Class Projects

Fernanda Vinueza, Xavier Pinto, and Jennifer Pasteris wrote an article for the Trinitonian.  It was a follow-up to the article written at the beginning of the semester.  They told about how the class turned out, what they learned, and what they liked and disliked. 

                            -Click here to read the article-

Jennifer Pasteris also completed an independent paper on Micro-finance written in Spanish which can be viewed below.

                              - Click here to view paper -


Rob Sender and Sarah Kagan's presentation focused on the life and teachings of Chiara Lubich.  They made this into a powerpoint picture timeline of her life and all the things she went through.  They also touched on the people she reached and the fact that her ideas and actions are still helping the world today, even though she has passed on (March 14, 2008). 

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Jeremy Sherby's project is an essay that compares corporate governance theory between EoC businesses and for-profit businesses. He compared them on the basis of relation of the company to the community in which it exists, relations between the company and its employees, and more fundamental parts of business life.

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Stephanie Forbes and Evan Reville and created a children's book featuring two businesses, a regular business and an EoC business. It features animal characters that will run the businesses.






Jose Jaramillo and Stefi Calderon created a pamphlet and a Facebook group. Their goal is to create awareness of corporate social responsibility and of implementing ethics in one's own work environment. The pamphlet includes a description of the EoC principles, an introduction to how the EoC started, and ideas of what college students can do for the EoC. It also includes pictures of South American communities that have been helped by the EoC.

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Saira Bhimani did a charcoal drawing of a picture taken during Chiara Lubich's visit to India.  She had initially decided on creating artwork, rather than researching a topic or writing a paper, because she found some basic similarities between art and EoC teachings: art is an expression of human sentiment, and human sentiment is also what motivates so many people to abide by EoC principles in both their personal and professional lives.  Additionally, her Indian background made the subject of the image she chose to replicate very near and dear to her heart.  

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Stephanie Dang had an interview (via email) with one of the owners of a Phillippine bank (Banko Kaybayan) about another branch of EoC business. She learned about the positive aspects and challenges of microcredit for developing countries.

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               - Click here to view power point about Microcredit -


With an interest in theoretical economics, Tina Huynh and Daisy Wang wanted to analyze the costs and benefits of EoC relative to profit maximizing firms and non-profit organizations. To do so, they looked at short run cost curves and profits for each model. Furthermore, with an artistic interest, they wanted to represent EoC ideals and principles through photography. They included a collection of photos that they thought could represent the values upheld by EoC companies. They believe that these values need not be limited to EoC companies, but that the culture of giving and loving others can, and should be, observed in other aspects of thier lives.

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Lauren Castro and Joey Caputo put together a short video that emphasizes the differences between businesses that seek to "make a difference" and businesses that simply seek to "make the numbers". They highlighted these differences via role playing scenes and provide a few key points to educate their audience on the EoC. Their goal is to create an awareness of the EoC in those to whom it may not be familiar.

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Jared Ryan and Mitchell Honda conducted an online survey to not only spread word of the EoC, but also in an attempt to gain insight into the extent of knowledge about the EoC among young adults (especially those in institutions of higher learning).  This survey was geared toward understanding what types of individuals have had exposure to the EoC or Focolore movement, as well as further investigating the probability of the spread of the movement within a capitalist culture like that of the United States

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Matthew Coffer's project involves an examination of the relationship between Managerial Accounting and EoC principles. It considers the effects that status as an EoC company would have on a company's financial situation, as explained by Managerial Accounting.  Costs, revenues, and break-even points are discussed.

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Grace Rizza and Tyrone Petrakis developed a plan for an EoC soccer club.  The main goal would be to give inner city children the opportunity to become involved in the soccer scene.  "Club soccer can be very expensive and we feel that less fortunate children should not miss out on athletics because of the high cost.  Athletics are a great learning experience for children and help to develop many skills that can be used throughout their lives on and off the field.  The club [would] not only focus on soccer, but also on getting the children involved in building and giving back to their community." 

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Rachel Manny, Jamie Nunez, Chantal van Esch, and Bradley Coplen created this website during the spring 2008 semester and it has been updated by members of the subsequent class.







Priyanka Falor, Julia Barnhill, Virgil Yanta, and Michael Nance presented a look at microcredit and microfinance. The group focused on the goals of microfinance organizations and examined their performance in seeking to meet those goals. 








Mary-Clare Parker wrote a paper that examines the history of giving and sharing in different cultures, exploring their origins and influences on today's world. 


Kristi Beauchemin’s project is a bibliography that compiles sources about corporate social responsibility, the Economy of Communion, and Catholic social teaching. She hopes that it will be a helpful starting point for people who would like to research those topics more fully.
             -To view the bibliography, please click here.
Katherine Burchfield composed and presented a song and piano arrangement based on Chiara Lubich’s writings. The song is entitled “Unity” and will soon be available on this website.


Alex Bolander created a video skit that comically illustrates the benefits of an EoC business.

 Rafael Nunez created a contact database for members of the EoC and others interested in joining.   He anticipates that it might be used to maintain contact regarding future events.


Megan Jackson and Danielle Hubenak updated and expanded the Facebook group that was created by the previous class. This will act as a network tool for students and others interested in the EoC.






Sarah Bennett, Belen Vinuzea, and Gabriela Garcia created an in-depth project proposal for an EoC company in Equador. They developed a proposal to be presented to the board of directors of Zaimella del Ecuador to encourage its consideration of becoming part of the Economy of Communion. Zaimella ( ) is a baby and adult diaper and family cosmetics company.  Per Gabriela,  "Zaimella is committed to social responsibility as a company, but we would want to see it become the first EoC business in Ecuador."


My paper is a comparison of the EoC with Ayn Rand's philosophy of Objectivism. While an ignorant reader of her fiction may find nothing but disparities between Objectivism and the EoC, there are some striking similarities."

 -Patrick Stephens

Fall 2010
Megan Russell revised the principles of the EoC to apply to the Trinity University softball team. She assessed the areas of strength and improvement regarding ethical actions in the team, created a mission statement and manifesto inspired by those of the EoC, and challenged the team to live up to the standards and ethics established by the EoC.
                         - Click here to view the PowerPoint  
Tiffany Pham incorporated EoC principles into the constitution of the Trinity Women in Science and Technology organization (TWIST). The objective is to bring women in all sciences together. "TWIST believes in an atmosphere of acceptance, where people can share their thoughts openly and honestly while learning from each other."
To see a copy of the TWIST constitution, click here.
          Other Projects in 2010:
  •          Hannah Stringer analyzed the relationship of communion-based business and evolution. She examined socially-responsible companies such as Body Works and Seventh Generation and concluded that people pracice good business because "that's what people are made to do. Mankind is a nurturing and sympathetic breed and the departure of survival of the fittest takes with it the phrase 'nice guys finish last'." Click here for her paper.
  •          Daniel Hernandez Dreyfus created a website for a fictional company, Jam Jam Hostel, based on EoC business principles. Click here to visit the website.
  •          Jordan Snyder analyzed the organizational and socially-responsible objectives of Medtronic, the world's largest medical technology company. Click here to view the powerpoint.


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