by Giuseppe Ruggiero
The second day of the 2014 summer school was closed at the foot of the most famous tower of the world, the Tour Eiffel. Right under the gigantic steel tower, the young participants are chilling out after the interesting lecture by Professor Benedetto Gui, from the Department of Economy at the University of Padua. Their chatter is seasoned with laughs and their dialogues start in one language and finish in another (yes, there are at least four languages that are used simultaneously here!).
In his presentation, the professor broke down one of the most commonly held paradigms of our age and showed us how the increasing of economic wealth often happens at the cost of human relationships and well-being.
by Maja Calfova
Imagined and strongly backed by 33 French EoC companies that work every day for the brave and great goal of having no more people suffering from need in the world. Inserted into the little town of the Focolare Movement in Arny, near the French capital, the Multimedia Pole is in fact a small work of art created by Jean-Michel Mahenc, Ingrid Portier and Marie Helene de Cherisey.
by Giuseppe Ruggiero
Our venue is surrounded by the green hills of the French countryside 40 km from Paris and a lot of fraternité. The group of participants consists of 40 young people from Europe, Africa, Asia and America and is supported by an impeccable staff, as well as entrepreneurs and professors of international calibre.
It is precisely the latter to welcome us in this gloomy morning. Anouk Grevin, professor of management at the University of Nantes – France -; Vittorio Pelligra, entrepreneur and professor of economics at Cagliari – Italy -; Benedetto Gui, Professor of Economics at Padua – Italy - and Luigino Bruni, professor at LUMSA of Rome and columnist of the Italian newspaper Avvenire.
by Luigino Bruni
published in Avvenire on 24/08/2014
The decisive meeting in Moses' life takes place during an ordinary workday: ‘Now Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law, Jethro, the priest of Midian, and he led his flock to the west side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God.’ (3:1) Moses was a stranger in that land who worked for a living. Just like Jacob at Laban's, like many men of his time and ours. And it is during this humble and dependent work that the event that will change his story – and ours – occurs.
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.