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EoC North America: an incubator for new businesses

The North American EoC Annual Meeting was held at Hyde Park (NY). The title was: “Building an Economy of Communion. A New Vision for the Economy and Business

by Maddalena Maltese

170620 24 Hyde Park SS Convegno USA 29 ridLisbeth Wallin from New York is 26 years old, and after a year and a half she spent in various South American countries as a volunteer for social work in the Focolare Movement, she decided to create a small company,  Project Lia. In a 360sqm studio in Indianapolis, formerly incarcerated women are learning to turn discarded material into pieces of furniture, with hand-made fabrics. The activity has reduced the risk of recidivism because, as the creator of the project explains, “Women working on waste also discover the hidden value in every one of them, which has shifted from the former phase of waste to that of a new possibility.”

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EoC School a First for North America

The First EoC School held in North America was held in Hyde Park (NY) from June 20-23, 2017

by Nick Sanna

170620 24 Hyde Park SS Convegno USA 22 ridThe Economy of Communion offered its first school in North America for students and young adults interested in learning about communion and social entrepreneurship. The school, held from June 20-23, 2017 at Mariapolis Luminosa in Hyde Park, NY, was organized and staffed by the EoC North America Commission. 25 were in attendance, including young men and women from across the U.S., a couple from Mexico, and a number of interns and students from south and central America.

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Germany: EoC entrepreneurs’ network in Mannheim

There was a workshop with many participants at the EoC Co-working Space in Mannheim at the end of May. Participating entrepreneurs and business managers decided to meet regularly

 by Andrea Fleming

201705 mannheim 3"My wish for the future? I would like us to meet regularly - at least 4 times a year!” This is the balance drawn by one of the participants of the Economy of Communion workshop held in Mannheim at the end of May.

About 30 entrepreneurs and business managers came from various parts of Germany in the Neckar region to visit the new "Co-Working Space" and learn more about the four entrepreneurial and training projects running there, with their challenges but also their first successes.

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New York, United Nations: New Humanity featured the Tassano Consortium

Tassano Consortium, featured on May 24, 2017 in the Side Event on Public Private Interfaces Forum on Financing for Development, United Nations

by Joe Klock, New Humanity - USA

170524 New York Onu 01 ridOn May 24, 2017, Feast of Our Lady Help of Christians, at the United Nations in New York, New Humanity presented an Economy of Communion story about the Roberto Tassano Consortium, a social enterprise working in and around Genoa, Italy.  During a 4 day UN conference entitled the Financing for Development Forum, participants explored ways for governments to raise the funds necessary for development in line with the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. 

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USA - Hyde Park (NY), 20-25/06/2017

The Economy of Communion North American Association organizes the:

2017 EOC Summer School & Annual Meeting

Building an Economy of  Communion. A new vision for the Economy and Business

Eoc logoIn today’s world, globalization presents to us significant challenges such as poverty, inequality, unemployment, and forced migration… All these situations make us question if this is the world we want and if the economy can change for the better.

The Economy of Communion project (EOC) offers a new perspective facing these challenges: a new business culture where free enterprises become the cradle of a culture of giving, that fosters fraternity, social bonds, sustainability, and communion, rather than individualism and profit as an end in itself.

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EOC Featured at the 2017 World Bank Civil Society Policy Forum

On Tuesday, April 18, 2017, the Economy of Communion project (EoC) was presented at the World Bank Civil Society Policy Forum in Washington DC.

by Nick Sanna

posted on April 22, 2017 in

civil society logoThis was the first time that the EoC was featured at an event from the World Bank, a financial institution that is part of the United Nations systems and whose mission is to help reduce poverty.

51 people attended the session representing various NGOs from all over the world, World Bank employees, The International Monetary Fund, and the Bretton Woods Project. The session had the title “Impact Investment as a Tool for Social Development”.  Nick Sanna represented the EoC.

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April 6, 2017: Live Streaming of Panel Discussion on ‘Business Practices of the EoC’

USA, St. Bonaventure, NY: A panel discussion at St. Bonaventure University on Thursday, April 6, will address business practices of the EoC, an international business and societal model based on shared profits and a “culture of giving.”

published on St. Bonaventure’s website on March 28, 2017

170406 ST Bonaventure Panel ridThe program, a presentation of the William C. Foster ’62 Center for Responsible Leadership in the School of Business at St. Bonaventure, in partnership with the university’s School of Franciscan Studies, will be held at 11:30 a.m. (UTC/GMT -5) in Rigas Family Theater of the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.

The Economy of Communion (EoC) was started by Chiara Lubich, founder of the Focolare Movement, in response to the social problems and imbalanced economy she found on a visit to Brazil in 1991. Today, some 860 EoC businesses in more than 50 countries embrace EoC’s alternative to capitalistic systems: a sharing of profits to help combat poverty and indigence, and a commitment to work toward a common good.

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Cameroon: International EoC Conference at CUCA

Future Entrepreneurs and researchers hone their skills in the Economy of Communion.

By Sylvester Atemnkeng - Journalist

170209 10 Yahoundè Colloque EdeC 05 ridAn 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.

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The EoC and One Entrepreneur’s Story

Clem Fritschi founded RIDIX in 1969. It is a leading business in the mechanical sector in Piedmonte, Italy. Communion was the determining factor of its success, growth and happiness.

published in: on 9/0/2017

Ridix Clem Fritschi ridWhile 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.

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The vulnerable, front and center

How the Economy of Communion project moves beyond simple philanthropic approaches

By John Mundell

published in Living City on 01/03/2017

170204 Udienza Papa 28 ridImitating the Good Samaritan of the Gospel is not enough.” This was the heart of the message given by Pope Francis during our audience February 5 at the Vatican. It resonated among 1,200 entrepreneurs and supporters of the Economy of Communion project, gathered from around the world.

The EoC was started in 1991 by Focolare founder Chiara Lubich during a visit to São Paulo, Brazil, as a project to eradicate poverty. She proposed starting companies willing to put their profits in common for the common good, putting the EoC at the forefront of a social enterprise revolution that would soon follow in different forms.

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Not accumulate, but circulate

Opinion / Columnists - Glimpses

by Jose Ma. Montelibano

published in on 24/02/2017

Logo Inquirer PHI have written so much about poverty to make people more aware and sensitive to it. While I know that poverty in the Philippines has been a historical legacy, as it has been with almost all countries, I also know that a few have transcended it and, in fact, become world models for social and economic transformation. I refer most especially to Scandanavian countries where poverty is negligible (or non-existent). They make a good motivation for me to push until our own poor can find approximate relief from a poverty they merely inherited.

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Pope Francis Delivered The Hard Talk About The Economy That Davos Didn't

By Lawrence Chong

published in on 18/02/2017

At a time of failing governments, unraveling of the global order, rising populism 170204 Udienza Papa 26 ridand a technological wave that might replace half of the global workforce in the coming decade, further shrinking an anxious middle-class, the current design of the global economic system is in an existential crisis.

Through a thought-provoking talk about the economy on 4th of February, Pope Francis invited us to rethink about the purpose of money; to reconsider what is the purpose of helping economic victims when we should prevent more victims in the first place and how our relationships with each other should be a gift.

Rethinking the role of money, the role of technology and human dignity lie at the heart of why capitalism, as of now is failing humanity. These issues should have been seriously debated in Davos. If nothing changes in the coming years, we might be seeding a global economic apocalypse that might just send us back to the dark ages.

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A counter culture: Economy of Communion

Opinion / Columnists - Glimpses

by Jose Ma. Montelibano

published in on 10/02/2017

Logo Inquirer PHIt is not capitalistic greed that has caused the severe imbalance of wealth in the world with 1% owning as much, or more, than the 99%. More accurately, it is capitalistic greed that has found sophisticated ways of perpetuating the imbalance that has been there since all of recorded history. For those who remember to look at history in order to understand the context of the present times, I am sure that the most cursory memory will recall how emperors, kings or whatever the royalties in different societies were called then did control everything – and they were less than 1% of the populations they ruled, I am sure.

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  1. Video - Impressions after the meeting with Pope Francis
  2. Video - The Economy of Communion and Pope Francis
  3. Pope: reject capitalism if it makes money a god and discards the weak
  4. Being an EoC Entrepreneur: when Economy and Communion Unite
  5. Joy, Celebration, and Challenge
  6. Pope Francis' speech
  7. Rome: members of the EoC from all around the world gather to meet Pope Francis
  8. Cameroon - Yaounde, 9-10 February 2017
  9. Video - EoC Highlights
  10. Seoul: civil economy at the 7th Asia Future Forum
  11. Korea: civil economy, an answer to the expectations of happiness
  12. EoC: gazes that create and reconstruct
  13. Baar- Switzerland, 20-23/10/2016
  14. Montreal: EoC at the World Social Forum
  15. Corea: three engaging EoC workshops in PyeongChang
  16. Cameroon: a new Eoc Association is born
  17. Changing the Economy is Possible: Hope in Action
  18. Serbia: Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the EoC
  19. Augsburg, the Box: Mercy, Relationships and Business
  20. The Economy of Communion (EoC) in Bolivia
  21. Tagaytay, Philippines: The 4th and the 5th day of the EoC PanAsian Congress 2016
  22. Tagaytay, Philippines: The 3rd day of the EoC PanAsian Congress 2016
  23. Philippines: Economy of Communion, an Economy for All
  24. Philippines: Economy of Communion, an Economy for All
  25. Tagaytay, Philippines: The 2nd day of the EoC PanAsian Congress 2016
  26. Tagaytay, Philippines: The EoC PanAsian Congress 2016 has started
  27. Manila, Philippines: 2nd day of the EoC Youth Forum
  28. EoC Asian Congress 2016: Live Streaming
  29. Manila, Philippines: first day of the EoC Youth Forum
  30. Philippines: The EoC Youth Forum has been opened in Manila


EN - Asia Special 2016

Events internationalAsia Special 2016

The events of the 25th anniversary of the EoC took place in the Philippines. All related contents on this page.

Logo Asia 2016 ridThere were two main events during the week of celebration for the 25th anniversary of the EoC in the Philippines: the EoC International Youth Forum on 23-24 May 2016 at the University of Sto Tomas in Manila and the Pan-Asian EoC Congress 2016 "Economy of Communion, An Economy for All" which was held in Tagaytay City from 25 to 29 May. We collected all news contents on this page.

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EN - #EocwiththePope


04 February 2017: An audience for the EoC world with Pope Francis

#EocwiththePope, or the extraordinary day of the audience for more than 1,100 170204 Udienza Papa 10 rid catmembers of the EoC from 54 countries with Pope Francis on 4 February 2017 in the Vatican: in addition to the text of the speech the Pope addressed to us, we will be gathering here press reviews, interviews, videos made...

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Nairobi 2015: a site to share all related contents

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Video EoC Summer School Prague 2015

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Luigino Bruni’s articles and video

Structures of Grace

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New City Press, December 2014


United Nations Video

This short video was shot in occasion of the EoC presentation in the February 2012 UN Conference on Poverty Eradication.


Ottmaring 2013

Community Ottmaring

4th Encounter of entrepreneurs and managers of the Economy of Communion from Northern and Eastern Europe

24th to 27th October 2013 - Center of Encounter Ottmaring, Germany

THE DYNAMIC OF GIVING A way into the future for companies, the economy and the common good


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Video - EoC in 5 words

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Presentation by Luigino Bruni to the Faculty of the Ateneo De Manila University. Manila, Philippines, September 23, 2011

Message of the Youth

“From San Paolo to the World”
That economics in 2031 may be one of communion, for us and for all...


Guidelines for conducting an EoC business

Binari_rid_modThe 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 giving

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«Unlike the consumerist economy, based on a culture of having, the economy of communion is the economy of giving.... 

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