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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.

Storytelling is a powerful and ancient human tradition that involves the art of conveying narratives, experiences, and ideas through the use of words, images, theatre, or other forms of communication.

The EU-CARES project aims to address collective trauma and support reconciliation processes among young people from war-affected countries through storytelling techniques fostering active participation, constructive dialogue and critical thinking. The recognition of different narratives and the creation of new collective ones as a holistic method for fostering youth engagement, especially among displaced youth, will raise the capacity of youth CSOs to mainstream peace-building best practices.

In the context of reconciliation and collective trauma healing, storytelling is a tool for giving voices to the silenced, acknowledging the pain of the past, and working towards healing and reconciliation. By sharing the most intimate individual stories, persons and communities affected by collective trauma can move from a place of suffering and vision towards one of understanding, empathy, and collective healing. It’s a crucial step on the path to building more resilient, compassionate and inclusive societies.

The interactive Virtual Handbook is a result of numerous activities, research, interviews, analysis, collections of best practices, round-tables and Think Tank events that were successfully implemented by partners in Belgium, Italy, Poland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro and Albania which gathered 304 young people directly for consultations and contribution to content creation.

 

If you want to read more about reconciliation and collective trauma healing through storytelling, click here.

Find more on https://eucaresyouth.eu/

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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