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In 2005, Economics, Diplomacy and Integrity (EDI) was born out of the prayer of two friends, one Jewish American and the other Serbian, as a response to what to do to help the Balkan region now that the wars in the 90s were over and there was an apparent economic and political need to rebuild the nations of Southeast Europe.
The solution that came was to apply Jesus’s life and principles to change our nations in the fields of economics, politics, and economic relations between ethnic groups and nations. 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 was and 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 and God.
Following His way, together we want to develop visions of change, using new tools, new ideas, and new hope. And we want to do this as co-workers and friends. That is what EDI does. Let us not sit passive, or idle while corruption, poverty, unemployment and other similar ills grip our lands and destroy our people. We are at a crucial time, so let us take hold of this hope together, opening our minds, extending our arms of friendship, and letting our creative ideas and love flow together.
The two-week Economics, Diplomacy and Integrity (EDI) Forum in Fuzine, Croatia is a growing experience that is inspiring and challenging. Many creative ideas motivate participates to have their own EDI, in their own city or town. EDI conferences are organized by an EDI Forum participant.
They are responsible for all content, finding donors, speakers and sending invitations. The 3-day conferences have been very successful and achieves the hope to be the positive change where we live and be ambassadors for a better world.