by Gregory J.Millan
published in The Wall Street Journal on January 26, 2015 6:00 AM ET
Teresa Ganzon and her husband bought a controlling interest in Bangko Kabayan Inc. in 1989, when it had only one branch, and it now ranks as one of the biggest rural banks in the Philippines. Ms. Ganzon has faced the usual array of developing country business risks, but in an unusual way, because she is also a leader in the Economy of Communion, an international network of more than 800 businesses committed to putting into practice the Catholic social doctrine behind Pope Francis’s controversial comments about business and the economy. In a press conference during his recent trip to the Philippines, the Pope condemned corruption, and even spoke of kicking corrupt officials “where the sun doesn’t shine.” Ms. Ganzon discussed with Risk & Compliance Journal how Bangko Kabayan has grown while doing business in a manner consistent with that doctrine, in one of the world’s more corrupt countries.
by Luigino Bruni
published inAvvenire on 18/01/2015
One can behold in capitalism a religion, that is to say, capitalism essentially serves to satisfy the same worries, anguish and disquiet formerly answered by so-called religion.
Walter Benjamin, Capitalism as Religion, 1921 (translated by Chad Kautzer)
At this stage in our – sometimes in-depth – thinking about the non-sustainability of economic and financial models that we have set up in recent decades, there is one aspect that seems to be rather overlooked if we put it in relation with the weight it has in our political life, in democracy, in our well-being and ill state. It is the management culture of the organizations, which is becoming a true global ideology, developed and taught at major universities and widely implemented by multinational corporations and in global consulting associations. It is an ideology that is entering in many areas of social life, because it appears as a value-free technique, which has been able to recycle many of the symbolic codes that Western civilization has associated with good life and wealth for millennia.
by Antonella Ferrucci
Nairobi, January 10, 2015 – ‘In this beautiful African sunrise I glimpsed from the plane after a turbulent night, I see the beautiful dawn of the EoC in Africa’. It was with these suggestive words, accompanied by the pictures of the dawn that Luigino Bruni greeted his friends upon his arrival in Nairobi last Friday. He went there with Maja Calfová, representing all the International Commission of the EoC, to take stock of the preparation for the next EoC International Congress (27-31 May 2015) which will be preceded by the 1st International and Pan African EoC School for Young People (22-26 May 2015)
by Luigino Bruni
published in Avvenire on 11/01/2015
Two prisoners, in two neighbouring cells, who communicate by knocking on the wall. The wall is what separates them but it is also what allows them to communicate. So it is between God and us. Every separation is a link, too.
Simone Weil (Gravity and Grace)
Innovation is a term in botany. It is used for buds and new branches. Innovations therefore need roots, good soil and a living plant.
They are life in bloom, generativity in action. And the innovations that become food, gardens and parks also require the work and patience of the farmer or gardener who accompanies them and looks after them during the frosts of the hard winters. And so the bud grows into a flower, the vineyard produces good wine, the fig tree starts to generate fruit after years of infertility and is saved.
by Luigino Bruni
published in Avvenire on 4/01/2015
How are you going to save the world? How find a straight road to progress, you men of science, of industry, of cooperation, of trade unions and all the rest? How are you going to save it, I say? By what? By credit? What is credit? To what will credit lead you?
Fyodor Dostoyevsky (The Idiot)
While we suffer from a crisis that seems (and is) too long, in order to cultivate hope that is not vain we should be able to see the bustling crowds of new life, businesses, work and innovation in the undergrowth of our economy. Because it is there, really. However, the quality of the new phase of our capitalism will depend on which contemporary economy is able to "attract", absorb and exploit all the young, intellectual and technological energy that is being released in and outside of the "canvas" (web).
How do we live the EoC in our enterprise? This question that is a fundamental one for the entrepreneurs of the Economy of Communion, keeps returning in our EoC training sessions, too. Our company COALEX-MEDICAL is an enterprise that belongs to the Economy of Communion by vocation, and in these few lines we would like to share with you how we live this vocation in our company.
Looking closely at the new challenges that entrepreneurs are facing these days, we would like to stick to the various virtues that characterize the EoC, and especially to sharing and putting the person at the centre to promote their integral development in society.
by Luigino Bruni
published in Avvenire on 28/12/2014
No one knows his resting place. For the men of the mountain, their tomb is located in the valley; for the men of the valley, it is situated on the mountain. It is everywhere and elsewhere, always elsewhere. No one was present at the time of his death. In a sense, he still lives in us, in all of us. Because, as long as there is a son of Israel, somewhere, who proclaims his Law and his truth, Moses lives through him, in him, as the burning bush lives, which consumes the hearts of men without consuming their faith in man and in his agonizing cries.
(Elie Wiesel, Biblical characters through the Midrash).
To learn how to be born again we must re-learn to die, something we have forgotten. Consumer society is first and foremost a gigantic effort to exorcise death, the limit, old age; it is a huge, sophisticated industry of perpetual entertainment that should not leave us time and space to think that one day the big game of consumption will end and the carousel will come to his final lap.
by Luigino Bruni
published in Avvenire on 21/12/2014
It's nice to see a handful of bricklayers who, when arrested by a difficulty, each reflecting on their own, indicate different means of action, and apply unanimously the method conceived by one of them, who may or may not have an official authority over the others. In such moments the image of a collective appears to be pure.
(Simone Weil, in G. Borrello, Work and Grace).
There is a deep relationship between community and forgiveness. Community is not given without forgiveness, and forgiveness is the great generator and regenerator of communities. Cum-munus (reciprocal gift) and for-give-ness. The only social relations that do not need forgiveness are the functional, bureaucratic, anonymous, contractual ones, where since there are no un-mediated meetings there is no need for forgiveness, and in turn it becomes just an out-of-tune and foreign word.