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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.

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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.

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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.

Press Release: “New European Commission: Expectations and Concerns”, Brussels, 23 October 2014

Out of the Box International welcomes the vote during European Parliament plenary session in Strasbourg during which Jean-Claude Juncker’s college of Commissioner’s has been approved.

“After weeks and months of sometimes unnecessary political bickering, the new Commission can finally assume its responsibility and act on the pressing economic, social and environmental issues. Some of the Commissioners have highly doubtful credibility to deal with the portfolio they have been assigned to – think of Caneta or Navracsic. Despite of the fact that “citizenship” has been removed from Navracsic’s portfolio, his closeness to the now openly authoritarian Hungarian PM is a cause of great concern. Caneta’s lame attempts to distance himself from fossil fuel industry haven’t reassured a skeptical European public about his nomination.

Nevertheless, Out of the Box strongly believes that the Juncker-Timmermans team has a historic opportunity to turn the Commission from a powerless broker among influential Member States into an agile, pro-active and visionary executive branch of the Union. Juncker’s attempts to streamline the work of the college of commissioners will soon be tested; it was certainly a step in the right direction. More than ever, Europe needs a strong European Commission.

As a think-tank, which focuses on innovative social policies, we strongly hope that the incoming Commission will recognize the importance of stimulating new, innovative ways of tackling some persistent economic and social issues. The announced investment plan is certainly a sine qua non of sailing out of the treacherous waters of recession and sluggish recovery, but it is far from panacea. Europe needs to reinvent itself and face down staggering youth unemployment, looming energy crisis, and persistent social exclusion. European civil society has the capacity to act and the will to be at the heart of this process. We hope that Juncker’s Commission will not lag behind.”

 

Marko Paunovic

Programme Director

Out of the Box International

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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