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We are happy to share a nice interview to Dr. Lorna Gold, the Irish author of one of the early books of the EoC, following the international conference of the EoC that was held in Nairobi, Kenya at the end of May.
In her talk at the Nairobi conference, which attracted 300 business people from 41 countries and 5 continents, Dr Gold said that each culture proposes its own definition of wealth and poverty, including the culture of communion.
“If ‘wealth’ is taken as a shorthand for the aspiration for progress of individuals and nations, and poverty the lesser state they want to leave behind, communion offers a unique interpretative key,” she said.
Despite owning little, in fact, those who live in communion have a great patrimony of wealth both in terms of material and non-tangible goods, she continued.
“It is a Gospel paradox which reveals an economic logic – spiritual detachment, if lived out of love, sparks a circulation of goods, talents, ideas, good will, which generates abundance.”
In the culture of communion, there was a “phenomenal capacity to generate shared wealth” she said.
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The Economy of Communion was featured at a “Higher Calling” event organized on April 14th, 2015 by the Opus College of Business of the University of St. Thomas and the John A. Ryan Institute for Catholic Social Thought.
130 people attended the event. Among them entrepreneurs, academics, students, young professional and members of local faith groups. The title of the event was: “The Entrepreneurial Vision of the Economy of Communion: Creating a Business Where All Can Flourish”.
Prof. Jeanne Buckeye of the John Ryan Institute made un introductory presentation of the EOC that was followed by the experience of two entrepreneurs – Nick Sanna and John Mundell – and an analysis of the EOC led by Prof. John Gallagher of Maryville College TN. A vibrant panel discussion and Q&A session with the audience concluded the evening.
The audience was very engaged and the Q&A session had to be interrupted while questions were still pending to conclude on time. Many of the participants told us that they wanted to learn more about the EOC and some indicated the interest to turn their own business into an Economy of Communion business and their intent to be the first ones in the Twin Cities. Our trip to the Twin Cities concluded by a formal invitation by Prof. Michael Naughton of the University of St. Thomas and the John A. Ryan Institute to host our annual 2016 meeting at the University of St. Thomas. We are excited about the possibility to continue develop our partnership with those institutions and to support the nascent EOC community in MN. The VIDEO of the presentation is accessible through the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FIiynWcig7U