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Supported by Erasmus + Programme

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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.

Out of the Box International, in collaboration with CSI Center for Social Innovation Ltd, Institute of Entrepreneurship Development, IMRO-DDKK KORNYEZETVEDELMI NONPROFIT KFT, AKMI ANONIMI EKPAIDEFTIKI ETAIRIA, EDUFONS – Centar za celozivotno obrazovanje, Mednarodni institut za implementacijo trajnostnega , razvoja, Maribor and JUMP – Gioventù in riSalto has launched the CI-YOU: Circular Economy Youth Leaders, a project co-funded by the EU’s Erasmus+ programme. 

The Main Aim of the CI-You project is to help further improve the level of green business culture in Europe by providing the youth with knowledge and concepts in the field of the circular economy.

During the meeting partners presented and discussed the four outputs:

  • A state-of-the-art analysis for the conceptualization of the ‘Circular Economy Business Model’;
  • Development of the ‘Circular Economy Business Model’ for young entrepreneurs and Training Curriculum Development;
  • Trainers’ Manual for efficient, interactive and innovative approach to circular economy education principles and
  • An e-Learning (OER) Platform Development.

Mandy Trappeniers from the National Agency JINT (BEL) has joined the meeting and partners had the opportunity to learn about the new EU Youth Strategy 2019-2027, Erasmus+, European Solidarity Corps, and the Youth Goals.

The General Director of Out of the Box International, Marko Paunovic, emphasized the necessity of cross-sectoral cooperation in promoting and enhancing educational practices and policy initiatives that promote circular economy. It was particularly stressed that this concept is especially important when working with young people because different organizations can approach it trough different channels and practices and, in that way, ensure a large activation of young people.

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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