#Eoc-iin: For a new generation of companies with a spirit of communion in Africa: the EoC StartUp Lab 2017 will take place from 19 to 24 June: 40 entrepreneurial projects from 10 African states, selected to participate at the incubation laboratory of the Economy of Communion.
Are you a young scholar or a PhD student in Economics and Management? Or are you writing your thesis about the Economy of Communion? This Summer School is for you! Last days to sign up: deadline for abstract submission: June 15, 2017
The South Korean people are living a moment of serious institutional crisis because of the controversial relationship between President Park Geun-hye, elected in 2012, and the daughter of a leader of a shamanistic cult, which came to light last November. Apparently, due to her influence on the President, major Korean companies, including Samsung, have donated tens of millions of dollars to her foundation and that's not all...
"To seek, not the fruit of benefits, but the mere doing of them... - this is the mark of a soul that is truly great and good."
Seneca, De Beneficiis (English translation by John W. Basore)
Sine merito: without merit. This was how the first so-called Mounts of Piety (Monti di pietà) were called from the Middle Ages to Modernity. these were prototypes of the community banks created and promoted by the Franciscan "Observants" (Order of Friars Minor). To emphasize their nature as humanitarian or philanthropic institutions, the presence of merit was denied. A few centuries ago, Bernard of Clairvaux described the passion of Christ as: donum sine pretio, gratia sine merito, charitas sine modo: a gift without a price, grace without merit, love without measure. Saying 'gift' excluded a price, saying love eliminated measuring and saying grace denied merit. Merit, price and measure on the one hand - gift, grace and charity on the other.
The tables concern the year 2016 and the last quarter of 2015 because the management of earnings was changed to follow the calendar year. The data are grouped according to major content areas in two tables: the first shows the profits administered by the international organisational structure that makes a communion of goods possible together with the united world. The second table presents the profits managed by local EoC facilities and by individual entrepreneurs, a trend that aims to achieve an increasing effectiveness of use and an increased proximity of enterprises to the needs of the poor and to the formation of new persons, both in and outside their respective geographical areas.
A few days after the tragic earthquake of 24 August, while TV broadcasts were still showing the heaps of rubble, all the directing board of AIPEC* was pondering about what sense an association of entrepreneurs could make in a situation in which many families have lost everything. Without their house, without their loved ones, without the community fabric that made these places the extraordinary oases of Central Italy.
There emerged an immediate and unanimous desire to help businesses start over and resume creating jobs for the people and the families of the region. To return and give life to the community again.
Those who feel they must answer the call to building an economy of communion know that in order not to get lost they must look at the world from the perspective of those who are the last.
by Luigino Bruni
from the EoC Report 2016 on the "Economy of Communion - A New Culture" - Editorial insert of Città Nuova n.2/2017 - february 2017
The charismas are the continuation of the action of the prophets in the present. To understand St. Francis of Assisi or Chiara Lubich we must first of all think of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and Moses. They are very similar, if we take a good look at these ones and the others. They all have met the Voice, they listened to it, they received a call, a task and they freed slaves. They then followed that voice and performed their task throughout their life and died before reaching the 'promised land'. They could only see it from a distance, because the promised land is always that of our children.
We do not understand the Economy of Communion if we do not think of it as an expression of the prophetic principle of the world. Those who have had the gift to live it, and those who, like us, got to know it in the world in these 25 years, have rewatched peoples leave Egypt, the sky open and the cherubs come down, a 'remnant' return from exile and crucifixes rise. Nothing more, but nothing less, either. If we had been more faithful we would have seen many more miracles, but, even in our infidelity, we have been flooded by miracles. The EoC will continue to see miracles for another 25, 50 or even 1000 years if it continues to be a prophecy.
Future Entrepreneurs and researchers hone their skills in the Economy of Communion.
By Sylvester Atemnkeng - Journalist
An International Symposium on Economy of Communion organized by the Association for an Economy of Communion in Central Africa, under the theme “The Culture of Giving: an overhauling Element of the Economy for a socially supportable and Sustainable Growth ” took place at the Nkolbisson campus of the Catholic University of Central Africa, on February 9th and 10th 2017.
In his welcome speech, the Rector of the Catholic University of Central Africa, Rev. Prof. Richard FILAKOTA informed the participants that they have come for an experience of Communion because communion is the true wealth of Economy of Communion (EoC). He further highlighted that the program takes us to the very root of the Charism of Unity to rediscover the origins of the EoC.
«In a world where money can buy anything, money becomes everything.»
Giacomo Becattini, From a Private Conversation
From the dawn of civilization, money has always had the invincible tendency to enter the territory of the sacred. The keepers of the sacred have always sought to keep the flow of money in its banks, but at certain times in history money and the sacred became allies and gave birth to idolatrous cults and many variations of the "markets of indulgences". In our time, the flooding of money has generated a much more radical and pervasive economic cult than that of the previous ages. But this new religious pathology is not generating antibodies and reformers who would be able to understand the seriousness of this new global market, and react effectively.
While waiting to meet Pope Francis in Paul VI Hall the anticipation of the 1200 members of the Economy of Communion (EoC) was calmed by several testimonies from entrepreneurs including Clem Fritschi who began like this: “Mine is not the story of a successful man of business, but a love story. After finishing my studies in Switzerland I worked as a warehouseman in London, to learn English. That’s where I met Margherita. We fell in love and, since she’s from Turin, I decided to find work in Italy. Two years later we got married and had two children. All of a sudden the company I was working for decided to close down. Then a few colleagues and I put together our settlements in order to keep the place going.” That’s how Ridix, began, a company that has been offering cutting-edge products on the Italian market in the field of precision engineering since 1969.
The Economy of Communion proposes the following "Guidelines for conducting a business", to productive organizations who adhere to its message and its culture, written in the light of the life and thought of thousands of entrepreneurs and workers....
The Economy of Communion (EoC) is a movement that involves entrepreneurs, workers, directors, consumers, savers, scholars, economic workers, poor and citizens, families, and was launched by Chiara Lubich in May of 1991 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Read more...
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