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Innovative Europe

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Empowering business models with a social component, cross-sectorial cooperation for innovative policy solutions in order to increase the quality of life and participation especially of excluded groups.

Solidarity Europe

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Vigorously addressing negative tendencies caused by economic crisis such as youth unemployment, increasing xenophobia towards ethnic minorities and immigrants, lack of interest for sustainability issues.

Educated Europe

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Creating tools and policies in Education & Learning, Advocating, and building a knowledge-based society by creating new tools to empower non-formal and informal learning.

Out of the Box International is a International Social Enterprise and Network which brings together different actors working on social innovation and advocating for a more solidar Europe, with a main mission to provide fresh ideas and solutions acting as a catalyst for positive changes across Europe.

Vision: Out of the Box International stands for a Europe of innovation and solidarity powered by a dynamic economy based on social  where everyone has equal access to democratic and social life.

Mission: The mission of ‘Out of the Box International’ is to develop and shape innovative policies in social entrepreneurship, social cohesion, digitalization, and further enhancement of the European project.

Our Member Organisations are Expert Non-Governmental Organisations, Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs), Municipalities and Universities ensuring a variety of expertise and experience in building different kind of innovative social projects. We are experts in different EU policy areas such as cohesive policies, social entrepreneurship, Open digital environment and enlargement.

We believe that innovation, fresh ideas and active involvement of citizens in the political process together represent the sine qua non of making our societies better, fairer,more sustainable and just. The Headquarters of the organization are based in Brussels.

Why Out of the Box International

The seemingly ever-lasting depression of European economies has shaken the very foundations of many European societies. The shear rate of unemployment in Europe and the omnipresent environmental crisis coupled with the often frustratingly slow process of decision making in the EU, are calling for civil society actors to step in and fill the void.

In the aftermath of the 2008. economic crisis, the apprehension of falling under the spell of apathy of economic depression across the continent has not been easy to shake off. However, pinpointing the culprits for the current state of affairs on any particular EU decision maker is not the answer. Nonetheless the fact remains that the current approach to the economic and environmental crisis hasn’t yet shown the affected citizens the light at the end of the tunnel.

As representatives of the civil society we feel the need to make our voice heard in the midst of the current debate on economic crisis. Being a social enterprise we offer new and feasible ideas in education and community work, creative cross-sectorial cooperation among different actors and strong networking coalitions to turn these dire economic challenges into possibilities through social entrepreneurship initiatives which aim at benefiting wide range of citizens, particularly vulnerable groups and those affected by the economic crisis.

Social entrepreneurship is a simple concept that has been put into practice by civil society actors for the benefit of a specific social group or people, and this is precisely what we want: to create projects and initiatives with fresh ideas in different policies, educational programs or tools, support businesses, empower cultural initiatives and offer different solutions to individuals, corporate bodies, everybody who believe that we can have more Creative, Innovative and Cohesive Europe.

 

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