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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.

How to support refugees in Brussels

As you are certainly aware by now, the war in Syria and the Middle East, displaced millions of people, with hundred thousands refugees across Europe. If you are based in Brussels, you are most probably aware of the recent arrival of many refugees from these countries, who running away from the war ended their travel in this city.

Volunteers, Red Cross, Doctors without border and many organizations and individuals are already supporting the refugees within asylum centres across Belgium.

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Out of the Box team, got hands on and visited the Maximillien hall next to Gare du Nord station, where many volunteers provide support, activities, aid and classes for refugees.  As we’ve been contacted by many that want to help in contact with the coordinators of donations and volunteers we are providing some tips on how to support the refugees in Brussels:

  1. Check what’s needed? Don’t just take stuff out of your closet, just because you are not wearing them anymore. You can always stop by the Maximillien hall where donations are taken and ask what is needed. Also check the platform we can help, which is an interactive website where you can also get an information about the help needed, as well as post what you can donate or how you can volunteer.
  2. Join the citizens’ platform: Since a month ago citizens and activists started a platform for coordination of activities and initiatives of solidarity with the refugees and the unregistered migrants in Brussels. Their work is organised in thematic groups and you can help in many possible ways: from providing logistic support and on ground volunteering (teaching, animation activities) up to advocacy work and fundraising. Get an up to date information about the ways you can help and support you can provide by visiting their website and facebook page
  3. Host a refugee: Is you have a spare room or bed, can be a warm welcoming for a person fleeing war, and a great learning opportunity for you. By visiting the www.bxlrefugees.be you can find out more information about hosting.
  4. Join the social network support groups: To be able to follow closely, try to join some of the online communities that are coordinating people that want to donate or volunteer. Facebook groups such as ‘Help the refugee in Brussels’ ,  ‘Community support for refugees in Belgium’ and Civic Platform for Support of Refugees  can help you get a better orientation.

SPREAD THE WORD! Finally you can also help by spreading a positive word, raising awareness to open people’s hearts in accepting the refugees, and combat the spread of xenophobia.

 

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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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