Economy of Communion in EA XIII: Judging Experiences thro Spiritual Theory

By emphasizing the difficulties that also business with a clear ethical mission can face, our objective is to transmit the awareness of the problems to operate in the actual social-economic context, characterized by complexity. The use of ethical references can’t be considered as a reduction of complexity, but if it is clearly adopted, correctly integrated in the business management, and coher­ently practiced in the daily activities it can become an instrument of govern­ment of the business and of the complexity itself. In the following sentences we offer some examples.

Dilemma: should we invite the technicians into the cooperative board?

For a business that produces wine, the possibility to plant new vines is im­portant as the choice of producing red or white wine. The interaction among technicians and the administrative manager and the following confrontation between the administrative chief and the responsible person for the technical area is operated according to a principle of collaboration and communion. This preface helps the dialogue among everybody, because it creates a demo­cratic context, in which all the people are open to listen to what the other has to say. In other words, everyone is free to express their own ideas whether from a technical point of view or a professional one. The objective is impor­tant along with the way it is obtained.

PILLAR: Dialogue;

INSTRUMENT: Communion of experience through the proposals of technicians and confrontation;

ASPECT: Light blue; the management and the organizational structure is flexible and not based on a hierarchical structure, but allows for eve­ryone to contribute.

Dilemma: The business acquired a cooperative that had already existed. Take on the ex-farmers or not?

One decides to take on the farmers (ex. Sharecroppers) who had lived there with their families for over 100 years and where there was a sort of a special relationship between both religious and non-religious or atheist people. Which difficulties will be present? Which instruments will be used?

PILLAR: trust, the choice is made on the basis of trust in the ex-farmers, that otherwise could have changed their behaviors towards the coopera­tive and worked less.

INSTRUMENT: communion of experiences.

ASPECT: Indigo, people improve not only professionally, but also per­sonally.

Dilemma: Weed killer or natural disinfestations?

The choice of disinfestations would have saved a lot of money and this would have had an enormous advantage on finances that were already small. But an option of this type would have been against the general objective of respect of human beings and the environment.

PILLAR: Dialogue

INSTRUMENT: the pact on the mission of the business and the anthro­pological vision.

ASPECT: green, one decides for the wealth of the people, whether hu­man and environmental

Dilemma: in a working community we need to consider the needs of the family and all employees?

The Loppiano Prima decides to take into consideration the family of every employee and to distribute a salary that reflects their conditions.

PILLAR: Dialogue; trust; reciprocity – people are not equal, however they are distinctive persons and you can institute a special relationship with them.

INSTRUMENT: The private talk, with the objective to understand the personal situation.

ASPECT: red- also the economic aspect has its importance.

 

Paul Kisolo: Executive Consultant KARDS

Millicent Agutu: Administrator KARDS

Francis Owino: Administrator REG

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