Sunday, 15 May 2022

    Entrepreneur for social justice

    Melbourne’s Natalia Teguhputri is preparing to take her knowledge and passion to Italy as one of 2000 young entrepreneurs, economists and change-makers attending the Economy of Francesco summit, ACBC Media Blog reports.

    Ms Teguhputri, who was born in Indonesia and now works in finance, is deeply committed to various community development causes, including in the provision of clean water, sanitation and hygiene in developing areas.

    She said the Economy of Francesco event, including a smaller gathering on the opening two days that she’s been invited to attend, will be an opportunity for her to share some of her own experience, as well as gain wisdom from others.

    “I hope to share about my experience building a social justice movement in a corporate world, to openly admit that, yes, profit is important, but sustainable profit is more so,” she said.

    “The sustainable way of doing business in today’s world is to have social justice and the environment at its heart.

    “I also hope to learn how others are finding applicable ways in their own context for a new inclusive economic model. I believe that commerce, faith and mission intersect well, so it is really our calling as practitioners – in my case as a cost analyst in the property development industry – to be finding real ways how our work can contribute to others’ wellbeing.”

    Ms Teguhputri said while many aspects of Pope Francis’ pontificate have been acclaimed and memorable, she sees economic wisdom in his teaching.

    “We all share a common home, and so that means we can’t really say the problem of other people are not ours, too,” she explained, citing a lesson from the Pope.

    “We all have duty to help serve the common good in the local and global community,” she said.


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