Our Internship Giulia to the Conference of Christian Felber: "Economy for the Common Good"
This initiative is promoted by the Ayuntamiento de Barcelona and this Prize is for enterprises which are able to find a compromise between work and familiar and personal life their employees.
These winning enterprises, for example, include companies in which works a Responsible for Happiness who takes care of employees's mood, or enterprises hiring different ethnics groups, or where we can see the promotion of gender equality.
At the beginning of this interesting initiative, Christian Felber talked about "The Economy for the Common Good: balancing work, family and community time".
A reason why the thought about the civil economy and the Economy for the Common Good is re-emerging nowadays, is represented by the awareness that people have to find new ways and approaches, and that the traditional solution proposed by markets cannot be followed.
The crisis of our time, is not only an economic crisis, but also a social and a values crisis. Capitalism creates a number of serious problem, as we can see, like unemployment, inequality, poverty, social exclusion, environmental degradation and climate change. Felber's point of view about the economy is an integral vision: "if the problem is integral, the solution must be integral".
The solution, as Felber said, is an economic system that places human beings and all living entities at the center of economy activity. The goal of the economy must be the common good and not the accumulation of capital, as it was until now. Money is a tool and not the ultimate goal.
There is an economy that replaces the "selfish values" of predatory capitalism with humane, cooperative, ecological and democratic values.
In his opinion, there exist five fundamental values that form the basis of the "Economy for the Common Good" (ECG) model: human dignity, cooperation, solidarity, ecological sustainability, social justice and democratic co-determination and trasparency.
This vision would be world-changing and the ECG's activities are more pragmatic: companies joining with ECG develop an internal balance sheet, which they can use to evaluate their sustainability weaknesses. Later, if they want, ECG evaluate their balance sheet and then it can become public.
The increased transparency required by the balance sheet is useful when dealing with other stakeholder and with the communities.
Someone said that "maybe we are living one of the best moments in the human history". Even if it could be a provocative phrase, I belive that too. We can change this world and we can live this difficult moment like an opportunity to create an alternative economic model.
Stefano Zamagni, my Italian Professor of Economics, said that "the market is needed to be civil, as a meeting place and a location for the construction of relationships among people, and not just to exchange goods." I completely agree with this statement and I think that now is the time for Civil Economy!
Let's continue this fantastic experience in Barcelona and in Gracia Work Center, where every day is a surprise!