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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.

The project “Honeycomb of Participation in National Level Youth Organizations” addressed one of the key issues in national-level youth organizing: the aspect of real, effective and meaningful participation, quality management and outreach. From January till December 2015 Out of the Box International closely cooperated with Center for Intercultural Dialogue-Macedonia (Lead Partner), CIM Horyzonty-Poland and TOG -Turkey with the aim to strengthen the capacity and sustainability of youth organizations by developing the competences of their democratic leadership and management structures for national level operations. The project was realized under the programme: Erasmus+, Key Action 2 Strategic Partnership in the field of Youth.

In addition to developing a common understanding of the concepts related to democratic leadership in national level youth organizations, other objectives of the programme included raising participants’ awareness about the value of youth structures – their role and impact as democratic leaders within society, as well as developing participants’ understanding and knowledge of various forms of youth participation. Furthermore, participants were supported in analyzing and developing both their own leadership, civic competences and relevant management skills and their organizations’ internal processes and mechanisms in order to strengthen their work as national level youth organizations.

Besides aiming at producing an internal change in youth organizations’ work, the final outcomes of the project include a publication on ‘State of Play of National Level Youth Organisatons’ and a Training Kit on Organizational Management.

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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