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The first 'Report on the destination of profits by the Economy of Communion' is dated 2008.  Since then, each year, the 'EoC Report' is made available: with information of the destination of profits, on businesses, on the Culture of Communion, on future prospects... In this section are also available for downloading, the various 'Reports' from the year 2008 until today's.

 

The First Steps of the EoC in Russia

From training to the culture of giving, the first EoC projects have been created

by Tatiana Minakova  

from the pdf EoC Report 2016 (2.11 MB) on the "Economy of Communion - A New Culture" - Editorial insert of Città Nuova n.2/2017 - february 2017

N44 pag10 Tatiana Minakova rid webThe Moscow community has started to develop in the culture of giving, with the objective of getting to know the basics of the Economy of Communion and putting its principles into practice. After our young people had participated in the Summer School in Prague and at various conferences, the first projects were born. After the School, the young entrepreneur Anton Lundin decided to join the EoC, but he did not know how, since his start-up, just created, did not have any profit yet: so he thought that a concrete way of adherence would be creating new jobs for young people and families in need. Anton is a beekeeper and his apiary produces products such as royal jelly and propolis, for the support of the immune system; these are products made with great care and respect for nature and the environment. Anton could offer a job of delivering his products to a mother with many children and now she can live in dignity with her big family.

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A New Start for Nando & Maria's Company

The concrete help of AIPEC entrepreneurs to a company struck by the earthquake in Central Italy

by Ornella Seca

from the pdf EoC Report 2016 (2.11 MB) on the "Economy of Communion - A New Culture" - Editorial insert of Città Nuova n.2/2017 - february 2017

N44 pag11 Ornella Seca Autore rid web

A few days after the tragic earthquake of 24 August, while TV broadcasts were still showing the heaps of rubble, all the directing board of AIPEC* was pondering about what sense an association of entrepreneurs could make in a situation in which many families have lost everything. Without their house, without their loved ones, without the community fabric that made these places the extraordinary oases of Central Italy.

There emerged an immediate and unanimous desire to help businesses start over and resume creating jobs for the people and the families of the region. To return and give life to the community again.

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The Challenges of Spartaco Business Park

Difficulties and successes of the first productive business park of the Economy of Communion in Brazil

by Thiago Borges

from the pdf EoC Report 2016 (2.11 MB) on the "Economy of Communion - A New Culture" - Editorial insert of Città Nuova n.2/2017 - february 2017

N44 pag12 13 Thiago Borges Autore rid web Polo Spartaco was born in 1993 near the Mariapolis Ginetta, the citadel of the Focolare Movement located 50 km from Sao Paulo, Brazil, as the first concrete evidence of an economy practiced with the paradigm of communion. The companies that have been set up are quite different, but all animated by entrepreneurs convinced that aid and assistance are not enough to redeem the poor from their vulnerability - which is also the reason for the creation of the business park. Instead, they must get involved and become the protagonists in economic relations.

This is the spirit that animated La Tunica, the first company that settled in the business park. It was founded by Maria do Carmo Gaspar and Maria Aparecida Viegas: the former was a widow and mother of five children - she became an improvised entrepreneur in the clothing industry driven by her affection for Chiara Lubich and the EoC; the latter, the owner of two sewing machines, offered her machines and experience as a seamstress.

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EoC-IIN: a Network of Talents for New Companies

Five "hubs" already active in Brazil, Cameroon, Croatia, Mexico and Portugal

by Maria Florencia Locascio

from the pdf EoC Report 2016 (2.11 MB) on the "Economy of Communion - A New Culture" - Editorial insert of Città Nuova n.2/2017 - february 2017

N44 pag14 Florencia Locascio rid web

The year of the 25th anniversary of the EoC prompted us to take a step forward: to promote innovation to bring about some new responses to the challenges of today together. EOC-IIN (Economy of Communion - International Incubating Network) was born in this context: a "first generation" of entrepreneurs and professionals offered themselves at the service of a "second generation" of young people with a vocation to inclusive entrepreneurship and communion.

Almost a year after the birth of the project, EoC operators of five countries - Brazil, Mexico, Portugal, Cameroon and Croatia - have already launched their own incubator with local resources and with a contribution from the international communion of profits, while another 12 countries are developing a strategy to create an EoC IIN Hub.

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A 25-year-old Prophecy

Those who feel they must answer the call to building an economy of communion know that in order not to get lost they must look at the world from the perspective of those who are the last.

by Luigino Bruni

from the pdf EoC Report 2016 (2.11 MB) on the "Economy of Communion - A New Culture" - Editorial insert of Città Nuova n.2/2017 - february 2017

N42 Pag15 Luigino Bruni autore

The charismas are the continuation of the action of the prophets in the present. To understand St. Francis of Assisi or Chiara Lubich we must first of all think of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and Moses. They are very similar, if we take a good look at these ones and the others. They all have met the Voice, they listened to it, they received a call, a task and they freed slaves. They then followed that voice and performed their task throughout their life and died before reaching the 'promised land'. They could only see it from a distance, because the promised land is always that of our children.

We do not understand the Economy of Communion if we do not think of it as an expression of the prophetic principle of the world. Those who have had the gift to live it, and those who, like us, got to know it in the world in these 25 years, have rewatched peoples leave Egypt, the sky open and the cherubs come down, a 'remnant' return from exile and crucifixes rise. Nothing more, but nothing less, either. If we had been more faithful we would have seen many more miracles, but, even in our infidelity, we have been flooded by miracles. The EoC will continue to see miracles for another 25, 50 or even 1000 years if it continues to be a prophecy.

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Trading the talent of communion

Entrepreneurs and workers have offered their time, expertise and resources to create new enterprises. It is a first response to the appeals of Pope Francis for an economy that does not forget the poor.

by Alberto Ferrucci

from the EoC Report 2014-2015 on the "Economy of Communion - A New Culture" no. 42 Editorial insert of Città Nuova no. 2 - 2016 - February 2016

N42 Pag 03 Alberto Ferrucci AutoreThe Economy of Communion has reached its 25 years milestone. In fact, it was born in 1943, from an intuition of Chiara Lubich who as a young girl got inspired by the Gospel while she was taking refuge in the shelters during the bombings: she could respond to the immense love of God for her, in the - perhaps short - lifetime she still had, pouring out her love for those around her who were frightened and insecure, and especially towards the weak, the suffering and the lonely.

Even today, unfortunately, there are people who are terrorized by bombs: the echo of their torment comes to us through the media - in the words of those who fled after losing everything - and from the beaches scattered by abandoned bodies of adults and children whose lives have been taken prematurely.

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AMU + EdC = work + reciprocity

2015: a year to remember. Eleven projects running around the world creating and reinforcing 350 work places

by Francesco Tortorella

from the EoC Report 2014-2015 on the "Economy of Communion - A New Culture" no. 42 Editorial insert of Città Nuova no. 2 - 2016 - February 2016

N42 Pag 04 Tortorella autore ridWhen the collaboration between EoC and AMU1 intensified, about ten years ago, the "aid" provided to people in need around the world was mostly aimed at access to education and assistance for basic needs (food, medical care, housing). From the very beginning, a primary goal of the collaboration was to tackle poverty more "upstream", aiming at creating employment, opportunities of decent and stable work. It is an ambitious and complex objective that, as opposed to assistance, requires a lot of human and professional competence to manage projects and accompany the beneficiaries, also in case of a path of leadership or reciprocity.

Therefore in recent years we have strengthened the project capacity of certain local organizations showing interest or affinity to the EoC, and it's proved to be a job that is paying off. In 2015 we have handled 11 ongoing projects, which are creating 350 jobs, with a total investment of 500,000 Euros.

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Only dreams come true: the anatomy of an EoC entrepreneur

An Interview with Ramón Cerviño, pioneer of the EoC in Argentina. His lifestyle. His businesses.

by Carolina Carbonell

from the EoC Report 2014-2015 on the "Economy of Communion - A New Culture" no. 42 Editorial insert of Città Nuova no. 2 - 2016 - February 2016

N42 Pag 07 Carolina Carbonell Autore ridThat Ramón Cerviño is an undisputed point of reference for the Economy of Communion in Latin America there is no doubt. Argentinean, husband of Quela and dad of five boys (one of them is in heaven), grandfather of five grandchildren, philosopher and entrepreneur in the health sector, working in the administration of social works, dealing with the management of medical services for all affiliates. In a completely different context, he is a member of the Sushi Soul restaurant chain. He lives in Córdoba, but was born in Tucumán. Ramon was one of the pioneers of the EoC.

How to convey the essence of the EoC?

"To transmit the essence, I think it suffices to say that the EoC is not an idea (it is also an idea), it is not a school of economic thought (it is that, too), it is not ... It is a lifestyle that expresses the charisma of unity in the realities of the economy and work."

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811 EoC companies: a balance

by Alberto Ferrucci

from the EoC Report 2014-2015 on the "Economy of Communion - A New Culture" no. 42 Editorial insert of Città Nuova no. 2 - 2016 - February 2016

N42 Pag 07 Azienda ItaliaThe 500 entrepreneurs who accepted the invitation of Chiara to create businesses of communion in the early nineties, today, after 25 years, are mostly reaching the age of retirement. Well, those of them who are still active: their companies, navigating the rough seas of seven years of global crisis are in many cases now managed by their children, with their respective business and personal goals and visions.

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Shared Profits

Despite the global crisis, the profits offered to the poor and the formation of new men by the EoC companies increased by 28%

by Gian Maria Bidone

from the EoC Report 2014-2015 on the "Economy of Communion - A New Culture" no. 42 Editorial insert of Città Nuova no. 2 - 2016 - February 2016

N42 Pag 08 Gian Maria Bidone autore

The earnings shared by companies in 2015 amounted to EUR 1,613,345, of which EUR 1,169,640 were deposited to the Economy of Communion, while EUR 443,705 were offered in the form of benefits in kind or spent on the poor or training within each company or in its surrounding region. The profits paid to EoC increased by 28% comparing to the previous year.

In addition, entrepreneur members of the Italian AIPEC Association have already paid EUR 115,000 worth of profits to AMU for new projects of 2015-2016, and this amount is 25% greater than what the same group shared in the previous year.

50% of the profits of companies were dedicated to the poor as well as all the contribution of those who participate in the project but are not entrepreneurs, amounting to EUR 404,943 this year; therefore the resources available for emergency aid and projects for the poor in this fiscal year amounted to EUR 989,763.

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One company is not enough: The Promise of Nairobi

Experienced entrepreneurs join young people to encourage the emergence of new companies on the African Continent. Festive atmosphere and inter-company collaboration

by Trees Verhegge

from the EoC Report 2014-2015 on the "Economy of Communion - A New Culture" no. 42 Editorial insert of Città Nuova no. 2 - 2016 - February 2016

N42 Pag 10 Trees Verhegge autore ridDuring the 2015 EoC Congress in Nairobi many entrepreneurs present, including Koen and his wife Lieve, had the opportunity to meet young African participants at the school that preceded the congress. These young people, some of whom arrived after a several-day-long journey, had a strong desire to realize their entrepreneurial dreams, and rejoiced to see how the seeds of a new economy can flourish, even if planted in a slightly polluted soil suffering the side effects of liberal economy.

Koen had been able to read their dreams of aspiring young entrepreneurs, written on pieces of paper pinned to a board. Like other "experienced entrepreneurs," he added his business card to those slips and offered to help in the implementation of the projects. At that time it was impossible to see who was giving and who was receiving, everything was filled with love and to each came a hundredfold.

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The 2014/2015 EoC Report is dedicated to Leo AndringaN42 Pag 02 Leo Andringa rid rid
who left us on 22 January 2016.

Leo was an economist and a man of communion,
witness of the culture of giving, a pioneer of the EoC.

This is to express our infinite thanks to him.

 

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To keep Leo Andringa's memory alive, N44 pag02 Leo Andringa rid webwho was among the first ones to grasp the delicacy of the distribution process of aid to the needy, the EoC has decided to dedicate the newlyformed “Observatory on Poverty” (Osservatorio sulla povertà; OPLA), with its headquarters at the Lionello Business Park, to him. The goal of OPLA, directed by Licia Paglione, is to collect the "best practices" (in and outside of the EoC) in fighting poverty, by developing an approach inspired by the values of communion and reciprocity.

 

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The Wound and the Blessing

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