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The EDI Online Community is an initiative designed to support the development of young professionals and students in the areas of economics, business and politics which are based on the life and teachings of Jesus. We believe that the best way to fight against unhealthy rivalry among and within nations is to establish an economic and political community based on the principles of Jesus.

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 is that when these experiences and principles are applied, they will end up changing and developing the world, 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.

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Economics, Diplomacy and Integrity 2021

Crikvenica, Croatia

24thJUNE - 1st JULY 2021

Inspiring Hope

The EDI forum in Croatia is designed to support the development of leaders with integrity from Croatia and the surrounding countries in the areas of economics, business, and politics  

Helping

through servant leadership, inspiring, encouraging, mentoring, teaching

Organizing

equipping, team building, entrepreneurship, planning

Pursuing

your dreams, your passions, your calling

Engaging

with each other, your community, society, and public policy

Location

Life Center Crikvenica


If arriving in Zagreb International Airport (ZAG), the drive to Life Center is about 2 hours. The Airport Rijeka (RJK) on the Island of Kirk is only about 20 km away. More

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We have limited number of scholarships that cover accomodation costs and reduce conference fee form €700 to €180. Register now to get your scholarship!

Participants: 30 young professionals from the business world, the political sector and the field of social work. Register now to save your spot!

Important Notice: We are unable to provide travel assistance.  

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Speakers

DR. JOSIP LUCEV

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Dr. Justin Kagin

Speaker, EDI Founder

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Rodoljub Orescanin

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Dr. Noemi Mena Montes

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Robert Maricak

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DR. AURORA MARTIN

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Mihaela Kovacs

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    “Great speakers, with valuable lessons. Amazing moments, filled with blessings and thoughts. I found here the motivation to go on, to bring a change in me and in society.”

    - From the EDI Evaluation Form

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    "A place to believe, create, love. A place to smile at every sunshine and to fill ourselves with hope and wonders. A place where friendship is a "must have"...!"

    - Georgiana Bighescu from Romania

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    “This experience was amazing, I learned about leadership, about personality, politics, and friendship.”

    - From the EDI Evaluation Form

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    "Thank you a lot for your friendships, trust in us. Thank you that you encouraged me with good teachers. . .We as a family had a very good time together and to be involved in the team to help! Hope for next year to be here!"

    – Natasa Orescanin from Serbia

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     “EDI is a reunion of warm people - this is why this forum is so special. I was blessed to be a part of this experience, all of the participants and team members helped me to gain confidence in myself.  High professionalism and friendly environment.”

    – From the EDI Evaluation Form

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     “Before I came here, I was upset, but I have met now friends.
    I have a new vision for my life and integrity.” 

    – From the EDI Evaluation Form

Please note that there may be others present who hold very different opinions from yours on a number of important issues.  We require that all who participate in EDI in whatever capacity treat one another with respect at all 

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Speakers

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Dr. Noemi Mena Montes (PhD in Political Communication), Robert Maricak (Business investor and executives' consultant), Dr. Aurora Martin (National Agency for Equal Opportunities, Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs), Dr. Justin Kagin (Founder and director of EDI, University of California at Davis), Momir Blazek (Art Director of MI Design), Dr. Josip Lucev (International Relations and Diplomacy), Mihaela Kovacs (Roma coordinator, President of Baracca), Rodoljub Orescanin (Biznisnova), Mihajlo Trajkoski (Project manager at the NGO LinkAcross), Tihomir Kukolja (Director of Leadership Focus International, Former director of ROM)

Sometimes speakers cannot attend due to various circumstances beyond our or their control, EDI cannot guarantee their attendance. 

Dr. Noemi Mena Montes

Dr. Noemi Mena Montes. Spanish journalist with a PhD in Political Communication. She is a media lecturer-researcher, a consultant on political communication and expert on immigration.  In the past, Noemi Mena has been working as a radio journalist, freelance correspondent and researcher in the Middle East. She has had several research grants for international projects and won an award for migration studies in Spain. 

Robert Maričak

Robert Maričak, business investor and executives' consultant
Former owner of more than 10 companies in 5 countries. One of the companies, run by Robert were in top 1% most profitable for 4 years in Croatia. The company designed, created, and sold high-tech laser printers and utilized Croatian engineers to do so. Hobby is teaching from the Word of God. He has a wife, Carmela, son, Noah, and daughter Victoria.

Dr. Aurora Martin

Dr. Aurora Martin, Academic Lecturer and Researcher in International Relations, Gender Studies, Italian language, culture and politics (Faculty of Political Science, University of Bucharest), Senior Advisor within the Government (National Agency for Equal Opportunities, Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs) and the Parliament of Romania on gender and antidiscrimination policies, Trainer of trainers in the public sector.

Dr. Justin Kagin

Dr. Justin Kagin, Founder and director of EDI. Founder and CEO of Kagin’s Consulting, a consulting firm helping to alleviate poverty worldwide, www.kaginsconsulting.com. PhD in agriculture and resource economics at the University of California at Davis. 

Tihomir Kukolja

Tihomir Kukolja, was born in Pozega, Croatia. He studied, lived and worked in Croatia, United Kingdom, Australia, and the US. He was educated in theology, communications, and radio journalism, and worked as a church pastor, media professional, radio producer and presenter, journalist, humanitarian, and religious liberty activist. For many years (2001-2019) he served as the director of the Renewing Our Minds (ROM) leadership and reconciliation ministry. Recently Tihomir founded a new leadership initiative, Leadership Focus International (Focus) of which he is also the director.

Dr. Josip Lucev

Dr. Josip Lucev holds a PhD degree in Political Science from the Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb. and an M.A. degree in Social Policy from the Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb. He delivered lectures as an external associate in courses on “Political Economy“, “Global and Comparative Political Economy“ and “Development Policies“ at the Faculty of Political Science in Zagreb. Since 2015 he works at Dag Hammarskjöld University College of International Relations and Diplomacy.

Momir Blažek

Momir Blazek, is the CEO, Art Director of MI Design, a graphic design business in Croatia. He has produced advertisements for various businesses, book covers, posters, web pages and magazines.
Mihaela Kovacs, Roma coordinator for Sigisoara. President of Baracca

Mihaela Kovacs

Mihaela Kovacs, Roma coordinator for Sigisoara. President of Baracca

Rodoljub Orescanin

Rodoljub Orescanin, Founder and president of the association Biznisnova, seeking to improve business and investment in Serbia, and Linking Partners, serving the Roma people.

Mihajlo Trajkoski

Mihajlo Trajkoski, Project manager at the NGO LinkAcross, managing a project that provides executive business coaching to SMEs. Bachler’s degree in Marketing from the Faculty of Economics, University of Skopje, Macedonia.

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Location

Babylon Theatre

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The Venue

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Babylon Theatre Marseille 123 Main Avenue Anytown 12345

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Sightseeing

Palais Longchamp

Musée des Beaux Arts

Vieille ville

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Avenue Sonic Theatre

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About us

Economics, Diplomacy and Integrity

Short background

2005 - 2021

Economics, Diplomacy and Integrity (EDI) is an initiative designed to support the development of professionals and students in the areas of economics, business and politics with integrity based on the life and teachings of Jesus. We believe that the best way to fight against unhealthy rivalry among and within nations is to establish an Economics, and political community based on Jesus’s life and principles.  

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, hopelessness, debilitating unemployment, and abject poverty. Our hope is that when these experiences and principles are applied, they will end up changing and developing the region, not just in terms of economics, growth, but through the creation of a community of leaders committed to good economics and politics and most importantly, to each other.

By taking part in EDI with a number of others from several countries you will undertake an intensive and inspiring journey that will enrich you emotionally, intellectually, relationally and spiritually, and motivate you to make a difference in your country and community.  

Throughout these eight days you will engage in activities that will combine both theory and practice. Prominent speakers will lecture to you from fields related to economics, diplomacy and integrity.

In discussions you will synthesize these lectures with the help of the speakers and discuss them amongst your peers. In workshops you will apply principles to practical activities such as actualizing your business or political ideas, business plan writing, formation of political ideas and initiatives, etc. Additionally, teachers and other mentors will encourage you in your personal development and your visions for change. Combined with the academic element will be times of relaxation which will include a trip to the Adriatic Sea, music, sports, recreation, and much more.

EDI Croatia is part of the general EDI gatherings and a now widening movement for change. EDI has been in existence for over 16 years now, beginning as a seven day to two week forum for young leaders in Fuzine, Croatia (now in Crikvenica). Starting six years ago EDI has initiated weekend events on an annual basis for professionals and students in the area of business, politics, these have occurred in Romania, Albania, Serbia, Costa Rica, Israel and the US. Over 900 participants have now attended one of these gatherings over the years.  We hope that you will want to join them!

The History of EDI

In 2006 EDI was established on the foundations of the 12 year peace-building initiative Renewing our Minds (ROM).  ROM evolved out of the need to heal relationships among ethnic groups after the wars in Southeast Europe applying Jesus’ principles as a platform for establishing friendship, forgiveness, reconciliation and lasting peace in the region.  From 2006-2021, the Economics, Diplomacy Seminar (EDS), now Economics, Diplomacy and Integrity Forum (EDI) and regional events hosted over 500 participants, continuing where ROM left off, by adding Economics, and diplomatic principles. Both EDI and ROM are programs under the non-profit organization, Forum for Leadership and Reconciliation (FLR).

Vision

The vision of EDI came about in the summer of 2005 in Fuzine, Croatia. Having been a part of a program there to promote peace and reconciliation following the Balkan war, now with relative peace in the Region, I and my friend from began wondering how to create a place where the principles of Jesus learned through this program could be applied in pragmatic ways. I was then living and working in Croatia and married into a Croatian family so it is interesting to note that this friend was Serbian, a natural enemy.

We were both part of a peace and reconciliation program and wanted to know how to strengthen the relatively new peace in the region and go further to bring an end to corruption, bring hope to youth who were fleeing the region because of high unemployment, and to serve the poor and excluded groups in the region. We wanted to connect young leaders to make a change, to follow Jesus in their life by serving the most needy, and construct a better future. We specifically wanted to do this in areas related to economic diplomacy and integrity; economics, politics, and business with integrity, friendship and peace. We also wanted to give them practical tools such as business plan writing, communications, negotiations, and practical advice and mentorship from local and international business people, lawyers, politicians and other professionals that operated with integrity. These practical tools were missing from their mostly theoretical academics (a product of their top-down communist past). Out of the ashes of war and the aftermath of conflict, EDI was created.

Helping

through servant leadership, inspiring, encouraging, mentoring, teaching

Organizing

equipping, team building, entrepreneurship, planning

Pursuing

your dreams, your passions, your calling

Engaging

with each other, your community, society, and public policy

Values

Jesus’s 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 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.

Network

In our EDI network we have over 900 people who have attended the EDI Forum in Croatia or the extended weekend EDI Forums in Romania, Albania, and Costa Rica. Those attending EDI in Israel would be integrated in our networks and would continue to positively influence family, friends and institutions/networks they currently lead or would create. Concretely they would hopefully start new businesses, have new insight on integrity in their current work place, make practical differences among the poor and needy, and have hope that they can make a difference in their country’s economic and political system.

Register NOW!

We have limited number of scholarships that cover accomodation costs and reduce conference fee form €700 to €180. Register now to get your scholarship!

Participants: 30 young professionals from the business world, the political sector and the field of social work. Register now to save your spot!

Important Notice: We are unable to provide travel assistance.  

Have a question? Need assistance? Feel free to send us a message: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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For additional information about EDI and the history about the parent organization FLR Visit: www.forumlr.org

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EDI is sponsored by the ECPM, Vacaville Rotary, Lake Forest Rotary, Zagreb Metropolitan Rotary and other private donors.