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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 CI-YOU project aimed at fostering a sense of initiative and circular entrepreneurship among young people, recently organized a five-day program in Brussels from May 26th  to May 30th  2023. The project’s primary goal was to provide the youth with knowledge and concepts in the field of circular economy, contributing to the improvement of the level of green business culture in Europe.

Follow us on this journey and let’s take a closer look at the activities that took place during this eventful week!

To break the ice, create a sense of camaraderie and facilitate networking, a small gathering was organized in the city in the first place. Additionally, participants had the opportunity to engage in diverse tours, for instance: to Permafungui, a successful local circular economy business or, to the House of European History where participants had the chance to explore the European Union’s historical journey and its commitment to sustainable development. These picturesque visits allowed participants to witness firsthand the practical application of circular economy principles and served as an inspiration for the potential impact of circular practices on a larger scale.

Furthermore, the Lodzkie House hosted a series of presentations provided by the project partners. An opening ceremony marked the beginning of the workshops where participants had the chance to dive deeper into the topic of CE.  Topics covered included the European framework for understanding the circular economy (OTB), circular strategies and business models (IMRO), the CI-YOU learning platform (CSI), circular economy opportunities for young entrepreneurs (JUMP), green economy and youth networks (IED), circular economy life cycle assessment (EDUFONS), and finally, eco-design (MIIRT). These sessions equipped the participants with essential knowledge and practical tools to embrace circularity in their future endeavours. To ensure continuous improvement, a survey for evaluation and follow-up was conducted, gathering valuable feedback from the participants.

With renewed inspiration and knowledge, the participants were encouraged to implement circular economy principles in their respective communities, organizations and future ventures.

The CI-YOU project serves as an excellent example of how initiatives targeting youth can contribute to the advancement of sustainable practices. By equipping young people with the necessary skills and knowledge, the project will continue to contribute to building a generation of leaders who are committed to driving the transition towards a circular economy.

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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