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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.

We kicked off the New year with a kick-off!

OTB had the pleasure of organising and hosting the first EU-CARES meeting which took place in Novi Sad, Serbia, on 12 and 13 January 2023. The meeting was held in the amazing OPENS building which is the legacy of the title European Youth Capital which was awarded to the city of Novi Sad in 2019.

The main aim of the project “EU-CARES EUropean Collective nArratives for Reconciliation trauma hEaling through youth engagement and Storytelling” is to address collective trauma and support the reconciliation process among young people from war-affected countries through storytelling techniques fostering active participation, constructive dialogue and critical thinking. Embedded in the project rationale is the notion that the recognition of different narratives and the creation of new collective ones as a holistic method for fostering youth engagement, esp. among displaced youth, has the power to raise the capacity of youth CSOs to mainstream peace-building best practices.

The project aims to empower and increase the competences of youth workers to contribute to the reconciliation process in the Western Balkans by fostering youth participation and engagement, intercultural understanding and solidarity through storytelling. During the meeting, partners discussed the main aims, objectives and expected results of the project as well as all the quality indicators necessary for the successful implementation of the project.

The first activities of the project are underway, as the partners are working on the collection of best practices and exploration of main narratives on WB conflicts and engaging young people from different regions in meaningful dialogue through different storytelling techniques, by enhancing their social and emotional intelligence to increase mutual understanding and heal collective trauma.

The EU CARES project is implemented by 8 partners from 7 countries: Sarajevo Meeting of Cultures (B&H), CESIE (Italy), IRSH (Albania), IDEA LAB (Poland), NGO PRIMA (Montenegro), Center for Social Innovations Centrifuge (Serbia) and PERPETUUM MOBILE Institute (B&H), led by OTB International.


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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