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The New Bomb of Nairobi

Creativity made fertile by love

by Alberto Ferrucci

from "Economia di Comunione - una cultura nuova" n.41 - editorial insert in Città Nuova n.13/14 - 2015 - July 2015

Leaving the central committee of the EoC for new tasks in the service of the Work N41 Pag03 Alberto Ferrucci Autore ridof Mary and the Church, at the close of the conference for which she gave her spirit and inspiration, Geneviève Sanze confided, ‘I do not fear anymore that the economy of communion may get exhausted, because it has already become a culture: for these three hundred people who came here from all over the world, the economy of communion is now a way of life.’ The conference in Nairobi was so special that Maria Voce, who had opened it with her message, felt inspired to use the words of the Brazilians upon the first announcement in 1991, namely that in Nairobi a new bomb had exploded.

The EoC entrepreneurs and scholars came to Nairobi notwithstanding the discomfort of long journeys, the unusual environmental conditions and the fear of terrorist actions that had led to move the conference to the little town of the movement. Once here, they were given the gift of meeting many young Africans, led by entrepreneurs of the Pan-African commission who came to the school that preceded the congress, sometimes with trips that lasted several days, bringing their dreams to be realized with a new economy.

The gift was to see how the seeds of this new economy flourished, as they fell in a terrain not yet dried up by the culture of selfishness and all the rubbish spread by contemporary Western media - that is rejected in such an extreme way by Islamic fundamentalism, but is also alien to Pope Francis, who has not watched television for twenty-five years now.
An example of this creativity made fertile by love was provided by the head of a village from the Ivory Coast: despite a situation that we would call poverty, interpreting N41 Pag03 Anouk ridthe words of the Gospel within his culture he has put together the resources of everyone to build houses for strangers, travellers passing through the village and pregnant women at risk, as well as warehouses for the products made by the villagers. He even had the wisdom to reject the precious gift of a well that would have compromised the greater common good, the harmony among all the villagers. His example was later followed by other villages, too.

The magic moment of the conference came when each and every participant engaged in a natural way of listening to the projects, dreams, studies of the other and when the gradual blooming of business cards started on the billboards pointing out the dreams of young future entrepreneurs as a sign of the willingness of those who are less young and more experienced, offering their help to realize them. All this was happening in a dynamic where you could not see who is the one giving and who is receiving as all was about love and everyone was given a hundredfold of what they originally had.

This is why the entrepreneurs, from whichever latitude they came, realised that for them "one company is not enough", and together with the young people they felt the urge - in an explosion of colour, African clothes and others, white faces and others - to sign a pact: I promise to dedicate my life as an apostle of the Economy of Communion and so make my contribution in the most just and fraternal way possible so that the greatest dream of Chiara may come true: "That all may be one".



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