Palgrave Pivot, April 2015
We are living in a long transitional period and a paradigm shift that started well before the financial crisis of 2007, one that is very likely to last for a long time. Therefore we must quickly learn how to live well in the world as it is today, including the realm of work. We need to learn a new vocabulary of economics and markets that is more suitable to understand the world in this era of globalization and financial capitalism. There are some fundamental words of social life that need to be rethought, or even rewritten, if we want civil and economic life to be 'good' and just. Right now we are conducting bad economics, partly because we are thinking and speaking badly about economics and civil life. Without a doubt, the following terms are among them: wealth, poverty, entrepreneur, finance, happiness, esteem, merit, bank, common good, work, justice, management, income distribution, profit, rent, corporate property rights, indignation, and capitalism. We urgently need a lexicon for a new economic and social well-being.
New City Press, December 2014
Structures of Grace - The Business Practices of the Economy of Communion was written by John Gallagher and Jeanne Buckeye about the first and largest socially-responsible small business network in the world based on a work lifestyle of communion - The Economy of Communion (EoC).
The book highlights the practices of North American businesses that are part of the EoC worldwide network, whose beginning was inspired by Pope John Paul II's encyclical Centesimus Annus, and later referred to by Pope Benedict XVI as "...a broad new composite reality embracing the private and public spheres, one which does not exclude profit, but instead considers it a means for achieving human and social ends," and that "views profit as a means of achieving the goal of a more humane market and society" (Caritas in Veritate, 4:46).
Routledge, July 2014
Series: Routledge Advances in Social Economics
This book looks at the governance of values-based organizations (VBOs), which are organizations with a mission and identity based on ideals. Examples of VBOs include non-profit organizations, charities, NGOs, environmental, educational or cultural organizations, and social enterprises. The main objective of any VBO is to evolve and grow without losing its identity, which its survival is linked to in the medium and long terms.
Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia - 2014, Tome: 70, Issue: 1
The special issue is edited by Peter McDade, SJ, with articles by: John Gallagher, Luca Crivelli, Benedetto Gui, Stefano Zamagni, Luigino Bruni, Nuno Ornelas Martins and Americo Carvalho Mendes.
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Edward Elgar Publishing, June 2013
Series: Elgar original reference
The recent era of economic turbulence has generated a growing enthusiasm for an increase in new and original economic insights based around the concepts of reciprocity and social enterprise. This stimulating and thought-provoking Handbook not only encourages and supports this growth, but also emphasises and expands upon new topics and issues within the economics discourse.
Routledge, London, November 2012
Series: Routledge Frontiers of Political Economy
Max Weber laid the foundations for the meaning of ‘charisma’ in modern secular usage. This new volume argues for the importance of the ‘charismatic principle’ in history, economics and society.
This volume brings together a number of contributors at the cross section between economics, theology, sociology and politics in order to set a research agenda for the following issues:
Palgrave Macmillan, September 2012
In this book Luigino Bruni analyses the market and its ethos, illuminating the history of capitalism and highlighting the need for a new ethical direction. In the last two centuries, the present vision of the market economy that can be called capitalism has produced remarkable economic, technological and civic results; but today, in these times of crisis, it has become obsolete, because it is about to exhaust its innovative and civilising force.
Economics, Relationships, and Happiness
New City Press, 2012
The crisis that market societies are undergoing is essentially a crisis of relationships. It originates in the illusion that the market, through the actions of an “invisible hand” operating in impersonal market relationships, can present us a good common life exempt from the possibility of being wounded by the other.
The emergence of an economic communion
New City Press, 2010
Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Economy of Communion, Gold examines the origins and substance of a promising alternative to the current globalized economy.The Economy of Communion, which started within the Focolare Movement in 1991, involves a worldwide network of solidarity among some 800 firms that together constitute a vibrant business community based upon the values of sharing, caring and justice. Drawing on the experiences of an international sample of business and community leaders, particularly from the U.S. and Brazil, Lorna Gold explains the historical and philosophical origins of this fascinating yet little known global community.“The Economy of Communion was cited by Benedict XVI [in Caritas in Veritate] as a promising form of intermediate activity between for-profit business and classic non-profit institutions,” wrote journalist John L. Allen Jr.
L'Arcobaleno Editore, 2010
2011 will undoubtedly be a particular year for the Eoc, as it will mark the 20th anniversary of the projects beginning. Why not highlight such a special year with an initiative to remember it...each day of the year? This is how the idea of this bilingual (Italian/English) weekly pocket agenda began, published by L'Arcobaleno Editore an EoC business with a location a the Lionello Bonfanti business park. What better occasion to present it than the 2010 Expo?
Isaline Bourgenot Dutru
Cittá Nuova Publisher, Rome, 2010
An entrepreneur with an extraordinary inventiveness - so much so that he contributed 35 new patents - François Neveux (1936-2006), from the moment of his working debut, lived out his work activity with a not so common attention to interpersonal relationships.
Impresa Sociale - July/September 2009
Impresa Sociale is a monographic journal, edited by Euricse, the European Research Institute on Cooperative and Sociale Enterprise, in Trent. Having begun more than 19 years ago, the journal has brought ahead a visionary and pioneering mission: to promote, accompany and help the complex reality of non-profit in Italy to self-evolve. The journal has followed all the stages of social and entrepreneurial growth in this sector, becoming always more important. It is now one of the sector´s major points of reference.
The latest issue to press, N.3 of 2009, is entirely dedicated to the Economy of Communion. As Luca Fazzi writes in the journal´s editorial, "This issue of the Journal, dedicated entirely to the topic of the Economy of Communion, wants to provide important stimulus for reflection, considering within which boundaries can one legitimately speak about social businesses and highlighting, at the same time, how the challenge of doing social business is that of contaminating the non-profit world with that of the market."
Bruno Mondadori, Milano, 2010
In the last two centuries, capitalism has reached extraordinary economic, technological and civil results, playing an important role in transforming society. Howver, it has lost on the playing ground of fraternity. That is why, today, capitalism has become obsolete. The crisis at the beginning of the third millenium (from terrorism to the environment, from finance to energy) shows with extraordinary strength that the market economy is using up every force of social and incivilizing change, because we´re paying the consequences in the area of individual freedom with the coins of environment and social relationships.
Baggio Antonio Maria, Bruni Luigino, Coda Piero
La crisi economica - appello a una nuova responsabilità (The Economic Crisis - an appeal for new responsibility)
Città Nuova, Roma, 2009
pp. 96, € 6,00
The crisis that we are living is not only economic or financial. It collides with the model of development that we have followed for the last two centuries, pushing us to a new and radical reflection on capitalism. From different disciplines - economy, politics and theology - the authors outline a way of reading the profound reasons for the crisis. Though recognizing the goodness of the market´s values, they single out the concept of going beyond the economic culture founded on individual-centeredness and profit outside of the rules, and that of returning to an economy of the ethics and values of gratuitousness and reciprocity as the way out of the current situation.
Bruni, Luigino and Stefano Zamagni (Editors)
Dizionario di Economia Civile (Dictionary of Civil Economy)
The civil dimension of the economy in which the market is an open space for reciprocity and solidarity.
Città Nuova, Rome, 2009
pp. 832, € 65,00
Through three guiding principles - theoritical backing, experiences and people (scholars, workers and entrepreneurs) - the Dictionary intends to give "voice" to the civil dimension of economy.
Starting from the conviction that market, business and economy are also in themselves places of gratuitousness and fraternity, civil economy proposes a humanism with various dimensions. It´s one in which market is not fought against but lived in as a space open to the principles of reciprocity and solidarity, and therefore capable of buildling up the city. An economic science and praxi that make room for the principle of gift within (and not beside) economic theory.
Andreoni, Antonio and Pelligra Vittorio
To give credit to relationships
Il Mulino Saggi, Bologna, 2009
With preface by Stefano Zamagni (in Italian)
Microfinance represents more of a cultural revolution than an economic one, and more anthropological than political. A supportive financial system for social and economic development is set at the base and acts on assumptions radically different in respect to the traditional ones, and insists on a process of involvement that starts from the bottom but is two-directional. Only in reciprocity, in fact, can a supportive relationship promote the blossoming of potential without humiliating the dignity of the beneficiary.
The Economy of Communion
Toward a Multi-Dimensional Economic Culture
New City Press
“When I proposed the Economy of Communion, I certainly did not have a theory in mind. Nonetheless, I can see that it draws the attention of economists, sociologists, philosophers and scholars from other disciplines”
Over the years the Economy of Communion has come a long way. Within a year of its beginning in 1991 a dozen pioneering businesses already existed. Now the Economy of Communion involves over seven hundred businesses throughout the world.
Using the language of economics, the articles in this volume convey the principles at the root of the Economy of Communion and explain its unique characteristics within the context of current and historical economic thought and practice at both the micro and macro levels.
L'Impresa civile (The Civil Enterprise)
An Italian path towards the market economy
Egea, Milano 2009
In this age of economic and financial crisis many things need to be rethought if we want to imagine and build a market economy and a model of sustainable development. Among these "things" is, undoubtfully, the business enterprise. It´s not enough that it produces quality, income, occupations - not even that it pays the right taxes. It´s always more evident that the business institution is called to "something more" which can truly render it a friend to the city in such a way that it would be considered as a builder-element of the civil fabric.
Bruni, Luigino Comim, Flavio & Pugno, Maurizio (edd.)
Capabilities & Happiness
The Sharing Economy
Solidarity Networks Transforming Globalisation
Series: Ashgate Economic Geography Series, 2004