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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.

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.

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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 6 partners from Germany (BUPNET), Spain (Caminos), Bulgaria (Catro), Austria (Die Berater) and Italy (CESIE), has recently launched “Climate Education for Disadvantaged Adults” report, the 1st intellectual output of the Climate Box project, co-funded by the EU’s Erasmus+ programme.

The report is a result of substantial desk research in all participating countries formed from two elements: the collection of good practices and qualitative interviews with educational and social professionals on the topic of the learning needs of disadvantaged adults, most relevant climate topics and suitable pedagogical and methodological approaches.

The findings of the research show that climate change is recognised as an important issue in all partner countries. Even though political actions are steering the adaptation of the economies and the change of citizens’ behaviour for less damaging to the environment, the climate protection actions are either partial and not systematic and or inconclusive. The widespread use of fossil fuels, high levels of personal consumption, growing amounts of waste, and air pollution are the major problems to be concerned. In addition to that, it has shown that older, less educated and poorer citizens have a different sort of priorities, with everyday issues.

The Climate Box Project will impact these obstacles and strengthen the climate awareness among disadvantaged groups of people by providing simple, entertaining and easy-to-understand learning materials, and the partners have successfully completed the first task in achieving this goal. The report provided recommendations on the structure, content and methodology of the Climate Box: Training materials which are now under development.

Sabine Wieman from BUPNET has noted the need to strengthen the climate awareness among disadvantaged groups of people by providing simple, entertaining and easy-to-understand learning materials.

Dimitar Zlatanov, representing CATRO Bulgaria, has commended the successful completion of the task, emphasizing the importance of providing recommendations on the structure, content and methodology of the Climate Box: Training materials which are now being developed.

Climate Box is executed transnationally in order to develop a comprehensive product that is applicable to disadvantaged adults and education stakeholders at EU level.

 

The Climate Box Project, co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union, is led by BUPNET (Germany) in collaboration with Out of the Box (Belgium), Caminos (Spain), CATRO (Bulgaria), Die Berater (Austria) and CESIE (Italy).

 

 

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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