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1 A brief historical sketch of the Global Ignatian advocacy Networks (GIAN) November June 2011

2  September 2005: workshop on Violence and War  World Social Forum: Nairobi, January 2007  Common Apostolic Discernment June 2007  Jesuit NGOs and Institutions November 2007  Pre-Foro, Belem January 2009

3  Decree 3, n 28 ‘…complexity of the problems we face and the richness of the opportunities offered demand that we build bridges between rich and poor, establishing advocacy links of mutual support between those who hold political power and those who find it difficult to voice their interests.’’

4  SJ: multinational corporations, HQ in Rome; affiliates around the world…  Widespread grassroots organisations in contact with low-income, disadvantaged, marginalised  Largest pool of knowledge, expertise, etc in contact with decision makers

5  Tap into the potential capacity to influence public policy for the common good  Build on already existing advocacy work, diverse, contextual, effective

6  45 participants; Jesuits, religious congregations, directors of works, lay collaborators  Share advocacy experiences, perspectives, insights  Input from experts  Identification of themes: x 5  Discernment  commitment

7  Social apostolate coordinators, May 2009  Presidents of Conferences  Meeting of leaders of networks  Aproval by Fr. General  Financial Support from Porticus (January 2011)  Preliminary Workshop, Rome 2011  General Workshop, Loyola 2011

8  At El Escorial:  SJ= a universal body, called to work together  Networking not an option but a necessity  ?Does common action benefit all involved?  Some elements:  Insertion in the lives of the poor, marginalised  Rooted and anchored in the Spiritual Exercises  Discernment, study, analysis, reflection  Sent on mission (call of the King): to the frontiers, etc.,

9  Lucia Rodriguez, et al  Thank you very much for your attention!


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