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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.

“Community Challengers: towards sustainable and climate-smart communities through arts and social entrepreneurship”

On the 11th of November, 2021, Out of the Box International, together with the partners of the Community Challengers Project, has officially kicked-off the process for the development of the Intellectual Output 4 of the project: The Advocacy Tutorials on Climate Action with a consultation workshop with the youth workers participating in the training, organised by the DYPALL Network on 7th – 13th November 2021 in Portimão (Portugal).

With twelve youth workers and trainers from partner organisations gathering to provide feedback and practice the Community Challengers model in order to gain the necessary competencies to test it with young people in the upcoming pilot activities, the activity provided the perfect space to gather feedback for future development of activities from Out of the Box’s side.

The workshop resulted in a set of recommendations from the youth workers on the development of a youth friendly set of 10 advocacy tutorials, which will be formed in accordance to the needs of the young people and will touch on the main topics such as:

– Using art & entrepreneurship to advocate for change

– Developing an Advocacy Strategy

– Stakeholder Mapping & Community Maps for advocacy

– Finding allies and supporters in and beyond your community

– Mobilising peers and community stakeholders around environmental and climate issues

– Preparing and conducting meetings with decision makers

– The use of (Social) Media for Advocacy

– Connecting the local level with global initiatives and goals (SDGs, etc.)


The Community Challengers Advocacy Tutorials will see the light of the day in 2022.

The project is developed by a consortium of partners: Out of the Box International (Belgium), HDLU Hrvatsko Drustvo Likovnih Umjetnika/Croatian Association of Artists (Croatia), YEPP Italia (Italy), IDEJU MĀJA (Latvia), Supernatural festival (Serbia) and DYPALL Network under the leadership of YEPP EUROPE. It is based on a 4-step methodology: Learn, Analyse, Create, Advocate (LACA learning method) and is funded within the framework of the Erasmus+ KA2 Strategic Partnership for Innovation 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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