Seven organizations from different countries have created "Prophetic Economy," a project aimed at collecting and giving visibility to ideas and good economic practices oriented towards integral human development and sustainability.

Prophetic economy 1Aware of the ecological and social crisis facing our planet, hundreds of people around the world are constantly working to find creative solutions to these great problems. They do so, in their daily lives, through large and small actions. These actions, however, often arise, grow, and die out in total isolation.

"Together we can do much more", this one of the slogans proposed by Prophetic Economy, an initiative whose objective is to create networks of collaboration involving all those who, in their own context, work for human development, regardless of their age, nationality, and beliefs.

What is going on in Sardinia, between bombs, an arms factory and a peace-loving community.

Sulcis 1Sulcis-Iglesiente, this is the name of one of Sardinia’s historical regions, is characterized not only by its impressive natural beauty, but also by its history, the history of coal miners, a top-notch human, spiritual, cultural and environmental asset. A unique gem, that is still not able to fully express its potential, also economically.

On 3 March 2017, a conference on disarmament took place in Cagliari, organized by the “Domenico Mangano” School of Political Participation. A few locals from Sulics-Iglesiente participated as well, and felt they were being consulted directly for the very first time: as a matter of fact, in two towns in their district, called Iglesias and Domusnovas, is where RWM Italia is located, a bomb manufacturer that is totally owned by the German Rheinmetall Company: its products are regularly sold to Saudi Arabia, which then uses them in the war in Yemen.

«We felt a little bit like the Germans at the time of the Holocaust... like those decent folks who loved their children and perhaps made sacrifices for them, while other children were dying, also because of their silence», the people from Sulcis-Iglesiente wrote at the time…

As a reaction to the complex crisis and the censorship that are affecting Venezuela, a group of young independent journalists from Caracas decided to get on its city buses to tell the passengers the news of the day.

El bus 1There is nothing new in discussing about a crisis in Venezuela, in fact for more than five years its citizens have been facing painful circumstances caused by the corruption of their rulers.

However, this time, there is a good news concerning the creativity and capacity for improvement of Venezuelan people in the face of adversity. We are talking about BUS TV, a project that came about a year ago in the capital city, as a fruit of citizens’ protests last year in the face of evident censorship towards the media.

Although this is one of the many positive experiences in a Venezuelan society that is striving to fight against the atrocious injustices carried out by its own government, an action such as Bus TV resisted in time and even spread to other States besides Caracas.

Textile art, love of the world and respect for people and traditions: those are the ingredients of a very special project with roots in the Netherlands and Spain. We caught up with Nasia Burnet, the founder of Sukhi, a business that is helping improve the quality of life of entire communities in Asia and Africa while offering customers unique opportunities for dialogue and encounter.

Rugs12012, Kathmandu, Nepal. Nasia and her husband Wouter are travelling through a land of mystery and fascination. Along the streets of the city, the bright colours of the traditional felt rugs made by local women stand out amid the dust and the smog. The couple is immediately captivated.

“Right there and then, we thought about how nice it would be if people could buy a custom-made rug from Nepal online, if they could come into contact with this world while sitting at home”, Nasia tells me over Skype. A textile designer from Amsterdam, she has been living in sunny Barcelona for the past four years.

Through the computer screen, she welcomes me into her home with a bright smile that keeps me company all through our chat. The idea of bringing the Nepali tradition of felt ball rugs to the West, she tells me, became a reality right after that trip. And that is how Nasia and Wouter’s business, Sukhi – which literally means ‘happy’ in Nepali – was born.

A new proposal to understand the project of European unity, today challenged by complex scenarios. This is the theme of the short course, "The Europe of Cities and Citizens" to be held from Thursday, June 14 to Saturday, June 16,  2018 in the Great Hall of the Sophia University Institute, opened by a key-note address by Romano Prodi entitled, "Today's Europe. Which Europe tomorrow?"

corso SophiaThe course, co-financed by the Pro Sophia Foundation, in partnership with the "Jean Monnet Chair" program of the European Union, aims to analyze the role of cities as laboratories of European integration and the role of citizens as protagonists. The lectures will focus on integration, autonomy, and European citizenship and they will introduce the European governance system, with particular attention to local and regional dimensions. A special interest is to be awaken by the workshops, where participants will have the opportunity to dialogue and share their skills and experiences on the main topic.

Youth for a United World in Burundi have vowed to use their cultural differences, the media and talents as a tool towards fraternity.

Gen SorrisoDuring an annual national musical event held on May 12th 2018 with the theme "Beyond borders", young people who are members of the Focolare movement and the GEN Sorriso musical band, organized a great concert on the occasion of the United World Week. The event took place in the capital city of Burundi Bunjumbura bringing together over 1000 people from the whole country.

GEN Sorriso is a musical group comprising of young and adults who are talented in music and are members of the Focolare movement. Their aim is to use music and other artistic tools to spread messages of peace in Burundi and beyond. They have severally been invited to perform in Rwanda and Kenya during international events organized to promote fraternity.

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