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Do EoC enterprises really fly despite science? And what does Sophia have to do with it?

30 years of the Economy of Communion

Do you remember the story of the bumblebee that we all see fly but that according to science would not be able to fly? When a more accurate observation enabled scientists to count the incredible number of wings beat per second (hundreds), the flight of such insect- still unbelievable- could be explained by aerodynamic theories.

Something similar is happening in economics with the “flight” of enterprises – Economy of Communion businesses- that commit to follow a logic that is apparently incompatible with survival: first of all, taking care of people, may they be customers or employees; protecting the environment beyond legislation; following specific guidelines and eventually sharing profits.

A 3-decade history proves that these “bumblebees of economics” can not only take off but also remain on the market like other businesses. In fact, the 30th anniversary of the launch of the Economy of Communion (São Paulo, Brazil, 29 May 1991) will be celebrated tomorrow. And again, there is no need to repudiate scientific reasoning to understand it. On the contrary, one needs a more accurate scientific reflection considering aspects that have been overlooked in the past as “reciprocity”, “intrinsic motivations”, “relational goods”, “team human capital”, among others. These factors connect economic science with anthropology, psychology, sociology, even theology. Such interdisciplinary approach is Sophia’s students’ daily bread. Sophia aims at training economic players (and other professionals in all fields) that know how to face the complex and exciting challenges that lay ahead of humanity. But does science explain it all? Well, actually, Providence supporting EoC enterprises has not been entirely explained yet.

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