by Luigino Bruni
published in Avvenire on 12/10/2014
... (Moses) taught them the prayer in which they were to offer thanks after eating manna, which read: "Blessed be Thou, O God our Lord, King of the world, who in Thy bounty, dost provide for all the world; who, in Thy grace, goodwill, and mercy, dost grant food to every creature, for Thy grace is everlasting. Thanks to Thy bounty we have never lacked food, nor ever shall lack it... (Louis Ginzberg, The Legends of the Jews, Vol. III)
The greatest form of free gift is the one that comes down from heaven every morning together with the dew. The world is immersed in gratuitousness. In fact, it is more real and present than evil that is also present. It dwells in our midst, we can find it in the trees, in our families, in the bushes, under our warehouses and offices, in the markets, in the streets, in hospitals, in schools and deep in the hearts of our people. It is here, in the amazement of ordinariness, that we may find the type of gratuitousness that saves us. Crossing through our deserts would be much more bearable if only we knew how to recognize, with the help of the eyes of the prophets, the providence that surrounds us, that we can feed and that feeds us.
by Chiara Andena
The idea of the Workshop Schools was born in 2012 with the edition entitled ‘Start up the future' and it was continued the following year with 'Progettare il lavoro, costruire il futuro' (Plan Work, Build the Future) and this year it was transformed into ‘Realìzzati/realizzàti nel lavoro' (Fulfill Yourself / Achievements at Work). The Italian title plays on the shift of the tonic accent that creates two words with different meanings and it contains two of the main topics examined. On the one hand it is an incentive and an encouragement for us young people to find a job that does not only guarantee adequate remuneration or economic success to us, but one that also allows us to express and develop our talents, our daimon and to feel that our work is a vocation, in communion with those who work with us.
The first day of the fifth edition of LoppianoLab was opened at 9.30 am with the 'Virtual Expo' of 57 Italian companies that share in the same experience of communion in the economy. The national laboratory was entitled: A map for Italy: Between Relationships, Work and culture. A filmmaker has travelled through Italy from North to South to meet EoC entrepreneurs and tell their stories – now assembled in a video channel that will remain active for a year.
by Luigino Bruni
published in Avvenire on 4/10/2014
Canadian political scientist Jennifer Nedelsky, professor at the University of Toronto, is one of the most innovative voices in the debate on the issues of care, rights and social relations. She is convinced that in our time there is a big priority that, however and unfortunately, remains much in the background of the life of democracies: the profound rethinking of the relationship between work and care, and thus between men and women, the young and the old, the rich and the poor. In fact, it is a critical issue in a world with more and more elderly people, and with elderly people who, thank God, live longer and longer. Without a collective and serious breakthrough in the culture of care in relation to the culture of work, democracy and equality among people are basically denied. I've known professor Nedelsky for a few years (and that explains the informal register of our interview); this time I met her in Italy at the Sophia University Institute of Loppiano (Florence). I asked her some questions on issues that I believe should be placed at the centre of the political and civil life of our country today.
by Luigino Bruni
published in Avvenire on 05/10/2014
‘The Book of Exodus is full of kolòt, voices. ... Kalòt is the word that indicates the sounds produced by a ram's horn, the rattle of a priestly dress, or the sounds of thunder. ... But in the poverty of a single word there is something to cherish: the sacred language recognizes that the creation speaks incessantly, from the crash of a thunderbolt to the tinkling of a bell. For reasons of humility and a nostalgia the same word is used, admitting to being unable to hear those voices and remembering the time when the word Adam meant created to the letter’ (Erri de Luca, Exodus / Names).
The liberation of the oppressed people in Egypt began with the whip of the superintendents on the workers, and now it ends beyond the sea with the tambourine and the dancing Miriam. Where there is no space for the rhythm of the dance, sooner or later the rhythm of the whip appears. It is the humble and meek beauty of the tambourine that celebrates freedom and saves us.
by Luigino Bruni
published in Avvenire on 28/09/2014
‘Keeping 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.
by Luigino Bruni
published in Avvenire on 21/09/2014
‘The 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.
by Silvano Malini
Smiling 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.