The Economy of Francisco  begins on Thursday, November 19: an international event that features young economists and entrepreneurs from around the world, which will be streamed on the francescoeconomy.org portal . To participate in the event, simply connect to the francescoeconomy.org website and click on the page entirely dedicated to live streaming.

The event will begin at 2pm (Italian time) with “Listen to the Cry of the Poorest to Transform the Earth”, a video from the International Movement ATD Fourth World, followed by a message from Cardinal Peter Turkson, and opening welcome by the organizing committee. Jeffrey Sachs will open the conferences, with the theme “Perfecting Joy: Three Proposals to Let Life Flourish . Other internationally renowned speakers include Muhammad Yunus, Vandana Shiva, Kate Raeworth.

The 12 thematic villages, transformed into online work sessions which young people have held in recent months, are:  work and care; management and gift; finance and humanity; agriculture and justice; energy and poverty; profit and vocation; policies for happiness; CO2 from inequality; business and peace; the economy is a woman; companies in transition; life and lifestyles.

At the end of the three days, on November 21stPope Francis ‘ “virtual” participation is confirmed with a video message to the young participants connected via the web with the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi.

You may also be interested in recent background information compiled in an excellent report called “The Hidden Dimensions of Poverty

“This report presents findings from research that has sought to refine the understanding and measurement of poverty by engaging with people directly experiencing poverty, practitioners and academics. The longer-term goal is that the research should contribute to more sensitive policy design at national and international level and thereby to the eradication of poverty. It is widely recognized that poverty is multidimensional. However, hitherto these dimensions have not been well specified, certain dimensions have gone unrecognized, and the ways in which the dimensions interact to shape the experience of poverty has not been properly understood.”