By Luigino Bruni
Published in Avvenire on June 06, 2013
People believe that on a sinking ship the captain's rule must be absolute. Hierarchy today in corporations is increasingly ridged, and this type of corporate hierarchy negatively affects democracy. Over a hundred and fifty years ago, John S. Mill pointed out two feudal institutions that survived in modern democracy: families and capitalistic corporations. Both operated just like old feudal systems; husbands subjugated their wives in families, and corporations maintained hierarchy to regulate the human relations.
By Alberto Ferrucci
I arrived in Lviv (Lvov) on May 21 and Oleh welcomed me. He is a Catholic priest of the Greek orthodox rite with ties to the Focolare Movement. He is married and father of a two year old daughter; he is a local reference on the Justice and Peace Commission in Ukraine. A few hours later Marta Pancheva arrived from Bulgaria. She earned her Master’s degree in Sofia and accompanied me throughout this trip. She eagerly participated at every opportunity, especially in conversations with young people.
Published in Avvenire on June 02, 2013
A new understanding of the human body can increase employment and improve the economy. Real bodies, our bodies, are ignored while people adore, praise and worship fake human figures. Young models are consumed as products while old, sick and weary people are rejected by society. Great enterprises and the financial market can collapse due to the exploitation of the human body.
Any institution that disregards people and their bodies works against human dignity.
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The program of this 2nd EoC International Summer School entitled "A new economy for a united world" is attractive. The course serves young students, professionals and entrepreneurs, between 19 and 35 years old, interested in exploring the Economy of Communion.
In the morning there will be lectures taught by relevant university professors and prominent members of the EoC worldwide. Luigino Bruni (Italy), Luca Crivelli (Switzerland), Anouk Grevin (France), Vittorio Pelligra (Italy) and Teresa Ganzon (Philippines) will hold lectures.
The afternoon will offer workshops; participants will have the opportunity to exchange views on real issues (based on personal experiences). They will work on specific situations with other young people from different cultures and nations. Participants can choose between:
1) Working on business plans.
2) Working on theses or research projects.
3) Discussing about the challenges faced by EOC companies and suggesting ideas or solutions.
By Luigino Bruni
Published in Avvenire on February 10, 2013
We must urgently rethink the relationship between the workplace and the schoolroom; labor is hardly ever present in the education of young people. In a traditional society this may have been appropriate since labor was always present in the lives of children and young people. Those who lived in the countryside could count on having to work after school and sometimes in the morning before attending school. Even those who lived in the city were surrounded by various trades, professions and toys that mimicked the occupations of grownups. School, therefore, was a short and valuable period of escape from a (hard) labor dominated world.