Report EoC 2014-2015

Report EoC 2014-2015

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Insert in Città Nuova 

n.2/2016 -  february 2016

 

 

 

The 2014/2015 EoC Report is dedicated to Leo AndringaN42 Pag 02 Leo Andringa rid rid
who left us on 22 January 2016.

Leo was an economist and a man of communion,
witness of the culture of giving, a pioneer of the EoC.

This is to express our infinite thanks to him.

 

Trading the talent of communion

Entrepreneurs and workers have offered their time, expertise and resources to create new enterprises. It is a first response to the appeals of Pope Francis for an economy that does not forget the poor.

by Alberto Ferrucci

from the EoC Report 2014-2015 on the "Economy of Communion - A New Culture" no. 42 Editorial insert of Città Nuova no. 2 - 2016 - February 2016

N42 Pag 03 Alberto Ferrucci AutoreThe Economy of Communion has reached its 25 years milestone. In fact, it was born in 1943, from an intuition of Chiara Lubich who as a young girl got inspired by the Gospel while she was taking refuge in the shelters during the bombings: she could respond to the immense love of God for her, in the - perhaps short - lifetime she still had, pouring out her love for those around her who were frightened and insecure, and especially towards the weak, the suffering and the lonely.

Even today, unfortunately, there are people who are terrorized by bombs: the echo of their torment comes to us through the media - in the words of those who fled after losing everything - and from the beaches scattered by abandoned bodies of adults and children whose lives have been taken prematurely.

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AMU + EdC = work + reciprocity

2015: a year to remember. Eleven projects running around the world creating and reinforcing 350 work places

by Francesco Tortorella

from the EoC Report 2014-2015 on the "Economy of Communion - A New Culture" no. 42 Editorial insert of Città Nuova no. 2 - 2016 - February 2016

N42 Pag 04 Tortorella autore ridWhen the collaboration between EoC and AMU1 intensified, about ten years ago, the "aid" provided to people in need around the world was mostly aimed at access to education and assistance for basic needs (food, medical care, housing). From the very beginning, a primary goal of the collaboration was to tackle poverty more "upstream", aiming at creating employment, opportunities of decent and stable work. It is an ambitious and complex objective that, as opposed to assistance, requires a lot of human and professional competence to manage projects and accompany the beneficiaries, also in case of a path of leadership or reciprocity.

Therefore in recent years we have strengthened the project capacity of certain local organizations showing interest or affinity to the EoC, and it's proved to be a job that is paying off. In 2015 we have handled 11 ongoing projects, which are creating 350 jobs, with a total investment of 500,000 Euros.

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Only dreams come true: the anatomy of an EoC entrepreneur

An Interview with Ramón Cerviño, pioneer of the EoC in Argentina. His lifestyle. His businesses.

by Carolina Carbonell

from the EoC Report 2014-2015 on the "Economy of Communion - A New Culture" no. 42 Editorial insert of Città Nuova no. 2 - 2016 - February 2016

N42 Pag 07 Carolina Carbonell Autore ridThat Ramón Cerviño is an undisputed point of reference for the Economy of Communion in Latin America there is no doubt. Argentinean, husband of Quela and dad of five boys (one of them is in heaven), grandfather of five grandchildren, philosopher and entrepreneur in the health sector, working in the administration of social works, dealing with the management of medical services for all affiliates. In a completely different context, he is a member of the Sushi Soul restaurant chain. He lives in Córdoba, but was born in Tucumán. Ramon was one of the pioneers of the EoC.

How to convey the essence of the EoC?

"To transmit the essence, I think it suffices to say that the EoC is not an idea (it is also an idea), it is not a school of economic thought (it is that, too), it is not ... It is a lifestyle that expresses the charisma of unity in the realities of the economy and work."

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811 EoC companies: a balance

by Alberto Ferrucci

from the EoC Report 2014-2015 on the "Economy of Communion - A New Culture" no. 42 Editorial insert of Città Nuova no. 2 - 2016 - February 2016

N42 Pag 07 Azienda ItaliaThe 500 entrepreneurs who accepted the invitation of Chiara to create businesses of communion in the early nineties, today, after 25 years, are mostly reaching the age of retirement. Well, those of them who are still active: their companies, navigating the rough seas of seven years of global crisis are in many cases now managed by their children, with their respective business and personal goals and visions.

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Shared Profits

Despite the global crisis, the profits offered to the poor and the formation of new men by the EoC companies increased by 28%

by Gian Maria Bidone

from the EoC Report 2014-2015 on the "Economy of Communion - A New Culture" no. 42 Editorial insert of Città Nuova no. 2 - 2016 - February 2016

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The earnings shared by companies in 2015 amounted to EUR 1,613,345, of which EUR 1,169,640 were deposited to the Economy of Communion, while EUR 443,705 were offered in the form of benefits in kind or spent on the poor or training within each company or in its surrounding region. The profits paid to EoC increased by 28% comparing to the previous year.

In addition, entrepreneur members of the Italian AIPEC Association have already paid EUR 115,000 worth of profits to AMU for new projects of 2015-2016, and this amount is 25% greater than what the same group shared in the previous year.

50% of the profits of companies were dedicated to the poor as well as all the contribution of those who participate in the project but are not entrepreneurs, amounting to EUR 404,943 this year; therefore the resources available for emergency aid and projects for the poor in this fiscal year amounted to EUR 989,763.

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One company is not enough: The Promise of Nairobi

Experienced entrepreneurs join young people to encourage the emergence of new companies on the African Continent. Festive atmosphere and inter-company collaboration

by Trees Verhegge

from the EoC Report 2014-2015 on the "Economy of Communion - A New Culture" no. 42 Editorial insert of Città Nuova no. 2 - 2016 - February 2016

N42 Pag 10 Trees Verhegge autore ridDuring the 2015 EoC Congress in Nairobi many entrepreneurs present, including Koen and his wife Lieve, had the opportunity to meet young African participants at the school that preceded the congress. These young people, some of whom arrived after a several-day-long journey, had a strong desire to realize their entrepreneurial dreams, and rejoiced to see how the seeds of a new economy can flourish, even if planted in a slightly polluted soil suffering the side effects of liberal economy.

Koen had been able to read their dreams of aspiring young entrepreneurs, written on pieces of paper pinned to a board. Like other "experienced entrepreneurs," he added his business card to those slips and offered to help in the implementation of the projects. At that time it was impossible to see who was giving and who was receiving, everything was filled with love and to each came a hundredfold.

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International Summer Schools

Where New EoC Entrepreneurs Are Born

by Antonella Ferrucci

from the EoC Report 2014-2015 on the "Economy of Communion - A New Culture" no. 42 Editorial insert of Città Nuova no. 2 - 2016 - February 2016

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For some years now, as a fundamental part of the EoC "youth project", International EoC Schools are held around the world. Although different from each other, the schools inevitably turn out to be places where true vocations to the Economy of Communion and new EoC entrepreneurs are born. It could be for the places that serve as their venues (the Little Towns of Focolare) or for the care with which they are planned and run, but it is a fact that they create a unique atmosphere that leaves young people, once back at home, with the desire to live for something great and gives them the certainty of not being alone in dreaming about a different world. The faces of the young participants you can see on this page will easily confirm it.
We have already written about the School EoC held in Nairobi in May in the previous EoC insert in July 2015. Now we tell you about the summer schools.

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A great project for our 25th anniversary: The "Global Network of EoC Incubators"

The strength of the young people combined with the skills of our entrepreneurs

by Anouk Grevin

from the EoC Report 2014-2015 on the "Economy of Communion - A New Culture" no. 42 Editorial insert of Città Nuova no. 2 - 2016 - February 2016

N42 Pag 13 Anouk Grevin Autore

The idea was originated by the strong suggestion and desire of young people. During the last International Summer Schools (only in the last two years we have had five of them), we have been impressed by the strength of young people who want to create an EoC company, some with well-matured and elaborate plans, others as a vocation but without having specifically established their own project. It was obvious that we had to follow them and support them. But how? When we met with the International Commission last February, it seemed necessary to mobilise the skills of our entrepreneurs worldwide as a first step. But perhaps we also needed some structure to coordinate the initiatives... We proposed two first steps that were launched in Nairobi.

The first is the François Neveux Project (or Operation One for One in Latin America), to connect young project developers with the entrepreneurs of the first generation. We can vividly remember those intense moments in Nairobi or at the end of the school in Brazil when the entrepreneurs present committed to embrace the "dreams" of young people and accompany them as their elder brothers.

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The next three years of AIPEC

For an EoC that is attentive to projects to help those on the periphery

by Mauro Ventura

from the EoC Report 2014-2015 on the "Economy of Communion - A New Culture" no. 42 Editorial insert of Città Nuova no. 2 - 2016 - February 2016

N42 Pag 14 Mauro Ventura autore rid"AIPEC is a beautiful thing and I would like it to spread. I decided to join to build an economy in a joint effort that should be based on the values of respect, assistance and the exchange of energies, and where money is only a means and not an end, a way for everyone to have a better life." This is what Francesca, a 40-year-old Turin lawyer writes. She is committed to defending the rights of the weakest, after having met the Italian Association for an Economy of Communion (AIPEC). She did not hesitate to sign up: after reading the Statute and the Code of Ethics on www.aipec.it, she went on to deepen her knowledge about the Economy of Communion also thanks to www.edc-online.org and in the end she joined us with much enthusiasm.

Like her, other 200 entrepreneurs, professionals, students, pensioners, employees, housewives and people seeking employment have joined AIPEC. Many more are those who rediscovered values ​​already existing but maybe dormant in themselves during the 80 events organized in the first three years: "It opens my heart to hope knowing that there are organisations that are actually free from narrow self-interest, the passion of possession and are animated by a consideration for "the other", by a spirit of service to achieve the common good."

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The EoC is for the poor

25 years from its first launch, communion is not only a requirement of justice, but a necessity

by Luigino Bruni

from the EoC Report 2014-2015 on the "Economy of Communion - A New Culture" no. 42 Editorial insert of Città Nuova no. 2 - 2016 - February 2016

N42 Pag15 Luigino Bruni autoreThank God, the EoC has reached its 25th birthday. It is an important achievement. We all hoped for it in 1991, but today we know that Chiara Lubich's intuition-inspiration has been generative, it has borne fruit and it has been very fruitful. In 1991 I was a recent graduate in economics, and I embraced Chiara's proposal with immense enthusiasm. Back then, I did not think that a few years later (in 1998) she would have called me to help give "scientific dignity" to her dream.

How do we enter this new phase of the EoC? Today we are a movement made up of various organisations. In the front row there are always the entrepreneurs who continue to believe in the project, donate profits to spread it in all possible ways. So in this "silver wedding anniversary" the first thanks must go to them for their generosity, faith, perseverance and love. Together with the entrepreneurs a movement has developed over the years made up by people, students, scholars, citizens, associations, business parks, development projects, a university (Sophia) and thousands of initiatives of communion worldwide.

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