USA - New York City, 18/11/08


The book "Civil Happiness" wins the silver award of the "Templeton Enterprise Awards"

Last 18th November at the NY University, Luigino Bruni won the second prize of the "Templeton Enterprise Awards" portable "Civil Happiness: Economics and Human Flourishing in Historical Perspective", (translation of "L'economia, la felicità e gli altri ", Città Nuova, 2004), the only non-American among the six award winners (3 for the paper, and 3 for the book).
Let's listen to Luigino Bruni: "I'm very happy, because, even though I was among the three finalists, I was sure to rank third. Indeed, I hadn't noticed that the character of the award was rather "ideological" (pro-market), and the two other books (especially the winner) were explicitly liberal-conservative ...

We were at the heart of Manhattan, at the NY University, in front of S. Patrick's Cathedral.
the cover of my book and those of the other two award winners, had been reproduced in a giant picture on the stage of the ceremony. There were 200 people, all dressed up, and we started with the American anthem sung by a soprano.
There was Sir Templeton Jr, the actual president, and the fondation board. The director told me that probably, until yesterday, only Americans had been awarded.
For me, the beautiful thing of this award is that the book was dedicated to Chiara Lubich and had been translated in collaboration with an American Focolare member, Kitty Cocco Wolf, who went to heavens last summer.  I'm sure that both were spiritually present and rejoiced themselves about this award. That's why I would like to ideally dedicate this award to Chiara and Kitty.
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