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Re-live the Celebrations for the 30 Years of the Economy of Communion

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The Economy of Communion (EoC) celebrates its 30 years of existence this year 2021. People from all over the world came together to celebrate this anniversary by remembering the original inspiration, by sharing reflections, lessons learned and experiences and by embracing new challenges.

You can join in the celebrations and learn more about the EoC through the videos of the international event that was broadcast live from Loppiano, Italy on May 29th, and through a North American get-together that was held on Sunday June 6th.


International celebration of the 30 years of the EoC
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North American get-together for the 30th anniversary
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Join Us as we celebrate 30 years of the Economy of Communion

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Click here to join our zoom celebration on June 6th

Learn more about the international 30th anniversary on May 29 and register

[Video] Businesses for a Caring Economy

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On March 7th, 2021, the Economy of Communion sponsored a panel discussion that highlighted how businesses can help address economic injustice and promote inclusion. Representatives from several organizations presented their experience and engaged in a lively debate.

We work to harness the potential of the private sector, to create a capitalism that enables everyone economic participation, as well as economic dignity, while protecting the planet. (Meredith Sumpter)

Access the Video Here

The panel discussion was part of a larger event – A Hearth for the Human Family – that was organized by the Focolare Forum for Dialogue and Culture.

Featuring EoC Businesses – Communion Properties: Rebuilding homes and work opportunities

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This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Economy of Communion (EoC). On this occasion, we are featuring the experience of EoC entrepreneurs around the world through a webinar series. A March 11, 2021 webinar featured the story of Andy Gustafson, from Omaha Nebraska who is not only a Professor of Philosophy and Business Ethics at Creighton University but also the owner of a real estate company called Communion Properties.

His company aims to renovate old buildings and provide job opportunities for people in need, that may struggle with unemployment or various forms of addiction, and rent them to families that may otherwise not be able to afford quality housing. This virtuous circle contributes to revitalization of the community in which these activities happen.

Watch the webinar to hear more about his story.

Video: Economy of Communion Business Network Growing in New York

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The Economy of Communion in North America held its first of a series of bi-monthly meetings in 2021 on January 16.

Paul Catipon of Netpro Communications

Paul Catipon, President of Netpro Communication, an innovative and rapidly growing full-service IT consulting firm based in New York City, shared how the inclusive business practices inspired by the Economy of Communion (EoC) are put in practice by a growing number of businesses and people in the city.

Catipon says: “Instead of running the EoC principles by myself, can we involve other companies?” He then explained the network of relationships formed and the various initiatives that became the answer to that question.

The meeting agenda also included a reflection on the meaning of ‘poverty’ in the EoC, a few experiences from current and former entrepreneurs, as well as introductions to ‘The Economy of Francesco‘ and ‘The Hearth of a Human Family’, of which the EoC is a contributing partner.

Watch the Video Here

Join Us For Our First Economy of Communion Meeting of 2021

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Dear friends of the Economy of Communion (EoC),

Happy New Year, with our best wishes of good health, happiness and prosperity in 2021. We hope that this will be a year of progressive, yet strong recovery from the pandemic and the economic, human and social challenges that came with it. May the year also bring renewal and growth to our relationships, within and around the businesses and the organizations that we are part of, so that they can be ever more authentic and fraternal.

Join us for our first online EoC meeting of the year on Saturday, January 16th, 2021 from 2-3 pm ET.

CLICK HERE TO JOIN THE ZOOM MEETING.

#7 Key to Business Survival: Cultivating”Communication” EoC Monthly Webinar November 4, 2020

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November 3 , 2020

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Come join the Monthly EoC North America Webinar Wed, Nov. 4, 10am, EST CLICK HERE TO RSVP

This time of ongoing pandemic uncertainty is the best time to return to the foundational principles and practices on “How to Be an EoC Business.”

Economy of Communion firms are committed to living by seven principles known by colors. This vision is articulated by Focolare/EoC founder Chiara Lubich:

Love is light, it is like a ray of light that passes through a drop of water and opens out to display a rainbow, whose seven colors we admire…. And just as the rainbow is red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet, love, the life of Jesus in us, is manifested in different colors; it is expressed in various ways, each one different from the others.

A New Way, p, 76

In November, we will be reflecting on the color “violet”, “Communication.” Rev. Jon Hokama , EoC Coordinator, Co-founder of Papa’s Home International and management consultant, will be our presenter.

Living with this pandemic has shown us that “Communication”–building relational capital– is not just a “nice to have” but essential to cultivate our businesses to help our people to counteract the anxiety, loneliness, and stresses of the pandemic, whether we are at working and schooling at home, working in the office, juggling jobs or unemployed.

This month Jon will walk you through this  “Communication” assessment to reflect on your own work situation and explore steps to improve it:

* What is relationship capital? How do you observe and measure it? 

* What can you do to create an environment to build relationship capital with internal stakeholders? 

* What can you do to create an environment to build relationship capital with external stakeholders? 

* What are examples of matching needs and benefits both locally and internationally?

* How might this “culture of communion” help you to find common projects to build unity in a divided country and a divided world?

We encourage you to see the full description and come ready to take an assessment of your workplace tomorrow using this “Communication”  assessment.

CLICK HERE TO RSVP to register for  our “Communication” webinar on Wed. Nov. 4, 10am EST.

FUTURE DATES: Here is the final dates for the remaining EoC webinar in 2020:

  • Wed., Dec. 2, 10am EST: “2020 Wrap-up/2021 Preview”

CLICK HERE TO RSVP

FOR MORE INFORMATION:  Email Jon Hokama at eocassoc@gmail.com or jon@jonhokama.net.

#6 Key to Business Survival: Cultivating “Formation, Instruction and Wisdom” EoC Monthly Webinar October 7, 2020

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September 24 , 2020

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Come join the Monthly EoC North America Webinar Wed, Oct. 7, 10am, EST CLICK HERE TO RSVP

This time of ongoing pandemic uncertainty is the best time to return to the foundational principles and practices on “How to Be an EoC Business.”

Economy of Communion firms are committed to living by seven principles known by colors. This vision is articulated by Focolare/EoC founder Chiara Lubich:

Love is light, it is like a ray of light that passes through a drop of water and opens out to display a rainbow, whose seven colors we admire…. And just as the rainbow is red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet, love, the life of Jesus in us, is manifested in different colors; it is expressed in various ways, each one different from the others.

A New Way, p, 76

In October, we will be reflecting on the color “indigo”, “Formation, Instruction and Wisdom.” Dr. Celeste Harvey Gustafson, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at College of St. Mary’s and recent author of “A Person-Centered Theory of the Firm: Learning from the Economy of Communion” will be our main presenter.

Living with this pandemic has shown us that “Formation, Instruction and Wisdom” are not just “nice to haves” but essential to cultivate our businesses to help our people to counteract the anxiety, loneliness, and stresses of the pandemic, whether we are at working and schooling at home, working in the office, juggling jobs or unemployed.

Our session will allow you to explore some of the following questions for your own work situation:

What impact does “communion” have on a company’s people-development? 

How might our colleagues share their talents, ideas and competencies to enable my professional and personal flourishing? 

What might I offer to enhance the the professional growth and flourishing of my colleagues ?

What fresh “case study” from our company might most benefit academic research, teaching, and post-secondary learning?  

We encourage you to see the full description and take an assessment of your workplace at this “Formation, Instruction and Wisdom” Assessment link.

CLICK HERE TO RSVP to register for  our”Formation, Instruction and Wisdom” webinar on Wed. Oct. 7, 10am EST.

FUTURE DATES: Here are dates and times for the remaining EoC webinars in 2020:

  • Wed.,  Nov. 4, 10am, EST: “Communication”
  • Wed., Dec. 2, 10am EST: “2020 Wrap-up/2021 Preview”

CLICK HERE TO RSVP

FOR MORE INFORMATION:  Email Jon Hokama at eocassoc@gmail.com or jon@jonhokama.net.

“#3 Key to Business Survival: Cultivating Spirituality and Ethics” EoC Monthly Webinar July 1, 2020

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June 19, 2020

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Let’s collaborate! Join the Monthly EoC North America Webinar Wed, July 1, 10am, EST CLICK HERE TO RSVP

This time of ongoing pandemic uncertainty is the best time to return to the foundational principles and practices on “How to Be an EoC Business.”

Economy of Communion firms are committed to living by seven principles known by colors. This vision is articulated by Focolare/EoC founder Chiara Lubich:

Love is light, it is like a ray of light that passes through a drop of water and opens out to display a rainbow, whose seven colors we admire…. And just as the rainbow is red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet, love, the life of Jesus in us, is manifested in different colors; it is expressed in various ways, each one different from the others.

A New Way, p, 76

This year the EoC is revisiting and reflecting on these seven principles. Together they give EoC firms strength of life conviction to act in a way that builds unity among disparate people—a way of both living life and doing business that provides the company firm flexibility for these uncertain times.

In examining the color “yellow”, spirituality and ethics, we will

  • begin by taking 15 minutes to share stories that illustrate what the EoC means by cultivating “Spirituality and Ethics”
  • spend time hearing your stories and your questions about how to clarify and ground your spirituality and ethical foundations.

Our questions and stories will inspire us to not only survive but to thrive. We can then share our collective best practices to help other businesses thrive with us.

We will be going over the following “Spirituality and Ethics” text taken from the international “Guidelines to Running an Economy of Communion Business”:

Spirituality and Ethics (Yellow)

The work of the EoC is seen as an opportunity for growth, not only professional, but also spiritual and ethical. The business commits itself to concretely respect laws and works for the change and the betterment of such laws. It behaves correctly towards fiscal authorities, control bodies, unions and institutional authorities. It knows that the quality of working life is a dimension essential for a person’s realization, and for the development of his/her vocation as a worker and as a human being. Those who work in EoC businesses learn to give value also to difficulties and hardships in the workplace, making them precious occasions for growth and maturity. In defining the nature and quality of its products, the business is committed to not only respecting contract obligations, but also to evaluate the effects of its products on the wellbeing of the people and the environment to which they are destined.

Our spirituality and ethics is often reflected in our company Vision, Values, and Mission. Let  us use this opportunity to reexamine our own company to answer this question:

Do our Vision, Values, and Mission reflect the right spiritual and ethical foundation to enable us to withstanding the cross-currents of these unprecedented times?

CLICK HERE TO RSVP to learn and contribute to deepening “Spirituality and Ethics” on Wed. July 1, 10am EST.

FUTURE DATES: Here are dates and times for upcoming EoC webinars on “Being an EoC Business”:

  • Wed.,  August 5, 10am, EST.
  • Wed., September 2, 10am EST.
  • Wed., October 7, 10am, EST.

CLICK HERE TO RSVP

FOR MORE INFORMATION:  Email Jon Hokama at eocassoc@gmail.com or jon@jonhokama.net.

“#2 Key to Business Survival: Cultivating External Stakeholder Relationships” EoC Monthly Webinar June 3, 2020

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May 20, 2020

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Let’s collaborate! Join the Monthly EoC North America Webinar Wed, June 3, 10am, EST CLICK HERE TO RSVP

This time of ongoing pandemic uncertainty is the best time to return to the foundational principles and practices on “How to be an EoC Business.”

We’re bringing you a fresh format for our monthly webinar. In June we will

  • begin by taking 15 minutes to explain what the EoC means by cultivating “External Stakeholder Relationships”
  • spend time discussing your questions about how to build these relationships and hearing your best practices in building external relationships

Your questions and stories will help our current EoC businesses not only survive but thrive. Our collective best practices will then be shared to help new businesses join in with us.

We will be going over the following “External Stakeholder Relationships” text. This is taken from the International EoC draft on “General Guidelines for Operating an Economy of Communion Business”:

EXTERNAL STAKEHOLDER RELATIONSHIPS

Economy of Communion (EoC) people value and nurture their relationships with each other and with their customers, suppliers, partners, and all with whom they work. They find ways to enjoy working together, to celebrate one another’s successes and to support each other in times of difficulty. Lending special attention to the explicit and implicit needs of their customers, EoC businesses commit to offer high quality products and services at equitable prices.  All those who work in the business strive to build and reinforce honest and open relationships with customers, suppliers and the community in which they operate.  EoC companies hold to the following principles to maintain excellent external relationships:

  • We are passionate about exceeding our clients’ expectations by using, whenever feasible, state-of-the-art technologies to deliver products and services of high quality in a timely and responsive manner.
  • We act as a positive and unifying force for local community development by building strong relationships with those near our places of work.
  • We believe that all relationships, regardless of whether they directly impact the bottom line of the company, are worthy of our time and attention because each person and each relationship with each person have inherent human value.
  • We are aware of the larger world beyond our local community, and look for ways to positively contribute to its development and sustainability.
  • We view our competitors as equals and necessary for the growth and improvement of the market, of society, and of ourselves, and appreciate their contribution to improving our quality of products and services. As such, we refrain from speaking negatively about their products or services.
  • We enjoy close relationships with other EoC businesses, sharing ideas and opportunities that help us live out the EoC values and lifestyle in a more complete way. However, we are aware that with these close, warm relationships, comes a certain degree of vulnerability in which we can hurt one another.  Our 20 years of EoC experiences, and those of many others, tell us that the happiness and fulfillment of communion always overcomes, at least in the long-run, the short-term wounds coming from these close family-like relationships.
  • We share our experiences of successes and failures with others, thereby contributing to the authentic ongoing development of relationships among businesses and with the world community.

CLICK HERE TO RSVP to learn and contribute to deepening “External Stakeholder Relationships” on Wed. June 3, 10am EST.

FUTURE DATES: Here are dates and times for upcoming EoC webinars on “Being an EoC Business”:

  • Wed., July  1, 10am, EST.
  • Wed.,  August 5, 10am, EST.
  • Wed., September 2, 10am EST.

CLICK HERE TO RSVP

FOR MORE INFORMATION:  Email Jon Hokama at eocassoc@gmail.com