EOC events in Italy
by Antonella Ferrucci
The goal of this first Workshop for Civil Economy in Avola was ambitious and perhaps a bit crazy: to lay the foundations to create new, sustainable civil regulations to manage the common goods of the territory: regulations that would reconcile in a new way the market and politics. But how? Starting from the contribution of all those who attended, from business owners to other professionals, from educators to housewives, each one personally called to bear witness of best practices from which to draw out effective and, above all, sustainable laws. “This is above all a workshop,” they told us upon our arrival “so the first half, with talks given by speakers, is not the most important but will be of service for the fundamental moment this afternoon in which we will work together, divided into three groups, each one giving their own contribution.”
by Antonella Ferrucci
Professor Bartolini, in the long editorial in yesterday's Washington Post, "The Italian Job" said the world economy depends on Italy: after having praised the measures taken by the Monti government, the WP however, argues that Italy must start growing again. In your book "The Manifesto for happiness," you argue that the deterioration of relationships, the main source of increasing unhappiness, paradoxically generates growth. If it is so, is there really need to grow? How do we reconcile these two aspects, the "need for growth" and the pursuit of happiness? And is there a growth that is compatible with happiness?
Yes there exists a growth compatible with happiness: it depends on the "social quality" of growth and the social economic model undertaken. If economic growth is associated with a deterioration of relations between people, in this case, happiness decreases.
by Antonella Ferrucci
Stefano Bartolini, Economics Professor at the University of Siena, had an interesting analysis of the current crises which he proposed at Loppiano, on September 17, during the Italian Convention of the EoC’s 20 years.
“My speech is entitled ‘From the U.S. to Lionello,’” he says, “because this is a crisis created by an exceptional debt of the American households, which for 20 years they lived beyond their means and eventually became insolvent. All the rest is a financial contagion.” How did all this happen? “At the root of this crisis is the extraordinary American consumerism, a disease that we could call ‘consumerism bulimia.’”
"Last Sunday, Sergio Gironella, 47, father of 4 children, left us when his illness unexpectedly worsened," Romano Ruffini, who in 1994 invited him to participate in the EoC adventure, told us. "That year, we had spoken to Sergio about the Economy of Communion, and he, who belonged to the Neocatechumenal Way, was fascinated by Chiara's message, and he decided to leave the job he had to found the cooperative Il Sentiero Servizi with me, in Macerata. I have to say that at that time, we still had no promise of success, so his decision was truly a leap in the dark."
20 Gennaio 2011 ore 16:00
Università degli Studi di Cagliari
Aula A - Facoltà di Economia
Viale Sant’ Ignazio, 74
Relatori:Vittorio Pelligra, Ricercatore di Economia Politica dell’Università degli Studi di Cagliari, Docente incaricato Istituto Universitario Sophia di Firenze; relazione su: Una nuova idea di Mercato, quale idea per la Sardegna. Stefano Zamagni, Prof. Ordinario di Economia Politica dell’Università di Bologna; relazione su: La Strada dello Sviluppo Umano integrale tra economia, qualità della vita e bene comune alla luce dell’Enciclica «Caritas in Veritate»
Introduce e coordina: Mariella Onnis, Presidente del C.I.F. Comunale di Cagliari
By Licia Paglione
Generatività (Generativity) - a virtual archive of social, cultural and economic initiatives that are "generative" of values, ideas and positive practices. Part of the Geniusloci project, Generativitá highlights initiatives that are already operative, even if often hidden, in the today's Italian society.
The project was presented during an animated meeting-debate on September 30 in Rome, and it is promoted by the Luigi Sturzo Institute in collaboration with ALMED - the Upper school of media communication and shows of Catholic University - together with a group of university professors and researchers, including economists like Luigino Bruni and representatives of Civil Economy, like Johnny Dotti of Welfare Italia. With this project, these entities intend to rediscover the various aspects of a "generative Italy".
By Antonella Ferrucci
Luigino Bruni, last September 19, the 2010 EoC Convention at Lionello Business Park concluded with the wish that the Expo and Convention can become an annual appointment for Italy, held at the business park.
Yes, there is no good reason that it should not become an annual meeting, and an always more beautiful one, with more exposition space and new ideas. This year's convention was like an experiment. That said, the world is big... and, if compared with the world, Italy is small. What makes the EoC strong is that it immediately has a "world" perspective. Chiara Lubich said, "One city is not enough". The ideal that arose from this project is that all may be one, ALL.
By Antonella Ferrucci
The title of the essay that was set this year in the first written part of the school leaving examinations in Socio-Economics was ‘The Search for Happiness’. One of the texts that was presented for consideration by the examinees, was a piece by Stefano Zamagni, which underlines the separation between the categories of ‘utility’ and ‘happiness’ while it emphasises the link between happiness, free-giving and reciprocity.
Professor Zamagni, from the point of view of today’s culture what is the significance that these topics, up to just a few years ago considered ‘heretical’, are included in the titles of the essays of the graduation exam? Are we reaching a critical mass?
‘This pleasant surprise just shows that the seed that was planted years ago and which involved Chiara Lubich and her Economy of Communion, Luigi Bruni, others and myself, is bearing fruit and is becoming the patrimony of everyone. Personally, I started speaking about Civil Economy 17 years ago. Since then there have been many publications on this topic. In recent years ‘The Civil Economy. Efficiency, fairness, public happiness,’ published in 2004, and the ‘Dictionary of Civil Economy’ in 2009, both of which were written with Luigino Bruni, developed these ideas. When a serious cultural project is started, if one has the patience to wait, fruits will come. This was the reason I was enthusiastic in my support of Chiara Lubich in setting up the Sophia University Institute: I am convinced that Sophia with its original approach, will bring about a real cultural revolution within ten years.
By Paolo Lòriga
Published on Cittanuova.iton 19/06/2010
Recently, Confindustria held its assembly, and even more recently, there was also the Assembly of Young Industrists. And yet, the journey of reflection that begun more than a year ago to prepare the 46th edition of Social Weeks of Italian Catholics - to be held in Reggio Calabria in October - decided to take a stop on June 17 at an unusual place, the industrial park of Loppiano, at the doors of Florence. Here, within 9600 square meters, twenty businesses of various sectors of production have their headquarters, as well as the administrative center for more than 200 Italian businesses that adhere to the Economy of Communion project. The "Polo" is a recent construction (2006) that crosses paths with the centennial-long journey of Social Weeks (1907).
"The current crisis can be a fruitful moment that gives light to the difficult transition underway. For us, the Polo is the ideal place to speak about the new kind of business that we foresee", Alessandra Smerilli, economist, professor in Rome and member of the organizing committee for Social Weeks, said at the opening of the event. The role that the entrepreneur and business can carry out in the realization of the common good is certainly not at the margins of the ecclesial world´s studies. But it is also true that a question that still hangs over our heads: what kind of entrepreneur is needed to get out of this crisis? This was the topic chosen for the meeting, enriched by experiences in light of Caritas in Veritate.
June 17, 2010, at 14:30
Lionello Bonfanti Industrial Park
Incisa in Valdarno (FI)
In these times of new challenges, potentials and worries, the entrepreneur and the business are called to new responsibility. How can efficiency and solidarity be united? Charity and justice? Market and gift? Needs of the territory and globalization? How can work be created in new complex and uncertain scenes? Are there actual experiences that can serve as an inspiration? During this seminar, we will try to answer these question and others through alternating theoretical and cultural reflections and experiences of entrepreneurs.
Alessandra Smerilli, member of the Settimane Sociale dei Cattolici Italiani, will open the seminar with a introductory greeting on "undertaking" to return to growth. This will be followed by a presentation by Luigino Bruni, titled "The Civil Business: a Italian Pathway in the Market and the Economy", and a round table discussion including: Mauro Magatti, Dean of the Sociology Department, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan; Johnny Dotti, Welfare Italia and Andrea Granelli, President of Kanso. Finally, there will be experiences by entrepreneurs and conclusions given by Edoardo Patriarca, Secretary of the Organizing Committee for Settimane Sociali.
By Stefania Nardelli
On May 21, a convention-debate was held in Vasto, titled, "A Civil and Humanistic Society for Economic and Social Development". Invited guests included Vincenzo Bassi, Luigino Bruni and Sr. Alessandra Smerilli. What has generated the current economic crisis if not - in an extreme way - a crisis of rapports, of relationships that have led individuals to isolate themselves and lose interest towards projects which are useful to the community and to its development? This progressive isolation is why speculation and easy earning (and not only in work, business and the family) have become the objectives of many social and economic workers.
Sr. Alessandra Smerilli´s presentation raised some interesting questions for reflection under this lens. Knowing that we are living a moment of crisis, and without crying for ourselves, we can understand where lies the opportunity of this situation. To better represent the current situation, she presented a fairytale, Pinocchio (in it´s original version). She considered the part of the story where the wolf incited the Pinocchio, transformed into a little donkey, into wanting easy earnings, and he therefore lead him into the City of Simple Simons... and we all know how the story ends. She remembered when Luigino Bruni, at the first signs of the crisis, was already saying in his conferences, "remember that from this point onwards, the crisis will not be an exception but the rule if we don´t change something at the foundation."
June 5, 2010, 9:00 AM
Sala Camera di Commercio
Piazza Castello, 20
88900 Crotone KR
Good Wins: "Forming Oneself With Signs That Make Dreams Come True"
This is the title of the next Mediterranean School of Civil Economy that will presented on June 5, 2010, in Crotone, through a day meeting.
During this time of economic and civil crisis, the diocese of Crotone presents the opportunity to know and deepen in a different way of living economy and business, through the light of the best Italian tradition and in line with the Encyclical "Caritas in Veritate".
The meeting wants to be a laboratory that would give wings to the dreams of young people and give them concrete signs of hope. It wishes to be a chance to imagine and build together a way for development in Calabria, a way that arises from the heart of our Mediterranean culture, that is sustainable and capable of a future.
The day meeting will include a series of presentations in the morning by: Sr.Alessandra Smerilli, Luigino Bruni, Irene Giordano and Giuseppe Pintus, Vincenzo Bova, Alberto Frassineti and Angela De Fazio. Mons.Domenico Graziani, bishop of Crotone, will close the morning session.
By Tiziana Nicastro
Published on cittanuova.it on 29/05/2010
Romano Ruffini was a public employee and remained so until his retirement. Then, in 1995, having ended his previous job, Ruffini became an entrepreneur, placing his knowledge and capabilities at the service of a cooperative that works in the information and data transmission sector. His experience is one among the businesses that adhere to the Economy of Communion Project (EoC), launched by Chiara Lubich in Brazil in 1991.
Almost 20 years later, that which was first an intuition arisen from life has by now become a matter of study in university halls. Economists and researchers, even more so in this period of crisis, question themselves on the synergies between gratuitousness, poverty and economic behavior.
May 28-29, 2010
Sophia University Institute
and Polo Lionello Bonfanti
Loppiano - Incisa Valdarno (Florence, Italy)
The international seminar organized by the Sophia University Institute of Loppiano (Florence) is just around the corner. It is titled: "The Charismatic Principle in Economic and Civil Life: History, Theory and Good Practice".
After an opening session, there will be two plenary sessions and three parallel sessions. The conference is open to everyone: see various ways to register. All presentations of the seminar will be in the English language.
May 25, 2010, 9.15
via Emilia Parmense, 84
In the multi-form and varied composition of institutions, inspirations and choices that guided the life of Chiara Lubich and nourished her charism, the Economy of Communion represents a moment of profound synthesis and great prophetic content.
How can we not again take up - in the context of the crisis that has radically hit financial and economic systems, the balance of businesses, income expectations of families, prospects for youth entering the work force - the topics announced by Chiara Luibch to reread them and weigh their actuality and value? In this light, Sacred Heart Catholic University and the Faculty of Economy of Piacenza have promoted this study appointment.
May 21, at 18.00: click here to see the conference live
May 21, 2010, at 18,00
Pinacoteca di Palazzo d'Avalos
66054 Vasto (CH)
Introductions: Luciano La Penna, mayor of Vasto, and Luciano Tilli, President of Lions club of Vasto New Century.
Debate: Luigino Bruni, University of Milano-Bicocca
Sr. Alessandra Smerilli, Catholic University of Rome
Conclusions by: Vincenzo Bassi
Monday, April 26, 2010, 14.30
Lionello Bonfanti Industrial Park
50064 Incisa in Val d'Arno (FI)
Starting April 26 in Loppiano, the ADRIANOOLIVETTIANNOUNO meeting series will begin. Inspired by the 500th anniversary of the death of Adriano Olivetti, the meeting aims at relaunching and experiencing the innovative aspect of Olivettian thought. The initiative, organized by the Vita Eudaimonica Association, includes a number of events to be held throughout Italy between April and December. That first, to be held at Loppiano at the Lionello Bonfanti Industrial Park there, will face the topic The Idea of Community in Business Operations. Presenters will include Luigino Bruni, economist, Alberto Peretti, philosopher, plus the testimonies of entrepreneurs who have chosen the Economy of Communion.
22-23 March 2010, 8.45
Via Merulana, 31
We want to highlight two presentations that may be of interest to EoC-Online visitors:
Monday, March 22, 2010, at 8:45
How have reached the current economic-financial structure?
Presentor: Prof. Stefano Zamagni - University of Bologna
Tuesday, March 23, 2010, at 15:30
The Economy of Communion
Presentor: Dr. Eva Gullo - President of the Polo “Lionello Bonfanti” of the Economy of Communion
In the last few weeks, EoC entrepreneurs of Lombardy were able to meet with one another at Frontignano di Barbariga (BS), after the appointment in Gussago last September. Then, there are three other upcoming occasions to point out, in which some of these entrepreneurs will have the chance to share their experience with others:
- Besnate (VA), Friday 05/03/2010
- Sermide (MN), Wednesday 10/03/2010
- Cremona, Friday 19/03/2010.
Last February 20-21, EoC entrepreneurs from the Province of Lombardy and Novara and Verbania set a date in Frontignano di Barbariga (BS). After a similar appointment in September of 2009 (and a few afternoon meetings at the various businesses during these months), it was time to meet again all together (30 participated). The meeting was characterized by an intense dialogue over the founding aspects of the project (sharing experiences after reading "The Guidelines for Running an EoC Business", dividing profits). Benedetto Gui was also able to participate, opening the horizon to a global dimension, as well as Cesare Pastore, who reviewed the various aspects that link the businesses to the Polo Lionello Bonfanti Industrial Park in Loppiano.
By Maria Grazia Baroni
Published on Cittanuova.it on 01/03/2010
On Friday, February 26, the Dictionary of Civil Economy was presented at Holy Cross Pontifical University of Rome. This book is one of Cittá Nuova Publishers most awaited new releases for the beginning of this year. Although various people participated in the presentation, all gave different and interesting contributions from doctrinal, political and entrepreneurial stand-points.
A pressing question arose from the beginning: what can a dictionary of economy, and particularly civil economy, contribute to the current crisis? Professor Stefano Zamagni, professor of Political Economy at the University of Bologna and one of the books editors, was the one to explain the answer to us. "Civil economy arose in the 14th century," he said. "The term civitas, always linked to an inclusive vision, even in the Roman world, contains in itself an openness to reciprocity. The term should be compared to the word politics, which derives from polis and instead has the principle of exclusion at its base."
Chiara Lubich: from Trent to the World, the impact of a story
Two years after the passing of Chiara Lubich, the university in her home city intends to dedicate a moment of scientific reflection to this illustrious citizen and the work she brought about. Starting from the presumption that this exceptional, internationally-known figure began in the Trentino context, Trent´s University of Studies has taken the initiative to analyse the thought and work of Chiara Lubich to catch their diverse facets. scholars from the historical, sociological, economical, philosophical and theological backgrounds will examine her thought and work, and at the same time her commitment on the plane of relationships among peoples, in building a path towards peace and dignified cohabitation, as is affirmed in constructive interreligious dialogue.