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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.

We met for the last time in our Climate Box project with a sense of fulfilment and joy. The final partners’ meeting took place in Gottingen on 15 September 2022. As we are closing up the project, looking back we have made one can say a small, but we will say a big positive impact through our project. Not only have we and our organisations learned a lot, the trainers involved in the pilot phase and the many learners in their courses have also learned in a practical and interactive way how to integrate climate-relevant topics into their teaching on the one hand and how to live a more climate-friendly life on the other. This was achieved through more than 60 learning activities and the accompanying mobile app. A guideline publication summarizes the results and provides tips for using the Climate Box learning offer. All materials developed are available in English, Spanish, German, Bulgarian, Italian and French language.

The planned final event as part of our project has generated a creative spark and triggered the discussion on how to present projects and products in an innovative and sustainable way. This led to the idea of creating an exhibition in which projects and products on the theme of sustainable and cultural development can be represented. Thereby, our motto was – we will talk less and experiment more! So we invited other products and projects to join together for the exhibition and conference under the umbrella of REVEAL – a European network that promotes open competence-based learning.

The result was an event attended by more than 100 European and local guests and an exhibition comprising 25 exhibits. Each project or product was represented in an on-site exhibition with an artefact – the Climate Box project of course featured boxes hiding small climate-related tasks – and was complemented by resources in the virtual exhibition space. These include among other things a factsheet, videos, interviews, a picture gallery, etc. The virtual exhibition can be visited here: https://reveal14.eu. The Climate Box space is here: https://reveal14.eu/learning-climate-box/

In addition to the exhibition, there were thematic workshops, panel discussions on climate change and sustainability, icebreakers and joint cultural activities.

The coordinator of the Climate Box project, Sabine Wiemann, said after the event: “I can only say that the event was an absolutely rewarding conclusion to our successful project. With the event, we have certainly also set an example of how conferences can become active and activating events that offers space for exchange and creative ideas. And in terms of sustainability, it also offers something to look at afterwards – the exhibition.”

The director of Out of the Box International, Marko Paunović: “Taking part in Climate Box project with diverse and profiled partners was a fruitful and enriching experience for the Out of the Box Team. Sometimes small initiatives can create an impact on a global scale, and this project definitely has a chance. Making positive steps towards climate-friendly education and promotion of sustainable lifestyles is the responsibility of expert and educational organisations”.

For more information on the Climate Box, please see the project website: https://climatebox.bupnet.eu/.

The Climate Box project has been implemented by six partners from Germany (BUPNET), Belgium (Out of the Box International), Spain (Caminos), Bulgaria (Catro), Austria (die Berater) and Italy (CESIE).

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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