The Vitality of the Economy of Communion

After 30 years from its foundation, the EoC project keeps on launching initiatives that hit the nail on the head. Sophia’s role in supporting it.


One could argue: «a room cannot hold the whole world». Yet, apparently this was possible on 29 May when the curtain of the Auditorium of Loppiano raised to welcome on the (physical and virtual) stage a multitude of faces and voices from all over the world. With different languages and at different time zones they met to tell a story together, the 30-year-old story of the Economy of Communion (EoC).

During the 4-hour programme, elderly people took the liberty to dream, young people dared to make prophecies, poverty was referred to as sister, companies stated their employees are not just workers that have to become increasingly efficient but potential developers of communities. Throughout the meeting, the history of the Economy of Communion was told according to unusual combinations of people and aspects. Such story is not just a concatenation of old friends’ nice memories. It is rather an in-progress project with its own achievements and contradictions, results and aspirations.

Such inner vitality of EoC shines through the voices talking about the various and often unexpected facets of communion – inside and outside companies- over the last many- but also few- years of the EoC community experience. Including current and former Sophia students participated with their voice and testimony as Nji Mabih Helvisia from Cameroon, now the owner of one of the companies born in the incubation Hub of the Economy of Communion, Lia Guillen from Paraguay, now the person in charge of development projects by the NGO Action for a United World (AMU- Azione per un Mondo Unito) of Latin America and the current student Godric Mbunya who is personally committed to training and supporting internally displaced people of his country- Cameroon- to set up business activities.

The coordinator of the Sophia’s master’s degree in Economics and Management, Benedetto Gui, is the person who opens up a dialogue with young people with different ages, jobs and backgrounds as Nomadelfia, Economy of Francesco and Prophetic Economy. Among them, there is also a student of Management for a Civil and Sustainable Economy at Sophia (Samah Kades from Egypt) who talked about her decision- considered by some as crazy- to abandon her profession of lawyer to give a voice to those who don’t have any, people on the margins of a society devastated by inequalities- especially children.

Then Marta Pancheva, professor at the Economics and Management Department, together with other working in the EoC field to fight poverty, reminds that poverty and richness are inexorably linked in human life and create a picture with numerous sides and facets where we can consider ourselves «all, at the same time, rich and poor in something» to leave space to a genuine sharing of the gifts that each one of us has.

And this is what really happened during this unusual birthday party celebrated in a small room/world on the Tuscan hills.