Industrial Parks - Polo Lionello
“God acts always” is the motto which Chiara Lubich gave to the Polo Lionello “to remind ourselves of the value which God gives to work, to man´s own creative ingenious”. It´s written on a plaque (sculpted by Benedetto Pietrogrande) hung near the building´s reception area.
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The Italian business park, inaugurated in October of 2006, is located in Incisa Val D´Arno, a few kilometers from the international small town of Loppiano (near Florence). The naming of the building after Magistrate Lionello Bonfanti, once responsible for the small town´s relationships with the local institutions, was in order to highlight that the building´s “vocation” is not only economic but “civil” as well. In fact, the 20 businesses (see below) there today present themselves as a community open to the region that has welcomed them and of which they are a living part.
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Already from inauguration day (see photo of the inauguration) this characteristic has stood out through the presence of numerous civic and academic personalities, leaders of associations and institutions, among which are the then President of the Italian Council, Romano Prodi.
The dialogue, intensified during the visit of Dr. Claudio Martini, President of the Region of Tuscany and regional councilor of international cooperation Dr. Massimo Toschi, continues to be fruitful.
It is a very intense dialogue, involving various types of associations, particularly cooperatives that often hold their own meetings in the halls of the pole.
The center is also often full with people of the academic and formational circles, including university lecturers, visits from high schools, internships for entire classes, and specialized courses given by the EdiC SPA (the association which runs the building), which is accredited by the Tuscan region.
The 5640 shareholders of the business park Lionello Bonfanti are witnesses of how many have believed in the project and have in some way wanted to make themselves protagonists despite the fact of not being entrepreneurs. A photograph of them would well describe the “poor but many” which Chiara Lubich once spoke about while describing the origins of the Economy of Communion.
The EdiC spa was instituted on October 13, 2001, and owes its name Lubich who was its first shareholder (see photo of the inauguration).
Today, the administrating council has ten members who will hold their office until December 31, 2008.
The park is also indebted to the many who offered their own sufferings and even their lives for its realization. In the name of all of them, we mention Iliana Pieri, who was the first to agree to insert her business there. The seminar hall has been dedicated to her and her husband Giovanni. (see photo of the inauguration).
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Published: Tuesday, 11 May 2010 09:02
On May 22, 2010, there will be the convocation for the
Assembly of Shareholders of Lionello Bonfanti Industrial Park
May 22, 2010, 10:00
Polo Lionello Bonfanti
Incisa in Valdarno (Florence, Italy)
All associates of the Lionello Bonfanti Industrial Park are invited to participate. The assembly will begin at 10:00. The first point of the order of the day will be a report on the management by the Administrating Council, a report by the Union College and the approval of the budget. The second point will be to confer the 3-year appointments to the committee of revision and payment determination.
At the conclusion of the formal part of the assembly, the administrators will meet with shareholders to further explain future projects. At 18:15, shareholders can participate in the presention of Luigino Bruni´s book, "The Ethos of the Market", Bruno Mondadori editors. To conclude the day together, it is possible to make reservations for dinner at the Polo (Segreteria Polo Lionello tel. 055-8330400).
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Published: Tuesday, 15 June 2010 09:06
An outing to the Polo Lionello Bonfanti with a seminar on Economy of Communion, at the conclusion of the review "Riminisian Socio-economic Reflections" 2010 - II edition
Local Development Beyond the Crisis
From Theory to Practice
June 26, 2010, from 10:30 onwards
Polo Lionello Bonfanti
Incisa in Valdarno (FI)
This year, too, Rimini´s University of Bologna continues the journey in "Riminisian Socio-Economic Reflections", promoted by the Association of the New Generation Study Center in collaboration with the Gambalunga Civic Library of Rimini. The 2010 theme regards the importance held by the local community and territory, culture and innovation, businesses and working relationships, to go through this hot news topic that is still being felt. The theme of vast interest was developed during May and June in various weekly seminars by experts in various disciplines that have gathered to develop their own arguments on the theme through different aspects, like trust and gift, local economies and innovation, award and virtue, and social responsibility.
At the end of this journey, on June 26, there will be an "outing" to the Polo Lionello Bonfante. The idea is to get to know the experience of economic/entrepreneurial innovation and social-territorial cohesion that the Polo represents, among the typical expresssions of the Economy of Communion.
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Published: Thursday, 24 June 2010 09:13
In September, Italy´s most important EoC events of the year: as part of "Loppiano Lab", the Expo of Polo Lionello Bonfanti and the 2010 Italian EoC Convention
Expo 2010 and the 2010 Italian EoC Conventions: Businesses, Projects, Future.
Preparations heat up in Loppiano for the well-prepared series of events connected to the Expo 2010 and the 2010 Italian EoC Convention, the most significant EoC events in Italy this year.
Everything will take place in a wider event, that of Loppiano lab, a new space for dialogue and comparisons, thought about in order create a network of ideas, practices, experiments, and questions in the field of current events, culture, education and economy in the viewpoint of fraternity. Loppiano Lab will take place from September 16 to the 19 through meetings, round tables, debates, business expositions at the Polo Lionello in the international small town of Loppiano (Florence, Italy), which for more than 40 years has been a laboratory of cohabitation and integration among peoples of different traditions, customs and religions.
Within Loppiano Lab, there are two larger events more closely connected to the Economy of Communion:
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Published: Monday, 05 July 2010 21:02
Xcogito, a resident EoC business of the Lionello Industrial Park, launches an interesting initiative to promote the 2010 EoC Expo
The EoC Expo Express, all together to the Industrial Park!
By Antonella Ferrucci
The idea is that of a web site, www.edcexpoexpress.it, which is an informational and logistical instrument for all who will participate in the Expo 2010 (September, 16-19, 2010). It is both a means of promotion, information and diffusion, all at once. Through the site, people can register to travel together in buses to the Industrial Park from various Italian cities. One can also get the latest information on details of the program and various events, and on single-day and mult-day participation, with the necessary forms and costs. The site is stylish and youthful. It has news, comments and even a nice calendar that counts down how many days are left until the 2010 Expo.
To better understand the spirit of this initiative, we asked Andrea Baldas, of Xcogito, a few questions:
Andrea, how can you explain why you started the EoC Expo Express?
Well, there are many possible reasons. First of all, the trip is a precious chance to share different experiences on the economy of communion and on civil economy in general. In the hours of the trip, it will be possible to talk to entrepreneurs, teachers, parents and students on the expectations they have about the program and topics of the Expo in an informal way. It is definitely more beautiful and enriching to travel together, to reach the Expo, and, actually, going by bus rather than by car is a choice to respect the environment.
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Published: Thursday, 20 May 2010 16:31
Something new on the web
The Lionello Industrial Park´s new web portal is now online
The EdiC S.P.A. has given its website a new look, taking on an institutional aspect and generating a new and original instrument of communication dedicated solely to the Lionello Bonfanti Industrial Park.
It is an important step for the first joint-stock association of the Economy of Communion, now numbering nearly 6000 partners throughout Italy and which has seen a rise in the number of visitors to the industrial park of nearly 55% each year, from 2006 until today.
The web portal, www.pololionellobonfanti.it, and the new site of the EdiC Spa, www.edicspa.com, are the fruit of one of many communications additions foreseen in the "Plan of Development and Communication" which the EoC approved in 2009. Among the plan´s objectives are promotional communication of the industrial park and its new spaces and services, more efficient circulation of information for partners, and promotion of the EoC network of businesses at the industrial park and in Italy.