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Events

For information about the CSRCC please contact the Centre Director, Professor Jeff Haynes (Tel. 0207 320 1153).

Upcoming Events


The role of gift in economic activity: an economist’s reflections on Pope Benedict XVI’s letter Caritas in Veritate and on the Economy of Communion group of businesses  

A talk by Dr Gherardo Girardi, LMBS, London Metropolitan University


Thursday 21st March 2013  
16.30 Tea and Coffee in MG2-20
17.00 Talk in MG2-19

The role of gift in economic activity: an economist’s reflections on Pope Benedict XVI’s letter Caritas in Veritate and on the Economy of Communion group of businesses  
 
by Dr Gherardo Girardi, LMBS, London Metropolitan University
 
On Thursday, 21st of March 2013, at 17.00 in MG2-20 
Tea and coffee will be available from 16.30 in MG2-19
 
 
Pope Benedict XVI writes that gift is a normal part of everyday activities, including business activities, and sees the promotion of a culture of giving as central to a well functioning economy, including its corporate sector. Economy of Communion is a group of about 700 firms selling ordinary goods and services which tries to promote such a culture by giving to all, including to rivals. The experience of Economy of Communion shows that it is possible to be a firm with social objectives and to operate successfully in conventional markets in 'competition' with conventional firms whose main objective is to maximize profits. The talk will include the experience of Economy of Communion entrepreneurs and their accounts of the extraordinary events which accompany heartfelt giving. The talk will also discuss the views of other thinkers who have written on the subject of gift, such as Mauss, Marion, Derrida and Bruni, as well the work of economists specializing in this area.The role of gift in economic activity: an economist’s reflections on Pope Benedict XVI’s letter Caritas in Veritate and on the Economy of Communion group of businesses   
Pope Benedict XVI writes that gift is a normal part of everyday activities, including business activities, and sees the promotion of a culture of giving as central to a well functioning economy, including its corporate sector. Economy of Communion is a group of about 700 firms selling ordinary goods and services which tries to promote such a culture by giving to all, including to rivals. The experience of Economy of Communion shows that it is possible to be a firm with social objectives and to operate successfully in conventional markets in 'competition' with conventional firms whose main objective is to maximize profits. The talk will include the experience of Economy of Communion entrepreneurs and their accounts of the extraordinary events which accompany heartfelt giving. The talk will also discuss the views of other thinkers who have written on the subject of gift, such as Mauss, Marion, Derrida and Bruni, as well the work of economists specializing in this area.

 

 

Past Events:

International Conference
The Power of Religion: Towards Peace and Moderation or Violence and Extremism?
28-30 June 2011

The Faculty of Law, Governance and International Relations
16 Goulston Street
London
E1 7TP

Power_of_Religion_Conference_Flyer.pdf  

Power_of_Religion_Conference_Programme.doc  

 


 
 
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