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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.

 

 

Social distance does not mean distancing yourself from all matters social. Here at Out of the Box International, we recognise the need for celebration and acknowledgement of results, where they are due.

The ceremony, which took place in Maison D’Istrie on the 4th of August gathered the winners and a small group of people to celebrate the achievements in inclusion, entrepreneurship and innovation.

This year, the jury was composed from the Board Members of Out of the Box International.

This year’s winners were:

 

BEIT, ASBL for their projects aiming to provide the population with an alternative space to live together through culture. The BEIT CLUBs project aims to provide access to culture, art and a varied multicultural literature for all, with particular attention to the Middle East.

More about the initiative: https://www.beitasbl.be/

 

Basim Akasha, and his initiative VOICE Mechelen, aiming to ease the integration of migrants into the community of Mechelen Region, Belgium, reaching about 885 people in the city of Hof van Nassau and the Mechelen region .

 More about Basim and VOICE:

https://www.mechelenblogt.be/2018/07/basim-akasha-wil-bruggenbouwer-zijn

VOICE Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Nonprofit-Organization/Voice-Mechelen-277805439482558/

 

African Gist, an organisation supporting young professionals and entrepreneurs from Africa and its diaspora using digital tools to grow their skills and boost their career or business. helping young professionals, organisations and small enterprises understand and develop their digital skills to support their professional, entrepreneurship and business ambitions.

More about African Gist: https://www.africangist.org/

 

Feras Abo Dabboseh: founder of the first Arabic Bookstore in Brussels. “Lagrange Points” is a young NGO based in Brussels that was founded by a group of people who are interested and passionate in Arabic culture, comprised of students, university teachers, activists, writers and artists. The mission of “Lagrange Points” is to promote Arabic culture via books, in Arabic, and a selection of Arabic books translated into Dutch, French and English.

More about “Lagrange Points”: https://mentproject.eu/feras-abo-dabboseh-founder-of-the-first-arabic-bookstore/

 

Congratulations to the winners!

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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