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Out of the Box International develops a tailor made open data model and policies based on open digital environment which is transparent, accountable and secured.

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Out of the Box International works with already existing hubs, various local and national stakeholders and social entrepreneurs in order to further develop and promote successful social entrepreneurship policies and practices.

Solidarity Europe

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Out of the Box International delivers expertise in the field of cohesive policies by using cross-sectorial approach and non-formal  education, in a global perspective.

European Project

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Out of the Box International  works further to enhance current cooperation in South East Europe region and actively supports the integration of all European countries in common European project.

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Between 5th and 7th of December  the Advocacy Visit “Tips for Brussels’ Trips” was organised by Out of the Box International in cooperation with  Civil Rights Defenders for Human rights activists from Belarus at European Institutions. During the visit, delegates from the Association of Journalists, the Barys Zvozskau Belarusian Human Rights House and the Human Rights Centre Viasna had meetings with six Members of European Parliament and representatives of DG NEAR and EEAS.

In the past two years, Belarusian authorities have taken certain steps toward reducing violent repression against civil society activists, human rights defenders, participants of peaceful assemblies and independent journalists; however, no systematic change has been undertaken, and the repressive legislation remains in place. The latest reaction of the Belarusian authorities to the European Parliament resolution on Belarus adopted on 24 November 2016, shows that the resolution itself is seen as unfriendly and unconstructive. This also  reveals that Belarus is still reluctant to undertake meaningful steps directed at the full implementation of fundamental human rights and freedoms and the rule of law in the country.

 

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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