Fulfil Yourself at Work...

From 1 to 3 October 2014 a group of forty young people from all over Italy participated in the third edition of the EoC Workshop School at Polo Lionello Bonfanti 

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.

Pioneers of a Utopia

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

The 2014 EoC Summer School in Paris: a real "shower of hope"!

In Arny, the 2014 Paris Summer School has ended

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

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.

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...

Puebla: the adventure continues!

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

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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Midwives of Egypt/10 - We all should be able to avail of some goods in the "deserts" of yesterday and today

by Luigino Bruni

published in Avvenire on 12/10/2014

Logo Levatrici d Egitto... (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.


From 1 to 3 October 2014 a group of forty young people from all over Italy participated in the third edition of the EoC Workshop School at Polo Lionello Bonfanti

by Chiara Andena

141001-03 WSS Loppiano 04 ridThe 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 fifth edition of LoppianoLab is now open at the Lionello Bonfanti Pole. Italian entrepreneurs and companies working on and committed to overcoming the crisis by healing the wounds of poverty and exclusion.

141003 05 LoppianoLab Virtual expo 01 ridThe 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.


An Interview with Canadian Political Scientist Jennifer Nedelsky

by Luigino Bruni

published in Avvenire on 4/10/2014

Icare 300 ridCanadian 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.


Midwives of Egypt/9 - The whip is followed by the tambourines, bitter thirst by sweet waters

by Luigino Bruni

published in Avvenire on 05/10/2014

Logo Levatrici d EgittoThe 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.


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.


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.


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, 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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  1. The Plagues of Our Invisible Empires
  2. Congratulations from all of the EoC!
  3. On Capitalism During the Flight
  4. Loyalty Makes Even the Sky Open
  5. Where Real Freedom Begins

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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

The Law of Daily Bread - 12/10/2014
Salvation: Dance and Eyes - 05/10/2014
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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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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The Genesis and Ethos of the Market

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Palgrave Macmillan, September 2012


EoC training 2012

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

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


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.

Brazil 2011 - Twenty Years of EoC


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).

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

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