In the last blog entry, I wrote about part of The New Economy we propose. The essence revolves around a much more simplified, small-scale humanitarian approach. Today I met with Professor Mike Griffin from Holy Cross College in South Bend, Indiana. He, too, is interested in a major shift in the economy. What he proposes is an “Economy of Communion.” That is, the essence of transactions in this kind of economy would be centered on the common good. For instance, Professor Griffin is in the formulating stages of a class about the importance of exploring the dimensions of local agriculture. He would expose students to the concepts of local farmers growing for the local community and selling the food through local grocers, farmer’s markets, community sponsored agriculture… It is in this, that the interdependence between farmer and community members grows exponentially — bringing everyone is strong “communion” with each other. This only makes sense. Spiritual sense. Note: Professor Griffin is also a strong proponent of “fair trade,” which is about bringing us more in “communion” with our brothers and sisters in the Third World. Fair Trade promotes the selling of such things as coffee, clothes, arts & crafts… at “fair” prices to help farmers and artisans in poorer countries. Investing in things like fair trade is “putting flesh on the concept of love,” Professor Griffin added… Professor Griffin is a “friend of the Catholic Worker” in South Bend. The Catholic Worker was started by Dorothy Day. In her book Loaves and Fishes, Ms. Day writes that “poverty has many faces” and we must continually ask, not only how we are to help the poor in the immediate, but why the poor are poor systemically. And when we figure that out, then we are to, well, change the system(s). The New Economy we are working on, does this in spades.