Mélanie Njonou is an Economy of Communion businesswoman. With her chicken farm enterprise, she is able to support 32 families.[more]
The Project: The Economy of Communion (EoC) began in 1991, following a visit by Chiara Lubich to Brazil, as an active response to the very real social problems and imbalanced economy of that country, and capitalism in general.
The proposal made to businesses was primarily to share profits, and to have a different organisational dynamic based on sharing and fraternity. Today hundreds of businesses across the world are inspired by EdC, basing their management style on fraternity, sharing the riches produced.
Industrial Estates: The Economy of Communion typically has ‘industrial estates’ which are part of the Focolare little towns. In recent years a number of these estates have been established (3 in Brazil, and others in Argentina, Italy, Croatia, Belgium and Portugal). They show economy where both working and producing are authentic expressions of the evangelical laws of mutual love.
Objective:The whole project has an objective of showing a part of humanity that is ‘not in need’, making reciprocity active on all levels: creating jobs that include those who are excluded by economic and social systems, spreading a ‘culture of giving’ and giving life to a variety of educational and cultural initiatives, helping emergency situations through practical aid and with projects taken ahead in collaboration with the Action for a United World, all of which is an application and development of the very first intuitions Chiara had of sharing profits into 3 parts.
Cultural reflection:Since the beginning there have been a range of studies inspired by and based on all the work being done within EdC. These studies include: theses, articles, academic conventions. The study and dialogue between the theory and the practise is another aspect typical of the EoC.
Official website: history, information, culture and news can be found on: www.edc-online.org
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The Complex Projekt has been projecting roadways and bridges for thirty years in Katowice, Poland. The story of one business owner who runs his company according to the principles of the Economy of Communion.[more]
The Wall Street Journal interview with Teresa Ganzon General Director of Bangko Bahayan, a rural bank in the Philippines which adheres to the Economy of Communion: “Serving God, Law at a Philippine Bank”.[more]
The international seminar, “Liberating labour – at the roots of the trade union experience,” was held in Castel Gandolfo from 16 to 18 October, and was promoted by the association, “Made in the World,” the fruit of a decade-long experience of confrontations between people involved in various workers’ organizations.[more]
The 2015 Nobel Prize in Economics went to British-born Angus Deaton for “his studies on consumption choices, poverty and development.” Luigino Bruni, Professor of Economy and Coordinator of the Economy of Communion International network explains the reasons for the award.[more]
An exhibition held in support of victims in war-torn countries. It consists of a wall composed of handmade tiles which can be lifted off and taken home. Joelma Regis, the project creator, explains: “We are all connected and together we can help tear down the walls of indifference in our everyday lives.”[more]