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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.

Serbia, but also the entire region of the Balkans, is a place long-isolated from the rest of Europe.The  narrative of fear and populism became the only truth citizens know and recognize. That truth is full of phobias, misconceptions about others and brimming with Euroscepticism. Many citizens don’t see what benefits EU brings to them. The last pools about the acceptance of the EU show that over 77% of citizens are still skeptical about Serbian future in the EU (Dec 2016, Government of RS). It is similar in other Non-EU partner countries. The municipality of Vracar (Belgrade) recognized this as a big problem and decided to have local response by starting the European Month celebration in order to celebrate European heritage and promote European Citizenship. We want to involve municipalities of partner organizations in this project and create real European experience. The aim of Europe Talking is to involve students into discussion about European citizenship and promote European values in order to fight Euroscepticizm.

The project will consist of preparation, the event and the follow up campaign. The event in Vracar will bring together students from 5 countries who will engage for 4 days in experiencing/learning about basic EU values, European citizenship, Euroscepticism and EU history. The event will consist of a training, a public event and the planning of the follow up. They will prepare a public event called Europe Talking in a form of “living library” presentations.

The project is supported by the Europe for Citizens programme.

 

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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