Higher Calling Series: The Economy of Communion

Panelists include John Mundell, Nicola Sanna, entrepreneurs in the Economy of Communion, and John Gallagher, who, with Jeanne Buckeye (UST), has researched and written about the EOC.

Date & Time:

Tuesday, April 14, 2015
5:00 PM - 7:30 PM


Woulfe Alumni Hall, ASC
St. Paul campus of the University of St. Thoma

As part of its ongoing Higher Calling series, the Veritas Institute, the John A. Ryan Institute for Catholic Social Thought and the Habiger Institute for Catholic Leadership of the Center for Catholic Studies will host its annual Higher Calling series on Tuesday, April 14th, 2015 at 5:00pm in the Woulfe Alumni Hall of the St. Paul campus of the University of St. Thomas. Our confirmed panelists are John Mundell, Nicola Sanna, entrepreneurs in the Economy of Communion, and John Gallagher, who, with Jeanne Buckeye of the University of St. Thomas, has researched and written about the EOC.

The Economy of Communion (EOC) and its 850 or so participating businesses worldwide, have drawn the interest of entrepreneurs, economists and scholars attracted by their unique focus on business management and culture. EOCcompanies share a set of values which they see as the foundation for business practices and culture that emphasizes a culture for "giving" over a culture of "having." The centrality of relationships in the workplace -- with customers, clients, financiers, and society at large -- is a key element in the EOC way of thinking. Personal growth and development, cultivating workplace harmony and sharing profits with the poor are also key to their approach. EOC businesses operate as for-profit enterprises, competing in the marketplace alongside other, more traditional businesses. Their hope is that through ethical practices and the spirit of community they can contribute to greater unity, or communion, in the world. Like the Focolare eccesial movement in which EOC has its roots, it focuses on dialogue as a method, for building bridges and relationships of fraternity among individuals, peoples and cultural worlds.

Dinner will be provided as part of the round table discussion. Registration will be available soon on the Veritas website. http://www.stthomas.edu/centers/veritas/news-events/

John Mundell is the founder and president, of Mundell & Associates, Inc, an engineering consulting firm in Indianapolis, IN, that specializes environmental projects and remediation.

Nicola Sanna was most recently the president and chief executive officer of Netuitive, a behavior-learning technology service headquartered in Virginia. He is a board member and Advisor to Digital Risk Management Institute, Waverley Labs, Blankchat, and the School of Business and Economics of the Catholic University of America.

Dr. John Gallagher is a Professor of Management at Maryville College, Maryville TN. He also part of the faculty at the University of Tennessee’s Center for Executive Education in Knoxville. He has recently co-authored Structures of Grace: The Business Practices of the Economy of Communion with Dr. Jeanne Buckeye, The Ryan Institute’s interim director and a faculty member in the Opus College of Business.

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