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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 Commission aims to transform the EU into a “modern, resource-efficient and competitive economy” under the European Green Deal (European Commission, 2019). The goal of becoming the first climate-neutral continent by 2050 necessarily implies changes across European sectors and the labour market. Consequently, the transition to this climate-neutral economy will come along with a readjustment and transformation of a wide range of sectors; the changes workers must acquire to adapt are defined as green skills.

Additionally, at this moment 40% of European employers cannot find the right candidates to fill their vacancies due to a mismatch of skills (European Commission, 2020). This means that deep adjustments must be adopted by workers. If focused on the youth, the necessity for this upskilling is even more imperative: youth unemployment persists at roughly twice higher than general unemployment, reaching 15.4% in April 2020 (European Commission, 2020).

Therefore, the quick increase of innovations, technologies, and the advent of the digital market boost new jobs and new opportunities (and challenges) for entrepreneurs, learners, educators, and all kinds of workers. This complex and fast-changing world requires integrated and holistic solutions and a multi-disciplinary approach to better adapt and react to changes. A combination of new skills and competences is needed across different sectors by all citizens to be more resilient and to be able to confront various challenges in their educational, professional, and private lives.

The GREAT project therefore aims to facilitate and promote the co-creation of knowledge between HE, VET, the public sector, and the business sector through the joint development of a multidisciplinary, flexible, and cross-sectoral service learning Curriculum to promote the acquisition and development of Green competences (supplementing EntreComp, DigiComp, and LifeComp frameworks) of young people transitioning from education/work-based learning background.

The project itself will span three years, will incorporate the creation of 3 curriculums for HEIs, VET and businesses, and will be implemented by 11 partners from 7 countries.

The GREAT Curriculum proposal was submitted under the “Alliances for Education and Enterprises” call for proposals.


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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