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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.

The CREST “Creative Repurposing of Urban Spaces for Innovative Student-centred Environments” European Conference took place in Brussels on the 24th of November in the STAM Europa headquarters.

The conference gathered representatives from Higher Education, European Commission, NGO and CSO sectors, bringing together diverse input and perspectives to the event.

The speakers addressed the need for a student-centred learning approach when renovating (and repurposing) educational buildings and spaces, and discussed the challenges in this process as well as how this approach can be used in wider public governance efforts in repurposing public buildings and spaces.

The speakers were:
Mr Maurice Selrais, STAM Europe;

Mr Marko Paunović, Out of the Box International, Belgium

Mr. Tomaž Deželan, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Mr Igor Kalinić, European Innovation Council and SMEs Executive Agency (EMEA), European Commission

Mr. Borut Cink, New European Bauhaus, European Commission

Ms Marina Batinić, Culture Hub Split, Croatia

New does not mean better. The technology of today allows us to create beautiful sights out of ruins, and beautiful things out of (what is considered) outdated, old and even dilapidated. Abandoned buildings have the potential to become community hotspots and the only way to make that happen is to listen. Listen to people, listen to the environment. Let them tell you their story, their needs and their wishes. Let them IN, in the creation process from the start. There is no doubt, that cold old walls will become warm asylums full of life.

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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