The Economy of Francesco is the name of an initiative of Pope Francis in which he invites “young economists, entrepreneurs and change-makers of the world” to address the world’s economic problems. The project seeks to be an explosive source of energy and new ideas for a tired world in need of change.
The primary vehicle for communicating this message is a multilingual website of the same name that presents the results of “listening” to “peoples” and “hearts” to construct a better world. Occasional online events and videos also populate the site and give the appearance of youthful exuberance.
However, not all that glitters is gold. Looking beneath the surface of the project reveals old and familiar errors. While the stated goals might seem laudable, the underlying ideology is questionable. Everything on the site would appear much fresher if its recycled ideas were not so stale.