Economic Diplomacy and Integrity (EDI) Online is an initiative designed to support the development of professionals and students in the areas of economics, business and politics with integrity based on the life and teachings of Jesus. We believe that the best way to fight against unhealthy rivalry among and within nations is to establish an economic and political community based on Jesus’s life and principles.
Principles like integrity, moral leadership, service to the community, a focus on the poorest and their needs, faith, and transparency can help combat corruption, selfishness, youth hopelessness, debilitating unemployment, and abject poverty. Our hope is that when these experiences and principles are applied, they will end up changing and developing the region, not just in terms of economic growth, but through the creation of a community of leaders committed to good economics and politics and most importantly, to each other.
By taking part in EDI online with a number of others from several countries you will undertake an intensive and inspiring journey that will enrich you emotionally, intellectually, relationally and spiritually, and motivate you to make a difference in your country and community.
Throughout these ten weeks you will engage in activities that will combine both theory and practice. Prominent speakers will lecture to you from fields related to economic diplomacy and integrity.
In discussions online you will synthesize these lectures with the help of the speakers and discuss them amongst your peers. In virtual workshops you will apply principles to practical activities such as actualizing your business or political ideas, business plan writing, formation of political ideas and initiatives, etc. Additionally, teachers and other mentors will encourage you in your personal development and your visions for change.
EDI online is part of the general EDI gatherings and a now widening movement for change. EDI has been in existence for over 10 years now, beginning as a ten day to two week forum for young leaders in Fuzine, Croatia. Starting four years ago EDI has initiated weekend events on an annual basis for professionals and students in the area of business, politics, these have occurred in Transylvania, Romania, Tirana, Albania and San Jose, Costa Rica. Over 500 participants have now attended one of these gatherings over the years.