 07 Kim Mi Jin Amata Autore

1950: War in Corea

The military ship Victory participated in the "Evacuation of Hungnam" during the Korean War. It could only hold 60 people, but for the captain's decision it delivered up to 14,000 to Geoje Harbour. It was 26 December 1950. The episode is known as the "Miracle of Christmas."

The founder of SSD owns an orchard in North Korea. With the money raised from the sale of 24 apples he could board Victory with his whole family. In 1956 he moved to Daejeon. There, thanks to two sacks of flour received from the parish, he started the production of steamed bread. After the war all the hungry people who had nothing to eat gathered at the station.

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There's room for everyone, as long as you live the principle of giving

What does the expression to give the three thirds mean? Rather than the specific practices, what matters is that the "why" and "how" are experienced. The sharing of governance and the principles underlying the EoC

by Anouk GrevinN43 pag 08 Anouk Grevin Autore rid

from "Economia di Comunione - una cultura nuova" n.43 - Editorial insert of Città Nuova no. 7 - 2016  July 2016

In Asia, where there have been few opportunities to hear about the EoC after 1991, there were many questions pending. Does the EoC really require the sharing of three thirds of the profit? It was important to finally be able to talk about it. In 1991 Chiara Lubich gave us a great goal to reach, but without telling us how to realise it in practice. Starting from the three objectives identified by her - to help our brothers in need, to spread the culture of giving and to invest in order to offer more jobs - everybody can find their own way to the more concrete results.

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The EoC and Global Warming

The activities of our companies contribute to the protection of the environment - or rather, to its degradation? Perspectives for the next 25 years

by Lorna GoldN43 pag 09 Lorna Gold autore rid

from "Economia di Comunione - una cultura nuova" n.43 - Editorial insert of Città Nuova no. 7 - 2016 July 2016

Global warming is a new critical context for the Economy of Communion which looks to the future. When Chiara Lubich launched the EoC in 1991, scientists and leaders were still discussing whether there was a global warming: social and economic inequality took precedence over the environment. Today the situation has changed: it has become dramatically clear that global warming is underway and all sectors of the economy and society feel the urgency of finding solutions to this problem. In his Encyclical Laudato sì Pope Francis points out that the environmental crisis is one and the same with the social and economic one: the poor and the weakest are the first ones to suffer from environmental degradation.

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First Light, the Buddhist bridge between Christians and Hindus

A young Japanese entrepreneur opens a web shop selling Indian textiles thanks to the people she met during the United World Week

N43 pag 10 Kyoko Yoshida Autoreby Kyoko Yoshida

from "Economia di Comunione - una cultura nuova" n.43 - Editorial insert of Città Nuova no. 7 - 2016  July 2016

I met the Focolare Movement when I was twenty years old, in the Luminosa Little Town near New York. I visited it following the suggestion of a Buddhist friend of the Rissho Kosei Kay movement: my family had given me the push to help the poor, so when l finished school, before looking for a job, I devoted ten months to volunteering in the Philippines.

Here I learned to "give" respecting the dignity of persons; when I returned to Tokyo, I started working in a real estate company since I thought that the fashion industry I had studied at university was "only for the rich".

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Passing on values - the challenge of succession

The children of the first generation of entrepreneurs now manage the family business or work in them. They have inherited a lifestyle through which, at times, they discover their own vocation.

N43 pag 11 Florencia Locascio Autoreby Florencia Locascio 

from "Economia di Comunione - una cultura nuova" n.43 - Editorial insert of Città Nuova no. 7 - 2016  July 2016

Pinky Flores Mestica has been working in the Asia/Pacific Circulation Exponents, Inc. since 2004. It is a family business founded in 1986 importing and distributing national and international publications which was among the firsts to join the EoC. After her studies, Pinky enters as Head of Human Resources in the company, with the desire to make it more efficient and profitable. "I thought more formal and detailed procedures were necessary," she says. "However, it was not well received by the workers, especially the elderly. The impression I had was that I was less comprehensive or capable of compassion than my father Floro."

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EoC-IIN: enterprise networks become a reality

A new project responding to the challenges of today Economy of Communion International Incubating Network

by Rebeca Gomez TafallaN43 pag 12 Rebeca Gomez Autore rid

from "Economia di Comunione - una cultura nuova" n.43 - Editorial insert of Città Nuova no. 7 - 2016  July 2016

This past March, the EoC representatives from around the world met in Loppiano with the aim of designing a new era of the Economy of Communion. The premise was to be creative, capable of regeneration in faithfulness to the EoC charisma. The result: the birth of the "EoC International Incubating Network", an international support network for entrepreneurship.

Economy of Communion International Incubating Network (EoC – IIN) is a global organisation expressed in the form of a network for the incubation of new companies with the spirit of communion, with hubs present on all continents, which will offer various services in the incubation process with the style of reciprocity.

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Ten New EoC Theses

n28_pag._11_antonella_ferrucciby Antonella Ferrucci

from "Economia di Comunione - una cultura nuova" n.43 - Editorial insert of Città Nuova no. 7 - 2016  July 2016

There are 10 theses submitted to this archive over the last year:  4  among these were submitted after a  three-year higher education training (bachelor's) or for  baccalaureate (high school-leaving) exams,  4  are master's and 2 doctoral theses, discussed at different universities in Italy, South Korea, Mexico, Brazil and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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