Caux is a small Swiss village overlooking Lake Geneva, about 1000 meters above sea level. In its monumental castle, which is now a hotel, an international conference on “Trust and Integrity in a Globalized Economy” is scheduled to take place between the 12th and 17th of August 2010. The conference is intended to be six days of research and debate during which, experts, academics and members of the international business community from all over the world, we will try to “explore new avenues to a more equitable world economy” as the conference’s subtitle states. And it will take place right here, in the same country that annually hosts the World Economic Forum in Davos.
The conference is sponsored by the Swiss Foundation CAUX-Initiatives of Change, which operates both within Switzerland and internationally, to promote conflict prevention, intercultural dialogue, and trust between different social entities. This foundation belongs to a wider network of entities whose common connector is the, CAUX-Initiatives of Change, an NGO that has consultative status in the State Economic and Social Council at the United Nations (ECOSOC). Already in 2003, Chiara Lubich had gone at the invitation of President of CAUX-Initiatives of Change, Cornelio Sommaruga, to speak on how “religions can be partners on the road to peace”. To meet the unprecedented challenge that emerged following September 11, “the contribution of religions is decisive,” Chiara said. She went on to narrate a personal experience, the discovery of the art of loving, which is rooted in the Gospel, and leads to a love that “knows no discrimination”. (See full text)
The 2010 conference is aimed at young people, students, businessmen, and economists. It looks forward to being a full immersion in the current economic situations of our cities and countries to understand the reasons for the global crisis in which we are immersed. Seen from this perspective it will also propose measures which can be taken at community levels that aim towards a more equitable economic system, in harmony with sustainable development and progress for all peoples.
Especially interesting will be the dialogue between northern and southern hemispheres of the world. Speakers will include Lavinia Sommaruga Bode from Alliance Sud (Switzerland), Myrna Roselind Jelman, Consultant to the Ashridge Business School, researcher Juan Carlos Kaiten, from Mexico, and Amira Elmissiry from the African Development Bank.
On the morning of the 14th August, Maria Voce, President of the Focolare Movement, will speak about the Economy of Communion as an instrument at the service the human person, in view of a more united world.