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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 Partners are very happy to announce the launch of the first output of the Creative Repurposing of Educational Spaces for Innovative Student-centred Environments (CREST) project – a comprehensive research and analysis of existing practices and models which will serve as a framework for upcoming project outcomes, namely the Model for HE institutions, Manual for implementation and Policy recommendations.

The work of the output, fully titled IO1: Mapping the existing participatory practice and models of re-purposing of educational buildings and spaces, has been split into the following tasks:

1) In-depth analysis and evaluation of the existing SCL environments in the field of HE;

2) Identifying, grouping and describing existing good practices of repurposing educational buildings and spaces;

3) Literature review on the training and methodological models regarding enabling SCL environments;

4) Analysis of the best digital tools that support this process and adaptation of the selected ones to suit the needs of the project. A part of this pillar is the analysis of the limited findings available so far regarding comparative approaches and the utilization of ICT within this field.

5) Assessing the learning environment from the user’s perspective, evaluating students’ needs by using participatory methods and empowering them to provide insights for the creation of relevant CSL environments.

6) Data analysis, sense-making and providing suggestions, recommendations, and guidelines for the development of a user-friendly, adaptable and widely accessible model.

The improvement of the learning environments is usually addressed in isolation – not taking into account general context and actual needs of all stakeholders. Focusing on quantitative aspects and ignoring a problem’s context often leads to opposite results. In contrast, personalized information and deep contextual understanding deliver more than anonymous metrics and standardized demographics. University community participation tools are fundamental in developing appropriate and effective solutions. The community is the ultimate client and beneficiary of quality places. Therefore, this part of the project is founded on a solid understanding of the local knowledge, values and needs, creating opportunities for community involvement in the design process and incorporating community concerns in decision-making.

The CREST project is implemented by 6 partners from 5 countries: Slovenia (University of Ljubljana), Lithuania (MB HOMO EMINENS, VDU), Croatia (Culture Hub), Poland (UBC) and Belgium (OTB). 

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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