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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 Living Library visited the Valencian region, Spain, from 25th to 29th September 2022.  Its implementation started with the official reception for the representatives of municipalities, non-governmental organizations, and living books involved in the project was held in the seat of the Government of the Valencian Region in Valencia. The reception was followed by the panel discussions within which participants discussed the outcomes of the project and how to improve future cooperation, but also debated about the future of Europe and various social and political challenges our continent is facing today.

The central event, the fourth “European Living Library”, was also organized in Quart de Poblet Municipality. The living library involved a large number of citizens and participants from Spain, Serbia, Slovenia, North Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Greece, and Belgium. The reading of living books was implemented in the busy square in the center of Quart de Poblet. Every living book that was present is a person with a unique identity and a story ready to be shared with everyone who shows a willingness to listen. The citizens of the Valencian region and the visitors of this town of all backgrounds were happy to rent our books and have fruitful discussions with them. A meeting of the representatives of municipalities and civil society organizations involved in the project was implemented as well. It was held in the Municipality of Quart de Poblet and served as an opportunity for the project participants to further link up and discuss future cooperation on transnational actions and projects. The meeting was attended by the officials from the Municipality Quart de Poblet (Spain), Municipality Butel (N. Macedonia), City of Bijeljina (Bosnia-Herzegovina), Public institute Young Dragons (Slovenia), NGO CONNECT (Belgium), NGO Libero (Serbia), NGO Backslash (Spain), NGO TiPovej (Slovenia), NGO Interkultura (N. Macedonia), National Association of Youth Offices (Serbia), Alumni Mandoulides (Greece), NGO Out of the Box (Belgium).

The European Living Library was organized with the support of the Europe for Citizens Programme of the European Union. The aim of the project is to bring living libraries to different cities in Europe with the idea of boosting the dialogue between citizens from different countries and socio-economic backgrounds in order to break prejudice and stereotypes between them.

Stay tuned not to miss the upcoming living libraries in Ljubljana and Belgrade. Don’t pass on your opportunity to become a part of the effort of building understanding between European citizens.

The “European Living Library for Young Citizens” project is co-funded by Europe for Citizens programme of the European Union.

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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