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Congratulations from all of the EoC!

Maria Voce is confirmed as President  and Jesús Morán Cepedano is elected as new co-president by Focolare's General Assembly 2014.
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Pioneers of a Utopia

The First EoC Congress in Paraguay. Entrepreneurs in the Centre.
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The 2014 EoC Summer School in Paris: a real "shower of hope"!

In Arny, the 2014 Paris Summer School has ended
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Summer School in Paris: the adventure continues

On the 2nd and 3rd day of school, the "dream team" of the 2014 Paris Summer School was given some challenging tasks
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Benvenuti, Welcome, Karibu, Nzoni Ngango, Akwaba... in Africa!

The International Congress of the EoC will take place in Nairobi, Kenya from 27 to 31 May 2015. An interview with Genevieve Sanze.
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Half Winged Angels

The young people who participated in the 2014 EoC Summer School in Mexico wanted to conclude their experience with a message that expresses their thoughts...
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Puebla: the adventure continues!

An account of the second and third days of the 2014 EoC Summer School in Mexico... Read more...
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Puebla: Summer School Mexico 2014 Is On

The first, long-awaited Summer School in Mexico started yesterday, on the very special feast day of Saint Clare.
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A Choir of Thanks to João Carlos Pompermayer

Through his expertise and his great humanity he made an inestimable contribution to Polo Spartaco, which is a global model to follow now.
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Midwives of Egypt/8 - The God of the Bible calls us to cross through deserts with no fear

by Luigino Bruni

published in Avvenire on 28/09/2014

Logo Levatrici d EgittoKeeping away from idolatry means not evading the question of our sons and daughters, asking: »what is this ritual for, what is this moral commandment for, why love the one God?« And it also means not to back out of answering.

(Jean-Pierre Sonnet, To Generate is to Narrate).

One night was enough time for the pharaoh to forget the great pain of the plagues, and the bricks and the “service” of the Israelites were right back as the only concern of the empire: ‘When the king of Egypt was told that the people had fled, the mind of Pharaoh and his servants was changed toward the people, and they said,  »What is this we have done, that we have let Israel go from serving us?« So he made ready his chariot and took his army with him...’ (14:5-6). The dawn of a new day reveals to us that there was no gratuitousness in the liberation we just saw.

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Midwives of Egypt/7 - After the worst plague, the idol surrenders and it is the "beginning of months"

by Luigino Bruni

published in Avvenire on 21/09/2014

Logo Levatrici d EgittoThe plagues did not stay the cruelty of the Egyptian oppressors toward the Hebrews. It continued unabated until the very end of their sojourn in the land. On the day of the exodus, Rachel the daughter of Shuthelah gave birth to a child, while she and her husband together were treading the clay for bricks. The babe dropped from her womb into the clay and sank out of sight. Gabriel appeared, moulded a brick out of the clay containing the child, and carried it to the highest of the heavens...

(Louis Ginzberg, The Legends of the Jews)

The plagues of Egypt are the normal state of idolatrous empires – and so for ours, too. In such regimes, the water does not quench the thirst of the living beings and the soil is not fertile. It is in a state of decay and it generates frogs, gnats and flies...and the animals die. The sun does not manage to penetrate through the dust clouds over the lands, everything is covered by darkness.

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The First EoC Congress in Paraguay. Entrepreneurs in the Centre.

by Silvano Malini

140905-07 Asuncion 03 ridSmiling young people and adults, a relaxed atmosphere, jokes...no suits or ties... I know that the entrepreneurs' meetings tend to be less formal nowadays, but... am I in the wrong place? This cannot be the congress of the Economy of Communion! Well, in fact it is.  Carolina Peralta of the organising committee explains that it is not about listening to scholarly lectures but sharing experiences of company life. It is, in fact, a “meeting of communion in the economy”, as Andrés from Buenos Aires sums it up.

There are 120 entrepreneurs, directors, workers and students present from Paraguay and Argentina who gathered in the Mariapoli Centre called “María, madre dell’umanità” (Mary, Mother of Humanity) in Surubi-i, near Mariano Roque Alonso (Paraguay). It is a noteworthy number considering that in 2011 there were only 4 people practicing the EoC in Paraguay.

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Midwives of Egypt/6 - Not even the magicians of the pharaoh can keep the poor in chains

by Luigino Bruni

published in Avvenire on 14/09/2014

Logo Levatrici d Egitto"As long as salvation has not come, the expectation of salvation can only be a constant universal aggravation of tensions and sufferings for us today, just as it was for Israel in the time of Moses. The announcement of salvation, breaking the mundane balance, only reveals brutal power relations."

(Sergio Quinzio, Un commento alla Bibbia - A Commentary on the Bible).

Each generation should re-read the Exodus to discover and face of their own pharaohs and slavehood, long for liberation, recognise the plagues of their own age and leave the land of empires, moving towards the new land of fraternity and justice. In the real passages towards liberation, there is always a moment of the “plagues of Egypt” – these are the great signs of times in the eras of empires that the pharaohs do not manage to interpret because their “hearts” are hardened.

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Maria Voce is confirmed as President  and Jesús Morán Cepedano is elected as new co-president by Focolare's General Assembly 2014

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The entire Economy of Communion expresses its best wishes to Maria Voce - Emmaus, who has been reconfirmed by Focolare's Assembly as President for the next six years; to the new Co-President Jesús Morán Cepedano and to the thirty members of the new General Council of the Focolare Movement who were elected yesterday. Special thanks are in order from the entire Economy of Communion for outgoing Co-President Giancarlo Faletti for his sympathy for the EoC project throughout the six years of his mandate.

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Returning home, dreaming of communion also for that good half of the world that will never set foot in an airplane

by Luigino Bruni

published in Città Nuova n.17/2014 on 10/09/2014

Capitalismo in volo ridReturning from Paris, from a summer school on the Economy of Communion, flying up in the sky above Europe I am thinking about our capitalism. Perhaps because in France there is a newly appointed minister of economics, perhaps because I have just greeted fifty young people who are fascinated by a more fraternal and inclusive economy. Or perhaps because my heart goes out to too many aircrafts that are in the wrong, flying over many war-ravaged lands; I cannot help thinking of our market economy, our crises, the many Africans and North Africans I've seen in the subways of Paris and its existential, economic and cultural peripheries. 

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Midwives of Egypt/5 - The logic of the rod and that of shoulder-to-shoulder work

by Luigino Bruni

published in Avvenire on 07/09/2014

Logo Levatrici d Egitto‘If ye are truly the ambassadors of God, then may He judge between us and Pharaoh. ... You are responsible for the widespread stench now issuing from the Israelitish corpses used as bricks for building when our tale was not complete. We are in the quandary of the poor sheep that has been dragged away by a wolf. The shepherd pursues the robber, catches up with him, and tries to snatch the sheep from his jaws, and the wretched victim, pulled this way by the wolf and that way by the shepherd, is torn to pieces.’

(L. Ginzberg, The Legends of the Jews, Vol. 2)

The culture of the incentive is becoming the new ideology of our time, and it is migrating from the large capitalist enterprises towards health, culture and education. The main limitation and danger of this type of work culture is an impoverished vision of the human being, thought and described as an individual who works when motivated by extrinsic and monetary rewards only, and as someone from whom you can get pretty much everything and in all areas of life if you pay them adequately.

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Midwives of Egypt/4 - God and his people's heaven is always higher than the pyramids

by Luigino Bruni

published in Avvenire on 31/08/2014

Logo Levatrici d EgittoFor all my life, I must confess, I have been pushed by two forces operating together. First of all by outrage, the impossibility to embrace the world as it is. ...the other force is the light. Perhaps today I'd call it transparency. I could say: it is faith."
(Paolo Dall’Oglio, Outrage and Light).

Empires have always tried to use work to black out the dreams of freedom, gratuitousness and celebration in the souls of the workers. Exactly for it being the number one friend of man, work lends itself to be manipulated and used against workers and so it can easily become an instance of “friendly fire”. To be able to work has always been and still is one of the ways to freedom for many, while not to be able to work is still one of the main non-freedoms and a form of mass violence of our time. But next to work that liberates and makes us noble, there has always been also the idea of work utilised by the pharaohs as a means of oppressing the poor.

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  4. France: the Multimedia Pole of the EoC is Born
  5. Arny: the 2014 EoC Summer School has finally started!

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Call for Research Projects

“Tuscany: a Global Laboratory for Quality of Life”
Towards Expo 2015

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The Midwives of Egypt

Logo Levatrici d Egitto rid modThe reflections by Luigino Bruni on the Book of Exodus

Gratuitousness Speaks - 28/09/2014
The Greatest Liberation - 21/09/2014
The Plagues of Our Invisible Empires - 14/09/2014
True loyalty - 07/09/2014
Where Real Freedom Begins - 31/08/2014
Moses' vocation - 24/08/2014
Enriching Cries - 17/08/2014
The Midwives of Egypt - 10/08/2014

Summer School EoC 2014

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"A New Economy for a Fairer World"

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The Tree of Life

Logo Albero della vita rid modThe commentary on Genesis from the editorials of each Sunday published in Avvenire by Luigino Bruni

The death of Jacob - 03/08/2014
Beggars of Blessings - 27/07/2014
The miracle of reconciliation - 20/07/2014
Joseph and forgiving - 13/07/2014
Joseph, a truthful "interpreter" of dreams - 06/07/2014
The loyalty of Joseph - 29/06/2014
Judah and Tamar - 22/06/2014
Joseph the dreamer - 15/06/2014
The death of Isaac - 08/06/2014
Dinah, the revenge and the gratitude - 01/06/2014
Blessed Struggle - 25/05/2014
The Way: To State and Cultivate the Alliance - 18/05/2014
The dream and the vocation - 11/05/2014
Esau and Jacob - 04/05/2014
The first contract - 27/04/2014
Abraham and Isaac - 20/04/2014
Agar - 13/04/2014
Abram - 06/04/2014
Babel - 30/03/2014
Noah - 23/03/2014
Cain and Abel - 16/03/2014
The snake - 09/03/2014
Eye to eye - 02/03/2014
Adam - 23/02/2014
The tree of life - 16/02/2014

Summer School Mexico 2014

No. 39 of the EoC Newsletter is now online

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The EoC Newsletter no. 39 is now available online
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EoC Report 2012-2013

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Synthesis of a year of EoC, strategies and prospects for the future.

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United Nations Video

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

 

Summer School EoC 2013 videos

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EoC Summer School, Madrid, Sept. 11-15, 2013: A new economy for a united world

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Nairobi 2015

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The EoC International Congress will take place in Nairobi from 27 to 31 May 2015.

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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.... 

The Economics of Values-Based Organisations

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Routledge, July 2014

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The Genesis and Ethos of the Market

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Palgrave Macmillan, September 2012

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EoC training 2012

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See the videos of the EoC training lessons (Per-corso EdC) held in the Lionello Industrial Park
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Video - The EoC Project

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This short 5 minute video about the origins of The EoC in Freedom Project, was developed for a presentation to the United Nations in February 2012.

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

The Wound and the Blessing

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Economics, Relationships, and Happiness

New City Press, 2012

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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 “Identification Card” of the EoC

logo_edc_benvThe Economy of Communion (EoC) is a movement that involves entrepreneurs, workers, directors, consumers, savers, scholars, economic workers, poor and citizens, families, and was launched by Chiara Lubich in May of 1991 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
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Brazil 2011 - Twenty Years of EoC

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All the information related to the two events held in Brazil from May 25-29, 2011, for the 20th anniversary of the EoC (including articles, texts and videos).
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Economy and Communion Meet

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What is the Economy of Communion? Here is a synthesis of the DVD "Economy and Communion Meet" (only available in Italian) ©Charisma Productions, 2007

Formy comic strips!

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Do you know the mascot of the EoC website? 
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EoC video channel

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