The global economy is in constant transformation. The same applies to the language we employ to categorize and understand economic, social, and environmental issues. The meaning that concepts such as inequality, poverty, capital, sustainability, and others have today is not the same as twenty years ago.
As Pope Francis stated many times, reality always exceeds ideas. One of the worldwide central elements of transformation is the digital revolution. Human and non-human experiences have been significantly impacted by the advent of the internet and, more recently, of AI systems. The 4th edition of the EoF School focuses on this change, inquiring about one topic that, in the previous year, has been at the core of EoF community reflections: the various forms of capital (spiritual, relational, social, economic, environmental, and so on) and, as a complement, the notion of capabilities (basic human functionings). In his last address to the EoF community, the Pope invited to find the ‘unity of the opposites’ of the contemporary global economy. The opposition between real and digital life, online and offline, does not capture people’s experience worldwide. Today, we live in the on-life era, where the digital and the real reciprocally affect each other. Therefore, the 4th EoF school will address the following question: what capitals do we need to address the problems of the on-life era? What are the on-life capabilities that are constitutive of human experience? Through the inquiry into the new-old forms of capitals and capabilities, we aim to understand how to address global problems such as inequalities, discrimination, misery, exclusion, and many others.
EoF young people’s vocation to fight manifested injustices and give a soul to the world economy has not changed. Therefore, it is urgent to understand how to decline it in the on-life era.
SCIENTIFIC COORDINATORS: Valentina Rotondi (SUPSI & University of Oxford), Paolo Santori (Tilburg University)
ORGANIZING COMMITTEE: Tracey Freiberg (The New School), Plinio Limata (LUMSA University), Caren Rodrigues (St. Joseph Institute of Management), Tatiana Vasconcelos Fleming (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro)
SCIENTIFIC SECRETARIAT: Valentina Erasmo (University of Turin)