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EoC entrepreneur Gonzalo Perrín's experience told at the Universidad Nacional de Rosario (Argentina) during the event: "Subsidiarity: An Entrepreneurial Commitment".
Gonzalo Perrín would never have imagined becoming the manager of a company producing biscuits at the age of only 29. He did his studies and was preparing to work in the hospitality industry but when he got to know the EoC, he felt contaminated by its philosophy and did not hesitate to leave everything behind. Today he is the director of the company named Pasticcino, a factory inside the Polo Solidaridad where 2.500.000 biscuits for coffee are produced monthly to be then distributed to 25 chain stores. Actually, at the moment there are plans to set up a branch office in the Polo Spartaco, in Sao Paulo (Brazil).
Last Thursday, on 23 October 2014 Gonzalo attended the presentation of the EoC at the Universidad Nacional de Rosario (Argentina), as part of an event that was entitled: “Subsidiarity: An Entrepreneurial Commitment”.
He started his talk by saying: ‘In 2008 I gave up the job I had in Rosario and I went back to my country, to O 'Higgins, to make “cookies” at home. I spent several months to set up the warehouse and purchase the necessary equipment.’ What did you see in the EoC? When they asked him the same in an interview with McDonald's (as a potential customer), he replied: ‘Here I have friends who love each other, you see them happy together and this means that they are successful in what they do and in their lives...’
From this point on, one surprise was followed by the other in Gonzalo's life. The experience with Charly was a special chapter: he is a blind assistant of his, who, from being a box assembler has become his friend and one of the leading consultants. Once, a person who was visiting the factory asked him if he had calculated the additional costs that having this employee meant. Gonzalo, who follows the accounting in his company personally, replied: ‘Yes, it is true that it costs more, but what you do not see in the budget is the enormous wealth that Charly represents for the ideas that we share, for the proposals that emerge when we are together and the positive atmosphere that he has generated among colleagues, all of which cannot be measured but altogether it is a real gain.’
Gonzalo also talked about what he does with the profits Pasticcino makes: ‘We divide the profit into three parts according to the EoC principle; at times we had to ask for money from the bank in order to make our contribution to the EoC.’ Perhaps someone could ask whether the sacrifice is worth it and if it wouldn't be nicer to have a good car, a house of one's own or just travel more... Gonzalo is very clear about this: ‘Yes, it would be nice. I travel with my Berlingo (that sometimes seems like a wreck) and when I get in the car of my friends I often say “what a beautiful car!”, But then I do not think I am missing anything, I have everything I need. The most important things in life are the ones you cannot buy with money. The most valuable things are the relationships I've built over the years. I do not know how long the company will live, 10 or 100 years, we'll see; but even if it ends one day, the relationships and all that we've lived together will remain. These are the most valuable assets I have.’
When asked what he would say to other young people who wish to partake in this culture, Gonzalo replies: ‘Look, I'll tell you something personal. I've been trying to sign a contract with a large company for a long time, but it has not been possible, even though we've had five meetings already. Ten days ago I had a sixth meeting with one of the leaders, and there emerged a small chance. The fact is that I have lived in the past ten days as a madman, I've been very anxious, looking at my cell phone all the time, and I've asked myself a thousand times if I should call or send an email. Yes, just like lovers. Last Saturday was the birthday of my father, the whole family came to my house, my 82 year-old grandmother was also there. When I talk with someone I like to tell things in depth, so I decided to tell my grandmother everything that was happening to me, and I did that in really deep detail... You know what she told me? Don't worry. Gonzalo, don't worry, because if the contract does not go ahead with this company then it is for a greater good. The truth is that I do not know how or why, but from that moment I have felt completely at peace and I have not looked at the phone as before. To the young people I say this: do not be afraid to throw yourself in, have confidence; you won't regret. Temptations will always be there, but it works, I swear to you that it works and you will find happiness.’
Monday 27th I wrote an email to Gonzalo to thank him for having accepted my proposal to go public together to tell about the EoC experience. On Wednesday, 29th the answer that arrived in my box went like this: ‘Ciao Carolina, it was really nice, I'm glad I came!!! Let me tell you something: yesterday was the birthday of my grandmother Angelita. On the day of her birthday I received a long-awaited call from this customer who told me that they have approved us as their supplier!!! Go Pasticcino!!!’
I could hardly believe that... Once again, the treasure trove of heaven opened up. That treasure trove that only opens after an act of gratuitousness. And therefore it brings happiness.
To give and receive... to give again... This is the EoC.
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Geneva: New Humanity's contribution to the conference "Hope or Utopia? The Civilization of Love"
On 30th October last, in the Library of the Palais des Nations in Geneva, the conference "Hope or Utopia? The Civilization of Love" took place. The event marked the celebration of the figure of Pope Paul VI at the UN, through the presentation of the book "The civilization of love according to Paul VI" and the participation of important authorities and academics. Also present was Dr. Jorge M. Dias Ferreira, chief representative of New Humanity in Geneva, who, on behalf of his NGO, gave the closing speech.
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In some schools in Latina (Central Italy), a creative workshop guided 5th and 8th grade students in learning about their emotions: it was part of anti-bullying campaign called “Let’s unBully ourselves”.
“This has been an unbelievable experience. Now I’ve seen it all! Should I become a teacher in 20 years time, I’ll be telling my students: “I created this program with my former classmates.” And I’ll also tell them that it wouldn’t have been possible without those classmates or the great artist, Antonio”.
4,700 glass tiles were the raw materials that made it possible for a creative workshop to be held over 12 sessions. All the students described the experience as a “memorable” one, allowing them to unleash their imagination and to have respect for others by working alongside them. The workshop, inspired by the spirituality of the Focolare Movement, and designed by the Alessandro Mammucari Association – a partner of the “Let’s unBully ourselves” initiative promoted by the Latina municipality – used art as a medium to transmit the message.
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On Friday 26 the pontiff has received in Vatican 473 members of the General Assembly of the Focolare Movement. Among them, a group of Youth for a United World who have given to the pope a copy of the "Atlas of universal fraternity".
Clementine Hall, Vatican - With Pope Bergoglio Friday, September 26, in private hearing there were 473 participants of the General Assembly of the Focolare Movement gathered at Castel Gandolfo from first days of September for the election of the President (confirmed Maria Voce), the new co-president (Jesus Moran) and 30 general councilors.
Among those there were a group of the Youth for a United World, youthful expression of the Focolare Movement, which gave the pope a copy of the "Atlas of universal fraternity". Here are some photos of the event.
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In Monsummano Terme the mayor of Bethlehem Vera Baboun took part to the ninth edition of "Harmony between peoples", sharing guidelines for future projects of friendship between the towns of Valdinievole and Pistoia proposed by the mayor Rinaldo Vanni. The invitation for the next summit for Peace in Ramallah and the signing of a pact of solidarity and fraternity between the municipalities present.
Montecatini Terme - After the great march of "Harmony for Peace" of Saturday, September 20 organized during the ninth edition of "Harmony between peoples", the 25 September arrived a new piece for great mosaic of the event (consult the article: "Dancing for peace").
Vera Baboun (in the picture), mayor of Bethlehem, came to the town of Monsummano Terme, on invitation of the mayor Rinaldo Vanni, to explore the possibilities to forge more relationships between the different realities of Valdinievole and Pistoia which acceded to the Protocol "Harmony between peoples." The meeting was attended by mayors of several municipalities: Monsummano Terme, Lamporacchio, Larchwood, Pieve a Niveole, Massa and Cozzile, Buggiano, Ponte Buggianese, Uzzano, Chiesina Uzzanese and Pistoia.
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