Towards a Convivial Economy

INTRODUCTION


The Report Towards a Convivial Economy is a result of the second phase of elaborating and sharing concepts and practices of conviviality – the art and practice of living together in solidarity and making sustainable communities possible.

This process of critical reflection about community diakonia in Europe started in 2011. It has been coordinated by the Lutheran World Federation Department for Mission and Development – Europe Desk in cooperation with International Academy for Diaconia and Social Action (Interdiac) in Český Těšín, Czech Republic.

Diaconal practitioners from all three LWF regions in Europe created Solidarity Group, conducted a series of workshops, shared their experiences and developed new models of diaconal ministry in the context of current social, political and economic challenges.

The reflections on convivial economy presented in this report are not only the result of the five years long process but they refer directly to the current situation in Europe and in the world.

The value of this report lies not only in the fact that it precisely describes mechanisms of social injustice related to the economy, but suggests concrete ways of overcoming them.