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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.

Out of the Box International is happy to announce the approval of the Erasmus+ KA2 project CREST – Creative Repurposing of Educational Spaces for Innovative Student-centred Environments

 

Student-centred learning and learning ergonomics are becoming important aspects of all types of educational institutions. By acknowledging the central pedagogical and didactic position of educational institutions in separate countries, the project partners wish to acknowledge their roles as adding to the ‘making’ of citizens through higher education, cultural awareness. The process of making graduates and citizens is an experimental continuum, allowing universities to provide conditions for associational activities as well as perform a role of cultural custodians by maintaining and revitalising cultural inheritances of the political community, but also giving it direction. It is important to realise that higher education institutions should not aim to undertake such activities on their own, rather they should seek assistance from local and regional experts in the field of pedagogics, urban methodology and cultural
activities.
While student-centred learning is somewhat difficult to define in terms of its methodology and explicit content, which is to be included, it is the key to adapting to a more diverse student population and changing needs in terms of how education is conveyed.  In order to accommodate these ambitions, a re-examination of traditional pedagogy, didactics and scholarship, including ways of how and where the learning and teaching processes take place, is needed.

Key outputs of the project are:
1. Mapping of existing participatory practices will be designed in order to provide a clear overview of the participatory practices, in terms of good practices for the repurposing of educational buildings and spaces. The lead partner, when it comes to the intellectual output will identify, group and identify the afore-mentioned good practices.
2. Model for repurposing of educational buildings and spaces in HE institutions and non-formal education organisations based on the mapping of existing participatory practices, which will be the first intellectual output of the project and will serve as a guideline for the model and piloting schemes, which will be established as the second intellectual outcome.
3. Manual for the implementation of the model will be prepared in accordance with the outcomes of the mapping of current participatory practices and in cooperation with the model for repurposing.
4. Policy recommendations for the public authorities for participatory processes in terms of repurposing of public buildings and civic spaces will be developed in order to advocate for more cooperation between policy, civic and educational sector in order to enhance urban development and participatory processes in cities.

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

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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