Prophetic Economy

Castelgandolfo (Rome): 2 - 4 November 2018

Logo Prophetic economy 200 rid cat#ProfeticEconomy is much more than a three-day event, it is a journey undertaken by associations and movements that intend to give answers to the cry of the earth and the poor together. Our world is facing an ecological and social crisis. Climate change and increasing inequality are fuelled by unjust economic structures, short-term policies and outdated aid practices.

Many people around the world believe passionately in human development and sustainability, working tirelessly to change the rules and demand justice. It is time to unite and be more than the sum of our parts.

#ProfeticEconomy is going to be an experience and the beginning of a process: our intention is to stimulate inventiveness, confrontation and creativity in search of sustainable and collective solutions to the social and environmental problems of our time, with particular attention to the poorest.

Prophetic Economy: innovative economy for the common good

The recent international “Prophetic Economy” event succeeded in bringing together diverse protagonists of change in the world, with different approaches to a common goal of improving the status quo. Through a dynamic exchange of good practices – including outstanding contributions from the younger participants – a collaborative network has emerged of “prophetic actions” already happening in the here-and-now.

Source: Ufficio Informazione Focolari

181102 04 Prophetic Economy 05 ridNot just ‘green shootsbut an entire forest growing up silently but surely” – a summary by one of the 500 “Prophetic Economy” participants from 40 countries and all five continents who gathered from 2 to 4 November at the International Mariapolis Centre, CastelGandolfo, near Rome, Italy. The “ event ”  facilitated interactive and intergenerational exchange through a program of inspiring contributions, work groups and creative workshops.

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Young people's imagination and intelligence: a road to a prophetic economy

The preparatory meeting for the Prophetic Economy international event brought together young people aged eleven to fifteen: we had promised ourselves to let their thoughts emerge. As a result, an astonishing awareness was demonstrated by them.

by Federica Nalli

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Ragazzi PE 01 ridSomeone once told me that the important things in life are done before the age of fifteen. At the time I thought he was a fool, but I have changed my mind, thanks to "our" young ones. Often it is easier for us adults to think that they are "just" kids who still have to grow up and find their way. However, we do not realize that it is they themselves who ask us, with their attitudes and the words they manage to say, to make them responsible, to put them in a position to make their voices heard and to do something to assert their vision of the world. They don’t want us to wait for them to become adults, because "becoming adults" is often just a way of letting their passions, ideas and great questions that we adults are unable to answer die away, because we have given up; and of letting their vocation and enthusiasm go out to dedicate their lives "to more serious things", to think about how to "taking home the daily bread" instead of dreaming about how to save the world.

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A competition to promote "Prophetic Economies”

The "best practices" competition linked to the international event "Prophetic Economy", which will take place from 2 to 4 November 2018, is now under way. The jury will be composed of: Vandana Shiva, Jeff Sachs, Cristina Calvo and Stefano Zamagni.

Prophetic economies ridAs with the event Prophetic Economy, the purpose of the Prophetic practices award 2018 is to make visible and bring together existing experiences of "prophetic economy" from anywhere in the world, implemented by anyone: to find these "precious stones" in the world so that "they do not feel alone" and so that, by becoming part of a world-wide network, they can establish new connections and partnerships. Participation is open to people aged 9 to 99, to private and public organizations, both for profit and non-profit, private and public.

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Here is the chance, Prophetic Economy!

Prophetic Economy, the event for all those committed  to give solutions to social and environmental injustice, organized by EoC and other partners, attracts people with  vocation of all the ages.

Luis Calfa ridLuis, a 12 years-old Scout from Slovakia, explains why, according to him, this event is important , and invites everybody to candidate their good practices on the competition Prophetic Economy in Practice.

One day I was discussing with my mom about my thoughts on the current situation in the world.  That I’m concerned about the politics, wars and conflicts.    I was telling her that I'm very often thinking about humanity as a civilization evolved on small planet called Earth. We created our own politics and policies, a system for living. We need air for breathing, water and food for consuming. Trees are developing oxygen and thanks to them, we can breathe.

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Prophetic Economy...between the “already” and the “not yet”

The International Event “Prophetic Economy” promoted by the EoC and several associations and movements intending to respond to the cry of the world and the poor will take place in Castel Gandolfo, Rome from 2 to 4 November 2018.

by Maria Florencia Locascio

Profetic Economy 01 ridFather Joseph Wresinski, founder of ATD Quart Monde, felt the vocation to work so that the poorest of the poor would have dignity and a voice among those who make decisions; when he learned that somewhere in the world there was someone who worked for the poor, he got on an air plane and went to visit them, convinced as he was that: “those who work for the poor are in danger; they can lose their motivation and even their own life”: hence the fundamental importance of knowing each other and networking.

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