This section gathers videos that tell us the life of entrepreneurs and EoC businesses: often it is the entrepreneurs themselves that give their experience first-hand. The videos are in their original language: you can find testimonies in Italian, Portuguese, English, Spanish, French…
In this interview by Alessandro Rosati, which aired on October 16, 2010, on RAI 2's program called "On the road to Damascus", Livio Bertola (Marene, Italy), tells the story of his business. Founded by his father and two of his brothers after the Second World War, what is today called Bertola Srl is an industrial engineering firm that makes works in chromium plating. In 1995, Livio met Chiara Lubich and her "art of loving", and that is when his life changed.
This brief video gives a beautiful panorama of the EoC businesses at work in Switzerland in 2010. Using Google Earth, it moves throughout the various Cantons, exploring the different realities presente in the French-speaking, German-speaking and Italian-speaking Switzerland.
By Margarita Ramirez De Moreno, Santa Maria di Catamarca, Argentina
I was born in Santa Maria, in a region at the foot of the Andes - rich in aboriginal culture but very poor. I'm a descendant of the aborigine "calchaquies", married and a mother of seven children.
I was the first diplomat to come from the Scuola Aurora of Santa Maria di Catamarca, recognized by the Argentinean government after 35 years of activity for its great educational contribution, as it also offers the study and recuperation of the techniques and symbols of the "quechua" culture. It was in that school that I met the Ideal of Fraternity, which I have chosen as the guiding compass of my life.
In 2003, faced with rampant unemployment, I started a spinning mill to supply the sewing lab at the school. It wasn't easy to convince the women of my land, who had always been discriminated, to take up the work of spinning again. To get to the mill, they would have to cross rivers and walk kilometers each day.
François Neveux, an exceptional entrepreneur, wanted to work different since the beginning of his professional career. He tried to weave other kinds of relationships with everyone - employees, clients, competitors - so that man and not the "system" be in the first place of the human community of work. There were also a number of marginalized and excluded persons who were associated with the business he created. This documentary was originally made for a one-time showing, on the occasion of the presentation of the book, "Utopia in Action: François Neveux, entrepreneur and inventor, economically incorrect."See article
Riproduced in DVD, this was published on the Internet so that many may know this notable person better.
Gualtiero Palmieri and Rina Santoli, founding parters of "L'Arcobaleno" (The Rainbow), in 1990, tell the storie of their business and give testimony to their choice to be an Economy of Communion business. L'Arcobaleno is a business leader in its sector, office products and information technology. In 2007, a new editorial division of the business arose, giving life to a publishing house, “L’Arcobaleno Editore”. That same year, a new sales location opened up in Tuscany at Polo Lionello Bonfanti near Incisa in Val d'Arno (FIorence, Italy).
This portrait was recorded during the Adriano Olivetti convention, "L’idea di comunità nell’agire d’impresa", Polo Lionello Bonfanti, Incisa in Valdarno, April 26, 2010.
Monica and Pablo Salazar from Paraná (Argentina) , tell how their carpentry business Nogal Maderas started in 2001, right in the middle of Argentina's crisis. It is a business that arose from a precise vocation to the Economy of Communion that Pablo felt and which he found a concrete answer through his sister's decision to follow him in this adventure. If, in 2001, the plans for a new business seemed crazy, today the Salazar family shows the opposite. Their experience was recorded as part of the EoC School in Santa Cruz de la Sierra (Bolivia), on July 17, 2010.
This video highlights the best practices and achievements of MABS participating bank Bangko Kabayan.