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Open Digital Europe

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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.

Social Businesses

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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.

 

From 30th of November to 9th of December, we organized the Out of the Box Week, as a space for experts, stakeholders and various organisations to exchange and discuss their innovative ideas in the field of policy development in Education, Internet and Social Entrepreneurship.

The programme included 7 different events with more then 50 experts, educators, activists and lobbyists and was organized in several locations in Brussels.

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We started the week with a transnational meeting of a long-term project on democracy in organisations, promoting a Toolkit to help organizations improve meaningful participation, quality management and outreach.

The week continued with the meeting of our Expert Pool to discuss innovative approaches in European Policy Development, Training and Social Entrepreneurship, feeding the organisational policy strategies and services. In addition internal training on Winning Personality offered space for personal development of our team, exploring the concepts of intrinsic and extrinsic motivation.

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For two days we offered workshops to the stakeholders based in Brussels, presenting innovative policy solutions using cross-sectorial cooperation, advantages of digitalization in society and possible tools, as well as inspirational ideas in social entrepreneurship. We also presented tips in building and management of community of practice, and learned about innovative educational practices and tools.

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Many activities and innovative moments were part of this event, and in summing up our outcomes and impressions we can say that:

  • We stretched a 7 day week to 9 days
  • Exchanged over 219 ideas
  • Organized 5 visits and workshops within European Institutions
  • Provided 15 expert workshops and networking events
  • Engaged with more than 60 participants
  • Had 17 Advocacy meetings with the European Parliament and the European Commission on Human Rights issues.
  • Developed 3 policy papers in the topic of Education, Internet and Social Entrepreneurship
  • Spent in total 82 working hours discussing innovative approaches to European policy development

17 ADVOCY MEETINGS

Thank you all for taking part of it!

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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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