The first cluster meeting of the HEST Program.
The first cluster meeting of the HEST programme has finally taken place on January 16, at the IQS facilities in Barcelona, thus becoming the starting pistol for the rest of the clusters. The cluster to take the lead has been the one on Economy, Poverty and Ethics. Dr. José Sols Lucia, one of the coordinators of the Cluster, welcomed us to his university and guided us during the whole meeting.
It was a particularly significant moment for all of us who are working in this HEST adventure. The main goal of the meeting was to dream of what we wanted to achieve with this cluster in the next three years and contextualize and concretize in key action steps and activities.
10 people participated in the meeting:
• Javier Arellano (Universidad de Deusto)
• Pedro Caldentey (Universidad Loyola Andalucía)
• Eoin Carroll (Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice, Dublin)
• Dariusz Dankowski SJ (Jesuit University Ignatianum in Krakow)
• Marta Ramos (Universidad Pontificia Comillas)
• Albert Evrard SJ (Université de Namur)
• Mihály Borsi (IQS - Ramon Llull University)
• José Sols (IQS - Ramon Llull University)
• Frank Turner SJ (Delegate for the Intellectual Apostolate)
• José Carlos Romero (Universidad Pontificia Comillas - HEST coordinator)
The meeting was divided in three main parts: in the first one, José Carlos Romero presented the general lines of the HEST programme, with its 7 thematic clusters and its clear orientation towards the collaborative work between the higher education centres of the Society of Jesus in Europe and its social centres.
After a fruitful round of questions, which helped clarify some aspects related to the programme, we proceeded to a second part in which Dr. Pedro Caldentey explained the context and some possible lines of research for the cluster. Again, the presentation gave rise to an interesting exchange of views on the course of the cluster.
Finally, we faced the last part of the meeting that sought to concretize the research question and propose the next steps to take.
We finally chose this general research question: No one will be left behind: How can we promote justice and common good in global economy? Ideas and practices to build inclusive and sustainable societies: Beyond the paradigm of competition and self-interest.
We also defined a transversal approach to that question: A common analytical and critical perspective: a preferential option for those living at the margins
And we decided to look for specific questions with a narrower and more defined approach according to one or more of the following perspectives:
• Theological and Philosophical perspective.
• Public policy/Legal perspective.
• Business perspective
• Economic perspective.
• Cultural perspective.
• Ecological perspective.
In order to close the final formulation of the research, we decided that each of the assistants would send to Pedro and José their feedback to the draft proposal.
Afterwards, the Programme and the Cluster coordinators would work in a concept note from those feedbacks. The note will include the final formulation of the questions and the vision of the Cluster together with concrete proposals on research teams organization, outputs and timelines.
The meeting ended with a kind farewell to everybody. The cluster is already running, or better said, flying! An exciting research process is waiting for us.