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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.

When the time for multiplier events arrives, it sadly marks the lifetime of a project as coming to an end. This time, our Community Challengers project has been put on the spot in Brussels. To celebrate the amazing results of the project, we have gathered stakeholders from the NGO sector, the EU Parliament and EU Commission, and youth trainers and young people, among others. If you were not there – let us tell you a little more about this project.

Community Challengers combined environmental awareness, artistic expression and entrepreneurship education to empower young people from underprivileged communities across Europe. The project activated young people to learn about the causes and effects of climate change and mobilise their communities to become climate-smart, sustainable and united by integrating the arts with social entrepreneurship and advocacy. The project is based on a learning model that combines education, arts and social entrepreneurship, thus targeting both the intellectual and emotional levels. The learning model draws on a 4-step methodology developed for this project: Learn, Analyse, Create, Advocate (LACA learning method).

It enabled young people to learn about climate change; analyse their community from the point of view of sustainability; create a vision for the future, combined with entrepreneurship tools, and take action.

What did young people say about the project? Check the video and see.

What was done throughout the last 2 years? Four types of Community Challenges were launched in Italy, Portugal, Serbia, Croatia and Latvia. Beautiful artwork and initiatives were created by our young community challengers. Check out the processes and results here.

Advocacy is a complex process which is why one of the results of the projects is these advocacy tutorials to explain it.

We are more than happy and grateful to be a part of this project and to see how young people are challenging the world today, and we are looking forward to following up on their future initiatives.

The project has been r by expert partners from Belgium and Germany and implementing partners from Croatia, Italy, Latvia, Portugal and Serbia who have implemented activities with young people.

The project is co-financed by the Erasmus+ KA2 Programme of the European Commission.

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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