Paris, April 28 to May 2, 2018 : accelerate your business with the Economy of Communion Network! Call for project, deadline February 28, 2018
Christmas, passion and resurrection yesterday and today.
Merry Christmas from the EoC team!
Project supported financially by Irish EOC business will now get 'hands on' treatment as group travels to builds a dairy
The Story of a Company with a Purely EoC DNA
An incredible and explosive mix! Creativity, dignity, stories, words, sharing, stimuli, examples. That’s a possible summary of the second stage of the EoC Youth Section. The story of a protagonist
The Seventh European Congress of the Economy of Communion was held last weekend in Rotselaar, Belgium.
After the EoC Startup Lab in Fontem promoted by the EoC-IIN this past June, the Malagasy company AMI tells us about their progress...
This afternoon, as part of the "World Day for the Eradication of Poverty", Florencia Locascio will present the experience of the Economy of Communion
Two important recognitions to the EoC Sustainable Tourism Project "Conectando destinos, uniendo personas".
On August 23, 2017 Lawrence Chong presented EoC in Melbourne: very positive feedback despite the wide range of backgrounds of people attended
First steps towards the founding of an Association of Entrepreneurs of the Economy of Communion in Germany...
It will take place from 26 to 29 October 2017 in Wezemaal (Belgium); conference title: "The enterprise, an agent of communion"
Cameroon, Fontem: 55 African Startuppers, bearers of 30 Projects spend 5 days in the incubation laboratory with 12 tutors from different horizons (7 Africans, 5 Europeans, 1 South American)
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”
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
Tassano Consortium featured on May 24, 2017 in the Side Event on Public Private Interfaces Forum on Financing for Development, United Nations
#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
Future Entrepreneurs and researchers hone their skills in the Economy of Communion.
The 2016 EoC Report is now available online.
by Luigino Bruni
published in Avvenire on 17/12/2017
“Poverty is the first virtue to be discovered by all founders, and the first one to be forgotten by their successors."
Carlo Maria Martini, Per amore, per voi, per sempre (“For love, for you, forever” - the tr.)
Ideology is a very common and serious illness in ideal-driven organizations (IDO), and it develops especially during the crisis of narrative capital, when amidst the shortage of true stories to tell the offer of new artificial stories that seem to respond to the hunger for sense and future that is hitting the community becomes very seductive. Ideology is the neurosis of the ideal - just as idolatry is the neurosis of faith. Among the many forms that ideologies take, a particularly frequent and dangerous form is the one suggested by Spanish writer Don Juan Manuel’s novel entitled El Conde Lucanor (Tales of Count Lucanor), which is the medieval source of the fairy tale The Emperor's New Clothes. But, unlike its various modern rewritings, in the original novel we find precious elements to add new words to our discourse on movements and communities that originate from ideals, charismas and motivations that are different and larger than the economic ones.
by Francesca Giglio
Telling about the Spiga Dorata means telling the story of a great desire to spend money on the poorest turned into a wonderful entrepreneurial folly. A project that over time has generated so much and reached so many important numbers, standing up to the challenge of the obstacles and threats of a place as hostile as the peripheral metropolitan areas in Brazil, also succeeding in holding back violence with a welcoming openness to the other and a deep sense of service.
by Luigino Bruni
published in Avvenire on 10/12/2017
«Human desire will forever remain only in its irreducible character (resistant to) any reduction and adaptation. »
Jacques Lacan The Seminar of; Book V (English translation by Cormac Gallagher)
It is not uncommon for experiences born in the name of gratuitousness to end up coming into conflict with the very gratuitousness that generated them. In many companies, the ‘simple’ goal of maximizing profit already produces organizations that do everything they can to try to direct all the available energies of their workers towards this end. But if the mission of an ideal-driven organization (IDO) is the definitive redemption of the poor or, perhaps, the conversion of the world, the members are asked to direct all available and even unavailable energies, possibly their entire life towards such a high cause. And so it often happens that in the practice of the IDO there is less freedom and gratuitousness than in the companies and organizations that the IDO criticizes precisely because of the lack of gift and freedom.
by Luigino Bruni
published in Avvenire on 03/12/2017
“Only infinite love can reduce itself and, in order to become finite, become incarnated in order to love the other, to love the other as a finite other.”
Jacques Derrida The Gift of Death (English translation by: David Wills)
Narrative capitals are pluralistic. Not all the stories they are composed of have the same value. Only a few are able to carry the weight of the new construction. ‘Wheat’ and ‘weeds’ are found in all fields of the earth, including those special fields where our ideals grow. At the beginning we must grow all the plants in the field, because - as the great evangelical metaphor says - if the peasants intervened to eradicate the weeds they would also tear away the good and precious ears of wheat.
by Luigino Bruni
published in Avvenire on 26/11/2017
«Ci sono le voci.
Ci sussurrano brevissime consolazioni…
quasi mai ci lodano
gridano nelle notti insonni.
Di chi sono queste voci?»
Chandra Livia Candiani, Fatti vivo
The more we loved the great narratives we see vanishing, the more severe the famines of narrative capital are. When we had laid all our hearts, souls and minds in that good news, burned all our impossible desires, and it had become the dominant thought that did not let us sleep at night because we wanted to daydream our only true dream.
by Carolina Carbonell
Uganda is known as the "Pearl of Africa", a country known above all for its national parks that house the "Big Ten”, the 10 big game animals.
Henry is an average young man originally from a village near the city of Masaka. In the past 5 years he studied Economics in Kampala, the capital of the country, and now lives and works in Entebbe, a city located on the shores of Lake Victoria, near Kampala. The lake, whose name is a heritage from the colonial era, looks like a sea for its extension and Henry goes to fish there to get the raw material he uses in his farm. “In Masaka I noticed that people no longer have time to prepare their meals slowly, cooking for several hours, and it was with the aim of solving this problem that I had the idea of processing meat and fish for sale.”
by Luigino Bruni
published in Avvenire on 19/11/2017
“The great writers project their shadow in two directions simultaneously. In one they offer their shadow to their predecessors, in the other to those who follow them".
Wislawa Szymborska, How to live more comfortably
The most tenacious and constant search that humans conduct on earth is the search for consolation. It is impossible to give it up, especially in difficult times of existence, when the pain of the present and the uncertainty of the future generate the invincible temptation to construct illusions in order not to die. Many people, even the great, interrupt their ethical and spiritual journey and regress when and because they give in to these terrible temptations.