by Antonella Ferrucci
‘Joy and gratitude: these are the feelings that prevail in the African EoC, and in the entire Africa - we are happy and grateful that Nairobi and Africa have been chosen to host the next International Congress of the EoC. We are celebrating the opportunity to host a unique event in the history of the EoC on our continent.’
by Luigino Bruni
published in Avvenire on 17/08/2014
Awake! Why are you sleeping, O Lord?
Rouse yourself! Do not reject us forever!
Why do you hide your face?
Why do you forget our affliction and oppression?
For our soul is bowed down to the dust;
our belly clings to the ground.
Rise up; (Psalm 44)
The first prayer that we find in the Bible is a cry, a cry that rises into the sky by an oppressed people. To have an experience of liberation one must first feel the need to be liberated, and then cry, believing or hoping that there, or up there, is someone to pick up the cry. If we do not feel oppressed by any pharaoh, or if we have lost hope that someone will listen to our cry, we have no reasons to cry out and we will not be freed.
Is it possible to reach personal self-fulfilment in one's work? Can a business contribute to the solution of social problems?
This week we have experienced the Summer School of the Economy of Communion, and, with the help of experts and entrepreneurs from different countries, we went deep into the various aspects of the theory and practice of the EoC.
by Christopher Jimenez
The last two days of school have been really significant for the exchange of experiences and for setting up new initiatives: activities were characterized by generosity, attentive listening and creativity.
Thursday's session began with an interesting lesson by Galo Pozo that focused on a very specific topic: how to deal with the difficulties that arise in the EoC businesses, in the lives of the entrepreneurs and how to transform them into unique opportunities for growth and improvement.
by Juan José Medeiros
The 2014 EoC Summer School in Mexico goes on with an intense rhythm. The morning of 12th August saw the visit to the Santa Maria School in Actipan in the immediate vicinity of the Little Town of El Diamante. The Santa Maria School is a strong testimony of what the EoC can achieve. Of the 10,000 inhabitants of Actipan, 60% are under the age of twenty. They live off of the fruits of agriculture, but the ground is fertile for only a few months a year, during the rainy season: as a result, there is poverty and unemployment and large families that send even the youngest children to help in the camps. There is also a high illiteracy rate and widespread alcoholism. 23 years ago, after the launch of the EoC in Brazil, some people felt they had to do something for the children of Actipan and they came up with the idea of founding this school that today is frequented by boys and girls of different social and economic conditions, in a harmonious coexistence.
by Christopher Jiménez
Puebla, 11 August 2014 - The days of waiting are over in Mexico: from this morning, the Little Town of El Diamante has transformed itself into the buzzing capital of the Economy of Communion in the Americas. In fact, over sixty students, entrepreneurs and experts of the EoC gathered here, coming from the United States, Canada, Mexico, Honduras, Panama, Costa Rica, Colombia, Argentina, Brazil and Ecuador, and also from France, Switzerland and Italy.
by Luigino Bruni
published inAvvenire on 10/08/2014
There have always been empires, and they still exist. But today we are getting used to them – which makes it increasingly difficult to recognize them. And since we do not recognize them we do not call them by name either, we do not feel oppressed by them and we do not start any process of liberation. There remains only the “sovereignty” of consumers, who in turn are more and more unhappy and lonely sitting on their couches. The reading of and meditating on the Book of Exodus is a great spiritual and ethical exercise, perhaps the greatest of all, for those who want to become aware of the “pharaohs” that oppress us, to feel the desire for freedom inside themselves again, to hear the cry of the poor because of oppression and to try to liberate at least some. And for those who want to imitate the midwives of Egypt, the lovers of the children of all.
by Ernesto Figueredo
We belong to the same family. His name is Fabio, he is Italian, and four days before taking this photo together we didn't even know each other. So how come we are so closely connected now? It's called communion, it's called fraternity. It's a phenomenon that unites people even if they live far away from each other and speak different languages. This dimension has also manifested itself in the economy..
I had studied the EoC and its expressions in social and integral economy for three years before joining the Summer School, but to read books, watch videos and follow the relevant news on Internet is one thing – to spend entire days with entrepreneurs, professors and students of the EoC from the whole world is quite another.