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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.

IO1: A state-of-the-art analysis for the conceptualization of the ‘Circular Economy Business Model


 “CI-You: Circular economy youth leaders” aims to foster a sense of initiative and circular entrepreneurship among young people and to stimulate them to develop skills needed in circular economy through trainings and skills development.

The aim of the Intellectual Output 1 (O1) is to provide a complete analysis on existing business models, the skills, competences, knowledge and needs of youth in order to define a path for developing the training material content in subsequent outputs. Specifically:

−to create a clear image of the respective status quo in the partner countries;

−to firstly acquire a thorough understanding of each partner’s local relevant conditions and secondly each country’s respective expectations/needs;

−to be aware of each other’s strengths and needs;

−to define which aspects/tools/approaches can be identified as best practices and how they can be introduced in the different partner countries, in order to prepare and create the necessary content for the Business Model Development O2.

The research methodology consisted of comprehensive research and analysis of the situation in project partner countries, and comprised:

−        Surveys (youth and expert)

−        Focus groups (on needs basis)

−        Desk Research

−        Field Research

−        Country Reports

IO1 compilation Report

During the desk research partners from 7 countries (Belgium, Cyprus, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Serbia and Slovenia) have collectively developed a comprehensive approach and captured the current situation in educational system, legal framework, educational offers, management and good practices on National level related to CE. During the field research 160 youngsters and 40 experts from 7 countries have shared their opinion and contributed to the further development of the project.


You can find the State-of-the-art analysis report on the official CI-YOU web page.


The CI-YOU project is implemented by 8 partners from Belgium (OTB), Cyprus (CSI), Greece (IED & AKMI), Hungary (IMRO), Serbia (EDUFONS), Italy (JUMP) and Slovenia (MIITR).

For more information, please refer to project coordinator and communication partner web pages:

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EDUFONS – Centar za celozivotno obrazovanje


JUMP – Gioventù in riSalto


Mednarodni institut za implementacijo trajnostnega razvoja, Maribor


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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