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A novelty that comes from afar

A novelty that comes from afar

by Paolo Loriga

 from the "Economy of Communion - A New Culture" n.33 – editorial insert attached to Città Nuova n.13/14 - 2011 - July 2011

PaoloLorigaWelcome aboard! The publication you have in your hands is a new editorial adventure, even if it moves in close continuity with the route taken by the Economy of Communion magazine. To date, it has been designed and built within the team of the EoC experts, who - with many night hours and expertise of an external graphics – managed, for 17 years, to carry through (based in Genoa) each issue in a commendable way.

The novelty now is that handful of people on their feet have developed with us the prospect of "going out" together with Città Nuova magazine. It is not a marriage, nor a couple. If anything, it is of two friends going out together, making treasure - in the spirit of unity that pervades both publications – of their respective typical characteristics and gaining ulterior benefits.

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The Great Attraction of Modern Times

The Great Attraction of Modern Times

 from the "Economy of Communion - A New Culture" n.33 – editorial insert attached to Città Nuova n.13/14 - 2011 - July 2011

"This is the great attraction
of modern times;
to penetrate to the highest contemplation
while mingling with everyone,
one person alongside others.
I would say even more:
to lose oneself in the crowd
in order to fill it with the divine,
like a piece of bread
dipped in wine.
I would say even more:
made sharers of God's plans
for humanity,
to embroider patterns of light on the crowd,
and at the same time to share with our neighbor
shame, hunger, troubles, brief joys.
Because the attraction
of our times, as of all times,
is the highest conceivable expression
of the human and the divine,
Jesus and Mary:
the Word of God, a carpenter’s son;
the Seat of Wisdom, a mother at home."

Chiara Lubich (Meditations)

The first 20 years of a clear economic alternative

Fraternal relationships as a means to a sustainable future.

The first 20 years of a clear economic alternative

by Alberto Ferrucci

 from the "Economy of Communion - A New Culture" n.33 – editorial insert attached to Città Nuova n.13/14 - 2011 - July 2011

Alberto_FerrucciAs her plane was waiting to land in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in 1991, Focolare founder Chiara Lubich saw a carpet of slums surrounding a forest of skyscrapers. She asked God, confident in the power of prayer, for a “third avenue of economy” that could offer, in the ruins of Marxism and the injustices of the free market economy, a sustainable future for humanity in the third millennium. 

This “third way” is based on the knowledge that human beings are not moved only by personal interest, but also by the profound need for overcoming one’s self-interest that results in building fraternal relationships.

Twenty years ago, trusting in God and in the Brazilian people’s generosity and ability to dream, Chiara launched the Economy of Communion in Freedom, an economic initiative that applies the logic of heaven — mutual love — to human relationships.

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The EoC outlook for 2031: More innovation, more creativity

More innovation, more creativity, and that entrepreneurial spirit

The EoC outlook for 2031

by Luigino Bruni

 from the "Economy of Communion - A New Culture" n.33 – editorial insert attached to Città Nuova n.13/14 - 2011 - July 2011

110528_Ginetta_BruniWhat are the challenges we have to face and overcome in the next 20 years (and beyond) if we want the Economy of Communion to continue and to be faithful to its calling?

First, a challenge concerning the EoC companies: these past 20 years we have understood despite many mistakes that the EoC’s main contribution to alleviate extreme poverty, thus building an economy and world of communion, will not occur primarily by redistributing wealth (taking money and resources from the “rich” to give to the “poor”); rather, its contribution will lie in creating new wealth while including in the process people in difficulty and who are disadvantaged (creating new “cakes,” not just re-cutting the “slices” of a given cake differently).

This inclusion is important because if those receiving benefits from the created wealth do not participate in the production process in some visible and tangible way, the aid they receive is likely to evolve into a paternalistic welfare approach. When Chiara launched the EoC in Brazil she said, “We have to create new businesses,” not “We need to convert business people to be more generous and giving.”

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From the street to the market

From the risk of delinquency to the risk of business. Young people at an expanding purse business in Brazil

From the street to the market

by Paolo Lòriga

 from the "Economy of Communion - A New Culture" n.33 – editorial insert attached to Città Nuova n.13/14 - 2011 - July 2011

110408_Dalla_Strada__inaug_07It was not located in the busiest part of the expo of 650 participants of the Economy of Communion Assembly, but it was the most crowded stand during the breaks. They sell purses, jackets, and women's clothing. Everyone can see the success they had in attracting visitors (which also seem to be customers).

The lines of artisan products are a mix of quality and modern design, with nice original touches, just as is the origin of the raw materials used: tarps from trucks that are no longer in use, scraps of leather and jeans that would not be used in any other way, used out of ecological consciousness. But these are not the only typical characteristic of this young business.

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Is the Economy of Communion just business with a social conscience? Turns out it’s much more.

Companies with ideal motives

Is the Economy of Communion just business with a social conscience? Turns out it’s much more.

by Luca Crivelli

from the "Economy of Communion - A New Culture" n.33 – editorial insert attached to Città Nuova n.13/14 - 2011 - July 2011

crivelliThere are three types of companies that transcend traditional business principles, organizations that have what we might call “ideal motives.”

A first group consists of companies whose business serves to solve, in an indirect manner, social problems: for example, social entrepreneurship initiatives created to finance non-profit organizations. Their ideal goal is to partially or totally donate the profit earned in the market place. As such, their ideal goal becomes concrete only in retrospect when the profits are donated and then contribute to maintaining entities that operate beyond the market.

Another circle includes companies that are created to contribute directly and solve social ills: those companies working for the benefit of disadvantaged people. Examples of this type include Muhammad Yunus’ Grameen Bank and the subsequent development of so-called microcredit institutions. These institutions, along with the Grameen Bank and other multinational companies, are involved in launching activities designed to meet the needs of vulnerable people and to accomplish this task at the lowest possible price.

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Poverty and development: an African perspective

Poverty and development: an African perspective

by Paolo Lòriga

from the "Economy of Communion - A New Culture" n.33 – editorial insert attached to Città Nuova n.13/14 - 2011 - July 2011


Once again, Africa has much to teach us — in a subtle way that typically leaves us Westerners bewildered and embarrassed because we lack certain cultural categories and shared definitive concepts. Take development and poverty, for example. These two issues were addressed by the Central African Republic’s Genevieve Sanz, an economics expert who made valuable contributions during the International Assembly of the Economy of Communion at Mariapolis Ginetta on the outskirts of Sao Paulo, Brazil, from May 25–28.

The distinction inherited from the opposition between ‘civilized’ and ‘uncivilized’ was based on a Western assumption,” began Professor Sanz, immediately indicating one of the original sins of the cultural phenomenon of poverty. Since then, the theory of underdevelopment has experienced growing support, and developing countries have accepted this premise seeking the means to develop it further.

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Five New EoC Theses

Five New EoC Theses

by Antonella Ferrucci

from the "Economy of Communion - A New Culture" n.33 – editorial insert attached to Città Nuova n.13/14 - 2011 - July 2011

n28_pag._11_antonella_ferrucciThe first thesis on the Economy of Communion dates back to June 1992, just one year after the project was launched. In fact in 1991, Chiara Lubich entrusted the EoC’s “cultural enrichment” to the youth, inviting them to “use their energy for this program” and make the EoC’s experience of life a “theory” that could spread in the economic, theological, sociological and philosophical sectors.

Since then and with great generosity, hundreds of young people have embarked on this adventure, risking something as important as their theses and dissertations in various fields of study. It is largely due to them, especially in the early years, that the ideas of the EoC spread in academia around the world.

An electronic archive, started in 1994, today lists over 300 theses on the EoC. Written in 14 different languages, they come from all the continents. Here are some recently posted additions that can be found at ecodicom.net.


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From Sao Paulo to the world: Young people speak up

From Sao Paulo to the world: Young people speak up

May the economy in 2031 be of communion

from the "Economy of Communion - A New Culture" n.33 – editorial insert attached to Città Nuova n.13/14 - 2011 - July 2011


The EoC proposes that economies and businesses should adopt, along with the principles of liberty and equality, the principle of fraternity. In so doing, business and economic activity can contribute to the fulfillment of every human person, responding to our deep-seeded desire for happiness and a sense of purpose. 

At the end of the Economy of Communion (EoC) in Freedom Assembly 2011 held in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the youth participating in the assembly launched a message to all those who believe in, desire, and commit themselves to building a more just and solidarity-based economy. Their convictions are as follows. They wanted us to know:

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