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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.

The European Week of Regions and Cities UBC-hosted workshop session took place on Tuesday, October 11, 2022, putting in focus effective policies for inclusion in cities during and after the war in Ukraine.

The speakers at the event were: Mr Mantas Jurgutis, President, Union of the Baltic Cities; Mr Kaspars Varpins, City of Liepaja & UBC Safe Cities Commission Chairman; Mr Piotr Grzelak, Deputy Mayor City of Gdansk; Ms Marta Lima, Freelance educator, trainer and senior expert on social inclusion and equality from Portugal; Ms Olha Misheivska, Shyrokivska village community and “The Public TV of Zaporizhzhia” NGO representative. The event was moderated by Mr Marko Paunović, Director, Out of The Box International and UBC Brussels antenna.

The panellists presented various praiseworthy initiatives that municipalities have implemented since the start of the crisis. Municipalities within the EU and neighbouring countries have a crucial role in fostering social inclusion and facilitating the transition for refugees from Ukraine. Although  many challenges have emerged so far and still keep emerging, the response mechanisms are set in place with the goal to leave no one behind. Ms Olha Misheivska joined the meeting from Ukraine during one of her volunteer missions and shared her experiences and the current state in her community. She emphasized how all support provided for people in and outside of Ukraine is meaningful in so many ways and expressed gratitude to everyone who contributed.

United. That is how we make a positive impact in this extremely negative situation.


“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted’’. – Aesop

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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