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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 long journey of the project “European Living Library for Young Citizens” is slowly coming to an end. The final set of events and meetings was held from November 4 to 7, 2022, in Belgrade, Serbia, thus concluding a series of activities that have visited Thessaloniki, Bijeljina, Skopje, Valencia, and Ljubljana over the past 2 years. The Belgrade event as the final one included many activities and people coming from many countries around Europe. For this event apart from partner countries we had people coming from new countries ready to learn and multiply ideas of the European Living library for young citizens in their countries.

A series of events were held that included meetings, workshops, and promotional and public events. Events were also open to the public on 4th November afternoon in the main walking zone of Belgrade in Belgrade City library and on 5th November for the main public activity held in Library “Petar Kočić” and attracted numerous citizens from the local community who had a chance to read our living books coming from many European countries this time. These encounters between “readers” and “books” enabled them to exchange experiences, ideas, life stories and other aspects of their identities. This is also an event where we finalise recordings, testimonials and life stories that will be merged into short films to be shown in civic education classes in schools with the goal of promoting European values and mutual understanding.

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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