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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.

  • Marta Lima

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    Country: Portugal

    BIO: The psychology academic background set the pace for growing into a nearly 10 years professional experience within gender violence and gender equality issues, both on collective social intervention, as well on individual intervention trough victim support methodologies. As a freelance educator and trainer, has worked for the last decade within private sector organizations on human resources projects, as well as on the civil society and public sector managing projects that promote peace and  equality, empower and motivate people from all ages within a multicultural context.

    Areas of expertise: training, human resources, gender 

    Contact: costalima.marta@gmail.com

  • Sofia Martins

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    Country: Portugal

    ​​BIO: Trainer, consultant, and project coordinator on the issues of sexual health and rights, healthy behaviors, inclusion and youth activism. Engaged also in the topics of social entrepreneurship at local level, active citizenship, youth initiatives, volunteering, and mobility.​​ ​Coordinator of projects aiming to create cross-sectorial and participatory youth strategies ​through structured dialogue.

    Areas of expertise: ​​Sexual Health & Rights; Youth participation, ​Cross-sectorial and integrative policies

    Contact: sofiamartins3@gmail.com​

     

  • Cecilia Garding

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    Country: Sweden

    BIO: I am a Swedish south African with a masters degree in political science and ethnology. I was a political expert for the Department of Justice, 2006-2007. I later created a book, opera and a film; ”We are like Oranges” against afrophobia which awarded me the title ”Women inspiring Europe 2014” and the movie won ”Best Foreign Film” in LA Femme Film festival 2014.

    Areas of expertise: Culture, Social inclusion, fighting extremism in Europe

    Contact: www.ceciliagarding.se

  • Triin Adamson

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    Country: Estonia

    BIO: I work as a free-lance journalist and project manager. Currently, as a PR and marketing specialist and running my own company. I truly hope that with the fresh mindset and energy we’re able to bring a positive change to decision-making as well and through that form a better and stronger European community as such.

    Areas of expertise: Project and NGO management, Media (journalism), Entrepreneurship

    Contact: adamson.triin@gmail.com

  • Pavel Trantina

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    Country: Czech Republic

    Bio: A scout and past president of the Czech Council of Children and Youth, Pavel has a rich experience from the non-profit sector, as well as from the public administration. Currently he is the first President of the European Alliance for Volunteering, since 2006 a member of the European Economic and Social Committee (advisory body to the European Parliament, Commission and Council), freelance in EU project management. More at www.paveltrantina.eu

    Areas of expertise: Volunteering policies, Non-formal education and its recognition, Youth employment and employability

    Contact: pavel@trantina.cz

     

  • Jasmin Jasarevic

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    Country: Bosnia and Herzegovina

    BIO: He is a General Manager of PRONI, with more then 15 years of experience in working with democratisation and peace building in Bosnia and Herzegovina, especially in youth activism, civil society and policy development. Jamin has been working as trainer with civil society actors in Western Balkans and he is familiar with EU programmes as ERASMUS, IPA, etc. As an expert, he delivered more than 60 trainings for civil society activists, cooperating with many institutions such are SIDA, UNDP, Forum Syd, CARE International, etc. He is a President of Steering Board of Anna Lindh Foundation (BiH Network) and previous member of Steering Board of BiH NGO Council. Since 2013, he is a Country Director for leading American youth NGO, YouthBuild International and their office in BiH.

    Areas of expertise: Intercultural dialogue, Conflict transformation, Social inclusion

    Contact: jjasarevic@gmail.com

     

  • Danijela Matorčević

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    Country: Croatia

    Bio: Actively involved in civil society work (leadership, management, training and consulting) since 1998 on local (Croatia and Serbia), SEE regional, European and international level. Possesses MA degree in Psychology and EU studies. Currently active as a freelance trainer and educational advisor in several local and national organisations and as a member of following pools of trainers and accredit ors: National Agency for Erasmus+ Youth in Action  Croatia; SALTO-YOUTH SEE RC; Council of Europe, Directorate of Democratic Citizenship and Participation / Youth Department; Croatian Youth Network; South East European Youth Network;

    Areas of expertise: Active (youth) participation and active (European and global) citizenship; Organisational and project strategic leadership and management; Inclusion and intercultural learning, dialogue and acceptance

    Contact: danijela.juric@gmail.com

  • Simona Muršec

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    Country: Slovenia

    Bio:I’m a devoted Human Rights Education trainer and facilitator of participatory youth policy processes. In the last years I have gained extensive experience working inter-continental, with the focus on Africa-Europe Youth Cooperation Process and spaces of Global Education. I am an expert in Structured Dialogue and other forms of participatory structures and processes of co-decision and co-management. 
I am very passionate about intercultural and international work, as well as foreign languages, traveling and above all working with and learning from people.

    Areas of expertise: Participatory Policy Creation; Global Education and Human Rights Education; Advocacy and Negotiations in institutional contexts

    Contact: smursec@gmail.com, www.simonamursec.com

  • Aleksandra Gligorović

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    Country: Montenegro

    Bio: Actively involved in civil society work since 1998. Currently, freelance trainer and consultant. Biologist by formal education, human rights activist in practice and heart. UNDP Consultant for development of Local Social Inclusion Plans / Plans for Social Services Development for 15 municipalities in Montenegro (2011-2014); SALTO SEE accreditor for European Voluntary Services; Regional advisor in Fund for Active Citizenship; Training manager in SOS Podgorica, member of SEEYN training pool.

    Areas of expertise: Policy development, Capacity building, Social services, Gender

    Contact: aleksandragligorovic.mne@gmail.com

     

  • Ehsan Norouzi

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    Country: Iran/Germany
    Bio: Ehsan Norouzi is an Iranian techno-politics journalist at Deutsche Welle, in a group of young Iranian journalists who are monitoring social media and Iranian users’ activities on cyberspace and covering its political and social impacts, besides running training programs on web security, privacy and online censorship circumvention. He studied computer engineering in Iran, and since the disputed election in June 2009, he’s been living in Berlin, Germany. Since then, he’s worked as a freelance journalist and Internet Freedom/Cybersecurity consultant on different ICT projects related to censorship and Internet Governance, mostly focused on Iran and Middle East.
    Areas of expertise: Internet censorship, Internet security, Multimedia journalism
  • Ludo Keizer

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    Country: All over the world

    Bio: Mister Mindshift, is what I was called a while back. I kind of like that title. I travel the world to trigger people and organisations on leadership and innovation. I like to challenge myself and others to do better: to be more sustainable, more loving and caring, more inclusive, and smarter. I’ve worked with many CEO’s of top-500 companies, start-ups, and all kinds of youth NGO’s. I care about the developing world, internet freedom and equality.

    Areas of expertise: Internet, Leadership, Diversity

    Contact: www.ludokeizer.com

  • Ela Jakubek

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    Country: Poland

    Bio: I am an individual with passion for groups, and I am driven by the idea of being part of processes where groups (and individuals in those groups!) develop and discover new possibilities. As I equally enjoy and suffer from global interdependencies, I happily engage in initiatives that allow me to work in this area in my capacity of trainer or facilitator.

    Areas of expertise: facilitating organisational development, group processes and group dynamics, development education / global justice, citizenship and participation.

    Contact: e.jakubek@gmail.com

  • Maram Anbar Hassan

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    Country: Spain/Egypt

    Bio: I am a passionate trainer and a citizen of the world. I have worked with many interlocutors on social change, capacity building, and personal development using NLP tools and learning to learn methodology.

    Areas of expertise: inter-religious/inter-cultural dialogue, gender, and social inclusion

    Contact: maram@rocketmail.com

  • Igor Jojkić

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    Country: Serbia

    Bio: In the last four years Igor was engaged as program officer in USAID’s Economic Security Project in Serbia. Now works as training coordinator in Center of Modern Skills in Belgrade. Also he is engaged as international senior consultant in the area of communication and public relations with extensive training and mentoring experience in Eastern Europe.

    Areas of expertise: Education, Public Relation, Policy

    Contact: igor.jojkic@gmail.com  

  • Bogdan Glogovac

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    Country: Serbia/ Norway

    Bio: I am a biologist with a broad experience within two different branches of ecology. I hold two masters degrees, one in ecology, and one in marine biology. My working experience is mainly related to projects related to global warming, sustainable development, ecology, and protection of the environment. However, I have worked in media for 6 years as author or actor at national television of Serbia, RTS.

    Areas of expertise: Ecology, Education, Media

    Contact: Bogdan.glogovac@gmail.com

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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