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Economy of Francesco School: An Online Training Course

26 February 2021   |   Internazionale, Scuola EoF, Economy of Francesco

From 3 March, high-level training course on rethinking the economy from the commons.

The Economy of Francesco School, an advanced online training course beginning on March 3, 2021 and promoted by the Scientific Committee of the EoF, will explore some of the main themes of the Economy of Francesco (EoF). The course will focus on common rather than private goods. Over the past three months since the international event in the city of Assisi which was desired by the Holy Father, several initiatives have taken place in an effort to animate the global Economy of Francesco Movement.

The Economy of Francesco School – Program

The course includes twelve lectures and four interactive workshops on themes related to common goods: from peace to an ethic of care, from multidimensional measures of poverty to public health, from big data to ethical finance. The instructors are prominent figures from the academic world, the business world and civil society: Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Pierbattista Pizzaballa, OFM who will explore the link between Peace, Trust and Economy; Medieval historian, Giacomo Todeschini with a lesson called Franciscan Wealth: At the Roots of Franciscan Economic Thought; and US economist, Julie Nelson, who will focus on missing elements from the international economic debate such as the ethics of care and the commons. Speakers will also include Cristina Bicchieri, Eve Chiappello, Robert H. Frank, Sabina Alkire, Alex Edmans, Ridhi Kashyap, Francis Dodoo and Jennifer Nedelsky.

The complete program can be viewed at www.francescoeconomy.org

Seven hundred people have already signed up from more than 55 countries, including Mexico, Italy, Nigeria, Philippines, Portugal, USA, Argentina, brazil, Cuba, Spain, Cameroon, Chile, Peru, South Africa, India, Kenya, and Korea. They are students, economists and entrepreneurs from around the world who want to bring a new way of thinking about the economy, since the economy has practically become the vocabulary and grammar of social discourse, and a priority for changing the world.

“The Economy of Francesco is now the largest movement of young economists and entrepreneurs worldwide. The 21st century is showing us that the common goods, the relational goods and the environment are no longer able to be managed by a capitalist mentality. Capitalistic reasoning based on the search for individual well-being does not translate into care for the planet, for the goods we use together and for human relationships” – suggested EoF scientific coordinator Luigino Bruni, who will present a lesson on Wednesday, Marcy 3, 2021 titled The Economy of the Recent Times. “With the third millennium – continues Professor Bruni – we have entered the era of common goods. If we continue to feel that we are owners and masters of the earth, the atmosphere and the oceans, we will only continue to destroy them. We must soon learn to use goods without being their masters, we should learn the art of gratuitousness and the principle of evangelical poverty that is also attributed to Francis of Assisi – using without appropriating”.

The Economy of Francesco offers an online advanced training course for 2021. The Economy of Francesco School will explore several themes of Pope Francis’s teachings, the roots of Franciscan Economic Institutions, and the main themes of the Economy of Francesco. “The training course itself,” say EoF School organizers, Paolo Santori and Valentina Rotondi, “is a common good, perhaps one of the most important ones, to understand and improve our life in common. The seminars will revolve around the idea of the ‘already but not yet’. It is an advanced training in the basic concepts and practice of the Economy of Francesco (EoF) while remaining open to new perspectives. We invite participants to be ready to learn, but also to elaborate on what they have learned, so that they can be the ambassadors of the EoF in the future”.