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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.


    INFORMO is a civil society non-profit organization particularly focusing on education. The main activities are addressed to impact territorial, business, professional and personal development. Since its establishment, in 2004, Informo gained a valuable experience in organizing and performing trainings and workshops, as well as in contributing to the development and internationalization of local, regional and national projects, through the participation in European and international partnerships.
    Informo’s challenge is to produce an effective contribution to the social development through educational programs that produce visible changes. The association is promoting European values and citizenship by encouraging people to undertake a pro-active role in the society, promoting the values of solidarity and tolerance.

    Country: Croatia

    Contact: www.informo.hr

  • Global Impact Grid (GER-SME)

    Global Impact Grid GbR (GIG) is an advisory network within the social innovation and positive impact realm, focused on fostering synergies as well as helping concepts grow and scale within Europe and beyond.

    GIG has been established in the form of a non-employer firm, which is currently managed by three entrepreneurs (two of whom are coming from and partly still working with Steinbeis University Berlin – Institute Corporate Responsibility Management) and connects several experts. It focuses on the topics of Impact Entrepreneurship, Social Innovation, Responsible Management, as well as Sustainable Development. It supports individual entrepreneurs and innovators, as well as start-ups and SMEs in scaling up their ideas and businesses.

    Country: Germany

    Contact: www.edu-grid.com

  • Vytautas Magnus University (LT-UNI)

    Vytautas Magnus University (VMU) is a comprehensive university with 15 academic divisions: Faculty of Natural Sciences, Faculty of Humanities, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Economics and Management, Faculty of Informatics, Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Catholics Theology, Faculty of Political Sciences and Diplomacy, Faculty of Social Sciences, Musics Academy, Agriculture Academy, Education Academy, Botanical Garden. Institute of Innovative Studies, Institute of Foreign Languages.

    VMU has a reputation as a university with a globally oriented, free-spirited, liberal mindset. The time spent at VMU is a formative step in the lives of our students, facilitating not only career opportunities but also personal growth, strength of character and a sense of self-fulfilment. Studying at VMU means obtaining an all-round education conveying core competencies and abilities such as a broader understanding of global issues and society, the capacity for problem analysis and critical thinking, a spirit of inquisitiveness enabling one to adapt to new knowledge and promoting an attitude of lifelong learning, all of which empower one to make informed judgements as an individual and act confidently as a leader.

    Country: Lithuania

    Contact: www.vdu.lt/en or saulius.mickevicius@vdu.lt

  • Centrifuge (RS-YNGO)

    Center for Social Innovations – Centrifuge is a non-profit and non-governmental organization based in Serbia. Since it was established in 2004, the organisation has been highly motivated to become a part of the peaceful development process in the region and give its contribution to the accession of the Balkan countries to the EU, driven by the notion that young people are catalysts of positive changes in the society. The Centrifuge members are mainly young people with vast experience in activities under Erasmus +/YIA programme, striving to engage our local youth in mobility activities and international projects which give them a chance to cooperate with and learn from youth from across Europe to be able to advocate for better youth work provision at national and international level.

    Centrifuge also implements projects focusing on social inclusion of youth from disadvantaged backgrounds as well as improving relationships among youngsters from countries with differing political systems and religious beliefs. One their main aims is to “wake up”  local youth and incite their active participation in the society by engaging them in actions that involve cross-sectoral cooperation and exchange with a cross-border and a cross-generation dimension. Centrifuge works to develop close interaction with European youth, trying to destroy stereotypes for the sake of better understanding and communication between the young. Finally, the organization is trying to create а friendly atmosphere and foster a spirit of tolerance and human rights between young people from the Balkans, especially from countries which were in conflict in the recent past.

    Country: Serbia

    Contact: https://centarcentrifuga.rs/ 


    “ART OF THE BOX” aims to build a platform for creating a dialogue between the culture of Western Europe and the Western Balkans in an environment that is receptive to art and accessible to an audience that varies from young to old. Build a platform where people can share their beliefs, habits and their experiences. Inspire creative communities by bringing amateur artists (undiscovered talents) into contact with professional artists. Promoting executive, visual and creative art.

    Country: Belgium

    Contact: sino@artofthebox.be and https://www.artofthebox.be/


    ALL DIGITAL is a European association working to enhance digital skills across Europe. It represents 70 member organisations that work with 25,000 digital competence centres – ICT learning centres, adult education centres, libraries, universities etc. – providing training and support in digital skills to 1.5 million people every year. The main strength of ALL DIGITAL network lies in its capacity to reach out at the grassroots level.

    AD supports their members by fostering knowledge sharing and collaboration and by representing their interest to the EU. They create and promote innovative solutions and good practices in the fields of digital skills, digital inclusion, and adult learning. Together with stakeholders on the European level, they succeed in understanding and rethinking digital inclusion and issues affecting it. Their main activities include:

    – Advocating for better EU and national policies.

    – Organising high-level policy events in Brussels.

    – Producing policy documents such as the Digital Competences Manifesto, position statements and policy recommendations;

    – Creating and managing cross-country and cross-sector partnerships with relevant stakeholders to run large training programmes on digital competences in multiple contexts (e.g., employment, social inclusion, active citizenship, etc.);

    – Developing and promoting digital skills learning and assessment tools (e.g., MyDigiSkills, DCDS etc.); and

    – Supporting knowledge & experience exchange, collecting and recognizing best practices.

    They do this through their membership network, projects, two communities of practice (CoPs): DigComp and European Digital Competence Certification, UNITE-IT e-Inclusion network; ALL DIGITAL Awards, and various events, including our flagship European digital inclusion and empowerment campaign All Digital Week and international annual ALL DIGITAL Summit. ALL DIGITAL is currently involved in about 20 projects, most of them co-funded by European Union’s programmes.


    Country: Belgium

    Contacts:  https://all-digital.org/ and contact@all-digital.org

  • Innovadora Stockholm (SWE-YNGO)

    Innovadora Stockholm is a Swedish non-profit organisation, awarded for its international work with projects focusing on projects within arts, education and research in Guatemala, Ethiopia, Serbia, Mexico and Spain.

    Country: Sweden

    Contact: www.innovadora.se and shari.strandmark@innovadora.se

  • ARS – Association for Development and Cooperation (BiH NGO)

    ARS is a registered non-profit organization based in Banja Luka, established formally in 2021, but with long-term expertise in an integrated, sustainable and partnership-oriented development approach to projects. By using interdisciplinary research to understand and inform about new opportunities and innovations in the private, public and civil sectors, ARS offers relevant data on macroeconomic trends, cultural context and best practice in the industry to provide our partners with appropriate solutions. Additionally, the association recognizes that many organizations see sustainability as a peripheral activity, unrelated to their core business functions, and it is their mission to help them see the benefits of putting sustainability at the center of business, through projects in different fields. Therefore, the ARS mission is enabling public, private and civil institutions to move towards sustainability through strategy, implementation of projects in their interest spheres, capacity building and human resources development.

    Country: Republic of Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina

    Contact: info@arsbl.org and https://arsbl.org/

  • BICC – Sandanski (BUL-NGO)

    Description: Association Business Information and Consulting Centre – Sandanski (BICC – Sandanski) is a non-governmental organisation with more than 20 years of experience in the business and social development, training and mentoring in entrepreneurship, financial consulting and B2B services. BICC – Sandanski is a membership association. Currently, the organisation has 35 active members which include private entrepreneurs, business organisations, SMEs and people related to the business and economic development in the region. Our main operation area covers the region of Southwest Bulgaria, an area with growing economic and social development.  In 2008, we became a part of the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) – a European network that involves more than 600 organisations and 4000 skilled professionals from 40 countries.

    Country: Bulgaria
  • Zagreb University of Applied Science (CRO-UNI)

    Description: Zagreb University of Applied Sciences (Tehničko veleučilište u Zagrebu – TVZ) carries out both undergraduate (level 6 in both Croatian NQF and EQF) and graduate (level 7 in both Croatian NQF and EQF) professional study programmes in the field of technical sciences under the slogan “The art of engineering”. The modular approach to the teaching organization at TVZ and the introduction of the new curricula and courses that provide monitoring of the technological changes is what guaranties the continuity and excellence in professional education and leading position in the region.

    Country: Croatia

    Contact: sergej.lugovic@tvz.hr

  • Peshkar (UK-YNGO)

    Description: We are a UK based charity established in 2000 with a commitment to excellence in participatory arts with practice framed around our brand values of ‘participation,’ ‘inspiration,’ ‘innovation’ and ‘progression.’ We expect participants to be inspired by our innovative policy and practice to the extent that one will progress to a higher level of arts engagement either as a persistent audience member, cultural content producer or emerging artist or arts professional. Our main aims are to advance education for the public benefit through the promotion of arts with particular but not exclusive reference to cross art forms working with young people from socially disadvantaged backgrounds.

    Country: United Kingdom

    Contact: David@peshkar.co.uk and http://peshkar.co.uk/

  • College of Tourism (RS-UNI)

    Description: The College of Tourism (Serbia) has been established in 1978 as a high school and has long represented the highest level of education in the hospitality industry of Serbia and the wider region.

    Country: Serbia

    Contact: www.vhs.edu.rs


  • Malta Business Bureau (MT-Business partner)

    Description: Founded in October 1996, the Malta Business Bureau (MBB), is the joint EU-business advisory office of the Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise, and Industry  and the Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association.  It is run by the Malta Business Foundation (MBF) – a board of directors, which is made up of six senior officials, nominated in representation of the Malta Chamber and MHRA. The MBF provides strategic direction to the MBB. Over the past twenty years of service, the results have been remarkable, taking into account the requirements of Maltese businesses and the need for a direct channel linking them to the various EU institutions that are responsible to initiate proposals for a number of wide-ranging policies.

    Country: Malta

    Contact: www.mbb.org.mt

  • Mladi Plus (SLO-Youth Trade Union)

    Description: Mladi Plus is a trade union for students, pupils and unemployed youth (up to 35 years old) and young precarious workers. Mladi Plus protects their rights and interests by aiming to ensure decent work, improve working conditions for precarious workers and spread awareness of the importance of trade-unionism and labour struggle among youth. Mladi Plus are mostly focusing on advocacy, proposals for changed legislation and defending the rights of young people by participating in decision making processes.

    Country: Slovenia

    Contact: tea.jarc@gmail.com

  • Association for Democratic Prosperity – ZID (MON-NGO)

    Description: Our vision is a Society of equal and responsible citizens oriented towards democracy, social values and the balanced development of community. At the moment,  ADP Zid is one of the most powerful civil society organizations in Montenegro. Today, although young people still remain in the focus of our work on very important programs, ADP Zid  develops programs oriented towards quality of life, development and social responsibility of all stakeholders in the community. All of these programs are based on the principles of non-discrimination, lifelong learning and equal opportunities for all, as well as the values that the organization promotes, such as participation, innovation, creativity, solidarity and activism of citizens, especially young people.

    Country: Montenegro

    Contact: www.zid.org.me  & igor_milosevic@zid.org.me

  • CiviKOs Platform (KOS-NGO)

    CiviKos-logoCiviKos Platform – is a cross-sectoral network of civil society organizations in Kosovo aimed at enabling an environment for formal cooperation between civil society and government sector in Kosovo.  Since its establishment, CiviKos platform has been committed to being a voice of civil society organizations in Kosovo, and create a more favorable environment for civil society-government cooperation.
  • ARC Research and Consultancy (MT-SME)

    Country: Malta

    Description: ARC services creative and cultural sectors through practice, production and promotion. We aim to support the development and sustainability of these sectors through collaboration, research, and synergies with local, regional, national and international entities. We collaborate with a network of specialists working on projects including:

    • the setting up, delivering, reviewing and evaluating of funding programmes
    • bid-writing and coordination of EU funded programmes
    • policy and strategy writing
    • event-management

    Contact: www.arcrc.eu , davinia@arcrc.eu



  • European Academy for education and social research (IE-NGO)

    Country: Ireland

    Description: The European Academy for education and social research is an institution addressed at developing a better Europe through the knowledge sharing and a research based use of the Information and Communication Technologies. The European Academy for education and social Research achieves its education aim through the European Projects Academy. The social research, instead, is conducted through the My Europa platform that is based on the results of a research project of the European Projects Association.

    Contact: elena.lugato@academy-europa.euEuropean Academy_short_ok

  • Het Portaal (NET-SME)

    Country: Netherlands

    Description: Running a company or an organisation today is not possible without recognising your social responsibility. Sustainable relationships with your stakeholders are the cornerstone of CSR. Building this kind of connection requires you to communicate in an authentic and transparent way willing to engage in an open dialogue. Dare to listen to your stakeholders and be bold enough to actively find shared goals to achieve in collaboration with them. Using the latest, most efficient tools, Het Portaal builds and maintains the networks and relationships that help you running a sustainable organisation.

    Contact: www.het-portaal.net

  • The League for Education, Culture and Sport (RO-YNGO)

    Country: Romania

    Description: The League for Education, Culture, and Sport is a non-governmental organization created out of the desire of youth to build a better future for the society. Our activities include: trainings, workshops, social theatre, seminars, conferences, round tables, summer and winter camps, festivals, contests. Within “Erasmus+” and other EU programmes, we aim to design and organise different projects, continuously improving the quality of our programmes.

    Contact: www.lecs.ro

  • CALDERA Europe (NO-YNGO)


    Country: Norway

    Description: We are an environmental organization with big ambitions and inexhaustible energy. The name of our organisation originates from the Latin word caldaria, which means “cooking pot”. Thus we strive to “cook and serve” new ideas on how to advocate for sustainability in the most efficient way. Our methodology is mainly based on non-formal education principles where we tend to demystify scientific, artistic, and political languages through projects by gathering scientists, artists, politicians, stakeholders and all other target groups together.

    We strongly support visual media and modern technology as one of the most powerful but also practical means of communication today. Throughout projects and collaborations with our partners, our final goal is to create an easygoing communication that shall be understood and shared by anyone, pointing out problems and needs of modern society, but also possible solutions, when it comes to sustainable development.

    Contacts: bogdan.glogovac@yahoo.com

  • LAB Design and Research Group (POL-YNGO)

    Country: Poland

    Description: LAB Design and Research Group is founded with the aim to create a link between design and technology in an innovative and creative way in order to support the knowledge society strategies in Europe. *LAB’s collective background is based on experience in various design offices and research institutions as well as several institutions of the European Union. *LAB’s main office is currently developing innovative projects on a different scale and themes with the vision of supporting the ongoing development of European citizens towards knowledge society.

    Contact: www.labdrg.eu

  • European Projects Association -EPA (ENGO)

    Country: Belgium

    Description: European Projects Association (EPA) is politically independent nonprofit organization focused on research and development, innovation and internationalization. The use of innovative information and communication technologies is a distinctive characteristic of this leading cooperation network dedicated to the European projects stakeholders. EPA supports the goals of organizations, experts and individuals with a complete set of ICT tools on My Europa platform and services that foster development, effective implementation and efficient dissemination of EU projects. EPA is a recognized innovative actor at the European level as a point in which knowledge and experience meet to create an ideal multimedia environment for the development of European projects.

    Contact: info@europeanprojects.org , www.europeanprojects.org

  • Independent Academic Research Studies – IARS (UK-NGO)

    Country: UK

     Description: IARS is a leading international think-tank with a charitable mission to give everyone a chance to forge a safer, fairer, and more inclusive society. IARS achieves it charitable aims by producing evidence-based solutions to current social problems, evaluating and researching social action, sharing best practices and by supporting young people and the community to shape decision-making. We help organizations to achieve change through the lived experiences of the communities they want to serve.

     Contact: www.iars.org.uk 

  • GAL Molise verso il 2000 (IT-Reg. Agency)

    Country: Italy

    Description: Molise verso il 2000  is a local development agency that works to support and promote the economic, social, business and employment sectors in the inland areas of the Molise region in line with the objectives of the European Economic Community, of the Italian republic and regional development plans, provincial and local governments. Organisation is a local platform representing municipalities, non-profit associations and professional associations from the Molise Region.

    Contact: http://moliseversoil2000.it

  • CCE – Gotse Delchev (BUL-YNGO)

    Country: Bulgaria
    Objectives of the association:  
    • To unite the efforts of all stakeholders in the cultivation and education of adolescents;
    • To motivate the nation to participate more actively in solving the problems of education;
    • To improve the quality of education in the municipality of Gotse Delchev;
    • To support the implementation of modern forms and methods of training;
    • To uphold the traditions in education;
    • To prepare children for the reality of life;
    • To support the fight against delinquency of minors;
    • To support and develop vocational education;
    • To create opportunities for enriching children’s free time with constructive activities;
    • To mediate the establishment of effective partnerships between parents, teachers, students, institutions;
  • Akson 2020 (SLO-YNGO)

    Country: Slovenia

    Description: Zavod AKSON 2020 – Inštitut za razvoj družbe (Institute AKSON 2020 – Institute for social development), is a non-profit organisation founded in December 2012. As a think tank, it promotes social changes when solving the issues which arise in the society at the level of cooperation between different generations, and between communities, governmental institutions and the business sector. We are a new institute with fresh ideas, and our founders have gained many years of experience in various organisations, projects and fields. We deal with the issues that slow down social development, and we look for effective solutions. Our projects enable us to present these issues and solutions to the society. We also develop the models that help us resolve issues – models which provide means to achieve change,  especially in the fields of education, politics, climate change, economic changes, and global security.

    Contact: www.akson2020.si , info@akson2020.si ,  borut.cink@gmail.com


  • PRONI Center (BiH – YNGO)

    Country: Bosnia and Herzegovina

    Description: PRONI Center for Youth Development has a vision that all young people have the ability to develop themselves and equal opportunity to contribute to a democratic and just society in which their needs are acknowledged and resolved. Activism, collaboration and understanding among people are an integral part of the democratic and just society. PRONI Center for Youth Development is a nongovernmental, nonprofit, non-partisan youth organization founded in 1998 working on the development of a democratic society through:

    • Protection and promotion of human rights
    • Youth work in the community
    • Social education
    • Peace-Building
    • Inter-sector cooperation
    • Support youth initiatives
    • Promoting EU integration 

    Contact: www.pronibrcko.ba


  • Institute of Entrepreneurship Development (GRE-NGO)

    Country: Greece

    Description: The IED is an NGO founded in 2005 with a vision to create an environment that promotes entrepreneurship, research & the entrepreneurial spirit and mindset of businesses, establishing long-lasting relationships with the society and the academic community. The primary activities of the IED include, but are not limited to the following: Contribution to the planning and adoption of regional and national policies for economic and social development issues; Undertaking initiatives in the field of research and cooperation; Providing consulting services to disadvantaged groups of the population; Materializing conferences – workshops – seminars; Promotion of economic, cultural and social development; Networking; Conducting studies; Composing and producing electronic and print informative material.

    Contact: www.entre.gr

  • Realisation (CRO-YNGO)

    Country: Croatia

    Description: Association “Realization” is a non-governmental, non-profit youth organisation with a registered office located in Zagreb, Croatia. Association “Realization” was founded in October 2008 by a group of experienced youth leaders and youth workers from Zagreb, Croatia. Our main goals are: Strengthening youth initiatives; Encouragement of personal development; Promotion of non-formal education and lifelong learning; Promotion of European citizenship founded on interculturality, democracy, knowledge and dialogue.

    Contact:  ostvarenje@gmail.com

  • Center for Intercultural Dialogue (MK-YNGO)

    Country: Macedonia

    Description: CID is running the youth support system in the Kumanovo municipality known among youth as the “Multi Култи” youth centers. The main aim of these youth centers is to establish ground for sustainable multi ethnic cooperation by fostering intercultural learning and communication among children and young people. In addition, this is made possible by promoting democratic citizenship and fostering active participation of youth within the main decision making processes of the community. Since the establishment of the first “Multi Култи” Youth Center in 2010, a neutral platform was created where youth from different ethnic backgrounds follow joint activities. The youth work offered by CID annually gathers over 2000 beneficiaries.

    Contact: www.cid.mk , ivana.duca@cid.mk 

  • Supernatural (RS-NGO)

    Country: Serbia

    Description: SUPERNATURAL is one of the leading environmental movements in Serbia. Member of United Nations Global Compact, Slow food, partner of WWF, Friends of the Earth, DC Environmental Network, Europarc federation, Ministry of environment Republic of Serbia, City of Belgrade, and other renowned institutions. Our core values are environment, education, and culture. We believe that combining these three values we will achieve true sustainability. Our vision is the creation of a community that deeply understands and feels the environment, which will lead to a society and lifestyle in harmony with Mother Earth.

    Contact: www.supernatural.rs

  • Toplum Gönüllüleri Vakfı (TR-YNGO)

    Country: Turkey

    Description: Toplum Gönüllüleri Vakfi (TOG) was established in December 2002 as a youth NGO. Every year TOG reaches about 30000 young community volunteers and over 800 projects are being implemented by young community volunteers that are the members of 101 TOG youth organisations (mostly organised by university student clubs) and reache out over 300000 people every year. TOG has 2 Youth Centers in Samsun and Istanbul and 3 Coordination Centers in Diyarbakir, Ankara and Izmir. TOG fosters the principles as respect to differences, accountability, transparency, team work, participation of young people.

    Contact: www.tog.org.tr


    Country: Portugal

    Description: The Association – Movimento Juvenil em Olhão uses the abbreviation MOJU. It was founded on the 16th October, 2007 in Olhão, Portugal. MOJU is a youth association that works at local level, is non-profit making, and independent of all political, syndicalism or religious affiliation. MOJU aims to contribute to the development of a space where young people can express their opinions and participate in decision processes, in an active and sustainable way. We believe that youth involvement in the development of active participation in society is essential to increase the feeling of belonging and to promote a better quality of life of youngsters in their communities.

    Contacts: www.mojuolhao.com

  • The KEY (CYP-YNGO)

    Country: Cyprus

    Description: The KEY is an NGO aiming to offer quality services and opportunities for lifelong learning for the community. We are planning to create a community center accessible to all community members with no restriction, where a range of activities will take place such as seminars, workshops, special interest group activities, intergenerational activities, social, cultural and educational events. The organisation seeks to cooperate with local, national, and international organizations for implementing innovative projects.

    Contact: keycyyouth@gmail.com

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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