Economy and Charisms: new roads

Economy and Charisms: new roads

Economic Dimensions of the experience of ‘Gratuity’


During the month of November, between Rome and Loppiano, the course in: Economic Culture and Administration of Works Generated by a Charism’, took place, promoted by the IUS.  An experimental proposal in answer to a specific demand for formation. 


In the monthly calendar for November, times were found for three consecutive weekends in three different places between Rome and Loppiano, an experimental proposal: a course of high formation in: ‘Economic Culture and Administration of Works Generated by a Charism.’ Organized by the IUS in collaboration with CNEL, Claretianum, PFSE – Auxilium, and Charis. 


The program of formation – 56 hours total – intended to respond to a demand which has emerged for a while now: to deepen, from a cultural perspective of civil economy and economy of communion, the specific characteristics of the economy, of the administration and governance of economic works generated by charisms.


Anyone who looks after these, knows very well that such works, which present some strong points typical of the ability of charisms to be incisive in social facts, also share many characteristics and some criticisms as with any organization whether economic or civil, which cannot be neglected or undervalued.  From here, therefore, comes the idea to offer a project of formation specific to the various operators in this sector, in a moment in which, and not only in Italy, on these events come to rest problems of technical character beside others of more ample cultural meaning. 
One of the three modules was held at the ‘Lionello Bonfanti’ Industrial Park of Loppiano, where the participants were able to learn of the experience of the Economy of Communion (EoC), re-elaborated into three categories also thanks to the contribution of Sophia University. 

Various professors alternated during the few days; among them, Luigino Bruni, professor of political economy at the IUS and scientific director of the course of formation.  According to Bruni, the course ‘represents in a certain sense an historical moment for Sophia and for the Italian EoC’ and the fact that the ‘ancient and new charisms in touch with the charism of unity and with the experience of the EoC which draws from it, rediscover also their proper economic dimension’, does not surprise anyone. 
At the end of the course, the initiative showed itself capable of gathering and giving answers to what is evidently an effective need of formation in an area where is shared the economic vision oriented towards efficiency and the attention given to particulars of every single charism, by its very nature immersed in gratuity. 
The experience of sharing was very vital, not only in analysing problems, but in detecting paths, good practices, and even errors not to be repeated.  Sr. Simonetta, a Salesian nun, tells us her experience: “I can say that my expectations have been fully satisfied.  What this beautiful experience has left in my heart is great hope, together with the awareness that I need to learn to see in the charism of my Institute the distinguishing factor for future choices, to be able to indicate priorities and perspectives.  I particularly understood the importance of working together (“the collective intelligence”), sharing abilities and experiences with an eye to deep listening, that does not look with diffidence at the new, but allows one to welcome it, re-elaborating it and turning it into a concrete answer.”


“A strand of great importance has been unrolled for the future – concluded Bruni.” How to continue? “It has been decided before anything else, to keep this dialogue open among all the participants: a nice sign.  We foresee, also, new events, so as to go more in depth on specific topics, in the same atmosphere of collaboration between the IUS and Polo Lionello, the ideal ‘humus’ for these initiatives.”

Testo: Antonella Ferrucci

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