Everything is relationship

Second day of the convention "Globalization to the test of interdependence", between economic crisis, environmental crisis and reconciliation

Everything is relationship

By Amanda Cima
Published on www.cittanuova.it on 30/10/2009

palagio_di_parte_guelfaThe second day of the convention on interdependence in Florence. After the Thursday-afternoon session, which concentrated on the reality of citizenship, the viewpoint was opened up to wider topics. In the first part, dedicated to interdependence and environmental crisis, the presenters illustrated how solidarity, relationships and civil society as a whole can all offer answers.

Sergio Marelli, general director of Focsiv (which organizes Christian volunteering thoughtout the world), gave a wide panorama of the effects of the recession on developing countries and how volunteering helps keep them in check, not only in other countries but in Italy as well. Andrea Olivero, president of Acli (Association of Italian Christian Workers), noted that the crisis that has given the chance to redesign the role of non-profits and the third sector. They are no longer a world apart, but a real, true sector of the economy that finds its role in the heart of society as builder and promoter of trust. In fact, the economy can and should be understood as an ensemble of relationships, and if this ensemble deteriorates, it leads to crisis. Economist Luigino Bruni underlined that, as we well know, the lack of relationships and trust among people was at the foundation of the crisis of the mutual funds. The market, therefore, requires interdependence among people for its own constitution, leading to a search for the good that is not only individual but public. However, human relationships imply the courage to go beyond conflicts.

In fact, the second group of presenters spoke about interdependence and reconciliation. The regional councilor of Tuscany, Massimo Toschi, noted how Africa is a leading continent in this sense: it´s enough to think of Mandela´s work in South Africa, which opened the way to commissions which sought truth and reconciliation in various African countries. Kezevino Aram, of the Indian movement called the Shanti Ashram, brought the experiences of the rural communities in his country. Thanks to the development programs inspired by Gandhi, it has been possible to improve estimated life expectancy, the condition of women, and become conscious of how interdependence can offer concrete opportunities. Marco Fatuzzo, of the Political Movement for Unity in Politics spoke about attention to politics, where unfortunately conflict seems to be normal, not only in electoral campaigns. Today, conflict is not so much ideological but of identity. In our human identity, which makes us part of one family, lies the root for arriving at fraternity as a political category.

The environmental question is also one of the problems that we are called to answer globally. Here the word was passed to Vittorio Cogliati Dezza, President of Legambiente, and economist Marzio Galeotti, who gave us a picture of the interactions between the economy and sustainable development, as well as on the potential of green economy.

There was also room for new and original ideas. Carlos Vinueza Montufar, from Ecuador, reported how the indigenous populations in his country, thanks to their age-old patrimony of knowledge of the land, started up positive experiences of communitarian tourism. The local communities directly welcome tourists, without intermediaries, and this is opening a way out of poverty for them.

To conclude the convention, Daniela Ropelato quoted on of the young participants: "Interdependence means future".

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