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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 last month brought a lot of news for the Out of the Box office. It was a month of new faces, new activities and the start of planning for a new period.

During the past few weeks we have been involved in preliminary / kick-off meetings for SLUSIK, CREST, TAPROOM, Climate Box and Community Challengers projects. We look forward to working in an environment more diverse than ever before.

Furthermore, prior to the end of the year, we have kicked off the process of preparing for the planning period of 2021-2025, following our introduction of Out of the Box Manifesto and with the upcoming introduction of the 4 policy position papers. In light of this, we will be setting in motion changes in our priorities, introducing the 4 main areas of activity:

  1. Alternative Democracies
  2. Fresh Ideas for Social Cohesion and Solidarity Policies
  3. Economy With Social Mission
  4. Sustainability Incubator

Finally, it is our great pleasure to introduce a new face in our office – our Financial and Administrative Officer, Malaz Safarjalani. He studied Financial Management in Damascus and later European Business Economics in the College of Europe, Bruges. He worked with EU funded projects in several startups and non-profits between Brussels and London. He enjoys swimming and bike mechanics. His areas of expertise include development aid, life-long learning, social cohesion, higher education development and internationalisation.  Malaz has been an invaluable addition to our expanding team and we are looking forward to his new energy in our future work.

We hope the next month will bring us more new things to explore!

Our best regards,

OTB Team

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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