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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.

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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.

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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.

Tips for Brussels’ Trips vol 4: Moldova

Out of the Box organised and conducted training in Moldova as a part of our “Tips for Brussels’ Trips” program, focused on empowering advocacy and providing the local civil society representatives with the necessary tools that would help them lobby and advocate for human rights at EU level.

A workshop was organised in partnership with Civil Rights Defenders aiming to train civil society organisations in Moldova in navigating through the myriad of institutions and procedures in what is often described as the “EU bubble” to successfully lobby and advocate. The training focused on using appropriate advocacy and lobbying tools suitable for NGO’s in a Moldovan context while also putting these tools into practice in a real life setting. The training will follow up with a field visit to Brussels where the participants will have an opportunity to turn into practice what they learned at the workshop.

The need for this workshop came from the fact that violations of human rights continue to be a major concern in Moldova. Hate crimes against LGBT people, unlawful arrests, abuses of freedom of speech,violence against women, people trafficking, and marginalisation of the Roma community keep persisting as unaddressed issues. Therefore it is all the more necessary that civil society are equipped with the knowledge and skills to lobby for change in Brussels and that is where Out of the Box steps in, providing tools, guidance, experience and expertise.

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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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